Smyly was the first Tigers pitcher to allow four homers in a game since Max Scherzer did it in a 10-7 win over the Yankees on April 3, 2011.
Talk about a funk!
Now that I have learned that Jose Reddick walks out to “Careless Whisper” by George Michael — I am a huge fan.
Terry Francona asked crew chief Mike Winters to review a collision at the plate, and the umpire obliged.
The Oakland A’s, bitten by the injury bug, need to lean on starting pitcher Sonny Gray even more than expected.
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.