A’s left-hander Sean Doolittle had MVP candidate Miguel Cabrera beat with two runners on and two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning, inducing what looked to be a flyout to deep center field.
But Coco Crisp failed to secure a basket catch and both runners raced home, giving the Tigers a sudden 3-2 lead. MLB Network replay showed the ball hitting the heel of Crisp’s glove, rather than the webbing.
Crisp looked distraught as he jogged in after the third out was recorded. But his mood quickly improved.
Yoenis Cespedes opened the top of the eighth inning with a single, then stole second and third before scoring on a wild pitch by Tigers reliever Joaquin Benoit. Josh Reddick followed with a solo home run.
The A’s are up 4-3 as Game 2 of the ALDS marches into the bottom of the eight. We’ve got a wild one.
The Mets entered Sunday night’s game against the Pirates with a disappointing 20-27 record. While the club has dealt with a litany of injuries, manager Terry Collins has also drawn criticism for in-game decision-making, particularly regarding his decision-making.
Owner Fred Wilpon is still Collins’ strongest supporter, however, Newsday’s Marc Carig reports. As a result, the team is unlikely to make a managerial change anytime soon. If the Mets continue to struggle, though, ownership may feel pressured to make a change.
Collins became the longest-tenured manager in Mets history last week. Collins managed the Mets to a 77-85 record in 2011 and has overall helped the club go 501-518, winning the NL Pennant in 2015. He is not signed to a contract beyond this season.
Twins first baseman Joe Mauer had a game for the record books on Sunday against the Rays. He finished 4-for-5 with an RBI double, a solo home run, two singles, and three walks in eight plate appearances. Unfortunately for him, the Twins still lost 8-6 in 15 innings.
ESPN’s Stats & Info notes that Mauer is the first Twin to reach base seven times in one game since Rod Carew in 1972 against the Brewers. The last player to reach base seven times in one game (without the aid of an error) was Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford on August 8 last season against the Marlins. The feat has only been accomplished seven times this decade, so about once a year.
After Sunday’s game, Mauer is batting .283/.363/.408 with three home runs, 18 RBI, and 23 runs scored in 171 plate appearances. Not too shabby.