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Tigers Hang On For 3-2 Win; Lead A’s 1-0 in ALDS

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WP: Max Scherzer (1-0)      LP: Bartolo Colon (0-1)       SV: Joaquin Benoit (1)

OAKLAND, California –

The Detroit Tigers jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the top of the 1st inning, and that’s all the offense they would need as they hold on to win Game 1 of the American League Division Series against the Oakland A’s, 3-2.

Max Scherzer silenced the Oakland offense for most of the night, allowing just 3 hits while striking out 11 A’s. His only blemish was a 7th inning 2-run home run by Yoenis Cespedes which woke up the crowd of over 48,000. Drew Smyly took over in the 8th and struck out both batters he faced before handing the ball over to Joaquin Benoit who completed the 4-out save.

Austin Jackson started the game off with a leadoff double, and Torii Hunter was hit by a pitch to put men on 1st & 2nd for Miguel Cabrera, who lined one into center field, scoring Jackson. Torii was able to make it to 3rd on the play. Prince Fielder then grounded into a double play, but thankfully Hunter was able to score from 3rd. With 2 outs, Alex Avila was able to score Victor Martinez by shooting a deep single towards the 2nd baseman.

Overall, it was a good win for Detroit. It’s always good when you steal one from your opponent on the road to start a series. However, they have much to improve on. Save for the 1st inning, the offense didn’t do much of anything. They’re going to need to get those bats going to get some run support for the starting pitcher.

Game 2 is tomorrow (Saturday night) at 9:07 and can be seen on TBS. Good start for the Tigers, let’s keep it going!!

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.

16 Comments

  1. John Norander

    October 5, 2013 at 12:06 am

    Mad Max !!

  2. Detroit Sports Nation

    October 5, 2013 at 12:07 am

    Scherzer was great tonight. Take away that Cespedes HR and that was almost a perfect outing from him. Great job.

  3. Steve Lochotzki

    October 5, 2013 at 12:08 am

    Bullpen still scares me.

  4. Detroit Sports Nation

    October 5, 2013 at 12:09 am

    Not tonight! They were great tonight.

  5. Tommy Paslaski

    October 5, 2013 at 12:14 am

    Benoit was so clutch in 9th striking out the side. Very good to see. Great win!

  6. Eric Draven

    October 5, 2013 at 12:18 am

    Need to get the bats going.

  7. Daniel Vergun

    October 5, 2013 at 12:18 am

    FIRE the TBS announcer cast! But that said, Tigers have the best pitchers in baseball.

  8. Matt Remington

    October 5, 2013 at 1:42 am

    I really hate to say this but caberera needs to sit. He cant walk. as much as i love him hes done enough this season no use making him a career DH from beating his hips to death.

  9. Steve Lochotzki

    October 5, 2013 at 2:19 am

    true just still worries me

  10. Steve Lochotzki

    October 5, 2013 at 2:19 am

    i don’t get FSD here in the Atlanta metro area and it kills me watching the post game with that idiot Oberman

  11. Antonio Merlin Michaels

    October 5, 2013 at 3:04 am

    They did say that his injury only requires rest and after the playoffs, he will 100% heal during the off-season.

  12. Gordon Deprest

    October 5, 2013 at 8:24 am

    that’s because they’re wearing masks.

  13. Jimmy Edwards

    October 5, 2013 at 8:59 am

    It’s not on FSD, anyhow. We’re all stuck.

  14. Michael Craft

    October 5, 2013 at 9:18 am

    Pitching looked good bats have to step it up and i love Cabrera to best hitter on the planet when healthy but he not he is going to be on non factor in the playoff

  15. Steve Lochotzki

    October 5, 2013 at 9:57 am

    no FSD had pregame and post game Dad has it back in Ohio.

  16. Peggy Bailey

    October 5, 2013 at 11:46 am

    Good news!

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