With buzz from Sonny Gray’s sensational Game 2 start still lingering, here comes the kid’s encore performance: The A’s have named him as their Game 5 starter for Thursday night’s final game with the Tigers.
Men and women stand shoulder to shoulder on the sidewalk waiting for the light; they’re facing north toward the ballpark.
“You don’t pretend,” Verlander said. “It’s not just another game. The season is on the line. It was on the line for us tonight, too. This whole season, the way we battled and played as a team, comes down to one game.”
Powerful as it is, the Detroit Tigers offense sometimes hits the skids. It might blow the doors off an opposing defense, or it might suffer through a prolonged scoreless streak.
After the game, Jackson could not stop smiling.
Max Scherzer escaped a major jam in relief and the Detroit Tigers – helped by two fans who reached out to try to reel in Victor Martinez’s disputed home run.
If Max Scherzer had not locked up every vote for the American League Cy Young already, he probably converted any remaining doubters with his gutsy performance as a reliever Tuesday.
Little surprises Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland. After all, he has been in and around the game for nearly half a century. What throws him off a little, though, is the Tigers’ current lack of power.
“I haven’t really had a lot of luck with that in my career to be honest with you, bringing a starter out, but we’ll see,” Leyland said.
The A’s pitching staff has completely stymied the dangerous Detroit offense in 25 of 27 innings in the series.