Oakland Athletics Force ALDS Game 5 in Explosive Coliseum Atmosphere

Brian L. EvansContributor IIOctober 11, 2012

Oakland Athletics celebrate their fifteenth walk-off win in ALDS after Coco Crisp's base hit.
Oakland Athletics celebrate their fifteenth walk-off win in ALDS after Coco Crisp's base hit.Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

The Oakland Coliseum has seen some things. It has housed the Bash Brothers, stolen base king Ricky Henderson's record, The Streak, Dallas Braden's perfect game, World Series titles, and the infamous flip from Derek Jeter that—well, you know. 

The comeback victory that ignited nearly 40,000 Athletics fans in Game 4 against the Detroit Tigers will reside among the most memorable moments in A's history as their 15th 2012 walk-off win. 

Combating hard-throwing RHP Max Scherzer was no easy task going into an elimination game. Though Scherzer was rumored to be suffering from injury in recent weeks, his season strike outs (231) threatened a very strike-out prone Oakland offense. 

Scherzer took charge early, and relented conservatively. Injury or no injury, the guy delivered for Jim Leyland's Tigers, allowing one run on three hits. 

Stephen Drew drove in Coco Crisp for Oakland's first run, but was thrown out at third in a controversial green light from base coach Mike Gallego. 

Scherzer produced for 5.1 innings and struck out eight Oakland batters neutralizing the flammable opponent that filled the seats of the Coliseum. 

For the time being, at least. 

The A's threatened the Tigers' spotty bullpen, but were unable to strike until push came to shove and they faced their doom in the ninth. 

The unselfish hitting of Josh Reddick in the ninth inning began the eventual comeback for the A's in their victory surge. Josh Donaldson then doubled off the left field wall to place runners on second and third with no outs. 

Seth Smith found a gap in right field scoring Reddick and Donaldson, awakening the mostly silenced crowd into a frenzy. 

George Kottaras grabbed some lumber in the hopes of a pinch-hit walk-off at bat, but was denied. 

Coco Crisp then poked a line drive into right field, scoring Smith for the win. 

Bob Melvin, in an attempt to preserve Grant Balfour for pending extra innings, sent Ryan Cook out for the top half of the ninth. 

The Athletics are far from done, however. 

Former Cy Young winner and MVP Justin Verlander takes the bump against rookie Jarrod Parker for the win-or-go-home game of the series.