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2021年10月6日 Off

ALDS 2013: Detroit's Verlander proves again he's one of baseball's best with outstanding Game 5

By xa1
  • This was not simply a case of Justin Verlander pitching against the Oakland A's. He was pitching his way into history.Verlander did not throw the third no-hitter in postseason history, and the third no-hitter of his career, on Thursday night -- Yoenis Cespedes broke up that bid with a single with two outs in the seventh inning -- but with eight innings of two-hit ball in the Detroit Tigers' 3-0 victory to win the decisive Game 5 of the American League division series, Verlander furthered his reputation as the money pitcher of his generation. -- Box | Play by play | ALCS schedule | Near no-hitter | Sox SS coming of ageIt has taken some time. In his first eight career playoff starts, Verlander was 3-3 with a 5.57 ERA. In his last six, including two winner-take-all games on the road in Oakland, the righthander has gone 4-1 with a 1.45 ERA and 50 strikeouts in 43.1 innings. The one loss that Verlander suffered was in last year's World Series, where he is 0-3 in his career, having also lost two games in 2006. That is the one place, and it is a big one, where Verlander still has work to do to cement his reputation. Getting back there this year will require the Tigers knocking off the Boston Red Sox and their juggernaut lineup in the American League Championship Series. But it is thanks to Verlander that the Tigers have that chance."That's the motivation I know we've been looking for, and that we've had all year," Verlander told TBS' David Aldridge on the field in Oaklan[......]

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