There will be no sweep for the Tigers in the best of 5 American League Division Series. Last night at Oakland, the A’s kept their season alive by blanking Detroit 2-to-0 and they now trail the Tigers 2-games-to-1. Detroit starter Anibal Sanchez was outdueled by the A’s Brett Anderson. Sanchez allowed all 5 Oakland hits over 6-and-a-third innings, including an RBI single in the first and a fifth inning homer.Andersonfired six innings of two-hit ball while striking out six. Jhonny Peralta managed two of the four total hits for Detroit. Tiger’s first baseman Prince Fielder was robbed of a pair of hits in the Oakland outfield, including Coco Crisp leaping and reaching over the centerfield wall to snare a would-be homer in the second inning. After Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera singled for Detroit with one out in the ninth, Oakland closer Grant Balfour got Fielder to ground into a game ending double play.
Tiger’s 16-game winner Max Scherzer will try to close out the series for Detroit tonight while facing Oakland rookie A.J. Griffin. The game is scheduled to start at 9:37 p.m. eastern time with the t-v coverage on TNT.
In yesterday’s other playoff action, the San Francisco Giants forced a Game 4 in their National League Division Series with the Reds by winning at Cincinnati 2-to-1 in ten-innings. The other two Division Series matchups will resume today after a travel day. Both are even at one game apiece. The Orioles squared their set against the Yankees with a 3-to-2 victory on Monday night, while the Cardinals belted four homers in a 12-to-4 win over the Nationals.