So much for that. The Tigers are roaring again, thanks to a two-run rally in the bottom of the fifth that has them within a run, 3-2. It was quite the thing to watch, too.
The uprising started with Brandon Inge nubbing a ball up the third-base line for an infield hit that Eric Chavez made worse by throwing the ball past first base. One out later, Curtis Granderson reached at a typical Dan Haren cutter and looped one into right-center for a double. Yep, that’s right, a double. Granderson never hesitated around first, challenged Milton Bradley’s arm and made a terrific slide into the inside of the bag (though one had to wonder why Marco Scutaro, the A’s shortstop, took the throw from behind the bag). Next came a lined double that just eluded left fielder Jay Payton.
Placido Polanco then hit another seed _ is it true this guy is hitting .900 in his career? _ but right to second baseman D’Angelo Jimenez, who then doubled Monroe off second to end the inning.
So the A’s remain in front, but an impending sense of doom has taken hold. No question the Tigers can feel it.