The Detroit Tigers claimed a commanding 6-0 win over the Oakland Athletics in Game 5 of their ALDS. The series had been very tight prior to Thursday's finale, with each team earning one- and two-run wins.
Justin Verlander took control for the Tigers in the deciding game, winning his second decision of the series. He pitched all nine frames, allowing just four hits and one walk.
The most impressive part of his performance was matching his 11 strike outs from Game 1.
Detroit's offensive attack was led by Austin Jackson. The center fielder had a pair of hits, two RBI and two runs in the game.
The A's were as hot as teams get over the second half of the season. There were 43-43 at the break but finished the season at 94-68.
But the Tigers had too much pitching in the five-game series and advance to play the winner of Friday's Game 5 in the other ALDS.
The ALCS starts on Saturday. Verlander will likely be used in Game 3 on Tuesday, with Doug Fister and Anibal Sanchez available for the opening two games.
The Tigers would then have Verlander available for Game 6 or 7 if needed, but they would certainly love to be in a position to save him for Game 1 of the 2012 World Series.