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Sonny Gray, Justin Verlander trading zeroes through four innings in ALDS Game 2

Oct 5, 2013, 10:33 PM EDT

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It’s a pitching duel between a 23-year-old rookie and a 30-year-old veteran in Game 2 of the ALDS between the Athletics and Tigers. A’s rookie Sonny Gray has shut out the Tigers through four innings, using a mid-90’s fastball and a knee-bending curve to keep Tiger hitters at bay. Thus far, he has struck out five while surrendering just two hits: one to Miguel Cabrera in the first, and an infield single to Don Kelly in the second. As of this posting, he has retired seven consecutive Tigers in a row. One thing to keep an eye on: he has thrown 63 pitches thus far.

Verlander, however, has been even better. He ended the regular season on a high note and appears to have brought it with him into the post-season. Through four frames, he has allowed just one hit — a two-out single up the middle by Josh Donaldson. Prior to that hit, Verlander retired the first 11 Athletics he faced. Overall, Verlander has struck out seven (and six of the seven A’s to have struck out have gone down looking). He is at 69 pitches through four innings.

  1. schke - Oct 5, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    Why is CB Bucknor working this game? Why is CB Bucknor working ANY game?

  2. butchhuskey - Oct 5, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    CB Bucknor is almost a bigger joke than Angel Hernandez.

    • schke - Oct 5, 2013 at 11:00 PM

      They’re both bad, that’s for sure. I’d contend that Bucknor is actually probably worse.

  3. historiophiliac - Oct 5, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    Good Verlander showed up! Wahooooooo!!!!!!! He’s focused tonight. Hot damn!

    Now, Torii, stop hacking at shit! >:(

    • historiophiliac - Oct 5, 2013 at 11:40 PM

      What are you doing, Torii? Sigh.

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