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Dan Dickerson Recaps The Tigers 8-6 Win Over The A’s In Game 4 Of The ALDS

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DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 08:  Max Scherzer #37 of the Detroit Tigers celebrates with teammates after getting the third out in the eighth inning against the Oakland Athletics during Game Four of the American League Division Series at Comerica Park on October 8, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

DETROIT, MI – OCTOBER 08: Max Scherzer #37 of the Detroit Tigers celebrates with teammates after getting the third out in the eighth inning against the Oakland Athletics during Game Four of the American League Division Series at Comerica Park on October 8, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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By: Dan Dickerson
@Dan_Dickerson

Going into Tuesday night’s game with Oakland, the Detroit Tigers found themselves in a spot they had never been in under Jim Leyland – facing elimination in Game 4 of a first round series. And for four innings on Tuesday night, the chances of playing a Game 5 weren’t looking very good. Oakland A’s starter Dan Straily had no-hit the Tigers through four innings, and the Tigers trailed, 3-0, going to the bottom of the fifth. And then the Tigers’ bats came alive, leading to one of the greatest finishes ever in Tigers post-season history.

Prince Fielder led off the 5th with a bloop single down the left field line. Victor Martinez followed with a single. Jhonny Peralta then hit a 2-2 pitch just over the glove of a leaping Yoenis Cespedes for a home run to tie the game, 3-3.

Then things got really interesting.

Max Scherzer came out of the bullpen to start the 7th, and gave up a run on a single, sacrifice and another single. With nine outs left, the Tigers now trailed, 4-3. But Victor Martinez led off the bottom of the 7th with what appeared to be a home run off of reliever Sean Doolittle. The A’s claimed fan interference – which there was – but the umpires reviewed it, and determined Reddick had little chance to make the catch, and Martinez had his home run, tying the game, 4-4.

In the very next half-inning, the A’s loaded the bases with none out against Scherzer. But then – in an electrifying sequence – Scherzer struck out Reddick on a 3-2 changeup in the dirt, struck out Vogt on a fastball, and then got Alberto Callaspo on a line drive to Austin Jackson in center field to end the inning, and preserve the Tigers 5-4 lead.

The Tigers added three runs in the bottom of the 8th – Omar Infante’s two-out, two-run double brought home the final two runs – to take an 8-4 lead. Those final two runs were big, because the A’s scored two in the 9th off Joaquin Benoit – and had the potential tying run at the plate – before Benoit closed it out by striking out Seth Smith.

The 8-6 win means the Tigers will playing a deciding Game 5 on the road for a third straight year, and in Oakland for a second straight year. Sonny Gray – who was incredible in Game 2, dominating the Tigers in eight shutout innings – will start for the A’s. The Tigers will go with Justin Verlander, who threw seven shutout innings in Game 2, and who beat the A’s with a complete game shutout in Game 5 of the ALDS last year. The winner will face the Red Sox in the American League Championship Series starting Saturday in Boston.

 

Listen below to Jhonny Peralta’s 3-run HR



Listen below Victor Martinez solo HR

Listen below to Max Scherzer’s final out in the 8th inning

Listen below to Omar Infante’s 2-run double

Listen below to the final call of the Tigers 8-6 win over the Oakland A’s in game 4 of the ALDS

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