In the bottom of the sixth, with the score tied at two in Game 5 of the ALCS, Miguel Cabrera put a ball in play toward the bag at third, only to see it hit the base and bounce over Adrian Beltre's head for a double. What could have been a double-play became a go-ahead RBI double, and sparked an offensive outburst that propelled the Detroit Tigers to a 7-5 win over the Texas Rangers.
Think that lucky bounce and the base Cabrera hit have any significance for the Tigers? Of course it does, manager Jim Leyland said after the game.
"I have that bag in my office right now. And that will be in my memorabilia room at some point in my life, I can promise you," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said.
Be honest: a base would be a cool piece of memorabilia, no matter what sentimental value it held.
Cabrera added the same sentiment about the Tigers' luck in Game 5, and hopes it will carry over.
"We were lucky, but we need lucky times right now," Cabrera said. "Hopefully we're lucky Saturday."
The double was the second part of a cycle by the Tigers' hitters, who recorded a single, double, triple and home run in order during the bottom of the sixth. By the time Detroit was done, it had a 6-2 lead, and went on to survive a Texas rally to stay alive in the ALCS.