Oakland A's third-base coach Mike Gallego greets Seth Smith after the A's designated hitter homered in the fifth inning of Monday's game. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Oakland A’s third-base coach Mike Gallego greets Seth Smith after the A’s designated hitter homered in the fifth inning of Monday’s game. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)

A day baseball game harks back to the 1960s and earlier baseball eras, when the postseason consisted of the World Series and before television ruled the universe and moved the game schedule from day to night. But here we are on a Monday and the Athletics are out there playing (and winning) the third game of their series against Detroit.

The A’s and Tigers started today’s contest the way they’d played the first two games in Oakland, with pitching locking down hitters on both sides. The A’s finally broke through with a run in the third and two more in the fourth to take a 3-0 lead on Tiger starter Anibal Sanchez. Oakland right-hander Jarrod Parker couldn’t hold the lead, though, and gave up three Detroit runs in the bottom of the fourth that tied the game at 3-3.

The Athletics responded with three in the top of the fifth, including a two-run homer by designated hitter Seth Smith, to go up 6-3. Parker pitched a scoreless bottom of the fifth to qualify for the win, then turned the game over to the Oakland bullpen. The major excitement later in the game came when A’s closer Grant Balfour and Tigers’ DH Victor Martinez exchanged words, prompting players from both benches to converge on the mound. When play resumed, Martinez lined out to right field.

Game 4 is scheduled Tuesday at 2 p.m. PDT (5 p.m. Detroit time).

Here’s how the drama looked in the KQED newsroom. Not quite the drama associated with other televised sports dramas we’ve seen here. But it’s only the first round.

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Dan Brekke

Dan Brekke is a blogger, reporter and editor for KQED News, responsible for online breaking news coverage of topics ranging from California water issues to the Bay Area's transportation challenges. In a newsroom career that began in Chicago in 1972, Dan has worked as a city and foreign/national editor for The San Francisco Examiner, editor at Wired News, deputy editor at Wired magazine, managing editor at TechTV as well as for several Web startups.

Since joining KQED in 2007, Dan has reported, edited and produced both radio and online features and breaking news pieces. He has shared in two Society of Professional Journalists Norcal Excellence in Journalism awards — for his 2012 reporting on a KQED Science series on water and power in California, and in 2014, for KQED's comprehensive reporting on the south Napa earthquake.

In addition to his 44 years of on-the-job education, Dan is a lifelong student of history and is still pursuing an undergraduate degree.

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