Miguel Cabrera has been putting on a show. But the Detroit Tigers offense is not a one-man show. Prince Fielder proved that again Thursday night in a 7-6 win over the Minnesota Twins. Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland took the bat out of Cabrera's hands by asking Torii Hunter to bunt Omar Infante to second base with the score tied at 6-6 in the eighth inning. The Twins did not have a left-hander up and ready in the bullpen at the time, so Leyland knew that Fielder would face a right-handed pitcher after the Twins intentionally walked Cabrera. Fielder then delivered a clutch line drive single off the glove of pitcher Jared Burton to drive in Infante from second base for the what turned out to be the game-winning run. Cabrera has been putting up ridiculous numbers all season but especially over the past four games. But Fielder has done pretty well himself during that same four-game span that has seen Cabrera hit six home runs. Cabrera has been walked five times in those four games. Fielder is 5-for-5 with seven RBIs following those walks. The two have combined for 20 RBIs in the past four games: 13 for Cabrera and seven for Fielder. "What they're doing right now, I mean, it's unbelievable," Tigers starter Rick Porcello said. "What Miguel's doing and Prince following him up -- you walk Miggy and you've got to face Prince. It's like, if I'm on the mound, I want to walk both of them." Leyland said he doesn't like to take the bat out of Cabrera's hands, but he felt that the situation dictated that he do that this time around. "You've got a tough call, because you know you're taking the bat out of Miguel's hands," Leyland said. "To be honest with you, in that situation, if there was a tough left-hander sitting behind him, you probably wouldn't bunt. But you've got a guy behind Miguel with 40 RBIs. That's pretty good, so I took my shot, and it worked out."
Prince Fielder delivers in clutch following gutsy move by Jim Leyland
Michigan Live | May 24