July 19: Detroit 7, Baltimore 4 (10 innings)
The Tigers built up a 4-0 lead through five and a half innings before Bobby Grich cut that lead in half with a two-run bomb in the bottom of the sixth. Those were the only two runs yielded by Hal Newhouser in his eight inning start, and Detroit reliever Doug Brocail came on in the ninth to try to maintain Detroit’s 4-2 lead. Adam Jones led it off with a double, Boog Powell grounded out, and Cal Ripken drove in Jones with a single to make it a 4-3 game. Brooks Robinson grounded into the second out, but managed to move Ripken over to second, and Ken Singleton drove in Ripken to tie the game with a single. Singleton had a perfect day at the plate with four walks in addition to the single.
But Baltimore hurler Stu Miller quickly coughed up the lead right back to Detroit in the top of the 10th as Harry Heilmann, Miguel Cabrera, Hank Greenberg, Charles Gehringer, and George Kell all reached safely to plate three runs.
R H BB DET 020 002 000 3 - 7 11 6 BAL 000 002 002 0 - 4 9 4 HR: B. Grich (14) starters IP R ER HR BB SO H. Newhouser 8.0 2 2 1 4 7 E. Bedard 7.0 4 4 0 4 4 DET 42-49, BAL 51-40
July 20: Detroit 6, Baltimore 2
Tigers starter George Uhle put together another fine start in what has been a quietly good season. His ERA now stands at 3.71, 16th best in the league.
Ken Singleton had another perfect day at the plate in this one with four singles and a triple. He reached safely all 10 times up between the two days.
But Singleton was the only big bat for Baltimore in the game, whereas the Tigers bats were smoldering all through the lineup and smacked 16 base hits. Norm Cash had the best day with two singles, a double, and a triple.
R H BB DET 001 400 010 - 6 16 2 BAL 100 001 000 - 2 10 4 HR: A. Kaline (5) starters IP R ER HR BB SO G. Uhle 8.0 2 1 0 4 1 J. Powell 8.0 6 6 1 2 1 DET 43-49, BAL 51-41
July 21: Baltimore 2, Detroit 1
Starters Tommy Bridges and Harry Howell locked horns in the finale. Singles by Cabrera and Bobby Veach in the third gave Detroit a 1-0 lead heading into the bottom of the eighth when Baltimore finally pushed across their first run of the game. They had stranded 12 runners in the first seven innings without scoring. Bridges was wild and walked nine, but, amazingly, none of those walks came back to bite him. It was a triple by Cal Ripken that set the table for the tying run in the eighth, and then it was another triple by George Sisler to start the bottom of the ninth that did the Tigers in once Frank Robinson brought Sisler home on a sac fly to salvage a game for the birds.
Singleton reached just once in this game in his five plate appearances, but his 11-for-15 on-base performance in the series exploded his wOBA to .403 and runs created to 69, both fourth best in the league.
R H BB DET 001 000 000 - 1 9 3 BAL 000 000 011 - 2 5 9 HR: none starters IP R ER HR BB SO T. Bridges 8.0 2 2 0 9 2 H. Howell 9.0 1 1 0 3 0 DET 43-50, BAL 52-41