DETROIT -- Sean Doolittle said Coco Crisp makes that catch 99 times out of 100. Crisp thought differently.

"I like to think I make it 100 out of 100," Crisp said. "But obviously, that's changed."

The A's overcame Crisp's drop of Miguel Cabrera's seventh-inning, two-out fly ball that allowed two Detroit runs to score and put the Tigers ahead 3-2. But after a 5-4 walk-off loss Sunday in Game 2 of the ALDS, the error loomed large in the outcome at Comerica Park.

Doolittle entered in relief of starter Tommy Milone in the bottom of the seventh, and after getting two quick outs, surrendered consecutive singles to Austin Jackson and Omar Infante. Cabrera followed with a floater off the end of the bat to center field.

Crisp, playing deep in Comerica's spacious center field, had to run a long way but appeared to have caught up to the ball. When Crisp tried a basket catch, the ball hit off the heel of his glove. Crisp tried to snare the rebound in midair and, in one last-gasp desperation try, even tried to grab it with glove-less right hand as both he and the ball hit the ground.

"I got a good read off the bat," Crisp said. "It's one of those judgment calls, either try to catch it like that or try to slide into it. It's just unfortunate that I didn't make the catch. I felt like I should have made it, obviously. I'm better than that. It would have been nice to make that second-effort catch, too. In this type of situation, you've got to make that play."


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A's manager Bob Melvin said most center fielders wouldn't have had a chance to get to that ball.

"He breaks back and then has to recover and covered a lot of ground to get there," Melvin said. "Obviously, until you've tried to make that play ... and the ball's bouncing a little bit as far as your eyes go ... he ended up making a basket catch that just popped out of his glove."

Cabrera had stung two doubles to left-center field and hit a deep fly to center that Crisp caught. Doolittle thought Cabrera's swing in the seventh might have been a factor in Crisp's error.

"You watch him in center field, he covers a ton of ground," said Doolittle. "(Cabrera) took a pretty healthy hack at it. I don't know if he took a step back first, but he ran such a long way to catch that ball. It's just one of those rare things. You're not going to see that very often with a guy like Coco."

Said A's right fielder Josh Reddick: "He just got caught in between. We've seen him make that catch 100 times this year. (The error) just happened at an unfortunate time."

Crisp said he would have felt a lot worse if the A's hadn't bounced back to take the lead in the top of the eighth. Yoenis Cespedes singled, stole two bases and scored on a wild pitch to tie it at 3-all, and Reddick homered to give Oakland a 4-3 advantage heading to the bottom of the eighth.

"After I made that error, it would have been easy for us to hang our heads," Crisp said. "I didn't, but the other guys didn't, either. They came back and picked me up and made me feel a little bit better about myself."

Crisp said he didn't second-guess his approach to the play.

"It was a pretty fast play, and it's one of those plays where you're trying to make a decision on how you're going to try to catch the ball," he said. "I still believe I made the right decision. The only other option is to slide into it, which I'll also do. I've caught them both ways. It's unfortunate that the decision this time didn't work.

"I don't know if I've ever dropped either one, to my recollection," continued Crisp, who made just two errors in the outfield in 113 games during the regular season. "It's just one of those in-the-moment situations, and at the last moment, it just didn't go in the web. It went into my palm. It sucks, but that's the way it goes. I have to forget about it -- it's going to be tough to forget about it -- but we have to come back next game with a clean slate and try to be better."

If they expect to come back from down 0-2, Crisp said the A's have to put all of their mistakes from this tough weekend behind them and keep grinding forward.

"During the regular season, if you make a mistake, you shake it off," he said. "That next game is a clean slate. On days when you do something good, you hang on to it for that day. The next day comes and none of that matters anymore. So that's how you kind of have to go about it with the good and the bad. You have to clear your mind and go get 'em."