Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera refused to conduct interviews with the media after the team's meltdown loss to the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday night, much to the chagrin of veteran reliever Octavio Dotel.
Just as it seemed Valverde would do us all a very small favor and send the game into extras, Crisp singled to right. Garcia charged the ball, but failed to pick it cleanly, Smith scoring the winning run without a throw. What's worse, it appeared Garcia could have had a play at the plate if he doesn't overrun the ball. Rookie mistake.
The Tigers were 3 outs away from clinching the ALDS. Jose Valverde allowed 4 hits and 3 runs, sending the series to a winner take all game 5.
The Oakland Athletics pulled off a miraculous ninth-inning comeback against the Detroit Tigers in Game 4 of the ALDS, and in the wake of their 4-3 win that will force a Game 5 on Thursday night, so Athletics fans have been celebrating their second life in the playoffs. The post that best sums up the three-run comeback is probably the initial reaction post from SB Nation's team site, Athletics Nation, entitled "GO CRAZY, EVERYONE! JUST PLAIN GO CRAZY!"
'Cause it's been the playoffs for like a month now, and every A's game absolutely rocks, and this team is fun, and wow, I can't wait to see them in person tomorrow. This was the best win of the season in a season full of amazing wins, and they get to play again tomorrow. The 2012 Oakland Athletics are a privilege, and no matter what happens tomorrow, I'll never forget this year.
The ninth inning for the A's unfolded as follows: Josh Reddick fought in a 1-2 count to hit and knocked a leadoff single through the right side, Josh Donaldson doubled to deep left center on the next pitch, Seth Smith doubled to deep right center to score both men, and then with two outs Coco Crisp singled to right field to bring home Smith as the winning run.
The Tigers and A's meet for Game 5 on Thursday night at 9:37 p.m. ET in Oakland.
The Oakland Athletics cut into the Detroit Tigers' lead in the bottom of the sixth inning on Wednesday night on a Stephen Drew double that scored Coco Crisp. The inning may have been worse, but Drew got thrown out at third with no outs trying to stretch the double into a triple. That double spelled the end for Max Scherzer -- he was relieved by Octavio Dotel and Phil Coke, who cleaned up the remainder of the inning.
Scherzer, who is easing back from shoulder and ankle injuries, allowed the one earned run and three hits over 5⅓ innings. He struck out eight batters and walked one. He was staked to a 2-0 lead thanks to an Austin Jackson single in the third inning and a Prince Fielder homer in the fourth.
The Detroit Tigers jumped out to a 1-0 lead over the Oakland Athletics in Wednesday night's Game 4 of the ALDS thanks to Austin Jackson RBI single in the top of the third inning. Alex Avila doubled to right to lead off the inning, and after a sacrifice bunt by Omar Infante, Jackson brought the run home with hit to left. Prince Fielder added to the score in the top of the fourth with his first postseason home run as a Tiger.
A's starter A.J. Griffin has been shaky as the game has worn on, allowing six hits and two runs over the first three-plus innings. Tigers starter Max Scherzer has been better, though, holding Oakland to just one hit through three innings while striking out five and walking none. The performance so far from Scherzer has been especially encouraging considering the injuries that he battled in the last month of the season.
The Tigers, of course, can clinch an appearance in the ALCS with a victory on Wednesday night.