Low run total plenty for A’s, Giants
Posted: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 7:00 pm
By JOE KAY
AP Baseball Writer
CINCINNATI (AP) — Joaquin Arias hit the ball, put his head down and ran. All he knew was that the Giants’ season depended upon how fast he made it to first.
“That’s the fastest I’ve ever run to first,” the infielder said.
He won the playoff dash, taking advantage of third baseman Scott Rolen’s momentary bobble to beat the throw. Arias’ foot hit the bag, and the Giants suddenly had a little hope.
After managing only one hit through the first nine innings, the Giants took advantage of a passed ball and Rolen’s error in the 10th inning for a 2-1 victory that cut the Cincinnati Reds’ lead in the division series to 2-1.
A team that’s struggled just to get hits is suddenly feeling like it has a chance against long odds. The Giants are trying to become the first team to overcome a 2-0 deficit in a best-of-five series by winning three straight on the road.
“I think we have to be really happy that we came away with a win tonight because we didn’t swing the bats very well at all,” said Buster Posey, who singled as part of the winning rally.
The Giants have struggled the last two games against Bronson Arroyo and Homer Bailey, managing a total of three hits in the starters’ 14 innings combined. They’re not sure who’s up next for the Reds, who haven’t won a home playoff game in 17 years and now have a tough decision.
Left-hander Barry Zito will pitch Game 4 today for San Francisco, which has won the last 11 times he started.
A’s 2, Tigers 0
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Coco Crisp saved a likely home run, and Oakland’s season for at least one more game.
If the center fielder had any lingering frustration about that two-run error that dearly cost Oakland in Game 2, this might have erased it.
Crisp made a spectacular leaping catch at the top of the center-field wall to rob Prince Fielder, and that was just one in a handful of defensive gems by the Athletics to back Brett Anderson in a 2-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night.
The A’s cut their deficit in the best-of-five AL division series to 2-1.
Anderson outdueled fellow postseason first-timer Anibal Sanchez and the upstart A’s showed off stellar defense all over the diamond to avoid another playoff sweep by Detroit.
“Robbed home runs are good,” Anderson posted on Twitter late Tuesday.
“You see him hit it and you just kind of put your head down a little bit because you think you just gave up a homer,” Anderson said. “Then you see him plow through there and catch the ball and it kind of kick starts you to go out there and make pitches.”
Yoenis Cespedes hit an RBI single in the first inning and Seth Smith homered in the fifth. That was plenty on a night Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera, Fielder and the Tigers’ high-priced offense were shut down by the low-budget A’s.
Published in The Messenger 10.10.12