Late Home Runs Resurrect Tigers on Easter Sunday, Capping Off Perfect Start to 2012 Campaign

9 Apr

By James Nahikian

With two outs and the Tigers down to their final strike in the bottom of the 11th inning, Alex Avila delivered. He smacked a two run walk-off home run to propel Detroit to a 13-12 victory over the Boston Red Sox, Sunday afternoon. The victory completed the series sweep and pushed Detroit’s record to 3-0 on the young season. The game in a nutshell, was crazy. Teams traded leads almost every inning, and Miguel Cabrera tied the game up in the bottom of the 9th with a 3 run bomb that landed over the left field fence. The hit sparked the energy inside Comerica Park, that was filled with over 30,000 fans. Pushing the weekend series to a total of over 119,000. The dramatic win, was one of many things that happened in the series that Tigers’ fans should be excited about.

The first series of the season went about as perfect as can be. Although Doug Fister landed on the 15 day disabled list (With a left side injury), and Jose Valverde blew his first save in over 50 tries dating back to last season, the Tigers were simply fantastic. They won all three games, all in exciting fashion, and all against a pretty good team. Reigning American League MVP and Cy Young winner, Justin Verlander, was just about perfect on Opening Day (Allowing just 2 hits in 8 innings, giving up zero runs). Miguel Cabrera and Tiger newcomer Prince Fielder, combined for 5 home runs and 11 RBI. And the ballpark was just about sold out every game.

The season is still young, but you can’t help but think of all the possibilities for the Detroit Tigers. Their stars are producing already, and the ballpark seems to be as hectic and lively as ever. You can never predict if a team will be able to stay healthy. But if they do, the Motor City will be in store for one heck of a ride.

Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder are both off to hot starts. Combing for 5 home runs and 11 RBI.

James Nahikian blogs about the industry of sports. And specializes in articles about the Detroit Tigers, Major League Baseball and Bowling Green State University Athletics. Email him at And follow him on twitter @KingNahikian or facebook where you can find links to his articles and updates about future posts.



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