Listing the feats of Sunday’s crazy win
Sure, it’s safe to say Sunday’s Tigers win over the Red Sox was a rarity, from the 13-12 final to Alex Avila’s walkoff homer to even Duane Below’s second relief win in as many days. But how rare? Here’s a partial list, courtesy of research on baseball-reference.com unless otherwise noted:
- According to Elias Sports Bureau, the Tigers overcame multi-run deficits in both the ninth inning and extra innings to win for just the second time in team history. They pulled out an 11-10 win over the White Sox that way on Sept. 18, 1929 at Navin Field. (first reported by ESPN)
- The Tigers gave up 12 earned runs in a game and won for just the third time since 1939 and the eighth time since 1918.
- The Tigers’ three-game winning streak to open the season is their longest since 2006, the last year they went to the World Series.
- Avila’s shot was the first time in Comerica Park history that a Tiger hit a walkoff home run in extra innings that powered the Tigers ahead from a deficit. Damion Easley was the last to do it on Sept. 19, 1998, hitting a two-run, 10th-inning homer to left field at Tiger Stadium off Twins closer Rick Aguilera, sending Detroit to an 8-7 victory. Avila’s shot is just the seventh such homer for the Tigers since 1950. Credit ESPN for first finding it to be the first since ’98.
- When’s the last time a Tiger did all that with two outs in the inning? According to baseball-reference.com, it was April 17, 1968, when Willie Horton hit a two-run homer off Cleveland’s Eddie Fisher to score Al Kaline and pull out a 4-3 win.
- Miguel Cabrera’s game-tying three-run homer in the ninth inning is the third for the Tigers in the last four seasons. Ryan Raburn hit one off then-White Sox reliever Bobby Jenks on Aug. 5, 2010. Aubrey Huff did it Sept. 24, 2009 with a three-run shot off then-Blue Jay Jason Frasor.
- Duane Below became the first Tigers reliever since Paul Gibson in 1991, and just the third since at least 1918, to pick up relief wins in two of the Tigers’ first three games in a season. Tom Morgan was the third, doing so in 1960.