(OAKLAND) -- This is starting to get very stale for the Oakland Athletics.
The A's got the tying run to the plate in the ninth inning, but once again, Oakland came up short in a Game Five of the American League Division Series, losing 3-0 to the Detroit Tigers.
The home team managed only three hits and five base runners all night, earning a mere two at-bats with runners in scoring position. The A's pitching held the Tigers to eight hits, but four walks added a lot of stress to Oakland starter Sonny Gray.
Presumptive AL MVP Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning, and Detroit added a run off Gray in the sixth.
This is now the sixth time in seven trips to the postseason since 2000 that the A's have lost a Game Five, and it's the fifth time they've lost the deciding game at home in the O.co Coliseum.
It's a mystery they must solve someday if they want to add a tenth World Series championship to the organizational fold.
For the second year in a row, the Tigers have ended the A's season in similar fashion, and for the third trip to the playoffs in a row, it's been Detroit ending the Oakland postseason push.
As noted, this is starting to get very stale.
But there was little to be done on a night when the A's couldn't get a base runner until the sixth inning or a hit until the seventh. It just wasn't Oakland's night, and there's little to second guess in terms of strategy or managerial choices in this one.
Someday, and hopefully soon, the A's will find themselves in sunnier October skies, and while it's only been 24 years since Oakland last won a World Series, it feels like it's been a lot longer.
Some teams go multiple generations without winning a championship, and most long-time A's fans have little to complain about, overall.
But yeah, this is starting to get very stale for the Oakland Athletics.