201310102259827851854Justin Verlander loves high pressure situations, he also loves embarrassing the Oakland Athletics in elimination games. For the second year in a row, the Tigers found themselves going into a winner-take-all game 5 at Oakland to move on to the ALCS.

For the second year in a row, Justin Verlander was the Tiger’s man on the mound, and for the second year in a row, Justin Verlander threw a shutout. Last night, Verlander threw 7 innings before giving up a hit, and only gave up two total before finishing his night after the 8th inning. Verlander threw a total of 10 strikeouts in the game.

The Tigers had 8 hits and scored in the 4th inning when Miguel Cabrera knocked in a 2-run homer and Omar Infante grounded to the outfield, which allowed Victor Martínez to score.

The Tigers closer Joaquín Benoit got into a bit of a jam when Seth Smith took the plate with Coco Crisp and Yoenis Céspedes both on base, but retired Smith with a short fly ball.

The Tigers victory marks the first time a team has reached the ALCS three years in a row since the Yankee’s run between 1998-2001.