DETROIT – Miguel Cabrera came up with the tying run at second and a chance to cap a 10th-inning comeback. The Chicago White Sox didn't give him the chance.
Cabrera was intentionally walked to load the bases and David Robertson struck out Josh Wilson to end the game, finishing Chicago's 8-7 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Thursday.
"It's always risky because you put the winning run at second, but you don't tug on Superman's cape too often," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said of the two-time AL MVP. "We're going to take our chances with the next guy."
With the score 5-5, Joba Chamberlain walked Melky Cabrera with one out in the top of the 10th, hit Avisail Garcia with a pitch and then gave up pinch hitter J.B. Shuck's two-out infield single. Sanchez, the No. 9 hitter batting .169, tripled past Miguel Cabrera at first and all the way to the right-field wall on a 1-2 pitch, putting Chicago ahead 8-5.
Robertson gave up a two-run single to Bryan Holaday with one out in the bottom half, then retired Ian Kinsler on a fly ball. With runners at first and second, Ventura decided to give Miguel Cabrera the free pass, but moving the tying run to third and the winning run to second.
"I want to win the game, so I think I take the bat away from the best hitter in the game," Robertson said.
Wilson — who earlier pinch ran for designated hitter Victor Martinez — took a ball, then swung and missed at three consecutive pitches.
"I've seen enough of Miggy to realize he's the best hitter in the game," Ventura said. "He's going to get me at some point, but he didn't get me today."