OAK@DET Gm3: Melvin on skirmish, emotions in win

Q. The skirmish at the end, what was your take or perception on what happened there?

BOB MELVIN: I'm not really sure. I know Balf talks to himself quite a bit, I think sometimes players think maybe he's talking to them. I have not talked to Balfour about it, but that's my take at this point.

Q. The pitching performance you got, holding them to three runs all in one inning?

BOB MELVIN: Right, and we've been obviously pitching really well, our starters are keepin' us in the game.

I think in Jarrod's case, maybe pitching to the score of the game a little bit today. But the bullpen came in and shut it down, so we're fortunate enough to be able to keep an offensive club to this point kind of at bay.

Q. When the Tigers break the scoreless streak there in the fourth, how important was it for you guys to respond as quickly as you did?

BOB MELVIN: Right, because the momentum shifted, crowd got into it, all of the sudden it's a tie game. It felt like a game we were semi in control of, and Brandon Moss hit a home run. That's a huge swing in momentum for us. At the time it felt like it was more than just a solo home run, so big of a swing for us and then continued to swing the bat well after that. That was huge for us.

Q. Is this a matter of time being patient and the guys start swinging the bat better, Moss and Donaldson, and was it tough to be patient and wait until they broke out?

BOB MELVIN: No, I mean, look, we had two well pitched games against us. I have been asked about the strikeouts. The reason we had strikeouts is because Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander were on it. We have a tendency to strike out anyway because we hit homers, but we just didn't get too many of those looks in the Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander games.

THE MODERATOR: Thank you.

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Oct. 7 Postgame interview with Moss and Smith

OAK@DET Gm3: Moss, Smith on big Game 3 victory

THE MODERATOR: Seth Smith and Brandon Moss available for questions.

SETH SMITH: Is she going to get all of it? (Chuckles.)

Q. Sanchez led the league in homers, less than half a home run per nine innings. Take me to each of your at bats and why you had success against him today?

BRANDON MOSS: Me personally, I was just trying to hit something, got the swing and miss down pretty well this series. In all truth, these guys are really good, all of 'em. Every at bat is a battle.

It's true. It feels like it and it's true. I've been two strikes almost every single at bat. These guys are good at gettin' ahead, and they do a good job of pitching you tough. In all honesty, I'm just trying to get a mistake, anything. So right there, I swung over a couple of pitches, and he left a change up up and stayed back long enough to hit it.

He's got so many pitches, you don't know what to choose from, so you look for something up.

SETH SMITH: With their whole staff, you're looking for a mistake and hope you capitalize on it. And you will miss 'em sometimes, but fortunately for me, I was able to get the barrel to it. The fastball right there, and 3 1, and I don't think Yoenis Cespedes being on first hurt anything, with his speed and things that he can do.

Q. Just talk about where you guys are in this series and the confidence you take going into Game 4 for both of you.

BRANDON MOSS: You know, definitely we knew the series was going to be a tough series with their tough series and their lineup.

I think obviously we played two tough games at our place and those two guys pitched great. You come in here and expect it to be more of the same. I don't think if you were to ask any of us, we don't really expect to put up six runs on Anibal Sanchez, so we're definitely happy with that.

Tomorrow is going to be more of the same. It's a tough battle, good pitcher. He's going to mix it up just like the rest of 'em do and same thing. You go up there and hope you get a mistake. Obviously we're happy to be at 2 1, but with that team over there, there is no comfortable lead.

Q. Gentleman, can you give us a play by play on the Balfour Victor squabble.

SETH SMITH: I was in the clubhouse.

BRANDON MOSS: That's unbelievable. (Chuckles.)

I don't know what happened. Honestly, I know that Balfour is fiery on the mound. He's yelling a lot and spitting everywhere. It's who he is. You know, sometimes it can ruffle the feathers of other teams. Being a hitter, I can see where it's frustrating and it can be in the moment, it can frustrate you a lot.

Obviously, I think that's all that was. I don't think it was anything more than the two of them yelling at each other. And in a big situation, it escalated. But they handled it. Nothing serious, really.

Q. Nothing between anybody else, you thought it was sorted out well?

BRANDON MOSS: Yeah, they did a good job. Heat of the moment, both guys are competing, both guys trying to do something good, and I think it's just one of those things that happens sometimes.

We're playing a sport. We're competitive people by nature and we have a lot of pride, so when somebody is yelling, in the heat of the moment, you might want to yell back. So I think that's all it was.

Q. You've had outstanding success against Anibal Sanchez, Seth, and sometimes it's not comfortable to talk about that, but is he a pitcher that you pick up the ball really well against him or what can you put your finger on?

SETH SMITH: Honestly, I can't say that. I don't know what it is. At no point am I ever comfortable in an at bat against him. He keeps me off balance. He's got a great mixture of pitches. It could be something where I'm just in a good place with my swing every time I face him. I honestly have no answer.

Q. This team, Detroit, has given you guys fits in the postseason, '06, last season, what would it mean to win it in four, get the monkey off your back of beating Detroit, something you haven't been able to do?

SETH SMITH: Regardless of the outcome today, we will approach tomorrow's game the same way. You want to win every playoff game. I'm sure if we wouldn't have won today, I guess some coaching things would have been done differently. But as far as playing the game, it's another game we would like to win and we will go out and approach it that way.

THE MODERATOR: Thank you.

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Oct. 7 Coco Crisp postgame interview

OAK@DET Gm3: Cespedes connects, Crisp comes home

Q. Coco, you sort of made it clear right from the get go that Sanchez might not be his usual dominating self here today. Not to take anything away from your hits, but what did you notice about his stuff today?

COCO CRISP: He's always good. Today it was 1 0, it was the first at bat, he threw me fastball. Next pitch I was able to put good wood on it. Torii almost made a fantastic play. I was hoping that it would get down and it did.

He pitched well, located his pitches. He has a good arsenal of pitches, fastball, change up, slider, curve ball. He can be tough. You gotta be patient with him. I think that's our key this series, be more patient as hitters.

Q. Does he throw more pitches than any starter in the league or how do you quantify his assortment of pitches versus other starters?

COCO CRISP: I think Yu Darvish has the most pitches. He probably has like seven, but four is a lot. When you have four quality pitches, it definitely makes you tough to get in there, get in the box and feel comfortable. You don't know what's comin'.

Q. Testing Jhonny Peralta's arm, looked like that was a no doubter to go, even though it was shallow?

COCO CRISP: Right. The wind was tricky out there today, and I know he's new out there and he's a great athlete to be able to move from shortstop and move the plays that he did today, but I think the wind carried the ball away from him which made it tougher for him to throw the ball.

He has a good arm and I still think he made a one hop throw, but his footwork because of the wind and the way he caught it made it easier for Vogt to score. And I'm glad he did because it was shallow, hit that triple, I know he was tired.

Q. Coco, seemed to be kind of a relaxed atmosphere in the clubhouse with you guys. Why are you guys so relaxed and laid back, even though you lost the first game, you came back and won the next two?

COCO CRISP: It's been our mentality the whole year. You're going to win some, lose some. You can't get too down on your losses and you can't get too high on your victories. I think we've done a good job with that the whole year. The first game was a little nerve wracking, and I think it got to us a little bit. But after we got our feet wet and were able to relax a bit, just be ourselves. We just go in there, have fun, took it like another game.

Q. You're a good judge of your own fly balls, do you think deep enough or not?

COCO CRISP: No, I didn't think it had a chance. When I hit it, I was like "Oh, that sucks!" The wind was blowing from right to left, so it helped me a little bit with the carry of the ball, kind of carried it just a little further than I thought it would.

Like I said, it was tricky out there, so he didn't get the proper technique to catch the ball to make that throw. A lot of things went into play to make me a little more successful in that at bat. But, yeah, I didn't think I had a chance.

Q. When the Tigers scored those three runs to tie it, how important was it for you guys to immediately respond?

COCO CRISP: It was very important. The crowd was electric, as soon as they scored those runs, they were loud, back in it, wavein' the white towels, and it makes it a little more exciting, I guess, from both sides. But definitely the home team is going to feed off it a little more.

Moss came up big for us, able to quiet them down, and we were able to keep the rally going. It was big that we were able to answer right back the very next plate appearances.

Q. Talk about the job your pitchers are continuing to do to quiet a lineup.

COCO CRISP: They have a fantastic lineup. Tip the cap to both sides. Our pitchers have been doing a great job, Tolo, Gray, and now Parker, going out there and facing this lineup. I'm grateful that I'm not a pitcher having to be on the bump to face this lineup and situation.

But keeping their composure, Tolo, Parker and Sonny, with the limited amount of exposure they had, Sonny had none and Parker had a little, it's remarkable. They're side has been doing a great job, too, it's been the battle of the pitchers, we have won two of them, hopefully we will keep it going.

THE MODERATOR: Thank you, Coco.

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