Yesterday afternoon, the Oakland A’s held a 6-1 lead over the Tigers through five innings.
They had beaten up the 19-1 Max Scherzer, who was looking at loss number two instead of win #20.
They held a 6-3 through eight innings and Miguel Cabrera was already out of the game with pain in strained groin.
They had won the first three games of this four-game set and they were looking to get out of Dodge (or Ford or Chevy) with a sweet sweep and a boost in mo-mentum.
Did not happen.
The Tigers scored four times in the 9th against Grant Balfour (0-3), who had baseball’s only blown save yesterday.
Balfour has been terrific out of the pen the last two seasons for Oakland other than the taxing effect of too many IRS.