Justin Verlander once again rewarded Jim Leyland’s confidence in him by going 8 innings allowing only 2 hits and 1 walk with 10 strikeouts. It was vintage Verlander tonight as he dominated this game from pitch 1. Verlander is now 4-0 with a 0.29 era against the Athletics in the post season. This is the Justin Verlander who was missed during the first half of the season.
Miguel Cabrera, despite his numerous injuries, proved he is still dangerous by hitting a homerun in the top of the fourth. Sonny Gray tried to go up and in on Miggy and he once again demonstrated why that is not where you pitch him by crushing the ball to left.
Because of his hip and abdominal injuries, this was Miggy’s first homerun since September 17, but the wait was well worth it. With one mighty swing of his bat, Miggy raised Detroit up and crushed Oakland. The dinger sent Oakland’s hopes another great performance by rookie pitcher Sonny Gray crashing down as the ball landed over the wall in left.
This game renewed the dreams of the Tigers fan for ending the 29 year drought for a World Series title. This game also was a reminder to the rest of baseball that good pitching can beat good hitting and Detroit has the strongest starting pitching left in the playoffs. This series proved the Tigers are still dangerous despite the injury to Miguel Cabrera and that is good news for Tiger fans for the ALCS.