BLOG RECAP: Tigers fall short in Game 3

OAKLAND - The Tigers were looking to make their stay in Oakland a short one, but the Athletics took the lead and never looked back in Game 3 of the teams' American League Divison Series.

Detroit leads the best-of-five series, two games to one.

Brad Galli is in Oakland and blogged from his seat behind home plate at Coliseum.


11:43 p.m. The Tigers never got a quality rally going, and the Athletics did what they needed to do: hold on for one more day. Updates and video to come on Twitter. Follow along at @BradGalli .

11:22 p.m. A check swing strikeout by Austin Jackson ends the eighth inning. Things aren't looking fortuitous for the Tigers with just three outs left to make this a game.

1 1:10 p.m. You can't ask for much more out of Anibal Sanchez. 101 pitches and he's pulled one out into the the seventh inning. 2 runs off five hits. It's a brand new ballgame with the bullpens taking over. Just spot the A's two runs.

10:46 p.m. The Tigers first four batters have been held without a hit through six innings. Austin Jackson the only of the first four to reach base.

10:38 p.m. As we've seen all season, and especially in Game 2 Sunday, it's a whole new ballgame when the starting pitchers leave the game. It's 2-0 now, but the game can change in an instant if and when Anderson and Sanchez leave the game.

10:29 p.m. Fireworks are popping in Oakland. Seth Smith deposited a shot over the centerfield wall, drilling his first career postseason home run, and third homer in fifteen career at-bats against Sanchez. The A's lead is now 2-0.

10:21 p.m. Brett Anderson hasn't pitched since September 19. The Tigers knew he was a big variable coming into tonight's game. They have yet to sustain a rally to trouble him.

9:52 p.m. Another double play ends the inning for the Tigers. Jim Leyland pointed out today the Tigers have scored just one run off of a hit against the starting pitchers in this series. So far, the trend of A's starters' dominance is continuing.

9:33 p.m. The Tigers threaten in the top of the second, but Anderson stifles the rally. Consecutive singles by Delmon Young and Jhonny Peralta are good for no runs. The A's lead is still 1-0.

9:29 p.m. The ball off Prince Fielder's bat looked gone from the moment it left his lumber. An absolutely stunning catch by Coco Crisp.

9:24 p.m. The Athletics draw first blood. A Yoenis Cespedes single up the middle scored Coco Crisp, but Anibal Sanchez gets out of a jam with just one run crossing the plate. A's lead 1-0 after one inning.

9:11 p.m. Brett Anderson was asked Monday how he felt heading into Game 3. Anderson is still recovering from Tommy John's surgery, but said he "feels great." Three up, three down in the first inning proves him to be right thus far.

8:59 p.m. As expected, Jim Leyland stayed with his Game 2 lineup tonight. He said he would do so yesterday. 1. Austin Jackson, CF. 2. Omar Infante, 2B. 3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B. 4. Prince Fielder, 1B. 5. Delmon Young, DH. 6. Jhonny Peralta, SS. 7. Andy Dirks, LF. 8. Avisail Garcia, RF. 9. Gerald Laird, C. Anibal Sanchez is pitching.

8:42 p.m. The local police escorted in two black SUV's directly to the front doors of the stadium. One bystander asked, "Is that President Obama?" Nope. Mike Ilitch and family.

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