June 14: Detroit 4, Baltimore 3
Starter Urban Shocker was having a good day for Baltimore and still throwing in the bottom of the ninth with the score tied at three. He got his first man out, but then Al Kaline singled, and then George Kell singled Kaline to third. In came Darren O’Day to face Alan Trammell. Trammell smacked a deep fly out to left field that Kaline easily tagged up on to score the winner.
Bill Donovan continued his recent run of success for Detroit and has a 2.19 ERA in his last six starts.
R H BB BAL 000 030 000 - 3 8 3 DET 010 002 001 - 4 7 2 HR: N. Cash (7) starters IP R ER HR BB SO U. Shocker 8.1 4 4 1 2 0 B. Donovan 9.0 3 3 0 3 1 BAL 39-25, DET 28-36
June 15: Detroit 5, Baltimore 3 (11 innings)
Baltimore starter Johnny Niggeling deserved better after pitching seven masterful innings and handing a 2-1 lead over to his bullpen. Gregg Olson started the eighth by giving up a homer to Charlie Gehringer, a single to Norm Cash, and a double to Harry Heilmann before getting pulled. Darren O’Day again came in to get out of a jam, but made things worse with a throwing error that allowed an unearned run to tie the game.
After throwing a scoreless 10th inning for Baltimore, Stu Miller stayed in the game for the 11th. Al Kaline started the inning with a single, and then Bill Freehan creamed a Miller offering off the scoreboard to walk-off a second straight game.
R H BB BAL 000 200 010 00 - 3 9 7 DET 000 001 020 02 - 5 15 3 HR: C. Gehringer (4), B. Freehan (4) starters IP R ER HR BB SO J. Niggeling 7.0 1 1 0 3 1 G. Uhle 7.0 2 2 0 3 0 BAL 39-26, DET 29-36
June 16: Detroit 6, Baltimore 5
After Frank Robinson crushed two homers in the first five innings and Ken Singleton mashed a two-run shot in the sixth to give Baltimore a 5-2 lead, the Orioles were in good shape to salvage the last game of the series.
But their starter Erik Bedard suddenly lost his stuff after getting the first two men out in the bottom of the seventh. Two walks were followed by RBI singles by Kaline and Gehringer, and the Tigers were within a run.
Reliever Hoyt Wilhelm dejectedly watched Travis Fryman score the tying run in the bottom of the eighth on a wild pitch. Wilhelm was still tossing in the bottom of the ninth when Hammerin’ Hank Greenberg led off with a homer for a third straight Detroit walk-off win.
Detroit is enjoying a 16-8 stretch that has lifted them out of the cellar and into seventh place.
R H BB BAL 100 022 000 - 5 8 4 DET 020 000 211 - 6 14 6 HR: F. Robinson-2 (15), H. Greenberg (2) starters IP R ER HR BB SO E. Bedard 6.2 4 4 0 6 5 J. Verlander 5.2 5 5 3 3 6 BAL 39-27, DET 30-36