June 24: Detroit 5, Seattle 2
The game might have gone very differently if not for Seattle’s inability to recover from a costly error by A-Rod in the third. With two outs and men on first and second, short fielder Rodriguez booted what should have been the third out. No runs scored, but the bases were loaded, and Jamie Moyer served up singles to Al Kaline and Bill Freehan to score all three runners before getting out of the the inning.
The Mariners had way more base-runners than the Tigers, but Tommy Bridges spread them out to limit the damage. Seattle stranded 13.
R H BB SEA 000 011 000 - 2 10 6 DET 004 010 00x - 5 7 4 HR: H. Heilmann (9), A. Trammell (8) starters IP R ER HR BB SO J. Moyer 7.0 5 2 2 3 1 T. Bridges 8.1 2 2 0 6 5 SEA 32-41, DET 35-38
June 25: Seattle 12, Detroit 3
Freddy Garcia followed up his best start of the year with his second best start of the year. His eight innings were efficient, yielding just one walk and four hits. Two solo homers were the only damage Detroit could inflict on Garcia.
Bill Donovan was pitching effectively for Detroit until the Mariners bats exploded in the seventh and eighth to make it a late blowout. Al Benton and Dizzy Trout gave up seven in the eighth before finally recording the third out. Ichiro Suzuki, Raul Ibanez, and Kenji Johjima all punched three singles for Seattle.
R H BB SEA 000 020 370 - 12 16 3 DET 000 100 101 - 3 6 1 HR: K. Seager (11), N. Cash (10), B. Veach (1) starters IP R ER HR BB SO F. Garcia 8.0 2 2 2 1 1 B. Donovan 6.2 5 5 0 2 4 SEA 33-41, DET 35-39
June 26: Detroit 4, Seattle 1
Detroit starter George Uhle built on what has been a quietly solid season with seven innings, one run allowed, and no extra base hits given up.
The Tigers put together all of their runs in the third inning when Erik Hanson got a little wild. He walked Alan Trammell and plunked Ty Cobb to set up an RBI single by Harry Heilmann and then a three-run dinger by Miguel Cabrera.
Charles Gehringer is on some kind of a cold streak for Detroit. After a 12-game hitting streak, he has not reached safely in his last five games/21 plate appearances.
Both teams finished off their inter-divisional games for the first half. Seattle had a rough go, their inter-divisional record standing at 5-19, while Detroit did just OK at 11-7 (slightly worse than most Original teams have done against Expansioners).
R H BB SEA 010 000 000 - 1 7 6 DET 004 000 00x - 4 5 6 HR: M. Cabrera (5) starters IP R ER HR BB SO E. Hanson 7.0 4 4 1 5 3 G. Uhle 7.0 1 1 0 3 2 SEA 33-42, DET 36-39