The Tigers are moving on to the ALCS starting in Boston on Saturday night.
The game five win over the A’s was delivered by Justin Verlander who was the JV vintage 2011/2012.
He was, to steal another line, this time from The Game, By Neil Strauss, “smokin balls!”. He was almost un-hittable. He pitched 8 complete, threw 111 pitches, struck out 10 and walked one. In fact, he had a perfect game before walking Reddick in the 6th, and a no hitter that was broken up by a Cespedes single in the 7th.
Miggy provided most of the offense with a two run shot in fourth.
At first I was livid that Jim Leyland didn’t send JV out for the 9th. But in a post game interview Verlander said that he told Leyland he was running on fumes.
In came Benoit for the 9th. After getting the first two hitters, Joaquin put the tying runners on base, but got Seth Smith to hit a fly ball to Hunter to end the game.
Benoit seems to be continuing the tradition set by previous Tigers’ closers, Todd Jones and Jose Valverde, he makes it interesting but gets the job done most of the time. Joaquin scares me but I hope he can get it done.
I could bitch about the offense like I always do but there’s nothing more to say. They had plenty of chances to blow this game wide open but couldn’t get the big hit. Not much new here.
That being said, Victor Martinez and Jhonny Peralta deserve credit for their offense. Martinez hit .450 and Peralta .417. Nobody else in the lineup is close to .300.
Austin Jacskon has become a problem at the worst time. He has been HORRIBLE to put it mildly. He struck out 3 more times today. I think that makes 12 times this series. It’s hard to generate offense when your lead hitter isn’t even making contact. But at this point, I’m not sure if there is anything to do except hope.
I’m hoping for the best in Boston but I’m done with predictions. I’m just enjoying (sort of) the ride. I hope it ends with a World Series Championship!
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