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A’s rally for three runs in the ninth, ALDS moves to Game 5

Oct 11, 2012, 1:20 AM EDT

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There’s something special about these Athletics.

That became apparent throughout the 2012 regular season, and it continued on Wednesday night at Oakland’s O.Co Coliseum with the unlikely American League West champions facing elimination from the ALDS in front of a raucous sold-out home crowd.

Tigers right-hander Max Scherzer surrendered just three hits and one (unearned) run over 5 1/3 innings, fanning eight batters while giving up only one walk. And a foursome of Detroit relievers behind him would keep the A’s scoreless until the bottom of the ninth. That’s when it all shifted back toward the magical, mystical A’s.

Tigers closer Jose Valverde allowed a Josh Reddick leadoff single and a Josh Donaldson double, then Seth Smith shot a ball into the gap in right field to score them both. Valverde rallied back for two consecutive outs, but Coco Crisp smacked a ball into shallow right that plated Smith for the winning run.

Oakland wound up on top, 4-3, forcing a winner-take-all Game 5 to be played on Thursday night.

It will be Tigers ace Justin Verlander against A’s youngster Jarrod Parker. The matchup surely favors Detroit on paper, but you’d be foolish to think that matters at all at this point. Game on.

  1. hardballtalkusername - Oct 11, 2012 at 1:22 AM

    That is why I love baseball, no clock, you get three outs, need two runs, only yourself to blame if you lose. That was awesome!!! Good luck tomorrow Oakland.

  2. sharkcity408 - Oct 11, 2012 at 1:24 AM

    YESSSSSS!!!!!! did any one catch the announcer say “cock shot” on TV. Pretty funny regardless of what team your rootin for

  3. joeandcambria - Oct 11, 2012 at 1:25 AM

    Typical Valverde. Really hoping he won’t be on the team next year.

  4. illadelphiasphinest - Oct 11, 2012 at 1:28 AM

    O’s vs A’s ALCS…….?
    I’m sure the friendly people at Fox would just LOVE that!!!!
    As a fan of the game I would love it!!!!!

    • damianv50 - Oct 11, 2012 at 3:10 PM

      Not going to happen!
      A’s maybe, O’s nottttt!!!

  5. xjokerz - Oct 11, 2012 at 2:02 AM


    just pathetic

  6. cur68 - Oct 11, 2012 at 2:25 AM

    Covelli just keepin on being Covelli. Also Valverde’s an usuk.

    Somewhere The G&PB is editing manuscript madly: Moneyball II is still a go.

    • APBA Guy - Oct 11, 2012 at 2:27 PM

      Cur- I’m sure the Great and Powerful Beane will be calling you soon for a concept pitch on Moneyball III-The Inuit Inefficiency. Be ready!

  7. theawesomersfranchise - Oct 11, 2012 at 3:57 AM

    There’s nothing special about the A’s without a washed-up Papa Grande who should never see the 9th inning in a close game again.

    • Tick - Oct 11, 2012 at 12:46 PM

      Glad to see you’re making some whine out of your sour grapes.

      • theawesomersfranchise - Oct 11, 2012 at 1:19 PM

        Just stating facts, any legit closer finishes off the A’s and they are golfing like the rest.

  8. mungman69 - Oct 11, 2012 at 5:53 AM

    What a game. Game 5 ready to go.

  9. Old Gator - Oct 11, 2012 at 6:36 AM

    It’s pretty difficult to imagine the As beating Verlander with or without their little bag of goopher dust, but it’s been a pretty interesting series so far, as have all the others. Nobody is rolling over for anybody else. Last night, two heart-in-throat, claw-each-other’s-eyes-out down to the wire games.

    The Borg got away lucky despite their little spasm of a twelfth inning infield clown show. Watching Laynce Nix (was his mommy still feeling the demarol when she filled out that birth certificate?) fall over his relief pitcher while that popup fell between his arm and his head, and then bobble the grounder that followed but get the out anyway, had the feel of malign fate about it. Just a tease, though.

  10. randygnyc - Oct 11, 2012 at 7:10 AM

    Old gator- the pop up and near collision was between Tex and Robertson. Nix was not involved.

    • Old Gator - Oct 11, 2012 at 9:00 AM

      Late night baseball will play games with your perceptions when you get old too, Randy. Just wait.

  11. leerosenthall - Oct 11, 2012 at 7:25 AM

    Ugh, I can’t believe I gave in to sleep and went to bed before the game was over!

  12. scoregasmic - Oct 11, 2012 at 8:59 AM

    I hate all the Oakland hype…they only get this hype cause of moneyball haha. I think it’s foolish not to think the tigers having Justin Verlander matters

    • wfon1 - Oct 11, 2012 at 11:07 AM

      i think that is the most ignorant comment i have ever seen. thumbs down for you.

    • Tick - Oct 11, 2012 at 12:49 PM

      I hate crybaby homers that can’t give respect where respect is due. Tells me they really don’t understand baseball or truly love the sport itself.

  13. ericellers - Oct 11, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    LOL!! I’m a Yankee fan who is spoiled with the way Mo went about being the best closer baseball will ever see( in a few life times I’m sure) and his humble way of walking off the mound when his job was done. The dog and pony show Rodney and this azz clown now bring to BB in doing the same job but nowhere as well has me so happy in watching them in their EPIC fail … Less I forget lets include that turd pap who’s now with the phillies.

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