BLOG RECAP: Tigers take 2-0 series lead over Oakland

The Tigers have taken game 2 of the ALDS, and head to the west coast with a 2-0 lead in the ALDS.

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3:37 p.m.

Don Kelly digs in to face Balfour and knocks it a long way, but it's caught. However, it is just long enough for a tagging Omar Infante to tag up and make it home. The Tigers with 5-4 and head to the west coast with a 2-0 lead in the ALDS.

3:32 p.m. 

A's closer Grant Balfour comes in to face the top of the Tigers' lineup. He gets Austin Jackson swinging. Omar Infante then comes up and gets a single to bring the Triple Crown winner to the plate. Cabrera then hits a bloop single and gets Infante to third, bringing Prince Fielder to the plate for an intentional walk. So Don Kelly will come to the plate with the bases loaded.

3:20 p.m.

Well that was quick! Alburquerque throws three pitches to Yoenis Cespedes. Cespedes hits one back and Alburquerque hustles to makes the play at first. Jackson, Infante and Cabrera due up for the Tigers.

3:17 p.m.

Phil Coke comes in to pitch the ninth for the Tigers. He gets the first batter out, before giving up a scary foul long ball to the second batter, Cliff Pennington, before walking him and bringing up Coco Crisp.  Crisp gets an infield hit to Danny Worth, who almost turns the double play, but has to settle for getting Pennington out at 2nd.  Coke then gave up a single to Stephen Drew, who sends Crisp to third and ending Coke's day. Alburquerque coming in.

3:01pm

This has been a heck of a game.  Lots of managerial moves in the bottom half of the eighth inning as Delmon Young singled and was pinch-run for by Don Kelly.  Jhonny Peralta singled to right and was pinch-run for by Danny Worth.  After Andy Dirks sacrificed the runners to second and third, Ryan Cook uncorked a wild pitch that scored Kelly from third with the game-tying run.  Quintin Berry, pinch-hitting for Avisail Garcia, struck out, as did Alex Avila, who pinch-hit for Gerald Laird.  Onto the ninth.

 

2:42pm

Joaquin Benoit allowed a single to Yoenis Cespedes, then two almost uncontested stolen bases.  From there, Benoit dealt a wild pitch that allowed Cespedes to score from third to tie the score 3-3.  Josh Reddick, who had previously struck out six times in the series, launched a solo shot to right field, giving Oakland a 4-3 lead.
 

2:27pm

Coco Crisp just became the centerpiece of this series after bobbling and dropping Miguel Cabrera's bloop to centerfield.  Crisp, understandably, was playing very deep and had to sprint in to catch the ball, but he was unable to corral it, allowing Jackson and Infante to motor home for the tying and go-ahead runs.  It's 3-2 Tigers headed to the eighth.   Two unearned runs.

 

2:14pm

Leadoff walks are killers and Doug Fister was just bitten in the top of the seventh.  Seth Smith scored after leading off the inning with a walk.  He was sacrificed to second by George Kottaras and knocked in by Cliff Pennington on a single to center.   Tommy Millone has been lifted in favor of Sean Doolittle as we head to the bottom of the seventh.
 

2:03pm

Quite the pitcher's duel at Comerica today as Tommy Millone mowed down 10 straight Tigers before Jhonny Peralta's two-out single in the sixth.  We're headed to the seventh still tied 1-1.


1:50pm

Tommy Millone has retired the last eight Tigers since Prince Fielder singled to left field in the third inning.  The difference in this game right now is the bases-loaded jam Oakland escaped in the second. 
 

1:37pm

We're up to a combined 32 strikeouts between both teams over the first two games of this series.   Five Tigers have K'd today and Doug Fister has struck out seven A's so far.
 

1:12pm

The Tigers responded to the A's offensive outburst with one of their own in the bottom half of the third.  Miguel Cabrera's one-out double to left, followed by Prince Fielder's single to left set up a groundout by Delmon Young that scored Cabrera from third to tie the score 1-1.
 

12:56pm

Yoenis Cespedes has singled in the game's first run, bringing home Cliff Pennington with a shot to left field in the top half of the third inning.   Just moments later, Avisail Garcia gunned down Coco Crisp at the plate with a rifle throw from right field. 
 

12:50pm

The Comerica crowd was ready to erupt when Austin Jackson stepped in with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seconds, but A-Jax flied to centerfield to end the threat.  The Tigers have left four men on through two innings.


12:36pm

Doug Fister seems to have his A-game this afternoon, striking out four A's in the first two innings.  He's thrown 21 of 30 pitches for strikes and has his entire arsenal working for him.  The A's have struck out 18 times in the first 11 innings of this series.
 

12:22pm

Good to see Cabrera get a hit.  You never want the storyline to start focusing on your best players struggling at the plate.  Didn't think it would happen with Miggy, but still good to see nonetheless after

last night's oh-fer.  Now they just have to get Prince going next.

12:07pm

We're underway at Comerica Park.  Excellent rendition of the national anthem and the first pitch courtesy of Larry Herndon.  Lineup cards swapped and we're off!

11:30am

The Tigers and A's are set to battle again after a short turnaround and it's a gorgeous day in downtown Detroit.  I'll have you covered here on WXYZ.com and on my twitter feed.  Follow along @TomLeyden.

Doug Fister finished the season 10-10 for the Tigers but he and his teammates are hoping for more of the same dominance we witnessed in last year's division series against the Yankees.

Tommy Milone will start the game for the A's. He was 13 and 10 on the year, with a 3.74 ERA. He posted a victory in his one game against the Tigers this season, with a 3.09 ERA.

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