May 22, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; A ball hit by Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera (24) bounces off the glove of Cleveland Indians center fielder Michael Bourn (24) and then over the outfield fence for a two-run home run in the ninth inning at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
Miguel Cabrera doesn’t need good luck to hit home runs or win Triple Crowns, but he got some good luck in the form of Michael Bourne on Wednesday night.
Cabrera hit a routine (albeit deep) fly ball in the bottom of the eighth inning that Bourne seemed to be tracking. As he was turning to make the catch just in front of the fence, the ball hit the pocket of his glove and popped out; it ended up over the fence. If he wins the Triple Crown by one home run or two RBI or something, we’ll know which play to thank.
I’m not sure how defensive metrics such as UZR or DRS would count that play, but Bourne’s presence, at the very least, turned a double (if not an out) into a home run.
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