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