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Justin Verlander allows his first baserunner, still has no-hit bid through six innings

Oct 10, 2013, 10:24 PM EDT

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Justin Verlander is no longer perfect, but he’s still mowing down the Athletics’ lineup.

After retiring the first 16 batters he faced this evening, Verlander issued a one-out walk to Josh Reddick in the bottom of the sixth inning. Stephen Vogt followed with a long fly out to right-center and Coco Crisp flew out to left to end the inning, so Verlander still has six no-hit innings under his belt.

The Tigers have a 3-0 lead over the Athletics as we move into the seventh inning in Oakland. Verlander has a chance to bring his team to the ALCS in historic fashion.

  1. aceshigh11 - Oct 10, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    Talk about stepping up. This guy is still capable of being scary-good.

    • happytwinsfan - Oct 10, 2013 at 10:43 PM

      as good as that kershaw guy?

      • Reflex - Oct 10, 2013 at 10:58 PM

        On any given day? Yes. Over the course of a season? No, but he’s close.

        Kershaw is certainly the best pitcher in baseball right now. I’d call Felix second, Verlander third and probably Weaver fourth. But its a very small margin between these guys, any of them are capable of a no-hitter at any time.

      • bender4700 - Oct 10, 2013 at 11:59 PM

        Season stats don’t mean a thing if you lose in the post season. Ask JV how he feels about last year and the year before.

        JV would rather have the year he had (great year for many starting pitchers out there) and win the ring than do what Kershaw did and lose.

    • happytwinsfan - Oct 10, 2013 at 11:06 PM

      oh god, verlanders taking fives in the dugout meaning that the tigers are going to one of their hard throwing but unreliable relievers for the ninth

      sadly no hitters don’t mean that much anymore. phil humber, tossed away by the twins, whitesox and last i heard the friggin marlins, threw a perfect game, in between his usual horrid outings.

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