He's had a good year, but had a great night. Prince Fielder's two monstrous home runs — one which tied the score in the sixth and another that broke the tie in the eighth — handed the Tigers a 5-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles at Comerica Park on Friday night. They were the kind of home runs about which manager Jim Leyland said a while back "I don't take vacations that far." His first home run traveled 462 to right-center — up into the standing-room crowd near Harry Heilmann's name on the brick wall. Four feet shy of tying the two longest home runs ever hit at Comerica Park. The second was hit high and far to right after a two-out walk to Miguel Cabrera. Both were hit a ton — and meant a ton to the Tigers. Coming on the first pitch from Orioles' starter Tommy Hunter after a one-out single by Cabrera, Fielder's first home run wasn't a fly ball that center fielder Adam Jones had to move a foot on — and, for sure, not as many feet as he did while making a mess while butchering Alex Avila's overrun fly ball in the fourth. The Tigers didn't take advantage of that break, though. In fact, they were scoring via one method and one method only. The out-of-the-park route. But it worked. They struggled any other way, even when the Orioles had ruffled feathers — which was known to happen in this game. The play that got the Orioles upset, as well as being the play that got two of them ejected, occurred in the fifth. To be precise, it was on Jhonny Peralta's ground ball to third that began the bottom of the fifth for the Tigers.
Prince Fielder's two big blasts power Tigers to victory
Detroit News | Aug 18