6 crucial moments from Monday's A's-Tigers ALDS Game 3
After two outstanding pitchers' duels in Games 1 and 2, the bats awoke somewhat in Game 3, though more for one team than the other. The Athletics now hold a 2-1 advantage, but the Tigers will have a shot to even things up at Comerica Park on Tuesday. To the GIF machine!
At first it looked like Anibal Sanchez might continue Detroit starters' strikeout party. He struck out Seth Smith and gave a demonstrative twirl in celebration:
The A's jumped to an early 3-0 lead, but in the bottom of the fourth, Detroit responded. Victor Martinez hit an RBI double, while Jhonny Peralta -- a shortstop by trade but starting in left field -- followed with a two-run double of his own:
But Oakland wasted no time getting back on top. In the top of the fifth, Brandon Moss crushed a solo shot:
And after a Yoenis Cespedes single, Seth Smith went deep as well, giving the Athletics a 6-3 lead and knocking Anibal Sanchez out of the game:
The Tigers would continue to threaten, but the Athletics kept squashing Detroit hopes of a comeback. In the fifth they had a runner on with one out and Miguel Cabrera looming, but Oakland turned a 6-4-3 double play. They'd turn another more unconventional one an inning later when they went 3-6:
Grant Balfour came in to try to close it out for Oakland. Some jawing took place between him and Victor Martinez, and well, it escalated quickly:
Warnings were issued, everyone settled down, and Balfour retired the side to seal the win for Oakland.