Detroit Comes Out Ahead In Sloppy Series vs. Oakland

July 31: Detroit 6, Oakland 2

Detroit’s Tommy Bridges pitched his second straight start of nine innings and one earned run. He’s had plenty of rough outings too, so his declining ERA of 4.45 is still barely worse than league average (4.30). His game turned out to be the only good start any pitcher had in the series.

The Detroit batsmen did a good job of getting to Lefty Grove, especially George Kell with a two-run homer. The A’s fielders also chipped in with some helpful errors.

                  R  H BB
DET 020 002 110 - 6  8  4
OAK 001 000 001 - 2 10  4

HR: G. Kell (6) 

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
T. Bridges  9.0  2  1  0  4  2  
L. Grove    6.0  5  3  1  4  4 

DET 49-54, OAK 54-49

August 1: Oakland 10, Detroit 9 (10 innings)

This was a crazy one. Detroit’s Bill Donovan faced each Oakland batter once in the first inning and recorded just one out before getting yanked. Home Run Baker’s home run and a Kell error at third were the lowlights of his short day. Reggie Jackson ran the Oakland score up to eight runs with a two-run homer in the second inning, and it looked like the rout was on, but Detroit’s pitching settled in from there and their hitters did an admirable job battling back to tie it up in the eighth.

Every Tigers batter had a hit, led by Charles Gehringer’s four singles and Al Kaline’s single, double, and homer. But the dramatic comeback turned out to be all for naught after Jimmie Foxx led off the bottom of the 10th with a walk, Jackson moved him over, and Baker doubled in Foxx for the walk-off.

                     R  H BB
DET 021 300 201 0 -  9 18  4
OAK 620 001 000 1 - 10 12  6
HR: A. Kaline (8), R. Jackson (18), H.R. Baker (3)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
B. Donovan  0.1  6  4  1  2  1  
T. Hudson   6.0  6  4  0  1  4 

DET 49-55, OAK 55-49

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August 2: Detroit 10, Oakland 9

Decent pitching and defense were hard to come by in the rubber match too. Half of Detroit’s 10 runs were unearned, though the Tigers batters also helped themselves plenty with 16 hits, led this time by Alan Trammell’s four hits that included a round-tripper. Both teams had flurries of offense that went back and forth, and Oakland looked poised to swing things back their way in the bottom of the ninth after Rickey Henderson scored and Jimmie Foxx got to second base representing the tying run with one out. But John Hiller whiffed Reggie Jackson and got Baker to fly out to clinch the series for Detroit.

The teams combined for 14 unearned runs in the series.

                   R  H BB
DET 221 000 140 - 10 16  2
OAK 005 001 201 -  9 10  5

HR: A. Trammell (10), M. Cochrane (5)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Verlander  6.0  6  6  1  4  7  
C. Bender     2.1  5  3  0  1  0 

DET 50-55, OAK 55-50
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