The Cycle that Extended Detroit’s Season

by Jason Epstein

The Rangers-Tigers game was tied 2-2 as the home team came to bat in the sixth inning against
C. J. Wilson.

Ryan Raburn led off with a line-drive single to left field.

Miguel Cabrera hit a sharp ground ball right at Adrian Beltre, a sure around-the-horn double play — except the ball improbably hit the third-base bag, bounding high over Beltre’s head and down the left-field line for a double, scoring Raburn.

Victor Martinez then lifted a fly ball down the right-field line that eluded Nelson Cruz’s outstretched glove. By the time Cruz got up, tracked down the ball, and threw it back into the infield, Cabrera had chugged home and Martinez was standing on third with a triple.

Delmon Young then blasted a two-run jack to left field to the frenzied delight of the Comerica Park faithful.

Four runs scored, season saved! (For another 48 hours, at least.)

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