Tigers 10, Athletics 6
Miguel Cabrera came out for early batting practice hoping to
find the key to getting out of a bad slump. Moving his hands down
just a bit ended up doing the trick.
Cabrera got two of his four hits in Detroit’s eight-run third
inning and the Tigers went on to beat the Oakland Athletics 10-6 on
”My swing was not functioning,” Cabrera said. ”Last month and
this month we tried to figure out what was going on. Hopefully, we
figured it out.”
Cabrera, who came into the game hitless in his previous 14
at-bats, had an RBI double and a run-scoring single in the big
third inning. He also had an RBI single in the fifth.
Cabrera was one of four players who came out for early batting
practice for the Tigers, held to three runs or fewer in four of the
past five games. Manager Jim Leyland said before the game he
thought the tinkering of the hands would help the slugger find his
Cabrera proved his manager right, delivering his first four-hit
game since May 30, 2010, against Oakland, raising his average from
.263 to .285.
”It was important,” Leyland said. ”Hopefully, it will loosen
some guys up a little bit. Hopefully, we can get on a little bit of
a roll offensively. Those guys who came out today and hit a little
extra did well today.”
Alex Avila added a two-run double in the third and Delmon Young,
Brennan Boesch and Ramon Santiago also had run-scoring hits in the
inning as the Tigers knocked out Bartolo Colon (3-3) early in their
highest-scoring game since putting up 13 runs against Boston in the
third game of the season. Andy Dirks added four hits and a homer on
the night to help Detroit match a season high with 17 hits.
”One night doesn’t mean we’re out of our offensive woes, but
that’s a good sign for us,” Leyland said. ”It does get
contagious. I do believe in that. A couple of guys start swinging
and then all of a sudden more guys start swinging.”
Max Scherzer (2-3) was the beneficiary of the big night from the
struggling Tigers batters, allowing two runs and five hits with
nine strikeouts in 6 1-3 innings to end a three-start winless
streak. He allowed only a two-run homer to Kila Ka’aihue in the
The one bright spot for Oakland came in the eighth inning when
former Tiger Brandon Inge hit his second grand slam of the week off
Colin Balester. Inge, who came up with Detroit in 2001, was
released by the Tigers last month and signed with the A’s. Inge
joined Jimmie Foxx (1932) as the only A’s players to hit two slams
in a three-game span.
”In this game of baseball you take your ups and downs and just
kind of go with it and try to stay level-headed the whole time,”
Inge said. ”Honestly, by no means am I trying to hit grand slams.
It just happens sometimes. I’m just trying to have fun. That’s what
kind of usually makes things go your way. This group of guys makes
It wasn’t enough for Oakland because of Detroit’s big third
inning. Austin Jackson and Dirks started it with singles and
Cabrera followed with an RBI double to right field. Prince Fielder
then reached on an error by Ka’aihue at first base as another run
scored. Young hit an RBI single and Avila’s two-run double made it
Colon got his first out of the inning when Ryan Raburn flied out
but Boesch followed with an RBI double that chased Colon. Santiago
greeted Jordan Norberto with an RBI single and Cabrera capped the
outburst with his RBI single.
Colon allowed eight runs – seven earned – and nine hits in 2 1-3
innings as his problems against the Tigers continued. Colon is 0-7
in his last 12 games against Detroit with a 7.67 ERA.
”He was in the middle of the plate a lot and usually he’s
not,” manager Bob Melvin said. ”Usually he’s on the corners, you
know, starting off and actually running to the corners. That’s what
it looked like to me. It just looked like they were a lot of good
swings that you don’t normally see off of him.”
NOTES: Colon last beat the Tigers on April 13, 2003, when he was
with the Chicago White Sox. … Oakland RHP Brandon McCarthy, who
missed Tuesday’s start with a sore shoulder, said he had no
concerns after a bullpen session and is on target to start
Saturday. … Melvin said he was encouraged by how OF Yoenis
Cespedes (left hand) felt after hitting off a tee and taking soft
toss and that Cespedes could be back in the lineup Saturday. …
Tommy Milone (4-2) will take the mound Friday for Oakland against
Detroit’s Rick Porcello (3-2).