If you ever wondered what it was like to see Hack Wilson drive in those record 191 runs for the 1930 Cubs, Miguel Cabrera is providing a reenactment. Cabrera drove in the Tigers’ first three runs Thursday night with a two-run home run and a single. That gives him 13 RBIs in the past four games and 55 for the season. Cabrera is on pace for 198 RBIs — seven more than Wilson in ’30 when he set the single-season RBI record that hasn’t received a serious assault in the past 75 years. While Cabrera is leading the world in RBIs, the man behind him isn’t that far behind. And he’s continuing to make teams pay for walking Cabrera. After the Twins intentionally walked Cabrera in the eighth, Prince Fielder delivered the tie-breaking, one-out RBI single that gave the Tigers a come-from-behind 7-6 win over Minnesota at Comerica Park. It was Fielder’s 41st RBI. The 40th came on a single to drive in the first run of the tying three-run rally in the seventh. That came after an unintentional four-pitch walk to Cabrera. “A heck of a comeback,” manager Jim Leyland said. The Tigers, trailing, 6-3, entering this seventh, got their first win of the year in a game in which they trailed by at least two runs in the seventh inning or later. Their .300-hitting double-play duo had another big night. Shortstop Jhonny Peralta doubled in the tying run in the seventh. Second baseman Omar Infante singled to launch the tying rally in the seventh and the winning rally in the eighth. Peralta and Infante are each hitting .323. Whether Cabrera can maintain the Wilson-esque pace is a question for the long, hot summer ahead. But the comparison with Wilson gives us an idea what Cabrera has been doing this season. If Cabrera keeps this up, teams might decide to intentionally walk him more often, even though he has Fielder hitting behind him. But Fielder is giving other teams a reason not to walk Cabrera. The eighth inning marked the fifth time in the past four games that Cabrera has walked. All five times, Fielder has followed with an RBI hit. Three of those five walks to Cabrera were intentional.
Miguel Cabrera continues tear as Tigers edge Twins 7-6
Detroit Free Press | May 24