Justin Verlander stole the headlines with a masterful performance in the Detroit Tigers' 6-0 win to clinch the ALDS on Thursday night, but it turns out the Tigers also matched a club postseason record by swiping three stolen bases during the clincher against the Oakland Athletics. Jason Beck on MLB.com noted on Twitter that Detroit managed to do something they haven't done since 1984 during Game 5:
Peralta's steal gives #Tigers 3 SBs in a postseason game for 1st time since Gm 3 of 1984 ALCS. Ties team postseason record.— Jason Beck (@beckjason) October 12, 2012
Andy Dirks, Omar Infante and Jhonny Peralta each stole second base during the game and helped to make A's starter Jarrod Parker uncomfortable as the Tigers put up six runs. The stolen bases didn't really matter in terms of lifting the win probability, as Verlander tossed a complete game shutout and never gave the A's a chance to get involved in the contest, but the historical note is still worth mentioning.
The Tigers now await the winner of Game 5 in the ALDS series between the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles.