“It’s deja vu all over again.”
The timeless Yogi Berra quote may be the best way to describe the A’s game five ALDS loss to Justin Verlander and the Tigers Thursday night in Oakland, one day shy of the anniversary of the near carbon copy 2012 game five that also ended the A’s season a year ago.
The Oakland batters continued to be overwhelmed by the righty, striking out 10 times and managing just two hits over eight innings that the former MVP and Cy Young award winner dominated in an eventual 3-0 loss.
In his four starts in the Division Series against the A’s over the past two playoffs, Verlander has accrued a 3-0 record with a 0.29 ERA and 43 strikeouts, including 17 scoreless innings in back-to-back game five starts in Oakland. The lone run given up came on a Coco Crisp home run to the lead-off hitter to start the contest in game one last season in Detroit.
For the second consecutive postseason series-deciding home game at the Coliseum, the hopeful Oakland crowd had slightly more ...