The first postseason game in Detroit didn’t go as expected. It wasn’t even due to the 1:00 PM start time either.
Tigers Anibal Sanchez went only 4 1/3 innings and gave up home runs to Josh Reddick, Brandon Moss, and Seth smith. Yes, that’s 3 home runs.
Though the Athletics jumped to a 3-0 lead early, the Tigers were able to claw back with 3 of their own in the bottom of the 4th.
The momentum the Tigers were riding was short-lived as the swinging A’s scored another quick 3 runs in the next inning.
That was the last of the offense for the game and there were no other fireworks after that.
Well, you could include a benches clearing altercation in the bottom of the 9th as fireworks.
Victor Martinez innocently fouled off one of Grant Balfour’s pitches and was staring at him a little too long. Some complements using foul language were exchanged, the benches cleared, and the fans at Comerica Park were just happy to cheer for something.
If V-Mart was hoping to get the team motivated for a 9th inning comeback, it did not work.
With the 6-3 loss today, the Tigers now have their backs against the wall and look to Doug Fister to even the series on Tuesday evening.
As Torii Hunter said after the game, “It’s not over yet.”
He’s right. The Tigers are a team who could easily win the next two games. But the pressure isn’t on the starting pitcher, it’s on the bats.
There are only 5 players hitting over .250 in the postseason and one of them is Don Kelly.
In last place is Austin Jackson, he is 1 for 11 with an unbelievable 7 strikeouts.
It’s not too surprising as he didn’t finish the season too hot - he was only 11 for 48 (.229) in the final 10 regular season games.
Regardless, the postseason is about ending slumps and starting over. Seems the Tigers forgot to hit that reset button.