If Max Scherzer had not locked up every vote for the American League Cy Young already, he probably converted any remaining doubters with his gutsy performance as a reliever Tuesday.
Max Scherzer escaped a major jam in relief and the Detroit Tigers – helped by two fans who reached out to try to reel in Victor Martinez’s disputed home run – rallied past the Oakland Athletics 8-6 on Tuesday to force a decisive fifth game in their AL division series.
With flashy plays and overall solid defense, Jose Iglesias quickly made Detroit Tigers fans forget all about suspended shortstop Jhonny Peralta, at least in the field.
Sanchez takes the mound Monday for Game 3 between the Tigers and Athletics after the teams split a pair of pulsating one-run games in Oakland.
Stephen Vogt hit a bases-loaded single in the ninth inning giving Oakland the 1-0 victory Saturday night that tied its AL division series with the Detroit Tigers at one game apiece.
For the past few weeks, we’ve heard far too much about what the Tigers don’t have and not enough about what they do.
The Tigers were in control in the AL Central throughout September, so they didn’t need Miguel Cabrera at full speed. They could use a healthier version of him now, heading into the division series against the Athletics.
Max Scherzer, Detroit’s 21-game winner, will start the AL division series opener Friday night at Oakland, with star Justin Verlander following in Game 2.
The Tigers scored four times in the ninth off the A’s Grant Balfour (0-3). A two-out walk set up Victor Martinez’ RBI single, then Torii Hunter homered as the Tigers avoided a sweep.
The Oakland Athletics have swung the bats well during their first two days in Detroit, and are seeking a third consecutive victory over the Tigers on Wednesday evening.