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The A’s use longball en route to 6-3 win, lead series 2-1

Oct 7, 2013, 4:40 PM EDT

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The Tigers’ backs are up against the wall. They fell to the A’s 6-3 this afternoon, and now find themselves in a 2-1 hole in their best of five series vs. Oakland.

A team with a reputation for bashing the ball had to scratch and claw for runs the past two games and, with the exception of a three-run fourth inning, could never get on track again today. Those runs were their first in 20 innings, but that’s all they could get off Jarrod Parker and Detroit followed up that moderate outburst with five more goose eggs.

Meanwhile, the A.L. ERA leader, Anibal Sanchez, was touched for six runs — five earned — while allowing three home runs in four and a third. Brandon Moss, Seth Smith and Josh Reddick went deep for the A’s. Additional runs came on a Miguel Cabrera error in the third and a Coco Crisp sac fly in the fourth.

There will likely be some nervous Tigers fans suggesting that Max Scherzer get the call on short rest for tomorrow’s Game Four. But that seems like a pipe dream. Scherzer is not that kind of horse — he’s never even pitched a complete game — so it’ll be up to Doug Fister to save the Tigers season tomorrow.

  1. aidanscawley - Oct 7, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    I don’t see any reason to call for Scherzer on three days rest. The Tigers are going to have a pitching advantage no matter what in both of the last two games. Even if Scherzer were to throw a gem to set up Verlander, it would be moot with the offense as anemic as it has been.

  2. clydeserra - Oct 7, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    ok, I’ll give everyone a break because nobody watches the A’s.

    Grant Balfour yells obscenities after every pitch. It used to be totally fun to listen to him in a 3/4 empty coliseum.

    He yells at himself. not the other team (unless you count Orlando Cabrera when Cabrera kicked dirt towards him).

    If the tigers watched video of Balfour, they should have noticed this.

    Its true, his pre pitch routine is idiotic and long, I thought Martinez did a good job of calling time.

    Now, Since MLB hates a’s fans and I have no access to MLB network at work at 10 AM, I have not seen it, there may have been more. But Balfour yells constantly

    • daveitsgood - Oct 7, 2013 at 4:52 PM

      Except that in this instance he yelled right at VMart – “what the f you looking at b_?” which started the whole thing. Balfour was in the wrong and needs to be smarter than that. That was just ridiculous and all on Balfour.

      • clydeserra - Oct 7, 2013 at 4:57 PM

        didn’t see it.

        thank you MLB!

      • uuddlrlrbastart - Oct 7, 2013 at 5:02 PM

        But that doesn’t explain why Victor Martinez was staring out at Balfour after the foul ball. Martinez was staring him down before Balfour started shouting back. Now maybe the staring was because of Balfour yelling on a prior pitch, but whatever happened, I wouldn’t call it entirely one-sided.

    • aidanscawley - Oct 7, 2013 at 4:53 PM

      The Tigers saw Balfour in August, I can assure you whatever went down had little to do with a lack of familiarity. I don’t think we know enough about it yet (hence Craig editing the portion of the recap devoted to the incident) but it didn’t seem like either player was without fault, regardless of any stupid habit.

  3. ch0psuey - Oct 7, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    Was hoping Balfour would drop in a “Mate” or two but didnt hear any. The other words he said sure came in pretty clear on the broadcast. Glad A’s Won but dang, Balfour is a hothead.

  4. herkulease - Oct 7, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    I think the Balfour/Martinez thing is combination of Balfour being Balfour always yelling and frustration from the game. Sometimes little things just tick you off even if you seen it hundreds of times.

    We’ll see if they put out the angle from behind the plate to see what Balfour did beyond is usual routine.

  5. Francisco (FC) - Oct 7, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    When your back is against the wall always have a Fister ready.

  6. johnnysoda - Oct 7, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    I guess Oakland is in a position to Oakclinch.

    Here all week, folks.

  7. psunick - Oct 7, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    Craig has pulled down more than one of his posts today.

  8. ray0414 - Oct 7, 2013 at 6:32 PM

    VMART wasnt staring at balfour to instigate anything, its what he does, its more like him LOCKING IN during the at bat, its nothing aggressive at all. he always keeps his eye on the pitcher, especially if its an important at bat. balfour was a complete douche about it. what is he staring at? uhh the closer in which he needs to get a hit off, u dumbass.

  9. proudlycanadian - Oct 7, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    The doom watch for the Tigers is looming.

  10. pwshrugged - Oct 8, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    Seems to me that a player as professional as Victor Martinez getting that riled up and frustrated by Balfour speaks volumes about where the mentality of the Tigers’ clubhouse is right now, and does not bode well for their chances the rest of the way.

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