In one productive day, Athletics general manager Billy Beane filled two important pitching voids.
After matching Tigers ace Justin Verlander pitch for pitch in Game 2, Gray could not repeat the feat in Game 5. It sounds like an injury, perhaps a rather serious one, is part of the reason why.
Verlander pitched eight scoreless innings, sealing Oakland’s fate and sending the Tigers hurtling into the ALCS.
Always one to deliver in big-game, high-drama moments, though, Cabrera broke his homerless streak Thursday with a two-run bomb that gave the Tigers a lead they would never relinquish.
Justin Verlander pitched another Game 5 gem in Oakland while carrying a no-hit bid into the seventh inning, and Miguel Cabrera homered to lead the Detroit Tigers past the Athletics 3-0 Thursday night and back into the AL championship series.
For most of the season, Tiger fans worried about Justin Verlander.
Going into Tuesday night’s game with Oakland, the Detroit Tigers found themselves in a spot they had never been in under Jim Leyland – facing elimination in Game 4 of a first round series.
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Men and women stand shoulder to shoulder on the sidewalk waiting for the light; they’re facing north toward the ballpark.
“You don’t pretend,” Verlander said. “It’s not just another game. The season is on the line. It was on the line for us tonight, too. This whole season, the way we battled and played as a team, comes down to one game.”