ALDS 2013: 3 Keys For the Oakland Athletics in Detroit

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October 5, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics catcher Stephen Vogt (21, center) is congratulated by his team after hitting the game-winning single to score left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52, not pictured) after game two of the American League divisional series playoff baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at O.co Coliseum. The Athletics defeated the Tigers 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Oakland A’s beat the Detroit Tigers on Saturday night to make it a series because, you know, an 0-2 hole isn’t something most teams can easily climb out of.

The theme has been starting pitching. There’s been lots of it.

Detroit has sent two (Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander) of its three aces to the mound, and they lived up the expectations, plus a bit more. The duo stymied the A’s offense, combining for 14 innings of two-run baseball. Throw 22 strikeouts into the discussion, and the one word that comes to mind: Dominance. Indeed.

On the other side, the A’s received a decent outing from Bartolo Colon in Game 1. Colon struggled with his fastball command in the first inning, but, if you like quality starts, he earned one, despite surrendering 10 hits.

The headline was Sonny Gray’s eight innings of shutout ball in Game 2. He used his lethal fastball-curveball combination, and boy did he carve up a dangerous Tigers lineup.

Of course, the A’s haven’t been perfect, so it’s time to break out some keys for Games 3 and 4.

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