Detroit Wins Offense Heavy Series v. Cleveland

sam-crawford-04June 17: Detroit 6, Cleveland 5

After three run homers by Bill Freehan and Hank Greenberg, the Tigers were sitting pretty with a 6-0 lead after the top of the third. But the Naps almost came back when Detroit starter Hal Newhouser lost it in the seventh and Cleveland got within a run. Doug Brocail and Jon Hiller came up big in relief for Detroit to hang on for the W.

                  R H BB
DET 033 000 000 - 6 6  7
CLE 002 000 300 - 5 9  4

HR: H. Greenberg (3), B. Freehan (5)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
H. Newhouser  6.1  5  5  0  4  5  
S. McDowell   6.0  6  6  2  5  6 

DET 31-36, CLE 35-32

June 18: Cleveland 17, Detroit 2

17 is the most runs Detroit has given up all year, but it actually is not the high-water mark for runs scored by Cleveland (they hung 20 on New York in April).

Starter Tommy Bridges had been on a nice roll for Detroit but this one was just a disaster. There seemed to be no stopping Cleveland no matter what Detroit tried – Earl Whitehill came in and gave up five runs in 3.2 innings, and Al Benton gave up four runs in three innings. Every Clevelander had a knock, and a heating up Joe Jackson had four, including a triple.

Corey Kluber didn’t need to be especially good, but he was anyway, and gave up zero earned in six innings to lower his ERA to 3.79.

                   R  H BB
DET 010 000 100 -  2  7  3
CLE 182 020 22x - 17 17  5

HR: L. Doby (4), L. Boudreau (1), V. Martinez (3)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
T. Bridges  1.2  8  8  0  3  3  
C. Kluber   6.0  1  0  0  1  4 

DET 31-37, CLE 36-32

June 19: Detroit 14, Cleveland 4

The tables turned the next day, and Detroit set their season high for runs scored. Cleveland player/manager Lou Boudreau let Stan Coveleski keep pitching after he gave up seven runs in the first two innings, and Coveleski seemed to reward Boudreau by reeling off five shutout innings. After Coveleski put the first two men on in the top of the eighth however, Boudreau yanked him in favor of Johnny Allen, who promptly served up a dinger to his first batter, Norm Cash. Cash and Johnny Bassler each collected three hits, and Charles Gehringer swatted four, including two doubles.

For Cleveland, Joe Jackson added three more hits and now finds himself with the fourth most runs created in the league.

                   R  H BB
DET 340 000 034 - 14 20  4
CLE 100 012 000 -  4 10  2

HR: N. Cash (8), M. Cabrera (4)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
B. Donovan   9.0  4  4  0  2  4  
S. Coveleski 7.0  9  9  1  2  0 

DET 32-37, CLE 36-33
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