A’s win behind Donaldson’s walk-off home run


By: Malaika Bobino

Oakland, CA – The first walk-off win of the season came in extra innings.  No shocker here, this is the same team that ended their regular season with a total of fourteen walk-off wins.

What better way to start the series than with a 4-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers.  The last time these two teams faced each other was in the American League Division Series, the Tigers won the series and moved on to play in the ALCS .

“The streak is a streak, and I don’t care about it,” said Josh Donaldson. “We’re just trying to win the one game ahead of us.”

Nothing different from last season as various players share the spotlight on getting pied in the face.  Tonight the hero was Donaldson who blasted a solo home run for the win.  It was his first walk-off hit, he has four straight multiple hit games for the first time in his career.

Coco Crisp tied the game 3-3 in the seventh frame with a RBI single to right field.  After that both teams battled through extra innings.  Detroit almost sought the victory first when Ramon Santiago hit a triple top of the 12th frame but the ball hit the scoreboard short of a home run.  Crisp left the game in the tenth with a strained left groin.

“We lose two (Coco and Yoenis Cespedes, sore left hand) of our better players and we still go out with the idea of winning,” manager Bob Melvin said.  “It doesn’t matter who is on the field.”

Prince Fielder went 4-for-5, falling a triple shy of the cycle.  His three-run homer in the third were the only runs scored by the Tigers.  Despite a great outing on the mound by Max Scherzer who struck out eleven batters in six innings.  Detroit had no offense against a stellar Oakland defense.

The A’s got back into the game in the third when a throwing error by Scherzer brought in Eric Sogard for Oakland’s first run.  Sogard leadoff the inning with a double then stole third base.  Max over threw third trying to get Eric out.

Jed Lowrie opened up the sixth with a double and Josh Reddick followed with a RBI single and cut the lead down to one run before Crisp tied the game.  Bartolo Colon pitched a solid game and did not walk one batter.  He allowed Fielder’s home run and struck out five through seven innings.

“The whole game I felt good except for that one inning,” said Colon.  “I was supposed to throw it to a different spot and I didn’t get it there.”

The A’s extend their winning streak to nine games and record the best start in franchise history.  Their 9-2 record is the best in the American League and second in the Majors (Atlanta 8-1).  This season Oakland is a team that can match up with the best.

“We’ve seen it before,” Melvin said.  “We feel like when we tied the game, we have a bullpen that can hold them down.”