Cabrera, Fielder beat Rays without homers
That home run display Tigers put on over the weekend was gone like the mild weather those fly balls flew. The big hits from Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder were still around. They were just a little smaller.
They’ve been billed, and rightly so, as the most formidable power-hitting duo in the league, but Jim Leyland made a point after the game that they don’t always fit the stereotype. This isn’t the next coming of Rob Deer and Mickey Tettleton. This duo can hit.
“Everybody talks about home runs, but those guys are good hitters,” Leyland said.
Their big hits came in the eighth inning, after Austin Jackson’s game-tying home run had knocked starter Matt Moore out of the game. Moore somehow held them hitless. Hard-throwing lefty Jake McGee wasn’t so fortunate.
With the score still tied, Cabrera led off the bottom of the eighth with the kind of hard-hit opposite-field drive that makes him so dangerous. It hit off the out-of-town scoreboard in right-center for a double. Fielder’s ground ball through the middle two pitches later allowed Cabrera to score easily.
“Cabrera’s a good hitter. He didn’t try to do too much,” Leyland continued. “He almost hit it out to the opposite field. Prince Fielder didn’t try to do too much against a tough lefty throwing 97 mph. Just put a nice stroke on the ball.
“That’s what I preach all the time: Base hits are golden. Obviously they’re known for their home runs, but they’re good hitters. They’re not just some big power hitters that can hit the ball over the fence a long way. They’re good hitters.”