Game Three at the O.co tonight. You can expect sporadic updates and stuff, definitely stuff.
Here are your starting lineups
1. Austin Jackson (R) CF
2. Omar Infante (R) 2B
3. Miguel Cabrera (R) 3B
4. Prince Fielder (L) 1B
5. Delmon Young (R) DH
6. Jhonny Peralta (R) SS
7. Andy Dirks (L) LF
8. Avisail Garcia (R) RF
9. Gerald Laird (R) C
1. Coco Crisp (S) CF
2. Stephen Drew (L) SS
3. Yoeni$ Ce$pede$ (R) LF
4. Brandon Moss (L) 1B
5. Josh Reddick (L) RF
6. Josh Donaldson (R) 3B
7. Seth Smith (L) DH
8. Derek Norris (R) C
9. Cliff Pennington (S) 2B
Brett Anderson looks sharp, sitting down Jackson and Infante on sliders. Nothing to see here for Detroit in the first. Ce$pede$ singled up the middle to drive Crisp home and push Drew to second, but a GIDP from Josh Reddick would kill the buzz.
Coco Crisp can judge a fly, catch ball.
Oakland leads 1-0 through two innings.
Derek Norris ensures this series remains sloppy by getting caught stealing second base. Sanchez doesn’t allow a baserunner in the inning. 1-0 in favour of Oakland, move along.
Anderson deals ground balls to all and Sanchez gets the A’s one-two-three. Game is right on track to finish at 90 minutes.
Ce$pede$ has the ability to thrill and frustrate. Sanchez gets him swinging without throwing a single strike. Seriously, Ce$pede$ would have swung at this:
Anderson has given up just two hits through five. He’s thrown 67 pitches to this point, and averaged 92 per start in regular season games.
Seth Smith gives the Athletics a 2-run lead with a solo shot to center. Smith has handled Sanchez well in 14 career plate appearances before tonight: 6-for-13; 2 HR; 1 2B; 1 BB; 1.000 SLG.
Sanchez gets out of the inning after Crisp sends a grounder to second. Sanchez has thrown 83 pitches. Opponents’ numbers against him the third time through the lineup: .337/.393/. 537.
Brett Anderson finishes the inning with a strikeout, and he’s done. There appears to be some extra discussion in the dugout between Bob Melvin, Curt Young and Anderson, but he ultimately gets the “good job” handshake. Six shutout innings, 2 H, 2 BB, 6 K.
Man-alive, Sanchez is back out for the sixth. He denies spreadsheet data by turning in a flawless nine pitch inning. 2-0 Oakland.
Ryan Cook enters the game in relief of Anderson.
Oh hey, look what Ce$pede$ did:
Delmon Young keeping fine company:
This may shock you, but only Josh Hamilton swung at a higher percentage of pitches outside the strike zone than Delmon Young.
— David Schoenfield (@dschoenfield) October 10, 2012
Leyland runs Sanchez back out for the seventh. Reddick is retired on a liner to Jhonny Peralta before Josh Donaldson singles to center. That’s it for Sanchez, Leyland calls for Octavio Dotel. An out of play foul ball in every other stadium out and a K from Dotel and we’re heading to the eighth.
Sean Doolittle is in the game. Don Orsillo cuts a promo for Cougartown while referring to its “crappy title” several times. No idea if this is a work or not. Doolittle leaves the mound hootin’ and hollerin’ after he strikes out the side. Just nasty.
2-0 for the Athletics as we enter the ninth.
Grant Balfour on to yell at himself, opposing batters and the general atmosphere. Infante goes down via strikeout for the first out. Cabrera singles to right, bringing up Fielder as the potential tying run. Balfour induces a ground ball to Drew who promptly taps second and fires to first to end the game.
Oakland takes Game Three by a final score of 2-0. Game Four goes Wednesday night at 9:37 ET. Max Scherzer is expected to pitch for the Tigers, while the Athletics will send A.J. Griffin to the mound.