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VIDEO: Rajai Davis hits walk-off grand slam against Athletics

Jun 30, 2014, 11:48 PM EDT

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Sean Doolittle has been mostly untouchable this season, but he has suddenly blown back-to-back save chances for the Athletics. And this latest one resulted in a dramatic victory for the Tigers.

Doolittle was handed a 4-1 lead going into the bottom of the ninth inning tonight, but he gave up back-to-back singles to get into some quick trouble. He bounced back to strike out Eugenio Suarez swinging, but then walked Austin Jackson to load the bases. This is notable, as Doolittle had walked just one batter in 39 innings this season coming into Monday’s action.

That rare walk from Doolittle came back to bite the Athletics in a big way, as Davis followed with a walk-off grand slam to give the Tigers a 5-4 victory. Check out the video below:

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Davis and Alan Trammell (1988) are the only players in Tigers history to hit a walk-off grand slam while trailing by three runs. Appropriately enough, Trammell was on hand for tonight’s game, as the Tigers were honoring the 30th anniversary of the 1984 World Series champions.

  1. historiophiliac - Jun 30, 2014 at 11:51 PM

    It.Was.Awesome!

    • michiganhockey11 - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:38 AM

      Dan Dickerson’s radio call was off the charts.

    • clydeserra - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:14 AM

      what’s the opposite of that. cuz that’s what it was…

      • historiophiliac - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:23 AM

        Ball-crushing?

  2. dhalb34 - Jun 30, 2014 at 11:57 PM

    I bleeping hate the Tigers….

    • normcash - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:36 AM

      I assume you’re an A’s fan, so I can’t blame you. The A’s have been in the post-season
      3 times in the last 7 seasons and the Tigers have eliminated them all three times….if I were
      an A’s fan, I’d hate them too. But I’m a Tiger fan, so….WOO HOO!!!!!!!!!!

    • renaado - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:47 AM

      But that walk-off is so hard not to hate.

      • renaado - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:03 AM

        I think I just screwed my statement up.

        What I was tryin to say was that Walk-off is hard to hate.

  3. miken82382 - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:11 AM

    why do you hate them because they kick oaklands ass in the playoffs every year

  4. dhalb34 - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:18 AM

    Always seem on the short end of the stick when we play them. They are our kryptonite that’s for sure.

  5. riverace19 - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:28 AM

    Doolittle did less than little. Hope this is just a hiccup.

    • notsofast10 - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:30 AM

      Back to Back Breaking balls with the second one hanging like a big fat grapefruit. To say that was not a good pitch would be an extreme understatement.

  6. rawdog2013 - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:34 AM

    Well, we know the A’s will make the playoffs. Can’t say the same about the kittens.

    • philliesblow - Jul 1, 2014 at 7:42 AM

      Yeah, 5 games leads in July are stone cold locks. Didn’t the Dodgers just come from 9 back to pass the Giants in 3 weeks?

    • clydeserra - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:16 AM

      no we don’t.

  7. aceshigh11 - Jul 1, 2014 at 8:35 AM

    A grand slam when you’re down by 3 in the bottom of the 9th is just about the coolest thing ever. Awesome.

  8. thomas844 - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:27 AM

    Moments like this are why I love baseball.

  9. michiganhockey11 - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    The ironic part was that they were celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Tigers 1984 WS team and had a bunch of guys including Lou and Tram there last night. What’s ironic, is that the last time this happened was almost 10 years ago to the day, on June 27, 2004, when Carlos Pena hit a walk-off grand slam and they were celebrating the 20th anniversary of the 84′ WS team then as well, with some of the players there as guests.

    And the last time prior to that when it occured and it was 1994 almost exactly 10 years prior to that, when Lou hit a walk-off grand slam with Tram on base. Interesting timing, huh?

  10. michiganhockey11 - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:57 AM

    Maybe this had something to do with that walk-off magic

    “But when the Comerica ceremony ended and Whitaker started to throw the ceremonial first pitch before the current Tigers played the A’s, he suddenly waved for shortstop Alan Trammell and first baseman Dave Bergman.

    Instead of a pitch, they dashed to the bases with a ball and turned a perfect 4-6-3 double play. For just that instant, they looked as fast and young and vibrant as they used to be as the shadows lengthened and the fans cheered.”

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