Babe Hits For Cycle – Again!, Oakland Amazes, and Full Action From Around The League For Aug. 28-30

New York Wins 2 of 3 in Minnesota
August 28: New York 8, Minnesota 4
August 29: New Yor 20, Minnesota 3
August 30: Minnesota 2, New York 1

The Yanks won the first two games of the set on the strength of mammoth hitting. In game one, Minnesota starter George Mogridge made his Rhubarb debut and performed admirably for his seven innings of work and handed the bullpen a 4-3 lead. Joe Nathan quickly coughed up the lead in the top of the eighth on a two-run Derek Jeter jack, and Joe DiMaggio added a three-run dagger to the seats in the ninth. Lou Gehrig tacked on three more hits and a walk to his ludicrous season totals. Dellin Betances made an appearance from the New York bullpen to become the first player in the Rhubarb to take the field with 2017 stats factored into his card.

In game two, the biggest offense in the league had their biggest offensive game of the season as a string of Minnesota hurlers got bashed. Gehrig reached four times again and knocked his 33rd dong, and Babe Ruth collected his and the league’s second cycle of the season. The Babe first pulled the trick on May 13th in Seattle. Ruth singled in the first against Dutch Leonard, flew out in the third against Leonard, launched a three-run homer in the fourth against Firpo Marberry, drove in two with a double in the fifth against Marberry, drew a walk in the seventh off Al Worthington, and collected his sixth RBI of the game with a triple off Rick Aguilera in the eighth.

The finale could not have been much different. Minny starter Camilo Pascual managed to hold the NY bats to one run in seven innings, and Eddie Guardado nailed down two shutout innings to make the Twins’ two runs hold up.

Oakland’s Amazing Run Gains Momentum With Suffocating Sweep of Detroit
August 28: Oakland 3, Detroit 2 (16 inn.)
August 29: Oakland 3, Detroit 0
August 30: Oakland 7, Detroit 0

The Swingin’ A’s won their fifth straight series and are on a 17-4 roll that has them within two games of the division-leading Red Sox.

Detroit started the series in good shape, taking a 2-0 lead into the top of the eighth inning in game one. Starter Schoolboy Rowe made his season debut for the Tigers and did not allow an earned run in seven innings. But center gardener Al Kaline erred on a Bert Campaneris fliner to start the eighth, and the Tigers were doomed for the rest of the series. The two runs Detroit plated in the second inning of game one were the first and last they would score in the whole three-game, 34-inning series.

But game one was far from over after Campaneris reached in the eighth. Campy came around to score, and the A’s tied it up in the top of the ninth on the strength of a Jason Giambi walk and singles by Home Run Baker and Mickey Cochrane. The two bullpens dug in from there and it took seven extra innings to decide the competition. Oakland starter Chief Bender was strong for eight innings, and then Huston StreetDennis Eckersley, Rube Walberg, and Eddie Rommel came out of the Oakland pen for eight shut-down frames.

Dizzy Trout mowed down Oakland in the 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th, and 15th and was still going in the 16th when Cochrane started it off with a single and Campaneris frozen-roped a triple to finally break the stalemate. In the bottom of the 16th, the Tigers got runners on the corners with just one out against Walberg, who was pulled in favor of Rommel. Rommel whiffed Hank Greenberg and grounded out Travis Fryman to end the saga.

Detroit looked dejected and done with their disappointing season in the next two games. Barry Zito twirled a shutout for the A’s in the middle game and Rube Waddell turned the same trick in game three. Jimmie Foxx provided fireworks on offense for Oakland with a homer in game two and three hits that included two doubles in game three.  Continue reading “Babe Hits For Cycle – Again!, Oakland Amazes, and Full Action From Around The League For Aug. 28-30”


Detroit Takes Series In Houston

August 25: Detroit 10, Houston 5

Lance Berkman, singled, launched two dingers, drove in three, and scored three, but Tigers starter George Uhle tamed the rest of the Houston lineup. Every Detroit hitter reached safely at least twice in the game. Norm Cash walked thrice and homered.

                   R  H BB
DET 102 112 210 - 10 13 12
HOU 202 000 001 -  5 10  3
HR: C. Gehringer (7), N. Cash (17),
A. Trammell (11), L. Berkman-2 (28)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
G. Uhle       9.0  5  3  2  3  4  
J.R. Richard  5.1  7  5  2  8  1 

DET 61-66, HOU 56-70

August 26: Houston 11, Detroit 3

The Astros launched six rockets in this one, three of them off the bat of Jim Wynn.

                   R  H BB
DET 012 000 000 -  3 12  3
HOU 012 101 33x - 11 14  2

HR: J. Morgan (2), L. Berkman (29), 
J. Wynn-3 (10), D. Thon (6)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
T. Bridges  5.0  5  5  4  1  1  
M. Cuellar  7.0  3  3  0  3  7 

DET 61-67, HOU 57-70

August 27: Detroit 7, Houston 5heilimann

The Tigers took the rubber match in part thanks to Harry Heilmann’s RBI triple in the first inning and solo jack in the ninth.

Lance Berkman had a bonkers series that launched him up to second most runs created in the league.

Detroit claimed four of the six meetings with Houston for the year.

                  R H BB
DET 100 301 011 - 7 9  5
HOU 000 031 001 - 5 9  5

HR: H. Heilmann (13)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
B. Donovan   6.0  4  4  0  4  0  
N. Ryan      6.0  5  4  0  3  6 

DET 62-67, HOU 57-71

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

Detroit & Cleveland Play Ugly Series & End Up Tied For Last

romanoAugust 19: Cleveland 7, Detroit 2

Corey Kluber nearly threw a second consecutive shutout. Through eight innings, he’d allowed no runs and just three hits and two walks. The ninth inning got a little rough though, starting with two singles, a Jim Thome error at first, and a hit batter. Out came Kluber, and in came Bob Feller to finish off the win for Cleveland.

Catcher John Romano paced the Cleveland offense from the nine hole, singling and homering, driving in two, and scoring thrice.

                  R H BB
DET 000 000 002 - 2 5  3
CLE 030 301 00x - 7 8  7

HR: J. Romano (11)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
H. Newhouser  3.1  6  6  0  5  1  
C. Kluber     8.0  2  0  0  3 10 

DET 58-63, CLE 58-63

August 20: Detroit 16, Cleveland 8

It was not a good day to be a pitcher, and Detroit’s George Uhle and Mike Henneman and Cleveland’s Vean Gregg, Doug Jones, and Cody Allen all got smacked around and roughed up. The game entered the top of the ninth tied at eight, but the Tigers went wild against Jones and Allen and racked up eight runs on nine hits. Hank Greenberg doubled twice and scored twice in the inning. Sam Crawford had a beast of a day for Detroit with a walk, four singles, four stolen bases, and four runs scored.

Detroit’s Doug Brocail was the only pitcher to get out of the game unscathed and finished the game with 1.2 scoreless innings.

                   R  H BB
DET 042 010 018 - 16 18  5
CLE 211 020 200 -  8 13  3
HR: N. Lajoie (3)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
G. Uhle    7.0  6  6  1  0  2  
V. Gregg   7.0  7  6  0  5  2 

DET 59-63, CLE 58-64

August 21: Cleveland 10, Detroit 7

There was more sloppy pitching and run hemorrhaging the next day. Seemingly every batter on both teams had a good day, but Lou Boudreau led in the hit column with four.

Addie Joss’s struggles for Cleveland have been hard to understand. He has what should be a great card, but he’s sporting a hefty 5.14 ERA.

It’s too late to matter for Detroit’s pennant chances, but Ty Cobb is finally playing like himself. He’s reached safely in 22 straight games and has 42 hits in that stretch. He’s risen to 11th in the league in wOBA and runs created.

                   R  H BB
DET 301 201 000 -  7 16  1
CLE 310 420 00x - 10 13  5
HR: C. Gehringer (6)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
T. Bridges  4.2  8  4  0  4  3  
A. Joss     6.0  7  7  1  0  1 

DET 59-64, CLE 59-64

Cobb & Detroit Stay Hot Against Baltimore

Detroit Tigers, Ty CobbAugust 16: Detroit 7, Baltimore 0

Tigers starter Tommy Bridges sliced and diced through the Baltimore lineup en route to his second shutout. Orioles starter Harry Howell went the opposite route and was jumped for six runs in less than four innings. Every Detroit batsman got a hit. Ty Cobb and Bobby Veach each reached thrice and scored twice.

                  R  H BB
BAL 000 000 000 - 0  4  3
DET 005 110 00x - 7 13  5
HR: none

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
H. Howell   3.1  6  6  0  2  1  
T. Bridges  9.0  0  0  0  3  5 

BAL 64-54, DET 57-61

August 17: Detroit 8, Baltimore 4

The Tigers bats stayed molten and all nine hitters knocked a safety again. Veach again reached thrice, as did Charles Gehringer and Bill Freehan. Baltimore’s Urban Shocker can’t find any answers and his ERA soared over 6.00.

                  R  H BB
BAL 000 003 100 - 4  9  7
DET 024 100 01x - 8 14  4

HR: A. Kaline (9)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
U. Shocker  2.1  6  6  2  0  0  
B. Donovan  7.2  4  4  0  7  1 

BAL 64-55, DET 58-61

August 18: Baltimore 9, Detroit 4

The Tigers were tasting a sweep with a 4-0 lead after three, but O’s catcher Matt Wieters put his team on his back from there and drove in six runs on a single and two dingers.

Ty Cobb is finally starting to play like Ty Cobb and reached eight times in the series. He’s hitting .433/.485/.544 over his last 19 games and has claimed the 10th spot on the runs created leader board. In related news, the Tigers are on a roll and have prevailed in four straight series, all of which against contending Original Division opponents.

                  R  H BB
BAL 000 300 420 - 9 10  8
DET 040 000 00x - 4 10  5
HR: M. Wieters-2 (9)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Niggeling  7.0  4  4  0  5  2  
J. Verlander  6.0  6  6  1  4  5

BAL 65-55, DET 58-62

Detroit Wins Series in Boston, Verlander & Newhouser Outduel Clemens & Martinez


August 13: Detroit 4, Boston 2

Justin Verlander and Roger Clemens regressed in opposite directions. Verlander allowed Boston’s first batter of the game to come around and score before working seven consecutive scoreless innings despite walking seven. He couldn’t finish Boston in the ninth, and Nomar Garciaparra and Wade Boggs both doubled in the frame to knock out Verlander. John Hiller relieved, and walked Yaz to get the winning run to the plate in the form of a pretty decent hitter named Ted Williams. With two outs, I actually considered calling for the first ever intentional walk in Rhubarb history, but Hiller convincingly argued that he wanted to go after Williams, and he came through by getting the Splinter to fly-out.

Ty Cobb frustrated Clemens by singling twice and walking once in their four plate appearances against each other–Cobb then stole second and came around to score all three times he reached.

                  R  H BB
DET 101 000 200 - 4 11  4
BOS 100 000 001 - 2  6  8

HR: none

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Verlander  8.1  2  2  0  7  3  
R. Clemens    6.1  4  4  0  2  1 

DET 55-60, BOS 65-50

August 14: Detroit 3, Boston 2

Much like Verlander the day before, Hal Newhouser was in his sins after a mostly disappointing season. The first three Sox batters in the first inning got hits and two of them scored, but Newhouser gave up no more runs in a complete game.

The Tigers also got two in the first inning on a Norm Cash homer, and scratched out the winning run against Pedro in the third on the strength of walks by Johnny Bassler and Bobby Veach and a single by Cobb.

                  R H BB
DET 201 000 000 - 3 7  3
BOS 200 000 000 - 2 5  3

HR: N. Cash (16)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
H. Newhouser  9.0  2  2  0  3  5  
P. Martinez   7.0  3  3  1  4  0 

DET 56-60, BOS 65-51

August 15: Boston 5, Detroit 1

Cy Young joined the party as a pitcher having a great game in the midst of a worse than expected season. He was one out away from his first shutout when a Bobby Doerr error robbed him of it, but it was of little consequence and Young was pleased to pull off a shut-down start after having allowed at least one earned run in each of his first 24 starts of the year.

Carlton Fisk raised his wOBA to .400 with a dinger.

Ty Cobb reached safely seven times in the series and stole six bases in six attempts.

                  R  H BB
DET 000 000 001 - 1 10  2
BOS 000 113 00x - 5  9  3

HR: C. Fisk (18)

starters   IP  R ER HR BB SO
G. Uhle   6.1  5  5  1  2  2  
C. Young  9.0  1  0  0  2  1 

DET 56-61, BOS 66-51


Last-Place Detroit Knocks Off First-Place Minnesota

August 10: Detroit 5, Minnesota 4

Detroit’s top three hitters in the lineup Ty Cobb, Bobby Veach, and Harry Heilmann provided tons of offense, combining for eight hits, half of which went for extra bases. The Twins tied it up in the top of the seventh on a Cecil Travis two-RBI triple, but Cobb, Veach, and Heilmann all singled in a row to take the lead back for the Tigers in the bottom of the same inning.

Joe Mauer and Travis were on second and third in the top of the ninth with two outs hoping to tie the game with high-average Rod Carew at bat, but Doug Brocail whiffed Carew.

                  R  H BB
MN  020 000 200 - 4 11  1
DET 200 110 10x - 5 12  1
HR: H. Heilmann (12)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
C. Pascual  7.0  5  4  1  1  1  
G. Uhle     7.0  4  4  0  1  0 

MN 64-48, DET 53-39

August 11: Minnesota 8, Detroit 7 (10 innings)

This started out as a lopsided affair with ERA leader Johan Santana weaving his magic for Minnesota and Detroit starter Tommy Bridges getting beat up. With a 6-1 lead, Minnesota manager Bucky Harris took out Santana after the sixth to conserve Santana’s precious innings. The worm turned once Santana was out though, and Detroit battled back against ineffectual relief pitching by Rick Aguilerea and Joe Nathan.

Hank Greenberg belted a two-out, two-RBI single in the bottom of the ninth against Nathan to send the game to extras. In the top of the 10th, Cecil Travis smacked a lead-off double that was his fifth extra-base hit of the series. Carew then punched one of his vintage singles into shallow right field that drove in Travis for the game winner.

                    R  H BB
MN  210 210 001 1 - 8 15  5
DET 001 000 042 0 - 7 12  3
HR: none

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Santana  6.0  1  1  0  1  8  
T. Bridges  3.1  5  5  0  3  2 

MN 65-48, DET 53-60

donovanAugust 12: Detroit 2, Minnesota 0

It looked like a terrible starting pitcher match-up for Detroit as their Bill Donovan drug his 5.95 ERA to the mound against the great Walter Johnson, but Donovan seemed to draw inspiration from the imposing match-up.  He was sharper than he’d been all year and plowed through the Twins lineup, facing just 33 and recording his first shutout of the year.

Johnson was excellent too, but in the bottom of the fifth, Alan Trammell, Cobb, and Heilmann each managed a base-hit to plate the only two runs of the game.

Minnesota dropped into a tie for first with Boston while Detroit moved up into a tie for last with Cleveland.

                  R H BB
MN  000 000 000 - 0 5  4
DET 000 020 00x - 2 8  0
HR: none

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
W. Johnson  8.0  2  2  0  0  2  
B. Donovan  9.0  0  0  0  4  3 

MN 65-49, DET 54-60