The ALDS between the Detroit Tigers and the Oakland A's went the full five games, and it will be the Tigers that head back to the league championship. Detroit got a big lift from Justin Verlander and Miguel Cabrera to cruise to a 3-0 win at the O-Co. Coliseum.
Verlander started off in All-Star form, setting down the first 16 batters he faced before finally giving up a one-out walk in the bottom of the sixth. That would essentially be the story of the night, as he finished the night with 10 strikeouts and just two hits over eight innings.
Miguel Cabrera lifted the team offensively, getting things going with a big two-run home run in the top of the fourth. He would later pick up another hit to help out his cause. They tacked on their third run of the game, when Omar Infante bounced into a force out in the sixth. Victor Martinez crossed the plate, giving Detroit a 3-0 lead.
Oakland just couldn't get anything going offensively. Josh Reddick wrecked the perfect game with a walk in the sixth, but couldn't put anything together because of it. Yoenis Cespedes shattered the no-hitter in the seventh, with a single to center, but again couldn't get a rally together. Reddick then stepped back up in the eighth and laced a line drive into center. But that would be the end of their offense on the night.
Sonny Gray started things off in good shape for Oakand, but he lost his control after the Cabrera home run. After loading the bases, he nearly capisized completely but was able to come back and shut Detroit down without any further damage. His night ended after five innings, giving up all three runs on six hits, and surrendered four walks.
Joaquin Benoit came on in the ninth and slammed the door for the Tigers, but not before things got interesting. After getting two quick outs to start the inning, Benoit fell into trouble. But after giving up a double to Jed Lowrie and hitting Cespedes, he was able to get Seth Smith to fly out to end the game. Oakland fans could just sit in disbelief, as their season literally trickled out of their hands with the last few outs.
With the win, the Tigers will now get set for a seven-game series with the Boston Red Sox. Game 1 of that series will take place at Fenway Park on Saturday, with first pitch is at 8:07 P.M. Eastern. Official starters and lineups will be available on Friday.