Oakland Athletics center fielder Coco Crisp catches the ball along the wall against the Detroit Tigers during the second inning of game three of the 2012 ALDS at O.co Coliseum. (PHOTO: US PRESSWIRE)
OAKLAND, CA - Coco Crisp's critical error loomed large in Game 2, but his defensive gem Tuesday helped the Oakland Athletics save their season.
The fleet-footed center fielder stole a home run from Prince Fielder and scored a run in the A's 2-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers in Game 3 of the ALDS.
Leading off the second inning, Fielder cracked a shot into right-center field. Crisp took off at the crack of the bat, ranged to warning track and timed his leap perfectly as the ball looked like it was about to sail over the fence.
Crisp, though, snatched the ball with his glove before crashing sharply into the wall. The spectacular catch preserved a 1-0 Oakland advantage.
Fielder, who was robbed of another potential hit by A's left fielder Yoenis Cespedes in the sixth inning, grounded into a game-ending double play.
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