Detroit – Miguel Cabrera is still getting the job done, even at age 39.
After starting pitcher Tarik Skubal saw his scoreless streak come to an end and the Tigers’ promising offensive start against the Guardians fizzled on Thursday night, Cabrera came through in the clutch.
With a runner on third and one out in the ninth inning, Cabrera delivered a walk-off single and the Tigers kicked off a nine-game homestand at Comerica Park with a much-needed 4-3 win.
“That was drawn up about as well as we could,” manager AJ Hinch said of Cabrera’s 14th walk-off hit of his career. “Miggy is putting up such good at-bats and contributing. It’s fun to see. That’s a good win for us, coming off the win yesterday (at Minnesota) with another good performance. Miggy sent everybody home happy. ”
Before that happened, Skubal cruised through the first two innings and extended his scoreless run to 21 innings, the longest by a starting pitcher this season. But that streak and an early 3-0 lead got wiped out. Back-to-back hits by Oscar Mercado (single) and Luke Maile (double) promptly ended Skubal’s streak and marked the first run he’s allowed in his last four starts.