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

Everyone Forgets How To Pitch and Play Defense, Detroit Takes Series in New York

August 7: Detroit 9, New York 7

This one was going well for the home team as their starter Ray Caldwell took a 6-0 lead into the seventh inning. Then all hell broke loose as the Tigers went double, single, walk, fly out, single, and single before Caldwell was pulled in favor of Sparky Lyle. Things went just as bad for Lyle: single, single, error, groundout, double, and single before David Robertson came on to take a stab at maybe getting out of the inning at some point. Robertson gave up a double and a single before finally getting the third out after the Tigers had rung up eight hits and nine runs in the inning.

                  R  H BB
DET 000 000 900 - 9 15  1
NY  301 200 100 - 7 13  6

HR: B. Ruth (25)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
B. Donovan   5.0  6  5  1  3  0  
R. Caldwell  6.1  3  3  0  1  1 

DET 51-58, NY 56-53

veachAugust 8: Detroit 11, New York 8

It was another typical disgusting display at little league stadium. Mike Mussina made a rare appearance to see if he could do better than the beleaguered Roger Clemens. The answer was no, no he could not. The Tigers put together another ridiculous inning, this time in the second, when they pounded Mussina and Whitey Ford for eight runs. Travis Fryman and Harry Heilmann both left the yard in the inning.

Bobby Veach had a monster day with a walk, single, two doubles, and a triple. Bill Dickey was also massive for New York with two singles and two dingers.

                   R  H BB
DET 280 000 010 - 11 14  7
NY  100 301 03x -  8 14  4
HR: H. Heilmann (11), N. Cash (15), T. Fryman (3),
Bill Dickey-2 (4), D. Jeter (5)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Verlander  7.0  7  7  3  3  5  
M. Mussina    1.1  7  7  2  1  1 

DET 52-58, NY 56-54

August 9: New York 8, Detroit 6

Bob Shawkey delivered what counts as a miracle start for the rancid Yankees pitching staff and defense, giving up only four runs in seven innings. That, along with errors by Hal Newhouser and George Kell and the usual New York slugging, was good enough to pull out a win for the slipping Yanks.

Veach added two triples to have five extra-base hits and three singles in the series. His .385 wOBA would be 10th best in the league if he had enough plate appearances to qualify.

                  R  H BB
DET 002 002 020 - 6 10  5
NY  000 033 02X - 8  6  8
HR: M. Mantle (17), J. DiMaggio (8)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
H. Newhouser  5.1  6  3  0  6  3  
B. Shawkey    7.0  4  4  0  4  2 

DET 52-59, NY 57-54

Surging ChiSox Sweep Detroit

August 3: Chicago 4, Detroit 2 (11 innings)

Chris Sale and Hal Newhouser had an excellent southpaw duel, and Newhouser took the mound in top of the ninth holding on to a 2-1 lead. A Robin Ventura error had allowed Detroit to score the go-ahead run in the fifth inning, but Ventura made up for it in a big way by leading off the top of the ninth with a tater to tie it up and knock out Newhouser.

Minnie Minoso made the comeback complete with a two-run dinger in the 11th. Chicago reliever Terry Forster threw three scoreless frames in the ninth, 10th, and 11th.

                     R  H BB
CHI 100 000 001 02 - 4 10  7
DET 100 010 000 00 - 2  7  5

HR: M. Minoso (6), R. Ventura (7)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
C. Sale       7.0  2  1  0  5  7  
H. Newhouser  8.0  2  2  1  3  6 

CHI 57-49, DET 50-56

jackson.jpgAugust 4: Chicago 6, Detroit 2

The teams combined for 10 doubles in the game, two apiece for Chicago’s Minoso and Joe Jackson. Jackson also added a single and a triple to his two dubs. In the second, third, and fourth spots, Chicago’s big swatters Minoso, Jackson, and Frank Thomas cranked nine hits, six for extra bases.

                  R  H BB
CHI 103 002 000 - 6 14  3
DET 100 000 100 - 2 10  2

HR: none

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
E. Cicotte  7.0  2  2  0  2  0  
G. Uhle     6.0  6  4  0  3  1 

CHI 58-49, DET 50-57

August 5: Chicago 9, Detroit 2

The Chicago offense continues to amaze after a sluggish start to the year. July player of the month Frank Thomas kept it going in August with a perfect day at the plate that included two walks, two singles, and a dong. Harold Baines swatted two singles plus two homers.

Ed Walsh’s two runs allowed, complete game lowered his ERA to 3.17, seventh best in the league.

Not so long ago, it looked like the Red Sox would be running away with the Original Division, but now Boston, Baltimore, Minnesota, and Chicago are all with three games of each other at the top. Looks like a good set-up for a thrilling race to the finish.

                  R  H BB
CHI 210 200 310 - 9 14  6
DET 000 000 002 - 2  6  1

HR: F. Thomas (17), H. Baines-2 (4)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
E. Walsh    9.0  2  2  0  1  7  
T. Bridges  6.2  8  4  3  4  0 

CHI 59-49, DET 50-58

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

Toronto Flies Out of Detroit With Series Win

July 28: Detroit 11, Toronto 2

It was close until the fifth inning, when Ty Cobb, Bobby Veach, Harry Heilmann, and Miguel Cabrera all reached safely in a row, capped off by a Cabrera three-run blast.

Backup infielder Travis Fryman tripled and homered. Justin Verlander threw his first nine-inning start since his first game of the year.

                   R  H BB
TOR 000 002 000 -  2  7  6
DET 000 241 03x - 11 13  4

HR: M. Cabrera (6), T. Fryman (2)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
D. Stieb      4.1  6  6  1  3  1  
J. Verlander  9.0  2  2  0  6  9 

TOR 44-56, DET 48-52

July 29: Toronto 3, Detroit 1

Juan Guzman is sometimes about the worst starting pitcher in the league, and sometimes strings together back-to-back games of eight innings and one run allowed. He did the latter in this one, giving up just one walk and five singles.

Hal Newhouser was mostly good for Detroit and struck out a season high 11. But he got wild in the second inning when he walked three. Carlos Delgado collected the game-winning RBI on a bases loaded base on balls in the frame.

                  R H BB
TOR 020 000 001 - 3 9  3
DET 000 100 000 - 1 5  1

HR: none

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Guzman     8.0  1  1  0  1  5  
H. Newhouser  9.0  3  3  0  3 11 

TOR 45-56, DET 48-53

roberto-alomar-ap2July 30: Toronto 9, Detroit 1

The Blue Jays knocked George Uhle around for 2.2 innings to ice the series. Toronto hit for the cycle in the third inning on singles by Roberto Alomar and Ernie Whitt, a double by Delgado, triple by Edwin Encarnacion, and three-run homer by Rance Mulliniks. Alomar walked once, singled thrice, and stole three bags.

Toronto took four of six from Detroit this year, and improved to an impressive 15-15 in inter-division play, which is oddly quite a bit better than their intra-division record. The Expansion Division is on a bit of a roll, having won the last four inter-division series played.

                  R  H BB
TOR 015 003 000 - 9 12  5
DET 000 100 000 - 1  8  1

HR: R. Mulliniks (5)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
R. Halladay  7.0  1  1  0  1  2  
G. Uhle      2.2  6  6  1  2  1 

TOR 46-56, DET 48-54

Detroit Takes Bite Out Of Texas

cash2July 25: Detroit 11, Texas 5

The Tigers put a quick beat-down on Gaylord Perry. Norm Cash knocked him out of the box with a three run shot in the fifth inning. Al Kaline swatted four hits with a dinger.

                   R  H BB
TEX 000 030 200 -  5 12  1
DET 201 330 02x - 11 16  3

HR: J. Hamilton (10), N. Cash (13),
C. Gehringer (5), A. Kaline (7)

starters   IP  R ER HR BB SO
G. Perry  4.1  9  6  1  2  1  
G. Uhle   7.0  5  5  1  1  4 

TEX 43-55, DET 46-51

July 26: Detroit 6, Texas 1

It was all Detroit in game two as well. Alan Trammell had a rare noisy day at bat with a walk, single, and two doubles. Tommy Bridges was on point in a complete game.

                  R  H BB
TEX 000 001 000 - 1  8  2
DET 200 200 11x - 6 14  5

HR: none

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Matlack  7.0  5  5  0  4  1  
T. Bridges  9.0  1  1  0  2  2 

TEX 43-56, DET 47-51

July 27: Texas 10, Detroit 6

The Rangers broke out the lumber to salvage the finale. Six different Texans had multiple hits, led by Al Oliver with four. Ferguson Jenkins’ final line wasn’t overly impressive, but he had allowed just one earned run through 8.1 innings before Cash drilled a three-run bomb against him. Cash also collected a walk, single, and triple in the contest. Cash has homered in three straight and beefed up his wOBA to .402.

The teams split their six contests for the season.

                   R  H BB
TEX 122 000 212 - 10 17  2
DET 120 000 003 -  6 12  3

HR: M. Hargrove (6), A. Oliver (3),
A. Rodriguez (21), N. Cash (14)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
F. Jenkins  8.1  6  4  1  3  2  
B. Donovan  3.0  5  5  2  0  1 

TEX 44-56, DET 47-52

Detroit Betters Cleveland In Battle At Bottom of Standings

heilmann

July 22: Detroit 14, Cleveland 6

Bob Feller had a great first half in Cleveland’s bullpen, and got promoted to the rotation after the All-Star break. Things have fallen apart quickly as he’s tried to stretch out his innings. Feller walked seven in less than three innings of work before Sam McDowell, the man Feller had replaced in the rotation, came on in long relief. Player-manager Lou Boudreau said after the game that Feller would go back to the ‘pen and McDowell take back his spot in the rotation.

McDowell was also far from sharp and handed out six free passes. Every single Tiger in the lineup took at least one walk, and the team added 15 hits to their 13 walks. Ty Cobb, Bobby Veach, Harry Heilmann, Charles Gehringer, and Alan Trammell all reached safely four times apiece.

                   R  H BB
CLE 003 110 010 -  6  8  7
DET 304 100 06x - 14 15 13

HR: L. Doby (6)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
B. Feller   2.2  7  3  0  7  2  
B. Donovan  5.0  5  5  1  5  2 

CLE 44-50, DET 44-50

July 23: Cleveland 10, Detroit 4

The Naps offense took a turn having a big day, and four different Clevelanders went ya-ya.

                   R  H BB
CLE 020 031 022 - 10 12  6
DET 000 000 031 -  4 10  3

HR: L. Doby (7), M. Ramirez (16),
T. Hafner (12), A. Belle (5), H. Heilmann (10)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
S. Coveleski  8.1  4  4  1  2  0  
J. Verlander  5.0  5  5  2  5  4 

CLE 45-50, DET 44-51

July 24: Detroit 12, Cleveland 3

The double-digit runs pendulum swung back to Detroit’s side in the finale as they abused Cleveland starter Corey Kluber. Detroit’s leading hitter Harry Heilmann knocked four singles and Norm Cash took a walk and smacked a single, double, and homer. Hal Newhouser went the distance for the Tigers and the teams finished the series tied in the cellar.

                   R  H BB
CLE 200 000 100 -  3 10  1
DET 403 003 20x - 12 15  2

HR: N. Cash (12), A. Kaline (6)

starters       IP   R  ER HR BB SO
C. Kluber     5.2  10  10  2  1  5  
H. Newhouser  9.0   3   3  0  1  5 

CLE 45-51, DET 45-51