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Torii Hunter hits a three-run walkoff homer to steal a win from the A’s

Aug 29, 2013, 4:31 PM EDT

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The A’s had smacked the Tigers around for three days and then sprung out to a 6-1 lead after five innings in their series wrapup against the Tigers today. All this with Miguel Cabrera sidelined after leaving the game with an abdominal injury. Max Scherzer looked destined for only his second loss of the year and the A’s were poised for a series sweep.

But baseball has no clock and the Tigers roared back.

Prince Fielder hit a solo homer and Ramon Santiago singled in Don Kelly in the bottom of the sixth to make it 6-3.  That’s how it’d stay until the ninth inning when the A’s brought in Grant Balfour to close things out. Except he didn’t. He let this happen:

And the crowd went wild, of course.

At some point the Tigers starters are going to have to return to their usual dominant form, as Scherzer was roughed up today, Fister last night, Verlander on Tuesday and Anibal Sanchez on Monday. But this is a team with an offense that can pick up some bad pitching if it has to. Even if the MVP is on the bench nursing his wounds.

  1. josemartez - Aug 29, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    Hunter’s been a good pick up for Detroit, I’d say. Much better than that Hamilton dude for Anaheim.

    Just out of curiosity, when was Scherzer’s only loss?

    • redwings1977 - Aug 29, 2013 at 5:12 PM

      July 13 vs. Texas. 6 IP 4 ER. Lost 7-1. He was 13-0 at that point.

  2. proudlycanadian - Aug 29, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    Thanks to Hunter and Balfour, Schezer still has a chance to finish the season with the best win/loss percentage.

  3. alexo0 - Aug 29, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    Imagine how good they’d be if they weren’t hitting Dirks and Avila second and third.

    • redwings1977 - Aug 29, 2013 at 4:57 PM

      C’mon man, just enjoy the win. Damn.

    • historiophiliac - Aug 29, 2013 at 5:23 PM

      Second and third?

    • rodtorfelson - Aug 29, 2013 at 7:07 PM

      Get your facts straight. Dirks was only hitting second because Hunter was supposed to have the day off. Avila pinch hit for Matt Tuiasosopo, who replaced Cabrera when he was pulled with an ab injury after five innings.

  4. daveitsgood - Aug 29, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    That loss can be placed solely on the shoulders of Balfour. He couldn’t throw strikes to save his life today and when he got a strike, they were iffies or foul balls. Paul Hogan will be feeling this one tonight.

  5. historiophiliac - Aug 29, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    It’s not stealing when you OWN IT!!!!

    • unclemosesgreen - Aug 29, 2013 at 6:54 PM

      Hot tamale …

  6. nobody78 - Aug 29, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    Man, Max Scherzer just knows how to win ballgames.

    • km9000 - Aug 29, 2013 at 7:25 PM

      If only the Tigers had scored all their runs earlier, Scherzer would’ve gotten a W. So, clearly he’s not to blame for his no-decision… What injustice.

  7. philliesblow - Aug 29, 2013 at 6:25 PM

    There’s no i in team but there aren’t enough to spell Toriiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!!!!!!!!

    • historiophiliac - Aug 29, 2013 at 9:03 PM

      I wish there was an “i” in “walkoff” so we could double it. :(

  8. APBA Guy - Aug 29, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    Painful. I was sitting at work, feeling good about life, watching the scores get posted by the WW leader. A bit nervous because the A’s hadn’t added on after they got 6, but when Doolittle’s stint was over, I thought “in the bag” since he’s been the rough spot in the pen lately. I mean when was the last time Balfour coughed up 4 in a save situation? Up until July 24th he’d saved 44 straight. Dinero en el banco.

    Congrats to Torii and the Tigers for avoiding the sweep. Grrrrrrr indeed.

    • historiophiliac - Aug 29, 2013 at 8:35 PM

      I was sitting at my desk getting depressed. In fact, I turned the audio off so I could get my work done. For once, the scoring alerts were joyous.

  9. ashtongronholz8 - Aug 29, 2013 at 9:37 PM

    Coming from a twins fan, I really hope Detroit wins it all this year they deserve it and so does hunter.

  10. Minoring In Baseball - Aug 30, 2013 at 2:19 AM

    The Tigers really needed this one. Oakland played a great series against them, however, and were very patient at the plate. Hunter has been a great leader in the clubhouse for Detroit, and nice to see him leading on the field also.
    http://minoringinbaseball.com/

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