Athletics Try To Keep Series Alive

Image courtesy of mlb.com/Eric Risberg - AP
Coco Crisp and the A's can send their series to game five against the Tigers. Image courtesy of mlb.com/Eric Risberg - AP
Oakland kept alive its fairytale season on Wednesday and avoided a second consecutive postseason whitewash by Detroit when they beat the Tigers 2-0 at the Coliseum. Games four and five are also in Oakland in front of the A’s yellow towel-waving fans, and after sweeping Texas in the final three games of the regular season, the league’s upstarts are in a position to claim another big scalp.

There will be two vastly different figures - in terms of experience - on the mound on Thursday. Tigers right-armer Max Scherzer went 16-7 during the regular season, and his 231 strikeouts were second best in the American League, just behind teammate Justin Verlander. The former Diamondback allowed just three runs on seven hits in two starts against the A’s this year.

On the bump for Oakland will be rookie A.J. Griffin, who compiled an outstanding 7-1 record this year after making his debut in late June. His only appearance against the Tigers didn’t last long, though, after being smacked around for five runs on eight hits across 4 2/3 innings. It was arguably his worst performance of the season, and A’s fans will be hoping for a better performance from the righty in this must-win game.

All four postseason series are still alive after the Giants surprised the Reds in Cincinnati. The Yankees and Orioles are tied at one-all, as are the Nationals and defending World Series champs the St Louis Cardinals. 

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