With Backs to Wall, Both A's and Giants Force Games 5
Ready for more baseball? Both the A's and Giants are. Both teams have come back from a 0-2 deficit in their best-of-5 league divisional series, and will play the deciding Game 5 on Thursday.
The Giants play the Reds in Cincinnati at 10 AM Pacific time, after winning Wednesday's game 8-3. Angel Pagan, Gregor Blanco, and Pablo Sandoval all had home runs for San Francisco. Barry Zito started the game for the Giants and Tim Lincecum took over in the fourth inning.
The winner of the Giants-Reds game will advance to the National League Championship Series, facing the winner of the St. Louis Cardinals-Washington Nationals series.
In Oakland, the A's went into the bottom of the ninth inning trailing the Detroit Tigers 3-1. Then they tied the game on a Seth Smith double. Outfielder Coco Crisp came to bat with the winning run on second base, and hit a ball into right field which was bobbled by Detroit's Avisail Garcia, allowing Smith to score the winning run.
It was Oakland's fifteenth walk-off win of the season. That leads the major leagues. As has become traditional for the A's, Crisp's teammate Josh Reddick delivered a whipped-cream pie to his face as he was being interviewed for the postgame show; other teammates joined in with the Gatorade bucket from the dugout.
Thursday night's game is at 6:37 PM at the Coliseum. The winner of that game will advance to the American League Championship Series, against either the New York Yankees or the Baltimore Orioles.
Across the plaza from the Coliseum at Oracle Arena, the Golden State Warriors play an exhibition game with an international twist: their opponents are the Israeli professional team the Maccabi Haifa.
Also in sports, the 49ers say they will head back to Europe next October for a regular-season game.
San Francisco will play the Jacksonville Jaguars at London's Wembley Stadium.
And Stanford's women's soccer team is in Arizona for a match tonight.