FINAL: A’S 6, TIGERS 3 Game. Set. Match. The Tigers are on the verge of elimination after suffering a 6 defeat. With the loss, the Tigers now trail the A’s, 2, the best-of-five series. interesting twist, both benches and bullpens cleared the ninth inning after it appeared Martinez took exception to some words said by A’s closer Balfour. There was a bit of a skirmish at the mound, but no punches were thrown. After two minutes of pushing and shoving, players returned to their respective dugouts and warning were issued to both benches. Martinez resumed his at-bat and flew out to right. When he circled back to the mound, Moss, Vogt and plate-umpire Darling all jumped between him and Balfour.
EIGHTH INNING: A’S 6, TIGERS 3 The Tigers Michael Bowie Jersey are down to their final three outs after they fail to trim the A’s lead the eighth. Torii a one-out walk, but Cabrera popped out on the first pitch and Fielder lined out to short. Detroit’s offense has now plated runs just two of 26 combined innings this series, totaling six runs. That’s just not going to get the job done. SEVENTH INNING: A’S 6, TIGERS 3 Another scoreless frame for the Tigers, who are down to their final six outs. Including today, they’ve scored three or fewer runs seven consecutive playoff . More concerning: Detroit has scored just 12 runs their last 62 postseason innings. SIXTH INNING: A’S 6, TIGERS 3 With the heart of the Tigers’ lineup due up, decided to go to his bullpen — and it paid off. Despite throwing only 73 pitches, Parker was lifted favor of Otero, who worked a inning.
He gave up a soft single to Fielder, but O’Brien Schofield Jersey induced a 3 double play to end the inning. Both starters are officially done before the sixth inning. Who woulda thunk it? Sanchez could only go 4 3 innings — his shortest start since June 15. Only nine more outs for the Tigers. Can they score at least three runs to try and force extra innings? What do you think? FIFTH INNING: A’S 6, TIGERS 3 Just like that, the A’s retake the lead after Sanchez allowed a pair of homers the fifth, including a two-run shot off the bat of Smith, which forced Sanchez’s early exit. It was a bizarre start for Sanchez, who gave up three homers, including a quiet solo shot from Moss. The last time Sanchez gave up more than one a game? Sept. 9. The last time he gave up three?
July 28 — his Tigers debut. FOURTH INNING: A’S 3, TIGERS 3 A big fourth inning as both teams break out their big-boy bats and plate a handful of runs. More importantly, the Tigers finally scored a run to snap their streak of scoreless innings at 20 when Martinez scored from second with a double to right field. The Tigers added two more off the bat of Peralta, who laced a single to shallow left to tie the game at 3-all. If you were wondering why Peralta got the start left field today, there’s your explanation.