The Detroit Tigers are heading to the American League Championship Series for the third year in a row as they shut out the A’s 3-0 last night in Oakland to take the best-of-five AL Division Series three games to two.
Justin Verlander surrendered just two hits and walked one batter while striking out ten in eight scoreless innings.
Joaquin Benoit gave up a two out double, then hit a batter before getting the final out to end the game.
Miguel Cabrera provided all the offense Detroit would need.
He hit a two-home run in the fourth inning and Victor Martinez scored an insurance run in the sixth on Omar Infante’s fielder’s choice RBI.
The Tigers will take on Boston in Game One of the ALCS tomorrow night at Fenway Park.
The Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals open the National League Championship Series tonight at Busch Stadium.
Zack Greinke (GRAIN-key) will start Game One of the best-of-seven matchup for LA, while the Cards counter with Joe Kelly.
This is the third straight NLCS appearance for St. Louis and its 12th overall.
Los Angeles is in the NLCS for the first time since 2009.
The Dodgers won four-of-seven regular season meetings with the Cardinals this year, including three-of-four at Busch Stadium back in August.
By: Mike Plourde – for Great Lakes Radio Sports