#2: Miggy provides exclamation point to stunning seven-run comeback
The 2011 Detroit Tigers were rolling through the beginning of September with a huge lead in the American League Central. They were trying to win their first divisional title since 1987 and return to the postseason for the first time since 2006. The team had a similar huge lead in 2009 at the same point of the season and bumbled it away, culminating in a 163rd game loss.
So collapse was on all fans’ minds as the Tigers were being outmanned by the Chicago White Sox. Brad Penny (remember him) allowed eight runs (four earned) in the first five innings and the team appeared headed to defeat in front of a nationally televised Saturday afternoon audience.
But the Tigers went to work and chipped away at the lead, getting clutch doubles from Miguel Cabrera and homers from Delmon Young, Wilson Betemit, and Ryan Raburn to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth.
To complete the stunning comeback, Miggy broke Chicago’s back.
This was the Tigers’ third-straight win. They would go on to win 11-straight and clinch the division about two weeks later.