They've been here before, three outs away from a loss and little or no reasonable chance of winning. It has happened so often to the A's this season that the feeling is something they know well.
But if there' a resilient team in baseball, it's them. The A's are down but never out; they're perpetually on the brink but never quite pushed over the edge. They get 27 outs and they use every one of them.
This season, they had 14 walk-off wins. Wednesday night, they added a 15th. Just as the Detroit Tigers were preparing to celebrate a clinching victory in the American League Division Series, the A's ripped it away.
Down 3-1 in the bottom of the ninth, the A's scored three runs -- two on a double by Seth Smith and the game winner on a single by Coco Crisp -- for a 4-3 win that sends the series to a decisive fifth game.
"You know what? We've done it too many times to feel like we weren't going to win," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "Then we get the first guy on (base) and we feel like, h...