Game 40: Tigers 5 – A’s 1

VerlanderHead.jpgThe way Justin Verlander was throwing the ball on Wednesday night it’s amazing that he finished with just five strikeouts.

In the Tigers’ 5-1 win over the A’s, the ace mowed down the A’s with startling efficiency, averaging just 13 pitches per inning and throwing first-pitch strikes to 25 of the 30 hitters he faced. What’s more, he was touching 98 m.p.h. in the ninth inning. The heat, of course, sets the table for Verlander:

“The biggest key for me is controlling my fastball and I was able to do that tonight to both sides of the plate,” Verlander said. “That’s where it starts and ends for me. If I’m able to do that usually I’m going to have a pretty good game.”

Brandon Inge, who pried open a scoreless game with a homer in the seventh off Dallas Braden, and rookies Danny Worth (3 for 3), Austin Jackson and Casper Wells (2 each) paced the offense.

But the story of the night was Verlander. Here’s hoping Jeremy Bonderman can be half as good on this afternoon.