10/12/06 1:32 AM ET
Bradley's historic game can't boost A's
Slugger homers from both sides, but Tigers take 2-0 ALCS lead
By Ryan Quinn / MLB.com
Homers from both sides of the plate in playoffs
|A's right fielder Milton Bradley became the third player in Major League history to homer from both sides of the plate in a postseason game and the first in League Championship history when he accomplished the feat on Wednesday.|
|Bernie Williams||NYY||10/6/1995||ALDS G3|
|Bernie Williams||NYY||10/5/1996||ALDS G4|
|Chipper Jones||ATL||10/4/2003||NLDS G4|
|Milton Bradley||OAK||10/11/2006||ALCS G2|
|Courtesy of Elias Sports Bureau|
Bradley's first homer came from the left side on a first-pitch changeup from Justin Verlander and landed in the right-field stands to put the A's up, 3-1.Bradley has been an extremely streaky hitter all season for the A's, and has six hits in the A's last three playoff games. He looks to be on the same kind of roll he was when he came off the disabled list on July 14, and hit .406 for the month. Bradley's second homer was a no-doubter from the right side against reliever Wilfredo Ledezma to cut the Tigers' lead to 7-5. His quickness to first base in the ninth extended the game for Thomas, but the Big Hurt flied out to center to end the game with the bases loaded. The A's will be climbing uphill for the rest of the ALCS, and Bradley realized that without a win Friday, the A's will be in the worst of positions. "It's now or never," Bradley said. "We need to put together good at-bats. We gotta do whatever it takes."
Ryan Quinn is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.