Tigers' Verlander owns A's in Game 5 clincher

Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera (right) celebrates with teammate Prince Fielder after...

Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera (right) celebrates with teammate Prince Fielder after winning Game 5 of the American League Divisional Series at O.co Coliseum in Oakland October 10, 2013. (Ed Szczepanski/USA TODAY Sports)

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:27 AM ET

The Oakland Athletics thought they had seen Justin Verlander at his best in Game 5 of the Division Series last year.

They were wrong.

Last year in Game 5 Verlander was terrific as he twirled a complete-game four-hit shutout where he recorded 11 strikeouts in the Tigers’ 6-0 victory. He threw 122 pitches and the A’s could square up just four.

As great as he was that night, this game he was better.

Throwing a no-hitter through 6.2 innings — Yoenis Cespedes would break up the no-no bid with a ground ball single up the middle — Verlander put up eight more zeros, this time holding the A’s to two hits in pitching the Tigers to a 3-0 victory.

Talk about being a money pitcher.

With the win, the Tigers, who trailed 2-1 in the series, advance to the ALCS against Boston beginning Saturday night.

 


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