Maybe it’s made a difference before. But on Tuesday night, the ability to challenge an umpire’s call — and have it reviewed on replay — was the reason the Tigers beat the Baltimore Orioles, 4-1, at Camden Yards. It was the reason because of the out it overturned — which eventually led to Miguel Cabrera stepping up to the plate with two outs and two on in the top of the ninth. Doing what he’s done many times, and is paid to do — driving in big runs — Cabrera hit a three-run home run off Orioles closer Tommy Hunter when the Tigers were down to their last out. Off the bat, it instantly looked like Cabrera had driven the ball deep. But was it deep enough? It was. “It cleared the outfielder’s glove by at least a foot,” said Joba Chamberlain, who was warming up at the time. Victor Martinez followed with a first-pitch blast off Hunter that landed on Eutaw Street beyond the wall in right — the first Tiger to hit a ball onto the street since Mickey Tettleton on April 20, 1992. Tettleton’s blast that day was the third of three in a row the Tigers hit off Ben McDonald in the third inning — Alan Trammell and Cecil Fielder hitting the others. “Victor’s ball had a different sound to it,” said manager Brad Ausmus, “but Miggy’s always does. You can even tell by the sound when he’s taking batting practice.” Neither Cabrera nor Martinez would have batted in the ninth, however if the review of Paul Nauert’s initial “out” call on Davis hadn’t been reversed.
Overturned call lights fuse for Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez blasts in 9th
Detroit News | May 14