The A’s are headed back to Oakland, and so are the Tigers.
This wasn’t what the A’s had in mind, but their plans of flying solo back to the Bay to gear up for the American League Championship Series went by the wayside at Comerica Park on Tuesday.
Unable to maintain two leads in a potential series-clinching game, the A’s dropped a Game 4 nail-biter, 8-6, after the bullpen gave up its first runs of the series and the offense missed out on too many opportunities, keeping this best-of-five American League Division Series alive.
– Jane Lee, MLB.com
Jovial Sharks rookie Tomas Hertl has been smiling since the start of training camp, but he’s bringing even more smiles to the Sharks’ home crowd.
Hertl scored four goals, including a highlight reel, between-the-legs roof shot midway through the third period, in leading the Sharks to a 9-2 rout of the New York Rangers on Tuesday night at SAP Center.
The 19-year-old now has six goals in his last two games, and became the first Sharks player since Owen Nolan on Dec. 19, 1995 to score four times in a game.
– Kevin Kurz, CSN Bay Area
Yes, Michael Crabtree and Mario Manningham eventually will come back, but they aren’t going to solve all of the problems. Right now, the blueprint to slow down San Francisco is simple: load up to stop the run and force Colin Kaepernick to beat you downfield with receivers other than Anquan Boldin and Vernon Davis.
There aren’t many other options for Kaepernick right now, and San Francisco’s receivers are struggling to get separation. The 49ers are sixth in the NFL with 140.2 rushing yards a game, but when this running game has struggled, the offense has slowed to a halt. The 49ers have a good enough defense to cover up for some offensive issues, but they won’t have a dynamic enough offense without more playmakers down the field. They need receivers other than Boldin and Davis to create separation in one-on-one coverage, and perhaps get more creative in their play calling.
– Herm Edwards, ESPN