Detroit Tigers vs. Oakland Athletics Game 5: Live Score and NLDS Highlights
Detroit ace Justin Verlander dominated the Oakland A's in the final game of the ALDS. The 3-0 win allows the Tigers to move onto a matchup in the ALCS with the Boston Red Sox. They won the series three games to two.
Detroit Tigers 3 - 0 Oakland A's, Final.
I wanna say hi to Pedro! Bueno afro Pedro! - wise words of Miguel Cabrera still the man— Michael (@spartanfan27) October 11, 2013
Detroit now heads to Boston to take on the Red Sox in the American League Championship Series. The Tigers match up well with the Red Sox, and the ALCS should be as good as this ALDS was.
Detroit's Justin Verlander finished with eight innings pitched, 10 strikeouts, two hits allowed, one walk and the win. Joaquin Benoit finished with one inning pitched, one hit batter, one hit allowed, one strikeout and the save.
Oakland's Sonny Gray finished his game with five innings pitched, six hits and three earned runs allowed. He walked four batters and struck out three while picking up the loss.
The biggest impact play of the game was the Miguel Cabrera home run in the fourth inning that shook Gray and put the Tigers up two runs. That wound up being all they would need on the day.
With men on first and second, Seth Smith was in the best position to tie the game up. Joaquin Benoit was able to force a poor hit, and Torii Hunter caught the ball in right to close the game out. What a heartbreaker for the Oakland A's.
Joaquin Benoit gives the A's their best shot at possibly winning. But he's a fresh closer going against a lineup that has been frustrated all night. Coco Crisp opened the inning up with a ground out to second. Benoit then struck out Josh Donaldson to force Oakland into their last out.
Jed Lowrie finally starts a rally with the first extra base hit of the night. But Yoenis Cespedes got hit with the pitch. There might be some life left with the tying run at the plate.
Wow. It's getting real interesting in Oakland.— Jason Backman (@Jback32) October 11, 2013
Justin Verlander is being replaced this inning for Tigers closer Joaquin Benoit. But that's not the only change for the Tigers in the bottom of the inning.
Grant Balfour takes over for the A's and opens his inning by striking out Austin Jackson. After a Torii Hunter popout to center, Balfour made sure the A's had a shot at a ninth inning comeback against the Tigers with a strikeout of Miguel Cabrera to keep the A's within three.
Justin Verlander turns in yet another great inning. First, he strikes out Brandon Moss on seven pitches. Then, he forces a groundout. And after a quick single by Josh Reddick, Verlander got his tenth strikeout of the night on Stephen Vogt. He's just been dominant out there all night.
Coco Crisp caught the second out of the inning on Omar Infante's attempt to foil Sean Doolittle's attempt to keep the A's in the game. And then Doolittle channels his beard's ferocity to strike out Don Kelly after the Tigers' left fielder had walked in his previous two at bats to end the top half of the eighth.
Sean Doolittle is in to replace Dan Otero. Oakland's obviously the awesome beard club with Doolittle's mountain of facial hair awesomeness distracting Alex Avila into hitting a pop-out for the first out of the eighth inning. Then again, not everyone loves the beards.
Oakland is easily the ugliest team in the majors. Why do they all have red beards?— Mike Carroll (@MikeyCe) October 11, 2013
Justin is making these Oakland players look stupid when they swing— Natalie Mothersell (@Natmo2010) October 11, 2013
Josh Donaldson got the best cut off of Justin Verlander all night, but he hit it foul to make it 1-2. Verlander being Verlander struck him out on the next pitch. Jed Lowrie was able to work Verlander for seven pitches, but that also ended poorly for Oakland in the form of a flyout to left field.
Yoenis Cespedes finally got the first hit of the night on Verlander with a single right up the middle. And Verlander struck out Seth Smith for his eighth strikeout of the night, and his 97 pitches put him in position to pitch one more inning for the Tigers.
Jhonny Peralta grounded out to third to end the inning, and Dan Otero's relief effort was excellent. Oakland needs to get some runs here in the bottom of the seventh to try and knock Justin Verlander out of rhythm and hopefully get him pulled for a less-talented pitcher.
Dan Otero is back on the mound for Oakland with Torii Hunter leading off. And Otero forced yet another ground ball out. Then Otero got Miguel Cabrera to fly out to second. But Prince Fielder wanted to get on the board and hit a single out to right field to get on base for the second time tonight.
Victor Martinez gets his third hit of the night. He's been killing the ball all night and getting on base to set up the end of the order for some RBI situations.
Stephen Vogt hit a deep fly to Austin Jackson in center that allowed Reddick to advance to second base. Coco Crisp then flied out to left field to end the inning. Through six innings, Justin Verlander has thrown 80 pitches and has still yet to allow a run.
Verlander has a no-no through 6. He likes games 5 against Oakland. If he's gonna be this guy, Tigers-Red Sox ought to be great. #earlycall— Matt Spiegel (@MattSpiegel670) October 11, 2013
Justin Verlander got a ground ball out by Alberto Callaspo and looked just as dominating in the five innings before. And then, he followed it up with a walk to Josh Reddick for his first baserunner of the night to break up the perfect game.
Dan Otero opened the inning forcing a fielder's choice by Brandon Moss to get Jhonny Peralta at second base. Then another ground ball was hit to Josh Donaldson, which was tossed to second. But Alberto Callaspo juggled it and was unable to get the double play, so Victor Martinez scored to make it 3-0.
And then Don Kelly followed that up with a walk to give Detroit runners at first and second with two outs.
Oakland pitchers want nothing to do with Don Kelly. They know.— Bill Shea (@Bill_Shea19) October 11, 2013
Otero then got Austin Jackson to ground out to second to close the inning out, allowing just one run and very minimal damage.
Sonny Gray continues to miss the zone going down 2-1 until he finally throws a strike to Victor Martinez. One which was hit right up the middle for his second single of the night. And then, Jhonny Peralta hit a single to left field that was just out of Yoenis Cespedes reach.
Gray's night is now over as Bob Melvin relieves him with Dan Otero. Gray still has two runners he is responsible for that are on base, but for now, he's at just two earned runs from the Miguel Cabrera home run.
Justin Verlander continues cooking with some good bacon grease, as he forces Yoenis Cespedes to pop out to short and Seth Smith to ground out right up the middle to Jhonny Peralta. Then he gets his sixth strike out of the night against Brandon Moss.
Well, then. Miguel Cabrera intentionally walked was a smart move as Sonny Gray forced Prince Fielder into grounding out right back to the pitcher to close out the top of the inning.
Sonny Gray walked Don Kelly to lead off the inning and was just looking lost. That was before he finally got another strike out against Austin Jackson. He set him up to look for the curve ball and just blew by him with the fastball.
With Sonny Gray entering the inning with 74 pitches thrown, he'll need to get some Tigers out quickly if he wants to pitch in the sixth. Justin Verlander is only at 51 pitches through four innings.
Coco Crisp was unable to beat out a grounder to short after a great throw by Jhonny Peralta beat him by a step. Josh Donaldson followed it up with a pop-out to center on a 1-2 count. Jed Lowrie grounded out to second to end the inning in a very uneventful fashion.
The Oakland Athletics are like the Walkertown Wolfpack, we don't have superstars, just a bunch of good players with heart and hustle.— Jeremy Bottoms (@JBGonedoit22) October 11, 2013
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