June 1: Detroit 4, Chicago 3 (10 innings)
Talk about late dramatics. The lead changed in the bottom of the ninth, top of the 10th, and bottom of the 10th.
Red Faber has had a nightmare season so far, but finally put together a strong start in this one. He exited after seven innings with his White Sox clinging to a 2-1 lead. That was still the score with two outs in the bottom of the ninth when pinch-hitting Miguel Cabrera launched a game-tying solo shot off of Keith Foulke.
The White Sox responded nicely in the top of the 10th. Minnie Minoso took a HBP to lead off, Joe Jackson followed it with a walk, Frank Thomas grounded into a double play that moved Minoso to third, and Magglio Ordonez singled Jackson in.
In the bottom of the 10th, Hoyt Wilhelm walked the lead-off man, Charles Gehringer. Sam Crawford came off the bench to pinch run and successfully stole second. Wilhelm got the next two batters out while keeping Crawford stuck on second, but Harry Heilmann brought the house down with a walk-off rocket.
The Tigers are officially on a bit of a roll, having won nine of 10.
R H BB CHI 001 000 100 1 - 3 12 3 DET 000 001 001 2 - 4 8 1 HR: H. Heilmann (7), M. Cabrera (3) starters IP R ER HR BB SO R. Faber 7.0 1 0 0 0 0 H. Newhouser 7.1 2 1 0 0 4 CHI 23-29, DET 23-29
June 2: Chicago 3, Detroit 1
It was another well-pitched, tense affair the next day. Robin Ventura homered to give Chicago a 1-0 lead, a Minnie Minoso error aided the Tigers in tying the score in the fifth, and Chicago plated the winning run on a Joe Jackson double and Chet Lemon single in the eighth.
R H BB CHI 010 000 011 - 3 6 5 DET 000 010 000 - 1 4 S HR: R. Ventura (2) starters IP R ER HR BB SO J. Rigney 7.0 1 0 0 2 2 T. Bridges 8.0 3 2 1 5 3 CHI 24-29, DET 23-30
June 3: Chicago 1, Detroit 0
There was great pitching all series, and none better than in the finale, in which Eddie Cicotte collected his first shutout. Bill Donovan was nearly as good for Detroit, but singles by Chet Lemon and Frank Thomas pushed across the one run of the game for Chicago.
Steady Eddie Cicotte is on an impressive run of eight straight starts pitching either eight or nine innings and allowing four or fewer runs. He’s moved up to having the fifth best ERA in the league at 2.86 while throwing the fourth most innings.
R H BB CHI 000 000 010 - 1 9 4 DET 000 000 000 - 0 3 3 HR: none starters IP R ER HR BB SO E. Cicotte 9.0 0 0 0 3 1 B. Donovan 7.2 1 1 0 4 1 CHI 25-29, DET 23-31