Not every Cinderella story has a happy ending, and the Oakland A’s learned that tonight as they saw their amazing season come an end at the hands of Justin Verlander and the Detroit Tigers.
The two keys to the game for the A’s were to knock Verlander out of the game and limit the Tigers’ offense. They did neither, as Verlander pitched a complete game shutout and Detroit hammered out six runs against Oakland pitching.
Jarrod Parker got the start for the A’s, and pitched well despite allowing four runs in six innings. No one can blame him for the loss, as the A’s failed to generate any run support for the young pitcher.
Detroit scored two runs in the second and four in the seventh. But the main story was Verlander, who absolutely dominated the A’s, striking out 11 in his complete game masterpiece.
Nobody expected for the the A’s to make this postseason run, and nobody expected them to take the Tigers all the way to a Game 5. Obviously it’s never fun to lose, but based on these circumstances, this season has shattered expectations by a mile.
One final anecdote of tonight’s contest has to be the fans of Oakland, who packed the Coliseum for all three home playoff games. Although there were only around 36,000 in attendance per game, it sounded like 50,000. They cheered on the A’s all the way down to the final out of the season, even staying after the game to give a standing ovation to the players.
The Oakland A’s will be a very good team for a very long time, and hopefully these fans will come to appreciate that next season and in the future.