Wednesday July 27th, 2016

Miguel Cabrera’s opposite-field home run off Brad Ziegler in the ninth inning on Wednesday gave the Tigers a 4–3 win over the Red Sox, and handed Boston its first sweep of the season.

With the bases empty and two men out, Cabrera was dealt an off-speed pitch on 1–0 over the heart of the plate, and drove it out to rightfield. The ball narrowly cleared Mookie Betts, bounced off the top of the wall and landed in the Red Sox’ bullpen.

Boston was the last remaining team in the major leagues that had not been swept. 

According to Statcast, Cabrera’s home run left his bat at 108 mph, and traveled 378 feet. It was his 21st homer of the year.

Bruce Rondon earned the win, recording the final out of the eighth with a runner on third, and Justin Wilson pitched a scoreless ninth to record his first save of the season.

– Kenny Ducey

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