Walk-Off Backs Pitcher’s Duel In Oakland

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Slug fests are entertaining, high scoring games are energetic, and massive home runs are impressive. But, the most intense games are pitcher’s duels, and that’s what was the case in last night’s contest between the Oakland A’s and Detroit Tigers.

The Tigers sent out former Cy Young and MVP award winner Justin Verlander to the mound, while the A’s put up Sonny Gray. Verlander showed his typical stuff by going seven innings allowing four hits and no earned runs while striking out 11. Normally a performance like this is enough to dominate any squad and give yourself a win, but not when facing Sonny Gray that night.

Gray, a rookie appearing in his first postseason had a performance that matched Verlander’s, which is not an easy feat. Gray pitched eight solid innings while striking out nine and keeping the Tigers to just four hits.

Come the 9th inning of this pitching battle, the game was still tied 0-0. The A’s were given as good a chance as you can get, bases loaded with no outs. Stephen Vogt, who batted .252 in 47 games in the 2013 season was the man given this opportunity. With the bases loaded Vogt his a slow single to left field, scoring Yoenis Cespedes, giving them the first walk-off win of the postseason.

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