Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - While shaking off his prior postseason woes, Justin Verlander is peaking just in time for the Detroit Tigers.
The reigning American League Cy Young winner fired his first postseason shutout and the Tigers are headed back to the ALCS following a 6-0 triumph over the Oakland Athletics in Game 5 of their ALDS.
With his 22 strikeouts in the series, Verlander set a new LDS record.
Joe Coleman was the last Tiger to record a shutout in postseason play. He did so in Game 3 of the 1972 ALCS against the Athletics.
Verlander (2-0) fanned 11, scattered four hits and walked one for Detroit, which will appear in its franchise's sixth ALCS and third in the last seven years.
Verlander came into this postseason with 3-3 mark and a 5.57 ERA over eight starts, but won both of his starts in this series. The fireballer surrendered just one run over 16 frames.
Including the postseason, the 29-year-old has won his last six starts and has posted a minuscule 0.64 ERA during the span.
Jarrod Parker (0-2) was touched for four runs on seven hits and a walk in 6 1/3 innings in the setback.