May 5: New York 6, Detroit 5
The Tigers kept it very interesting right up until the end. A two-run Alan Trammell homer in the eighth got them within a run, then in the ninth against Mariano Rivera, Miguel Cabrera hit a two-out single and Sam Crawford followed it up with a single that moved Cabrera to third. Charlie Gehringer strode to the plate with a perfect day so far: three singles and a walk in four PA. Gehringer made solid contact against Rivera, but hit it right at New York left-fielder Charlie Keller to end the game.
R H BB NY 010 201 020 - 6 11 3 DET 020 001 020 - 5 9 7 HR: C. Keller (7), A. Trammell (4) starters IP R ER HR BB SO R. Caldwell 6.1 3 3 0 6 2 T. Bridges 6.1 4 4 1 2 4 NY 16-12, DET 10-18
May 6: Detroit 6, New York 3
Bill Donovan managed a rare feat in keeping the Yankees homerless for a game. Yanks were still scattered on the bases plenty during the game, but Donovan niftily maneuvered around trouble for the most part in a complete game performance. Roger Clemens was not as sure-handed when trouble arose in the third and fourth innings, during which Detroit scored all six of their runs.
R H BB NY 010 100 100 - 3 10 6 DET 004 200 00x - 6 10 2 HR: T. Fryman (1) starters IP R ER HR BB SO R. Clemens 6 6 5 1 2 6 B. Donovan 9 3 3 0 6 3 NY 16-13, DET 11-18
May 7: New York 12, Detroit 2
The Tigers again kept the Yankees in the ballpark in the final game, but they didn’t have much to show for it since New York rang out a triple, three doubles, 15 singles, and 12 runs. Charlie Keller and Robinson Cano both had four-hit games. New York starter Waite Hoyt was splendid and determined to finish off a shutout. He got the first out of the ninth right away, but three Tiger singles in a row and a fielder’s choice put a couple of meaningless runs on the board for Detroit.
The Tigers now find themselves with the second worst record in the league at 11-19. Pitching has been mediocre, fielding has been a mess, and their big bats, which were supposed to be able to make up for the expected run prevention woes, have been a major disappointment. Harry Heilmann (.377 wOBA), Ty Cobb (.373 wOBA) and Norm Cash (.342 wOBA) have been productive (though Cobb is capable of more), but Charles Gehringer, Miguel Cabrera, and Sam Crawford will all need to thaw out for Detroit to have a chance of righting the ship. For now, the Detroit team wOBA of .323 and 4.5 runs per game both rank 12th in the league and last in the Original Division.
Lou Gehrig reached base eight times in the series and is impressively tied for the league lead in doubles (9), triples (5), and homers (9). His 35 weighted runs created are more than seven runs ahead of second place George Sisler.
R H BB NY 044 020 002 - 12 19 4 DET 000 000 002 - 2 8 1 HR: none starters IP R ER HR BB SO W. Hoyt 8.1 2 2 0 0 1 G. Uhle 2.0 7 6 0 1 1 NY 17-13, DET 11-19