MLB: Miguel Cabrera hits his HR 494 and leaves behind Lou Gehrig and Fred McGriff

The first home run of Eric Haase at Progressive Field came about as a member of his hometown team, the Detroit Tigers, against the organization that selected him in the Draft. The 494th home run of Miguel Cabrera in his career it was 50 against Cleveland.

As Cleveland fans scoffed for Cabrera to retire, he let his bat answer for him. He recorded a pair of two-hit performances on the double schedule, scoring the four-hit night with a home run in the fifth inning off reliever Nick Wittgren:

It was a classic Cabrera swing across the field, sending a push to center-right that took him into the seats for his second home run of the series and just his seventh home run of the season.

Cabrera’s 494th career homer broke a tie with Lou Gehrig and Fred McGriff for 28th on the MLB all-time list. He’s hit 50 of those home runs against Cleveland; The only Triple Crown winner since Carl Yastrzemski (51), he has more home runs off Cleveland pitchers in the expansion era since 1961.

Cabrera also hit a line single across the field and scored on a Zack Short sacrifice fly to open the scoring in the second inning. The four doubleheader hits closed June for Cabrera with .329 (28 of 85) on the month with five doubles, three home runs and 14 RBIs, his first full month with more than .300 since June 2019.

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Haase, a former Cleveland Draft pick who played parts of two seasons for Cleveland before the Tigers acquired the Michigan native for cash two off seasons ago, extended the lead with a 442-foot HR into the outfield bleachers. left.