The Tigers took on the Toronto Blue Jays in Grapefruit League play on Sunday, and with a rare televised game, fans got the opportunity to see the Tigers’ bats catch fire. The good guys were already up 3-0 when Miguel Cabrera stepped to the dish with two men on base in the third inning. The big fella smoked a double to the left field wall, plating two, and the party was on.
After Daniel Norris coughed up the lead in the fourth, it was Cabrera again, cracking his third home run in four days. This one was an absolute missile off the top of the fence in straightaway center. In the fifth, Mikie Mahtook destroyed a 2-0 pitch way out to left and over the berm to plate two more runs, and the Tigers poured it on from there.
We got to see a lot of the Tigers better positional prospects, and they contributed too as the crack of the Tigers’ bats filled Publix Field all game long. The biggest blow came in the sixth. With Isaac Paredes, Willi Castro, and Dustin Peterson on base, perhaps the best Tigers’ positional prospect, center fielder Daz Cameron, cranked a line shot over the left field wall for a grand slam.
Altogether, the Tigers racked up seven doubles, including a pair for SS Jordy Mercer, and three home runs. They went on to win 18-6.
Here’s a look at Miguel Cabrera’s blast from earlier in the contest. The home run was his fifth of the spring.