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And That Happened: Tuesday’s playoff highlights

Oct 10, 2012, 6:07 AM EST

Sergio Romo

Giants 2, Reds 1: No one would ever get rich betting on things like “Scott Rolen will make a critical error on a relatively easy bouncer to third,” but that’s what happened. It was set up by a passed ball, allowing the winning run to get to third. The Reds have still not won a home playoff game since 1995. Still, it’s not like the Giants’ offense is fixed — and if Hunter Pence were a horse he would have been shot by now — so you have to assume that Cincinnati stands a good chance of winning one of two.

Athletics 2, Tigers 0: Masterful pitching by the Brett Anderson and a bullpen that is not yet out of gas, it seems. And great defense helped matters. They face each other again tonight.

  1. randygnyc - Oct 10, 2012 at 6:39 AM

    Hat tip to Bret Anderson. No way do the Tigers and Verlander deserve to advance to the next round without being pushed. Series MUST go 5!!

    • COTorrey - Oct 10, 2012 at 10:18 AM

      What, in your world sweeps aren’t allowed? They did play well. But we have to give it to Anibal Sanchez as well, he pitched great. My Tigers just couldn’t hit, AND the A’s defense was amazing.

      Looking forward to tonight.

  2. bsbiz - Oct 10, 2012 at 6:52 AM

    Lost in the Reds game will be that Brandon Phillips ran the Reds out of the winning run in the first inning. And that Homer was a boss.

    • proudlycanadian - Oct 10, 2012 at 7:19 AM

      An E4 as well as an E5.

  3. kiwicricket - Oct 10, 2012 at 7:55 AM

    And now the Giants rely on Barry Zito. Should be interesting.

  4. heyblueyoustink - Oct 10, 2012 at 8:20 AM

    Spaceball one, she’s gone plaid!

  5. metalhead65 - Oct 10, 2012 at 8:34 AM

    I am sure there was gay old time had by all in the bay area last night

    • nategearhart - Oct 10, 2012 at 10:11 AM

      Seriously, what the hell is with all the gay jokes around here lately? Some jackass was directing this kind of bullshit at another commentor in the Beltran post yesterday, too. I thought we were above this.

      • stlouis1baseball - Oct 10, 2012 at 10:13 AM

        Come on Nate. It wasn’t just a little bit funny? Even a little bit?
        Joking man. Trying to bring some levity to everything. It seems everyone is on edge today.

      • metalhead65 - Oct 10, 2012 at 10:17 AM

        lighten up Francis!

  6. indaburg - Oct 10, 2012 at 8:57 AM

    Glad the A’s and Giants were able to elude elimination last night. Extra baseball = good.

    • COTorrey - Oct 10, 2012 at 10:19 AM

      Agreed.

      Now lets knock em out.

  7. Alex K - Oct 10, 2012 at 9:20 AM

    I wouldn’t call that play for Rolen all that easy. If he waits back on it the runner makes it to 1st no problem and the run scores. He had to charge and got a really bad inbetween hop. It was just a difficult play that he didn’t make.

    And Phillips was a total TOOTBLAN.

  8. APBA Guy - Oct 10, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    That was A’s baseball last night, in front of a full house and with the field chewed from football. I have nothing insightful to add about the game. Each postseason game gets a ton of national media scrutiny, and the obvious plays were all in the A’s favor: Anderson’s pitching, Crisp and Cespedes’ catches, Smith’s HR. But around the office there are smiles today, not the tight looks of worry that we saw yesterday. Now it’s true, I’m it for the A’s contingent here, the rest of the staff are major Giants fans (lots of orange on display lately-not just for Halloween). Still, there’s a common Bay Area bond when it comes to seeing at least one team advance, and hopefully both. In the back of everyone’s mind is that dim hope for a Bay Area series, a hope nobody dares express aloud.

    I did see a scathing article denouncing Wolff/Fisher by one of the Chron guys yesterday. I totally agree with the writer, but question his timing. There is certainly a need by the local media to condemn the A’s ownership for all manner of sin, but not now, when nobody is listening.

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