Kaline Drills Come-From-Behind, Walk-Off Slam, Detroit Takes Series v. New York

July 8: Detroit 8, New York 4

It was low-scoring affair five innings, after which the score stood at 1-1. But the Tigers exploded for six runs in the bottom of the sixth behind of a Lou Gehrig error, four walks, two singles, and an Al Kaline round-tripper.

Gehrig and Babe Ruth continued their almost comically tit-for-tat game at the top of the league’s home run leader board. Gehrig became the first to 21 dingers in the sixth inning, but Ruth tied him right back in the eighth inning.

                  R  H BB
NY  001 001 020 - 4  9  6
DET 000 016 01x - 8 10  8

HR: L. Gehrig (21), B. Ruth (21), A. Kaline (2)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
W. Hoyt    5.1  5  4  1  3  0  
G. Uhle    6.2  2  2  1  4  2 

NY 45-37, DET 39-43

kalineJuly 9: Detroit 8, New York 6

Robinson Cano blasted the Yanks to a 4-1 lead with a three-run homer in the third, but the Tigers had battled back to tie it in the fifth. It stayed knotted at four until the top of the ninth when Mickey Mantle drilled a two-run bomb against Mike Henneman that seemed to be the difference in the game, especially considering Mariano Rivera was on the mound for the bottom of the ninth.

But Rivera had nothing this day. Harry Heilmann and Miguel Cabrera started the inning off with singles, and Hank Greenberg walked to load the bases with nobody out. Alkaline came to the plate, and things went from bad to worse for Rivera when Kaline connected for a walk-off grand salami.

                  R  H BB
NY  013 000 002 - 6  8  5
DET 101 020 004 - 8 14  6

HR: M. Mantle (14), R. Cano (8), A. Kaline (3)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
L. Gomez    4.0  4  4  0  3  2  
T. Bridges  6.2  4  4  1  4  1 

NY 45-38, DET 40-43

July 10: New York 9, Detroit 6

The Yankees salvaged the last game on the strength of a bonkers second inning in which they plated seven. Tigers starter Bill Donovan gave up six of those runs while only getting one out in the inning. A Babe Ruth double and A-Rod triple were the extra base hits in the inning, and were accompanied by a Ty Cobb error, three walks, and three singles. A-Rod also hit a single and a triple in the game.

                  R  H BB
NY  072 000 000 - 9 11  6
DET 220 010 001 - 6 13  5

HR: A. Rodriguez (10), N. Cash (11)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
R. Caldwell  7.0  5  4  1  3  1  
B. Donovan   1.1  6  6  0  2  1 

NY 46-38, DET 40-44
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