Justin Verlander put on a pitching clinic Thursday night against the Oakland Athletics, going 8 strong innings, striking out 10 A’s hitters, and only surrendering 1 walk. With this stellar performance Verlander extended his scoreless streak to 27 innings, spanning over his last 4 starts. Unbelievable, to think two years in a row Verlander single handily dominated an up and coming, youthful, A’s line-up. Winning two games this series with his dominant stuff, continuing the A’s Divisional Round woes that have haunted A’s fans for over a decade now.
Sonny Gray pitched fairly well himself, that was until Miguel Cabrera launched a two-run bomb into the left field bleachers. Gray went 5 innings, struck out 3, and allowed 3 earned runs on 6 hits. Not bad for the youngsters second battle against Verlander in five games. In fact he look poised, showing resilience after giving up the home run, the kid just did not receive any run support. In fact the A’s only managed 3 total hits, two off Velander, the other off closer Joaquin Benoit. The first coming in the 7th inning off the bat of Yoenis Cespedes.
Joaquin Benoit retired Seth Smith on a fly ball with two on in the ninth to close out the deciding game of their division series. With the victory Detroit became the first team to reach the ALCS in three straight years since the New York Yankees from 1998-2001, I’m sure the A’s organization and Fanbase remember those Yankees. Now a new generation of A’s fans get to witness another loaded, big market team dominate the low market green collar Oakland A’s, it’s a good thing the A’s still have their youth, cause losing is sure getting old in Oakland.