Miguel Cabrera Launches Two Missiles, Makes History in Tigers' Sweep

James MorisetteCorrespondent IIIJuly 22, 2012

DETROIT, MI - JULY 22: Miguel Cabrera #24 of the Detroit Tigers celebrates with teammate Prince Fielder #28 after hitting a solo home run in the first inning during the game against the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park on July 22, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
Leon Halip/Getty Images

The green camera well dug into the bush and ivy wall at Comerica Park looks like a machine-gun bunker. Sunday, cameramen in the well became the target of two heat-seeking missiles launched by Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera.

Cabrera had a record day, swatting his 299th and 300th home runs in consecutive at-bats, as the Detroit Tigers used a four-home-run attack to trounce the Chicago White Sox, 6-4.

Detroit attacked early and often on a grand scale in this game, knocking White Sox starter Philip Humber from the hill after just three innings.

After Chicago scored a run in the top of the first inning, Quintin Berry fired a two-run airstrike into the left field seats to give Detroit a 2-1 lead.

Cabrera followed in the next at-bat by dropping a towering bomb over the center field wall, barely missing the camera well. No casualties reported, although the lawn beyond the wall may still be feeling tremors.

Cabrera struck again in the third inning, when he crushed a thigh-high fastball 457 feet into the left side of the camera well. In the process, Cabrera nearly obliterated the camera that televised his historic swing.

The ball was struck so hard, cameramen had to dig out Cabrera’s 23rd homer of the year from the back of the well.

With this home run, Cabrera became the 11th youngest player in MLB to reach 300 home runs, per USA Today. Cabrera is also just the 14th player in MLB history to reach 300 homers before his 30th birthday.

But for Detroit, the show was not yet over.

After the crowd settled back into their seats following a standing ovation for Cabrera, Brennan Boesch brought everyone back to their feet with a two-run blast in the same inning—his 11th of the season.

In the last 11 games, Boesch has batted .378 (14-for-37) with three home runs and 12 RBI.

While exciting, things did get a little hairy for Detroit late in the game. After building a healthy 6-1 lead, Tigers starter Jacob Turner surrendered a two-run home run to Alex Rios in the top of the sixth inning. Kevin Youkilis followed in the top of the seventh with his ninth homer of the year.

But Octavio Dotel came in to halt a potential White Sox comeback in the seventh and eighth innings.

On the day, Turner surrendered three earned runs on seven hits in 5.1 innings. He got his first major league win. Quite a nice bounce back after Turner’s rough outing against the L.A. Angels on June 21.  

Joaquin Benoit picked up the save for Detroit to complete the series sweep.

With the win Detroit moves to 52-44, extending its lead to 1.5 games over the White Sox (50-45) in the AL Central.

The Tigers have now won five games in a row.


James is an MLB Featured Writer for B/R. You can follow James on Twitter.

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