And then there was one -- to go, that is.
Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera notched his 499th home run Wednesday night in play against the Baltimore Orioles. The Tigers went on to win, 5-2.
The Free Press reports that after Cabrera crossed the plate:
He pointed to his family in the stands, completed his personal handshakes with Jeimer Candelario, Eric Haase, Harold Castro and Jonathan Schoop and then entered a roaring dugout. The fans at Camden Yards — supporting the Detroit Tigers and Baltimore Orioles — stood on their feet to celebrate.
Cabrera drove the 499th home run of his 19-year MLB career to left-center field in the fifth inning, putting the Tigers (56-60) on the scoreboard in Wednesday's 5-2 win over the Orioles. He finished 3-for-4 with two singles, a long ball and a sacrifice fly, giving him 2,950 career hits.
Cabrera's campaign to cross the 500th-homer threshold has enlivened the team's season. He plays again today against the Orioles, then returns to Detroit for six games against Cleveland and the Los Angeles Angels through Aug. 19.