Well once the A’s got past Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander, things got easier for the A’s offense. I know Anibal Sanchez led the American League in ERA this year, but they A’s haven’t had much trouble with him in the past – at least this season – and a lot of the team’s lefty hitters seem to like the hitter friendly confines of Comerica Park. Six runs – including homers by Josh Reddick, Brandon Moss, and Seth Smith – knocked Sanchez out the game in the fifth inning.
It helps that the Detroit’s offense has just been anemic (or has the A’s pitching just been that good?), as their three run burst to break a 20-inning scoreless streak only momentarily tied the game. They wouldn’t be able answer the three runs the A’s responded with and the A’s pretty much cruised to a 6-3 victory (with a little distraction from Grant Balfour and Victor Martinez in the 9th).
Anything can happen in a short series, so even though you could say the A’s are in the driver’s seat, I’m not going to feel comfortable with anything until a final out is made with the A’s having more runs than the Tigers. And you’ve got to figure Game 4 is a must-win for the A’s. Do you want to see Game 5 with Scherzer and Verlander both on full rest? I sure don’t.
Dan Straily goes for the A’s and Doug Fister for the Tigers in Game 4 today. The last time these two squared off in Detroit, this happened. I really, really hope it happens again. Go A’s!!!