Justin Verlander shuts down A's, helps lead Tigers into ALCS

By Alex Skillin,

Detroit Tigers' starter Justin Verlander threw a complete game shutout against the Oakland A's on Thursday night, as Detroit won 6-0 and advanced to the team's second straight American League Championship Series. The reigning AL Cy Young award winner struck out 11 and gave up just four hits.

The Tigers opened the scoring in the third inning when center fielder Austin Jackson doubled home second baseman Omar Infante, while Jackson scored later that inning on a wild pitch. That 2-0 scoreline held until the seventh inning when the Tigers broke the game open, scoring four runs on an RBI single, a hit by pitch, another RBI single, and an error from Oakland shortstop Stephen Drew.

Those six runs would be more than enough for Verlander who recorded his second win of the series.

After the game, former Tiger and current A's third baseman Brandon Inge told the Detroit Free Press, "That's the best game I've ever seen [Verlander] throw. Even better than the no-hitters. This performance was more dominating."

Despite the loss, Oakland's players remained upbeat about their remarkable season, with outfielder Josh Reddick telling the San Jose Mercury News, "Words can't explain how happy I am with this ballclub and what we've done this year."

Detroit will face the winner of tonight's decisive Game 5 between the New York Yankees and the Baltimore Orioles in the ALCS beginning on Saturday.



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