After Miguel Cabrera gave the Detroit Tigers a 9-8 win against the Chicago White Sox with a walkoff homer on Saturday, a question soon popped into my mind which I'm sure may have occurred to you, as well.â†µ
When was the last time the Tigers won a game with a ninth-inning home run to tie the score (we see you, Ryan Raburn), followed up by a game-winning homer?â†µ
Fortunately, the folks at the Elias Sports Bureau had the same question and promptly looked up the answer.â†µ
The last time that the Tigers won a game with a game-tying homer and a walk-off homer in the same inning came on April 24, 1965. After the Twins had taken a 4-3 lead into the bottom of the ninth, Willie Horton led off with a home run; then, after a couple of walks, pinch-hitter Gates Brown connected for the game-ender off Al Worthington.â†µ
The Tigers game-tying and walkoff homers were the first such tandem in the major leagues this season. The Atlanta Braves pulled off the feat a year ago, with Matt Diaz tying the score and Brian McCann hitting the game-winner.â†µ
Elias also has a few other interesting nuggets about Saturday's comeback by the Tigers and where it fits in team history. Click on over.