alker has 25 years of coaching experience, inclu

alker has 25 years of coaching experience, inclu

Postby lw789 » Sun Dec 03, 2017 7:09 pm

OAKLAND, Calif. -- A pair of Oakland rookies, one heralded and the other a relative unknown, provided everything the Athletics needed to tie their AL division series with Detroit at one game apiece. Stephen Vogt hit a bases-loaded single in the ninth inning after Sonny Gray matched zeros with Justin Verlander in a sensational playoff debut, lifting Oakland over the Tigers 1-0 on Saturday night. Yoenis Cespedes and Seth Smith hit back-to-back singles against loser Al Alburquerque to start the winning rally, then Josh Reddick was intentionally walked before Rick Porcello entered to face Vogt. He lined a clean single past drawn-in shortstop Jose Iglesias and into left-centre. "Its just really nice to come out in front of these home fans in a must-win game and come through," Gray said. "It was awesome." The AL West champion As had eight walk-off wins during the regular season, then did it again at the perfect time on baseballs October stage. It was Vogts first career game-winning hit -- and it came after he lost a 10-pitch battle with Verlander in the seventh for his third strikeout of the night. Grant Balfour pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for the win, but it was Gray and Vogt who took celebratory whipped cream pies to the face. Game 3 is Monday afternoon in Detroit. Jarrod Parker, who pitched Game 1 at Comerica Park last year and lost to Verlander, goes for the As against 14-game winner Anibal Sanchez. "I knew there was going to be a lot of adrenaline and how I was able to harness that adrenaline was going to be a big factor in the game," Gray said. "It was awesome because I was still able to locate my pitches without being too shaky." This marked the first game in post-season history in which both starters had nine strikeouts and no runs allowed. Alburquerque struck out two in the eighth. He is still remembered for kissing the ball while recording an out in the ninth inning of a Game 2 win last October. The As got him this time. Grey hung tough with a masterful Verlander in a thrilling pitchers duel between the rookie making his 11th career start and the 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young Award winner. Each calmly worked out of tough jams, wore their emotions on their sleeves -- with fist pumps and cheers -- and set down the heart of the others batting order. Grey struck out nine in eight dazzling innings, allowing four hits. Verlander, who beat the As twice in the ALDS last fall, struck out 11 to give him 33 Ks in his past three post-season outings against Oakland. "Verlander was absolutely terrific," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "This is post-season pitching. Thats what you saw tonight at its absolute best. Everybody had to battle at their best tonight because both pitchers were outstanding." At the start of Verlanders remarkable 2011 season, Gray was finishing up at Vanderbilt before becoming the 18th overall draft pick. Brandon Moss drew a leadoff walk in the seventh and Reddick singled two outs later with Moss beating a throw to third and Reddick advancing. That gave the As their best scoring chance of the night against Verlander, with two Tigers relievers warming. Vogt fouled off five straight pitches, laid off a ball and fouled another before ball two. He fouled one more but then struck out on a high 98 mph fastball, and Verlander marched off the mound pumping both fists. "The at-bat with Verlander, he kept coming at me with everything hes got," Vogt said. "Obviously I didnt come through, ended up with a punchout. I felt pretty good about that at-bat. ... You come up with bases loaded in the ninth, thats what you dream of." Facing his biggest jam of the night with runners at the corners and one out in the fifth, Gray got Austin Jackson to swing on a 3-0 count and later struck him out. Vogt also fired a perfect throw to second base from behind the plate to get Iglesias for an inning-ending double play. The As then missed a key opportunity in the fifth after Cespedes and Smith hit consecutive singles to start the inning. Reddick popped up a bunt attempt and Vogt struck out. Verlander then retired No. 9 hitter Eric Sogard for his ninth strikeout, emphatically pumping his right arm as he walked off the mound. With a pretty curveball and a fastball firing up to 97 mph, Verlander looked every bit the ace after an up-and-down year in which he managed only one win over his final 10 regular-season starts. Leyland chose Max Scherzer for Game 1, then insisted Verlanders 13-12 record was hardly indicative of his pitching despite a couple of rough patches. Grey could have been rattled when Torii Hunter pointed at him after the rookie threw high and inside in the top of the third. Hunter stepped well out of the batters box before returning and striking out on three straight pitches. Gray then fanned 2012 Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera to strike out the side in order. In the sixth, Gray went 1-2-3 on seven pitches against Hunter, Cabrera and Prince Fielder -- and walked off the mound to chants of "Sonny! Sonny!" Jackson, the Tigers leadoff hitter, finished with four of Detroits nine strikeouts. Six of Verlanders first seven Ks this time were called, and he seemed unfazed by a rowdy sellout crowd of 48,292 on its feet and swirling yellow towels all night. The right-hander ran his post-season scoreless streak against the As to 22 innings. As manager Bob Melvin was thrilled to see Vogt -- one of three catchers on the roster -- do a little bit of everything. "Thats why we have three here right now. If I could have 10, Id have 10," he said. 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Lefty was in good spirits Monday at the British Open, except for having to return the claret jug.JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jacksonville Jaguars coach Gus Bradley has left the team following his fathers death. Bradley flew home to Zumbrota, Minn., on Monday to be with his family, turning interim coaching duties over to secondary coach DeWayne Walker. Bradleys father, Roy James Bradley, died Sunday night following a lengthy illness. He was 85. The youngest of the six kids, Bradley is expected to rejoin the team in London, possibly as early as Wednesday. "Many of guys know coach Bradley and have been around him enough to know that hes a very tough-minded man, has a lot of intestinal fortitude and he really struggled with this decision: whether to lead this team or to lead his family," general manager Dave Caldwell said. "And we made it for him this morning to go home and be with his family and his mom, Gloria, to take care of what he needed there. "We have enough confidence in our coaching staff here and our team here that were going to take care of our business, and coach Bradley will rejoin the team as soon as he can. We fully support him and his family with that." The Jaguars (0-7) are flying to London later Monday and spending the week there before playing defending NFC champion San Francisco. Walker has 25 years of coaching experience, including the last four as head coach at New Mexico State. "He could have closed his eyes and just picked any coacch," Walker said.dddddddddddd "I think all the coaches are capable of doing what he asked me to do. I just want to make sure I dont embarrass him." Jacksonville has lost every game this season by double digits, getting outscored 222-76. San Diego, dealing with a short week and a cross-country flight, dominated every aspect of Sundays 24-6 win over the Jaguars. Bradley was Seattles defensive co-ordinator the previous four years. Caldwell and owner Shad Khan picked Bradley to lead the franchises latest rebuilding project, which clearly wont be an easy fix. Walker declined to address injuries, the teams quarterback situation or any other team issues. Its unclear whether Blaine Gabbert (hamstring) or Chad Henne will start Sunday against the 49ers. "Im going to sit in the chair for maybe a day and a half, so for me to have this big plan to try to rejuvenate our football team, I dont think thats my place," Walker said. Walker addressed the team Monday, giving them the news about Bradleys father. "Coach Bradley has been good to all of us, and any time a situation like this pops up when youre a family, youre going to feel bad and youre going to have some sensitive feelings," Walker said. "I think our team is a tight-knit family, and Im sure guys are hurting." Roy James Bradley is survived by his wife, Gloria, and six children. 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