BLOG RECAP: Verlander brilliant as Tigers move past A's

OAKLAND - The Tigers won in their final shot to knock out the Oakland Athletics Thursday night, behind a 6-0 victory.

Justin Verlander was brilliant in a complete game shutout effort. Detroit now advances to its second straight ALCS.

Brad Galli is in Oakland and is providing updates on Twitter @BradGalli from inside the Tigers clubhouse.


12:34 p.m. It took three games, but the Tigers have finally knocked off the A's. Game over.

11:53 p.m. And the wheels are unhinged. Prince Fielder and Delmon Young both reach base and Andy Dirks grounds into a fielder's choice. The Tigers lead by six.

11:46 p.m. The wheels on the bus seem to be falling off. A's reliever Ryan Cook loaded the bases to get to Miguel Cabrera, only to hit the Tigers third baseman in the arm on an 0-2 count. 4-0 Tigers and life left in the inning.

11:42 p.m. Tonight's Game 5 brought to you by The Jackson and JV Show. Austin Jackson singles in Jhonny Peralta, extending the Tigers lead to 3-0.

11:12 p.m. In the 11 innings since Verlander gave up the Game One home run to Coco Crisp, he has not allowed a baserunner past second base. Continuing his dominance tonight, Verlander has allowed just two hits through five innings.

11:01 p.m. Third frame tonight that ends with a Tigers runner stranded at second base. This time it's Omar Infante, who got there with the third Tigers steal of the night. The lead is still 2-0.

10:50 p.m. Fans in Oakland aren't calling Justin Verlander a "friend" tonight. The Tigers starter has six strikeouts through four innings.

10:23 p.m. Austin Jackson does what the Tigers couldn't do in the first two innings: score a runner from second base. Great baserunning by Infante got the inning going, and the Tigers have made the first dent in the score, leading 2-0.

1 0:04 p.m. Déjà vu, anybody? Dirks gets to second after a single and steal, but the Tigers strand a runner in scoring position.

9:55 p.m. So there's that Verlander guy. Yoenis Cespedes gets to Verlander for a double, but two strikeouts to start the inning and a groundout to close it. No score after one inning in Oakland.

9:47 p.m. Quintin Berry left stranded at second base after a double in the first inning. Not a good start for the big hitters in the middle. Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder both grounded out to the left side of the infield.

9:25 p.m. MC Hammer threw out the first pitch before tonight's Game 5. The 90's artist is a former A's employee, working at the stadium as a child. In the middle of each game here thus far, the jumbotron features three song options for fans to listen to. The third and final option has been an MC Hammer tune. And it's won everytime. The place goes bonkers for the Hammer.

9:08 p.m. The Tigers will hand the ball to the closest thing to a sure thing on the mound, Justin Verlander. Jim Leyland's lineup stays the same as Game 4. 1. Austin Jackson, CF. 2. Quintin Berry, LF. 3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B. 4. Prince Fielder, 1B. 5. Delmon Young, DH. 6. Andy Dirks, RF. 7. Jhonny Peralta, SS. 8. Alex Avila, C. 9. Omar Infante, 2B.

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