Omar Infante homered for the second straight day against the team that once traded him. Miguel Cabrera homered on a 3-0 pitch for the second time in his career. Both blows came in the seventh inning and turned what had been a one-run game into an 8-3 romp for the Tigers over the Braves and a sweep of the three-game series. Atlanta showed up at Comerica Park leading the majors with 35 homers. The Tigers came into the series with one homer in their last seven games. For the series, the Tigers outhomered the Braves, 6-1, including 3-0 Sunday night. Atlanta is 15-1 when it homers, 0-8 when it doesn’t. The Braves have made a bargain with themselves: lots of strikeouts in exchange for lots of homers. Atlanta whiffed 11 times Sunday night, 39 times in the series. The Braves are second in the majors in strikeouts to the youthful Astros. Well, Babe Ruth finished his career with the Braves. And it was the Babe who said, “I just go up there and keep swinging.” Austin Jackson hit a three-run homer to start the scoring. The three homers matched the Tigers’ season high and came in a game that began with the temperature at 53 degrees and that featured a mist for much of it. Now some real baseball weather is due to arrive for the Twins series that opens tonight at Comerica Park. It’s supposed to be 64 at the first pitch tonight, according to weather.com. According to Baseball-Reference.com Cabrera’s only previous homer on a 3-0 pitch came in 2009. He unloaded to rightfield off Atlanta right-hander Cory Gearrin.
Despite wet weather, Tigers overpower Braves with 3 HRs
Detroit Free Press | Apr 29