Anaheim Gets Better of Detroit In Meeting of Last-Place Clubs

August 22: Anaheim 3, Detroit 2

The Angels only managed four hits in the game, but three of them came in a row in the sixth inning and were followed by a bases loaded walk to tie the game at two. And the other hit was a Bobby Grich triple in the seventh that drove in the game winner in the person of Rod Carew, who had reached on a walk.

Kelvim Escobar was impressive holding down the Detroit offense for six innings, Francisco Rodriguez followed with a perfect seventh, and Troy Percival nailed down quick innings in the eighth and ninth. Percival lowered his ERA to 0.94.

                  R H BB
ANA 000 002 100 - 3 4  5
DET 011 000 000 - 2 6  5
HR: none

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
K. Escobar   6.0  2  2  0  5  6  
B. Donovan   6.2  3  3  0  4  6 

ANA 52-73, DET 59-65

tananaAugust 23: Anaheim 10, Detroit 4

The Tigers couldn’t even make it close the next day as the Angels pounded Justin Verlander and Al Benton for 10 runs. Brian Downing, Toriiiiiiiiiiiii Hunter, and Bob Boone all knocked three hits. Frank Tanana continues to be a revelation in the Anaheim rotation and has a 1.70 ERA over his last 53 innings.

Ty Cobb went 5-for-5 with five singles for the losers. It was his first five hit game of the year, but his 18th multi-hit game in his last 25. He has vaulted into the top 10 lists for wOBA and runs created, and, despite a disappointing first half, even into serious MVP contention considering his improved hitting and that he plays a premium position and plays it well.

                   R  H BB
ANA 000 050 140 - 10 13  6
DET 000 000 103 -  4 10  6
HR: T. Salmon (9)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
F. Tanana     6.1  1  1  0  4  3  
J. Verlander  4.0  5  5  0  4  3 

ANA 53-73, DET 59-66

August 24: Detroit 9, Anaheim 7

The Tiger bats finally roared to life to salvage the finale. They needed to be loud, because Hal Newhouser was not sharp on the mound. Both teams drilled double-digit hits. Bobby Veach had the most with four.

  • Troy Glaus has smashed six homers in his last eight games.
  • Detroit took four of six from Anaheim for the year.
  • Anaheim won their first inter-division series at the beginning of the season, but had lost nine straight since then until this series win in Detroit.
                  R  H BB
ANA 020 202 010 - 7 10  1
DET 440 100 00x - 9 14  3
HR: T. Glaus (24), W. Joyner (6)

starters         IP  R ER HR BB SO
A. Messersmith  7.0  9  7  0  3  4  
H. Newhouser    6.0  6  6  2  1  3 

ANA 53-74, DET 60-66
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