Detroit Tigers

Athletics Push Tigers To Brink; Win Game 3, 6-3

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W: Parker (1-0)   L: Sanchez (0-1)  S: Balfour (1)

DETROIT, Michigan

Anibal Sanchez was knocked around for 6 runs, including a season high 3 home runs, as the Oakland Athletics have pushed the Detroit Tigers to the brink of elimination with a 6-3 win today at Comerica Park.

Josh Reddick, Brandon Moss, and Seth Smith all hit home runs off Sanchez, who had only allowed a total of 9 home runs all season heading into today. He was bounced after allowing 8 hits in just 4.1 innings.

The Detroit bats were able to put up a 3 spot in the 4th inning which awoke the sellout crowd of over 43,000, but that was short lived as Oakland put up 3 runs the very next half inning.

Jim Leyland elected to put Jhonny Peralta in left field in hopes of finding some offense, and Peralta played well all things considering. But the move may be too little too late for the slumping Tigers offense. In the 27 innings played this series, Detroit has only been able to score runs in 2 of them. Combine that with the 3 total runs they scored in the final series in Miami, including a no-hitter on Sunday, and the Tigers are in an unthinkable offensive slump.

Benches cleared in the 9th after Grant Balfour and Victor Martinez had words. No punches were thrown but maybe this will spark the Tigers going into Game 4.

It’s unlikely Jim Leyland will send Max Scherzer out to pitch Game 4 on short rest, so the pressure will be on Doug Fister to keep this series going and send it back to Oakland.

Lots will be debated in the coming days and weeks about this team if they are unable to get their bats rolling. See you tomorrow evening for Game 4.

About Jeff Deacon

Jeff joined the DSN crew in 2011 as a beat writer for the Detroit Tigers. He also covers news around the National Hockey League. Jeff currently resides in Phoenix, AZ where he is focusing on a career as an airline pilot. Follow Jeff on Twitter at @JeffDeacs.

82 Comments

  1. Joe Hescott

    October 7, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    They are done!

  2. David Rodriguez

    October 7, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    Glad I don’t have to watch this pos garbage team after tomorrow!!! They are gutless and have no heart!!!

  3. Ben Robar

    October 7, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    sucks they lost…but no hate comments from me….. if i was “perfect” at life maybe i would bitch.

  4. Carl Hergenreder

    October 7, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    They have won a game 5 in Oakland, they can do it again if they can win game 4 in Detroit

  5. Michael Alan

    October 7, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    Season. Over.

  6. Carl Hergenreder

    October 7, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    Bashing your own team = fair weather fans.

  7. Paul Rogers

    October 7, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    Told Yah, they cannot beat the A’s, Go away Jimmy !!

  8. Chris Buchanan

    October 7, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    The Tiger offense is offensive.

  9. Ben Robar

    October 7, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    yes they can……

  10. David Rodriguez

    October 7, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    The tigers where up 2-0 last season! Oakland won 2 to send it to a game 5!

  11. Charles Zachary

    October 7, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    I like to bitch but still my Tigers and they are not done yet.

  12. Ethan Edgerton

    October 7, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    The tigers just need a 2 game winning streak.. Think of how many 2 game winning streaks they have had. Not over yet

  13. Joshef Cannon

    October 7, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    Scherzer on short rest… if the Dodgers do it with Kershaw leading the series, we need to do it behind in the series

  14. Norm Cloar

    October 7, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    Its do or die tomorrow they need to wake up n get the bats rolling.

  15. Ben Robar

    October 7, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    for sure

  16. Miguel M Zapata

    October 7, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    Y Don’t u Haters jump off the wagon already!!!

  17. Detroit Sports Nation

    October 7, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    Anything is possible, but unless they get the bats going there is 0% chance they extend this series. Something has to change.

  18. Paul Rogers

    October 7, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    Reality. = Truth not bashing !!

  19. Josh Galbreath

    October 7, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    When I pay the money for jerseys and tickets and all that merchandise I can complain all I want about the team. We have a top 5 payroll that we complied to win a World Series, not just make the playoffs. Cabrera’s injury is not an excuse, some other guys need to step up. Scoring runs in 2 of 27 innings is completely ridiculous.

  20. Eddie Maynard

    October 7, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    omg shut up

  21. Carl Hergenreder

    October 7, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    Fair Weather ;)

  22. Ben Robar

    October 7, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    lol….

  23. Chris Gray

    October 7, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    Mabee you should go bat 4 them! You’ve been known 2 hit a few out!

  24. David Rodriguez

    October 7, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    Damn right josh!!

  25. Carl Hergenreder

    October 7, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    lmao

  26. David Rodriguez

    October 7, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    Lol

  27. Detroit Sports Nation

    October 7, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    I was really hoping Victor would pop Balfour in the yapper. That would have made it worth the price of admission right there.

  28. Eddie Maynard

    October 7, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    34. that is the number of times the tigers have won back to back games this year

  29. Chris Gray

    October 7, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    Sounds like Miguel is sensitive. Need a hug? Lol

  30. Eddie Maynard

    October 7, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    shut up

  31. Eddie Maynard

    October 7, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    34

  32. Paul Rogers

    October 7, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    Hey Josh Galbreath…. You tell em bro !! Its over just accept it like last year. The billion boys just don’t have what it takes.

  33. Pat Martin

    October 7, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    Let’s get done Tigers, and I live in Ca–

  34. Mary McKee

    October 7, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    Yes, do what the Dodgers are doing Kershaw on three days rest. Pitch Scherzer tomorrow afternoon. That is what has to change. Oh and hits they need to get hits. Lets Go Tigers!!!!!!!!

  35. Nick Good

    October 7, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    I honestly don’t know what to say. Hopefully that 9th inning crap will spark something in these Tigers. Looks like they don’t even believe in themselves anymore.

  36. Mercer E. Mitchell Jr.

    October 7, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    If we do not start hitting and producing runs NOW, we will not advance.

  37. Shane BoBane Broadway

    October 7, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    Jim boring Leyland baseball

  38. Nick Good

    October 7, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    Don’t start Scherzer tomorrow. Fister is a great starter who keeps balls in the park. Don’t want to risk Scherzer having a bad game and we lose. We need to play for something.

  39. Josh Galbreath

    October 7, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    They’ve scored runs in 2 out of the last 36 innings they’ve played…better do something different!

  40. Vicki Rocho

    October 7, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    Shake it off boys!! We’ve got 2 more games to WIN!! LET’S GO TIGERS!!!!!!

  41. Nick Good

    October 7, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    It’s always a tough ALDS for us. If we advance, we got World Series on our brain.

  42. Detroit Sports Nation

    October 7, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    Follow us on Twitter @DetSportsNation for postgame quotes from the Tigers clubhouse.

  43. Detroit Sports Nation

    October 7, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    No way Scherzer goes tomorrow. Pitching isn’t the problem, even though Sanchez was a bit off today. Bats need to do their job.

  44. Vicki Rocho

    October 7, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    Victor poppin one out would have been better!

  45. Ben Robar

    October 7, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    lol…./

  46. Detroit Sports Nation

    October 7, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    Here is the 9th inning fracas with Victor & Balfour:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=T2LECKijX1Q

  47. Nick Good

    October 7, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    ALREADY on YouTube. The things people do over a little fight.

  48. William T. Cook

    October 7, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    Da, the tigers can’t.

  49. Joe Huff

    October 7, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    Next year they will win it when Robinson Cano and Giancarlo Stanton come to detroit and a new manger . Wit Miggy not 100% and the fact that there old and slow. If Miggy was 100% and they had a LF that could hit and had good bench players. It jus seems that we get are hopes up then they rip are hearts out. Boston is 2 good

  50. Charles Zachary

    October 7, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    Who is old Hunter and Martinez and they both hit three hundred. Stanton maybe don’t need Cano. Infante is solid and hits. They are not done yet for this year. We sure have a lot of fair weather fans who quit when things get tough.

  51. Jeff Smith

    October 7, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    If if if

  52. David Rodriguez

    October 7, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    Miguel being hurt is no excuses! With this line up and this pitching staff, they should be better what they have been!! This might be the best tiger team ever assembled! And these jerks are pissing it away!!! When they get knocked off tomorrow, they need to make some big changes!!!

  53. Jeff Smith

    October 7, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    Yeah right

  54. Holly Horne

    October 7, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    Ugly unnessary loss…must do now! Go tigers!

  55. Holly Horne

    October 7, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    68 ws vs. cards tigers fell behind forced game 7 and won….

  56. David Rodriguez

    October 7, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    68 tigers also scored runs in more than 2 of 27 innings!!!

  57. Alec Macksoud

    October 7, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    You guys act like winning a division and making it to the World Series is easy. You should just be happy that your team is in the playoffs. Of course we all want them to win but how could you sit there and say that the tigers suck and are garbage? They wouldn’t of got this far if they sucked. Every game in the playoffs is against a good pitcher and a good team. Shut up already.

  58. Matt Remington

    October 7, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    Caberra out peralta in.

  59. Alec Macksoud

    October 7, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    Lol^^ Cabrera has 3 hits in the series…. How many does Jackson, hunter and iglassies have? You sound dumb.

  60. John Jerome

    October 7, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    The Tiges go in to a hitting slump from time to time. They’ve done it all year. During the season Cabrera would pick up the team during these slumps. With him hurt it’s just not the same. Tigers can still pull this thing off if the bats wake up. We’ll see.

  61. Jake Goodwin

    October 7, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    dude we weren’t even swinging that much plus the wind is what helped oakland hit homers today

  62. Bill Joseph

    October 7, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    I said they would lose in 5 …boy I was wrong

  63. Mary McKee

    October 7, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    I said they need to hit. Not just Scherzer should be pitching.

  64. Ron Kinnie

    October 7, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    This is the same old stuff from a Leyland managed team here in Detroit. 8 years 4 playoff appearances and it looks like no WS title. It’s time for a change at the managerial position. 8 years is long enough.

  65. Larry Kooi

    October 7, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    Really, Detroit Sports Nation. So the loss would have been fine if Victor would have attacked him? Grow up!

  66. James Gardner

    October 7, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    Need some leadership to step up and rally this team!! A little fire guys??

  67. Detroit Sports Nation

    October 8, 2013 at 2:39 am

    Larry- Take a joke, man.

  68. Paul Rogers

    October 8, 2013 at 6:23 am

    How about Jimmy pulling Sanchez before he gave the game away, even the announcer knew to get Sanchez out but Jimmy was asleep at the switch.

  69. Paul Rogers

    October 8, 2013 at 6:35 am

    Ron Kinnie – Well said and I agree, get it together today boy’s. It’s elimination day !!

  70. Jill Samuels

    October 8, 2013 at 7:51 am

    Ain’t over till the fat lady sings!!! Or Roarrrrrs! That lady’s gonna be ROARRRR’IN!!!!!

  71. Jill Samuels

    October 8, 2013 at 7:55 am

    Amen Ethan!………A true fan you are!

  72. Jill Samuels

    October 8, 2013 at 8:01 am

    Hey Paul…..you and Josh are NOT true Tiger Fans!…….take a hike!

  73. Paul Rogers

    October 8, 2013 at 8:06 am

    Hey Jill Samuels…. We’re not true tiger fans because we are realist and we don’t live in a dream world and we are not delusional, your right !! We’re hiking down reality lane.

  74. Jill Samuels

    October 8, 2013 at 8:08 am

    Just don’t grab a beer and celebrate when we take game 5 in Oakland. :)

  75. Paul Rogers

    October 8, 2013 at 8:12 am

    Hey look, I hope they win but I don’t believe it’s going to happen. You will be crying in your beer !!

  76. Jill Samuels

    October 8, 2013 at 8:26 am

    My daddy always told me not to cry in my beer….makes it flat and to Always….Always back your team……..Those boys are gonna take it all!

  77. Paul Rogers

    October 8, 2013 at 8:37 am

    Looks like a re-run of last year minus Fernando Valverde, I hope you right !!

  78. Gary VanDecar

    October 8, 2013 at 10:27 am

    Please in what fantasy world do you think that Detroit could afford to get both Robinson Cano and Giancarlo Staton plus be looking to resign Miggy long term amd possibly Max Scherzer as well.

  79. Holly Horne

    October 8, 2013 at 10:55 am

    Yes…lifelong tiger fan in nyc here

  80. Jill Samuels

    October 11, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    Hey Paul……what were you saying about vrying in my beer!! Spilled one as I watched Miggy hit one out…..but never once came close to crying in it! Bring on Boston….we’re ready!!

  81. Paul Rogers

    October 11, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    Hey Jill…I was wrong and I’m glad I was wrong, I don’t cry in my beer because I don’t drink. I’m very happy they won, I didn’t think their bats could do it but Miggy is the man. I never did question Miggy because he is a bad boy but being hurt was questionable.

  82. Paul Rogers

    October 11, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    Can’t forget Justin either, he was very impressive !!

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