Behind by six runs and held scoreless through five innings, things were looking quite bleak for the Detroit Tigers at the midpoint of game two on the South Side on Tuesday afternoon. And then, well, Miguel Cabrera happened.
Kickstarted by a two-run blast from a red-hot Cabrera, the Tigers scored eight runs in a wild sixth inning to take an 8-6 lead and effectively pull the rug right out from an unsuspecting White Sox team. After Cabrera's bomb, struggling utilityman Ryan Raburn knocked his first homer of 2012 out of the yard with a three-run shot, and leadoff hitter Austin Jackson promptly followed suit with a 2-run jack of his own to dead center field shortly thereafter.
The offensive-fueled inning marked the second time on the Tigers' road trip that they managed eight runs in a frame after pounded Oakland for as many runs last week.
This latest change of fortune on the scoreboard comes in stark contrast to the pitching effort picked up by Detroit today, after starter Max Scherzer went just 4.0 innings and gave up five earned runs on eight hits. The Tigers will need to stay strong in the bullpen to protect this lead in the final innings.