Ho hum. Just another Game 5 in the American League Division Series, right?
Just another win-or-go-home-for-the-winter, one-game playoff to advance to the AL Championship Series. Just another potential nail-biter between the gritty Detroit Tigers and the never-say-die Oakland A's after a stunning Game 4 set it all up.
First, a quick rewind: The A's, who lost Games 1 and 2 in Detroit and won Game 3 in Oakland, trailed Wednesday, 3-1, heading into the bottom of the ninth inning at a quieting Oakland Coliseum. Detroit closer Jose Valverde took the mound, and after hits by Josh Reddick, Josh Donaldson, Seth Smith and Coco Crisp, the almost-impossible had happened. The A's had won, 4-3, their 15th walk-off victory of 2012, and Game 5 was set.