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Miguel Cabrera hits three home runs, but the Tigers still lose

May 29, 2010, 10:09 AM EDT

Miguel Cabrera homerun trot.jpgMiguel Cabrera had hit two home runs in a game 15 times in his career, but he didn’t have a three-homer game to his credit until Friday’s loss 5-4 loss to the Athletics. Cabrera drove in all four Tigers’ runs, including a ninth-inning solo shot off closer Andrew Bailey to cut things close.

According to Tom Gage of the Detroit News, Cabrera is the first Tiger to home three times in a game since “Da Meet Hook” Dmitri Young did it in April of 2005.

Ben Sheets, who got the win after allowing three runs over seven innings, told that he got another small consolation out of Cabrera’s offensive onslaught:

“One guy freakin’ did a lot of damage,” Sheets said of Cabrera. “That’s
why he’s special. I don’t know what you can do with him, obviously. I
got him out once.”

With Cabrera’s impressive start, that’s something to be proud of. The 27-year-old first baseman is batting .341/.421/.653 with 13 homers, 44 RBI and a 1.074 OPS over his first 173 at-bats. 

  1. APBA Guy - May 29, 2010 at 1:21 PM

    Cabrera crushed two Ben Sheets fastballs in his first two plate appearances last night, then made an out on a much slower breaking pitch. His third homer was off a Bailey belt-high hanger in the 9th that most major leaguer’s would have taken a good rip at. But no doubt he was on and just crushed that pitch.
    But since he’s the only one who did damage in the Tiger’s lineup, and since Sheets went 7 IP for the first time in over a year, this outing represents another step towards the inevitable Sheets trade in July. Unless of course teh A’s are leading the West, which is possible given the flaws in the AL West teams.
    The A’s displayed their flaws last night in the first against Willis, who couldn’t find the strike zone in the first. After scoring one run and loading the bases, the A’s let him off the hook when they grounded into a double play to end the inning.
    Cabrera, who just turned 27, is obviously a new player now that he’s sober. If he stays that way his next battle will be with his weight. But for this season he seems assured of having monster numbers.

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