Justin Verlander, Tigers beat A's in Game 5, advance to third straight ALCS

Justin Verlander, Tigers beat A's in Game 5, advance to third straight ALCS

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Justin Verlander, Tigers beat A's in Game 5, advance to third straight ALCS

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Before Game 5, Detroit Tigers skipper was asked the same question he heard prior to Game 4:  Who's available out of the bullpen tonight? His response was almost perfect — in both senses of it. 

Verlander threw eight shutout innings, allowing only two hits and a walk, the first hit not coming until the 7th inning. He had a perfect game until a walk in the 6th inning. He forced 24 swings-and-misses in all, tying the highest total in his career, while striking out 10. Verlander was awesome in continuing to own the A's

Leyland did go to his bullpen, beyond Verlander. He would use his closer Joaquin Benoit in the 9th inning. Benoit put a couple runners on, but ultimately sealed the victory by inducing a lazy fly to right for the third and final out. On to Boston for the ALCS … but not before a little bit of the bubbly (and the Maori(i) Torii victory dance): 

First pitch of the ALCS is on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. 

Fuck yeah, baby! 

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