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Tigers give Justin Verlander a 2-0 lead

Oct 11, 2012, 10:38 PM EDT

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Austin Jackson doubled in Omar Infante in the third and then scored on a wild pitch as the Tigers jumped out to a 2-0 lead over the A’s in the deciding Game 5 of the ALDS on Thursday.

Verlander has limited the A’s to a two-out double in the first and a two-out walk in the second through three. Brandon Moss drew the walk in the second, only to get thrown out trying to advance to second on what would have been a wild pitch.

As successful as Verlander has been, the A’s have still forced him throw 44 pitches through three, something that might pay off in time. Still, they probably can’t afford to give up any additional runs. Verlander hasn’t allowed more than two runs in any of his last five starts.

  1. weaselpuppy - Oct 11, 2012 at 11:56 PM

    6-0 now. Nighty night Cinderella, it’s 12:01….

  2. craggt - Oct 12, 2012 at 12:11 AM

    Verlander averaged 114 pitches per start in 2012. 44 pitches thru 3 innings translates to to 14.66 pitches per inning. Assuming he only pitches his average 114 pitches, 14.66 pitches per inning would get him through 7.77, or essentially 7 2/3 innings. When you throw in the fact that Verlander regularly throws over 120 or even 130 pitches per start insinuating that forcing JV to throw 44 innings through 3 innings is a positive for the A’s is laughable. Please do some actual thinking Matthew before you just type garbage.

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