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Tigers Eliminate A’s Behind Verlander’s Pitching Gem


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In the decisive Game 5 of the ALDS, the Detroit Tigers had the luxury of putting one of baseball’s best on the mound in Justin Verlander.

The reigning MVP and CY Young winner helped his team close out the feisty Oakland A’s. His 122-pitch gem gave him his first career postseason complete game, his first postseason shutout, and more importantly, helped his team advance to the ALCS by defeating the A’s 6-0. He struck out 11 and gave up 4 hits.

For the A’s, their storybook season comes to an end. However, the Oakland fans stayed in the stadium well after the final pitch, applauding their team on an incredible season that ended with an unlikely AL West division title. “LET’S GO, OAKLAND!,” screamed the home fans, only seconds after their season ended.

Meanwhile, Detroit celebrated with champagne, high-fives, and hugs. Next up, they’ll play the Orioles or the Yankees. That series is tied at 2 games each after Baltimore defeated New York 2-1 in 13 innings Thursday night.

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