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Justin Verlander dominates as Tigers defeat Athletics to advance to ALCS

Oct 10, 2013, 11:29 PM EDT

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The Tigers have advanced to the ALCS for the third straight season.

Justin Verlander threw eight scoreless innings in a dominant outing while Miguel Cabrera provided some thump as the Tigers defeated the Athletics 3-0 in Game 5 of the ALDS on Thursday at Coliseum in Oakland.

While the Tigers were held scoreless by rookie right-hander Sonny Gray for eight innings back in Game 2, they got to him for three runs this time around. Miguel Cabrera had the big blow with a two-run homer in the fourth inning, his first extra-base hit of the series and his first home run since way back on September 17. The Tigers later added an insurance run in the sixth inning.

That was more than enough offense for Verlander, who struck out 10 batters and held the Athletics to just two hits and one walk. He was perfect until a one-out walk by Josh Reddick in the sixth inning and didn’t allow his first hit until a two-out single by Yoenis Cespedes in the seventh. Joaquin Benoit danced around some trouble in the ninth inning to keep the A’s off the board and lock down the series victory.

Verlander has been Oakland’s worst nightmare over the past two postseasons, going 3-0 with a 0.29 ERA and 43 strikeouts over 31 innings. That includes two Game 5 victories. Now that’s called ownership.

After battling back from a 2-1 deficit in the ALDS, the Tigers will now play the Red Sox in the ALCS. That series will begin Saturday night at Fenway Park in Boston.

  1. happytwinsfan - Oct 10, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    it’s beantown versus motown. someone remind those coastal freaks that god is a Midwestern.

    historiophiliac was it good for you too?

    • historiophiliac - Oct 10, 2013 at 11:42 PM

      Until the 9th it was. That got me out of the mood really quickly. 😦

      /shakes it off


      Go, Tigers!

      • happytwinsfan - Oct 10, 2013 at 11:48 PM

        yeah, but when leyland sneaks a cig somewhere, we both know why he’s really doing it.

      • nbjays - Oct 11, 2013 at 12:07 AM

        I hear ya, Historio. The point where Leyland pulled the dominating Verlander for the nail-biting Benoit is the point where recreational drinking turned therapeutic.

        Nice to see Miggy, as hurt as he is, go BOOM!

      • sabatimus - Oct 11, 2013 at 12:22 AM

        Looking forward to it, historio. May the better team win.

      • sabatimus - Oct 11, 2013 at 12:40 AM

        Bunch of cunts on this site tonight.

      • historiophiliac - Oct 11, 2013 at 12:42 AM

        Hey, what’s with the c-word?

        I do believe I shall retire and leave the poor sports to their pettiness.

      • sabatimus - Oct 11, 2013 at 12:51 AM

        I was referring to the cunts who enjoy thumbing down other people’s joy.

      • sabatimus - Oct 11, 2013 at 12:52 AM

        Because, make no mistake, they are a bunch of jealous cunts. Go ahead and ban me, I don’t care.

  2. weaselpuppy - Oct 10, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    Money players beat Moneyball.

    Eat that, you Raging Schmuck, Balfour :)

    • butchhuskey - Oct 10, 2013 at 11:35 PM

      Yes, because wife-beating alcoholic Miguel Cabrera is the symbol of class, right?

      • historiophiliac - Oct 10, 2013 at 11:46 PM

        I don’t want to get into this fight because you’re both acting badly, but I would like to suggest that you wouldn’t use having cancer or diabetes as a flaw. Just saying.

        Carry on embarrassing both our teams now, you two.

    • butchhuskey - Oct 11, 2013 at 12:09 AM

      For some reason, I can’t reply to historiophiliac, but I do want to apologize for being derogatory towards someone’s alcoholism. That wasn’t right of me, and I don’t want to give off the impression that I’m a bad person (I’m not even an A’s fan, I’m a Mets fan).

      Anyway, congrats to your Tigers. Best of luck against the Red Sox.

      • historiophiliac - Oct 11, 2013 at 12:26 AM

        Thanks for the clarification there.

  3. Minoring In Baseball - Oct 10, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    Way to go Tigers! JV and Miggy make the difference, as they should. Too bad Cabrera won’t be anyway near %100 these playoffs, though. The A’s played a great series, also, and congrats on a good season.

  4. Reflex - Oct 10, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    Leland had to be ‘by the books’ and almost cost them the game. Verlander was cruising. Taking him out was idiotic.

    Great game though.

    • pappageorgio - Oct 11, 2013 at 1:03 AM

      The call by JL was correct.

      He’d thrown 111 at that point……last year in game 3 of the ALCS Jim left Verlander in for the 9th in a dominating start. Verlander ended up getting pulled after 132 pitches. We can all agree that Verlander was off after that in the WS.

      I have no doubt that verlander would have closed the game down, but at what cost? Benoit makes your heart skip a beat, but gets the job done far more often than not. Eyes on the prize….we want a WS title, not just a third consecutive trip to the ALCS.

      Go Tigers!!!!

      • Reflex - Oct 11, 2013 at 1:20 AM

        Taking the ball from the guy who is going to win you the game and giving it to the guy who ‘gets it done more often than not’ is an idiotic decision in a must win game. Had this been Game 4 I would agree with you. It was not, it was an elimination game. In an elimination game you go for broke, and worry about the consequences later.

      • pappageorgio - Oct 11, 2013 at 1:48 AM

        By “more often than not” I meant 26 out of 28 opportunities……so maybe I undersold it.

        We need verlander moving forward and it was a 3 run game. If it was a 1 run game…I might agree, Benoit gets it done. It ain’t always pretty, but it gets done.

      • Reflex - Oct 11, 2013 at 2:51 AM

        They were one swing of the bat from not advancing. Its stupid to put yourself in that position in an elimination game.

      • nbjays - Oct 11, 2013 at 7:13 AM

        Actually, Reflex, they weren’t. At no point did the A’s have the winning run at the plate.

  5. cabrera24 - Oct 10, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    Looking forward to the ALCS being on FOX finally ! Tigers !!!!!

    • philliesblow - Oct 10, 2013 at 11:54 PM

      Glad I won’t have to see any more Pete Holmes commercials!

  6. metalhead65 - Oct 10, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    what a shame money ball loses again! maybe next year guys

    • happytwinsfan - Oct 11, 2013 at 12:06 AM

      money ball didn’t lose. it had a splendid regular season and came within a few inches of the alcs.

    • Reflex - Oct 11, 2013 at 1:22 AM

      Moneyball had a hell of a year, and still is given that the Red Sox are also built on its concepts and have been for a decade and two championships now. In fact, three of the four teams in this year’s AL playoffs were what would be considered ‘Moneyball’ teams, the Red Sox, Rays and A’s are all built on those fundamentals.

      At this point it is the dominant approach to the game.

  7. hess97 - Oct 11, 2013 at 12:32 AM

    homeplate ump definitely earned that foulball to his face tonight. didnt matter how far verlander and benoit missed off the plate tonight. it was always a strike.

    • pappageorgio - Oct 11, 2013 at 1:07 AM

      You buy some grapes that weren’t quite ripe yet?

      Those never taste good.

  8. hess97 - Oct 11, 2013 at 12:34 AM

    fucking fuck.

    • nbjays - Oct 11, 2013 at 7:14 AM

      Eloquent comment.

      • historiophiliac - Oct 11, 2013 at 9:10 AM

        Terse and opaque, yet highly emotive

      • nbjays - Oct 11, 2013 at 9:26 AM

        Also amazingly alliterative.

  9. disgracedfury - Oct 11, 2013 at 12:47 AM

    If Verlander gonna win a world series he needs to be dominate when it counts….the world series.He has been bad only there.

  10. theskinsman - Oct 11, 2013 at 4:37 AM

    Great series, now let’s see how the Tigers like that cool fall air at Fenway. Go Sox!

    • michiganhockey11 - Oct 11, 2013 at 8:56 AM

      Right, because the cold, barren fall/winter we have in Detroit and Michigan as a whole doesn’t compare. It’s been highs of 60’s out here the last week and next week will be even colder.

      • historiophiliac - Oct 11, 2013 at 9:11 AM

        Could you send some of that south, please?

      • michiganhockey11 - Oct 11, 2013 at 11:40 AM

        We’ll try to…shoot even Arizona got snow the other day.

      • theskinsman - Oct 11, 2013 at 7:41 PM

        It’s not the temp,you twit, it’s because it’s at FENWAY.

  11. redsoxchamp11 - Oct 11, 2013 at 6:51 AM

    I hope my sox win, but can’t help to rhink what Detroit would he like if they just told Miggy in August and September that playing so hurt could potentially hurt them badly in the playoffs. That and Prince not getting fleeced by a gold digger…

  12. janessa31888 - Oct 11, 2013 at 8:06 AM

    Oh, this is going to be good!! What a matchup of great teams!!! I wish my Indians had such talent.

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