COMERICA PARK (CBS DETROIT) – 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 lengthy scoring droughts.
The latter had been the case through the first three games of the American League Division Series against Oakland, and it looked like Game 4 would be more of the same. If it had been, the Tigers would have been eliminated.
Through the fourth inning Tuesday, the A’s had shut out Detroit in 29 of the last 31 frames. The Tigers trailed 3-0 halfway, and no offense seemed forthcoming. The Tigers had trouble.