OAKLAND -- The 2012 Oakland Athletics tend to take crippling adversity and kick it square between the legs. Staring down potential elimination and the seemingly insurmountable chore of overcoming a 2-0 deficit, the A's took the field in front of a sell-out crowd so deafening that they wouldn't have even be able to hear their own self doubt -- if they had any. Hint, they don't. Oakland turned their 2-0 deficit in the series into a 2-0 win on Tuesday. It was just the 11th shutout in Athletics postseason history. For their efforts they now get to play again on Wednesday. "We have as much confidence as anybody," catcher Derek Norris said. "We have three games at home and with that crowd, it's one of the best crowds I've ever heard in a stadium. We feed off them and hopefully come back tomorrow and even the series and go from there." In the A's twisted minds they believe the pressure is on the Tigers. Detroit has to worry about finishing the job, while the A's get to continue playing with house money, and staying alive by all means necessary."We've been in this position before and it was good to go out there and take care of business," pitcher Ryan Cook said. "We've still got two more to go in this series and give it our all." So what does the Game Three win mean? "Get's us to tomorrow," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "We'll go at it in the same fashion that we did tonight. And we'll go from there."PRATT: Anderson pitches through pain in postseason win
With the series starting in Detroit the A's didn't get to experience the home field advantage they were supposed to have as the higher seed. With the remaining games at the Oakland Coliseum they have the confidence they need to keep fighting one game at a time. The only way they know how. "Our fans have been great all year and these last couple weeks they have come out plenty full," Cook said. "They are the best and in baseball if you ask me. They are in the game from pitch one and we just want to keep having fun and let them have fun as well." The 37,090 that showed up waved gold rally towels throughout the game. They exploded when Yoenis Cespedes gave the A's a 1-0 lead in the first inning. They went nuts when Coco Crisp robbed Prince Fielder of a home run to start the second inning. They roared when Seth Smith hit a solo homer in the fifth and when Brett Anderson struck out Miguel Cabrera to end the sixth inning. Finally, they raged when Grant Balfour locked down his first ever postseason save. "It was probably the most fun I ever had on the mound especially in front of the crowd at home in a postseason game," Anderson said. For now there is a tomorrow for the A's.