5 Key Plays In The Oakland Athletics Win Over The Detroit Tigers
5 Key Moments During The Oakland Athletics 2-0 Win Over Detroit Tigers
The amazing season for the Oakland Athletics continues for at least one more game after defeating the Detroit Tigers 2-0 in game three. Brett Anderson was outstanding in his first start since September 19th and he went six innings throwing 80 pitches.
He didn’t allow a run and gave up two hits and two walks while striking out six. Ryan Cook, Sean Doolittle and Grant Balfour finished the shutout.
As for the Tigers Anibal Sanchez pitched well too with only two blemishes and offensively there was only one threat which came in the second inning and with one out Jhonny Peralta and Andy Dirks singled. Anderson did his job by inducing a ground ball to second resulting in a fielder’s choice.
Avisail Garcia got a chance with two outs to drive in a run, yet grounded out weakly ending the threat.
In the first two games of the series the A’s defense struggled and tonight that wasn’t the case. There were several nice plays by short stop Stephen Drew, Josh Donaldson turned a double play after a hard hit ball, Yoenis Cespedes got into the act and Coco Crisp and at least for moment made fans forget about the misplayed fly ball off the bat of Miguel Cabrera in game two.
The Pitching did another great job of keeping Cabrera and Prince Fielder in check as the two combined to 1/8 with a strikeout and a double play.
Here’s a look at the top five key moments of the A’s game five victory over the Tigers.
RBI Single By Yoenis Cespedes
The Oakland Athletics had a great start to the first inning when Coco Crisp led off with a single and Stephen Drew walked to put runners on first and second, which meant a great opportunity for Yoenis Cespedes to open up the scoring.
Anibal Sanchez threw him a 1-1 off-speed pitch and he went right back up the middle for a single into center field. While the ball didn’t go that far into the outfield it did allow for the speedy Crisp to score from second.
It gave the A’s the early 1-0 lead and the opportunity to tack on more runs with the dangerous Brandon Moss coming to the plate.
Anibal Sanchez Escapes First Inning Jam
For Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez the first inning didn’t go well at the start. He allowed the first three runners to get on, which includes the rbi single from Yoenis Cespedes and he then found his groove with the dangerous Brandon Moss at the plate. The result freezing him with an inside fastball that came back and caught the corner.
This meant that Josh Reddick got his turn with one out and runners on first second. All season long he struggled with runners in scoring position. Sanchez was able to induce an inning ending double play and got out of the inning with only giving up the one run.
Coco Crisp Takes Away A Home Run
Coco Crisp started the series off with a bang in game one hitting a leadoff home run. Yet, it was the only run the Oakland Athletics were able to score from Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander who took advantage of a large strike zone from umpire Jim Reynolds.
Game two didn’t go well for Crisp as he made a costly error on a fly ball off the bat of Miguel Cabrera. Tonight he made up for it after Brett Anderson hung a slider to Prince Fielder. Using his great speed he tracked the ball down made a leap and took a solo home run away.
Seth Smith's Solo Home Run
Seth Smith offered manager Bob Melvin a bat in the lineup that faced off against Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez before. In 13 at-bats he picked up six hits including a double, two home runs, three rbi and has drawn a walk.
With the A’s needing an insurance run after scoring the only run in the first inning Smith was able to hit a 2-2 fastball from Sanchez over the fence in center field for the second run of the game. The extra run was important because it would have meant Grant Balfour would have faced Miguel Cabrera in the ninth inning with the opportunity to tie the game up with one swing of the bat.
Though Cabrera did get on with a single to the opposite field, Prince Fielder hit into the game ending double play.
Diving Catch By Yoenis Cespedes
Oakland Athletics pitchers have kept Prince Fielder in check and he has not been able to buy a hit going 1-12 in the three games. Yet, he had two opportunities that got taken away from him tonight. One was the catch by Coco Crisp that robbed him of a home run and the other being on an outstanding diving catch by left fielder Yoenis Cespedes that took away a single.
Fielder hit a ball that was sinking quickly into left field and with Cespedes playing deep he had to come in on a sprint dove from out of nowhere and made the catch while making sure not to land on his shoulder and maintaining possession of the baseball.