Almost an entire year after Justin Verlander was masterful over the Athletics in Game 5 of the 2012 ALDS, Oakland once again had zero answers for the Detroit ace.
In fact it was the Tigers’ best players fueling the win as Detroit heads to their third straight ALCS something that hasn’t been done since the New York Yankees did it between 1998 and 2001.
Miguel Cabrera, who’s been dealing with a nagging lower body injury really the past couple of months finally made his presence known at the plate with a 2 run shot off Sonny Gray to put the Tigers up 2-0.
From there, on an almost perfect night for Verlander the long lost Tigers ace fanned 10, walked 2 and allowed just 2 hits en route to the 3-0 win. But it wasn’t just another stellar outing for JV. He continued his postseason dominance over the A’s which reached 30 consecutive scoreless innings against Oakland good for a new playoff record.
And when that final out was recorded, the Tigers celebrated on the O.co Coliseum mound (since there’s a good chance at having raw sewage in the visitors clubhouse) with their now signature Maori Haka.
Bring on Boston.
h/t: The Big Lead (images)