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

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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

Detroit Upsets Baltimore Despite Singleton’s Amazing Series

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Singleton

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

Boston Waltzes Through Detroit

July 15: Boston 8, Detroit 4

First place Boston visited last place Detroit, and things started off promisingly for the Tigers. Their first two batters of the game were quickly retired, but then Miguel Cabrera took a walk, Hank Greenberg singled, and Al Kaline grounded to Nomar Garciaparra, who couldn’t find the handle on the ball. The error allowed Cabrera to score, and Detroit kept making Boston pay. The next three batters all singled, and four unearned runs crossed the plate for Detroit.

But Lefty Grove and Koji Uehara shut out the Tigers the rest of the way, and the Boston offense got to work against a wild Tommy Bridges. Boston drew eight walks in the game, Garciaparra atoned for his error with three singles, and Bobby Doerr nailed a solo dong.

It was Grove’s second consecutive start without allowing an earned run.

                  R  H BB
BOS 003 212 000 - 8 12  8
DET 400 000 000 - 4  9  3

HR: B. Doerr (8)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
L. Grove    7.0  4  0  0  3  0  
T. Bridges  5.2  8  6  1  7  1 

BOS 55-33, DET 41-47

woodJuly 16: Boston 6, Detroit 0

Smoky Joe Wood also made it two straight starts without allowing an earned run, while Bill Donovan…did not. Fred Lynn alone drew three walks off Donovan, and Ted Williams smacked three hits against him.

                  R  H BB
BOS 230 000 100 - 6 12  6
DET 000 000 000 - 0  4  2

HR: none

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
S.J. Wood   7.0  0  0  0  1  2  
B. Donovan  7.0  6  5  0  5  2 

BOS 56-33, DET 41-48

July 17: Boston 4, Detroit 1

Justin Verlander managed to contain the big Boston offense a little better in the finale, but the Detroit bats were nearly silent again against a complete game by Roger Clemens. The Tigers did swat 10 hits in the game (three by George Kell), but could only turn one of them into a run. While the Tigers haven’t been able to get the bats of Miguel Cabrera, Charles Gehringer, or Sam Crawford going all season, Boston gets contributions all up and down their bench, like a homer in this one from John Valentin while he gave Wade Boggs a day off at third.

                  R  H BB
BOS 010 020 001 - 4  9  5
DET 001 000 000 - 1 10  2

HR: J. Valentin (2)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
R. Clemens    9.0  1  1  0  2  6  
J. Verlander  8.0  3  2  1  5  3 

BOS 57-33, DET 41-49

Minnesota Victorious In Series With Detroit

bertJuly 12: Minnesota 4, Detroit 1

Bert Blyleven made a mighty fine start for Minnesota, holding Detroit to a single run in 8.2 innings. The winning run actually got to the plate for Detroit in the top of the ninth with the bases juiced, but Joe Nathan came in and whiffed Bobby Veach to finish the game.

                  R H BB
DET 000 100 000 - 1 8  4
MN  102 000 01x - 4 9  4

HR: T. Oliva (11)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Verlander  7.1  4  4  1  4  8  
B. Blyleven   8.2  1  1  0  4  3 

DET 40-45, MN 47-38

July 13: Minnesota 8, Detroit 6

Starters Hal Newhouser and Jim Shaw have struggled this season, and they kept right on struggling in this one. They each gave up six earned runs. The Minnesota bullpen provided 4.1 innings of shutout relief, and the Twins got an additional unearned run off Newhouser plus a solo Stan Spence tater against the Detroit ‘pen to emerge victorious.

                  R  H BB
DET 000 240 000 - 6  8  4
MN  010 303 10x - 8 14  3

HR: S. Spence (4)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
H. Newhouser  5.1  7  6  0  3  7  
J. Shaw       4.2  6  6  0  4  0 

DET 40-46, MN 48-38

July 14: Detroit 14, Minnesota 4

After getting frustrated in the first two games, Detroit unleashed to win the series finale in a blowout. Minnesota’s starter Camilo Pascual had been on a roll, but got pounded for nine runs.

Detroit backup catcher Johnny Bassler had just 10 hits on the season before this contest, but had a perfect day with four singles and a walk in the nine spot. Detroit’s six, seven, and eight hitters–George Kell, Charles Gehringer, and Alan Trammell–each had three knocks.

                   R  H BB
DET 010 534 001 - 14 22  3
MN  300 001 000 -  4 12  2

HR: A. Kaline (4), A. Trammell (9), K. Puckett (2)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
G. Uhle     8.0  4  4  1  2  0  
C. Pascual  4.1  9  7  2  1  2 

DET 41-46, MN 48-39

Kaline Drills Come-From-Behind, Walk-Off Slam, Detroit Takes Series v. New York

July 8: Detroit 8, New York 4

It was low-scoring affair five innings, after which the score stood at 1-1. But the Tigers exploded for six runs in the bottom of the sixth behind of a Lou Gehrig error, four walks, two singles, and an Al Kaline round-tripper.

Gehrig and Babe Ruth continued their almost comically tit-for-tat game at the top of the league’s home run leader board. Gehrig became the first to 21 dingers in the sixth inning, but Ruth tied him right back in the eighth inning.

                  R  H BB
NY  001 001 020 - 4  9  6
DET 000 016 01x - 8 10  8

HR: L. Gehrig (21), B. Ruth (21), A. Kaline (2)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
W. Hoyt    5.1  5  4  1  3  0  
G. Uhle    6.2  2  2  1  4  2 

NY 45-37, DET 39-43

kalineJuly 9: Detroit 8, New York 6

Robinson Cano blasted the Yanks to a 4-1 lead with a three-run homer in the third, but the Tigers had battled back to tie it in the fifth. It stayed knotted at four until the top of the ninth when Mickey Mantle drilled a two-run bomb against Mike Henneman that seemed to be the difference in the game, especially considering Mariano Rivera was on the mound for the bottom of the ninth.

But Rivera had nothing this day. Harry Heilmann and Miguel Cabrera started the inning off with singles, and Hank Greenberg walked to load the bases with nobody out. Alkaline came to the plate, and things went from bad to worse for Rivera when Kaline connected for a walk-off grand salami.

                  R  H BB
NY  013 000 002 - 6  8  5
DET 101 020 004 - 8 14  6

HR: M. Mantle (14), R. Cano (8), A. Kaline (3)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
L. Gomez    4.0  4  4  0  3  2  
T. Bridges  6.2  4  4  1  4  1 

NY 45-38, DET 40-43

July 10: New York 9, Detroit 6

The Yankees salvaged the last game on the strength of a bonkers second inning in which they plated seven. Tigers starter Bill Donovan gave up six of those runs while only getting one out in the inning. A Babe Ruth double and A-Rod triple were the extra base hits in the inning, and were accompanied by a Ty Cobb error, three walks, and three singles. A-Rod also hit a single and a triple in the game.

                  R  H BB
NY  072 000 000 - 9 11  6
DET 220 010 001 - 6 13  5

HR: A. Rodriguez (10), N. Cash (11)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
R. Caldwell  7.0  5  4  1  3  1  
B. Donovan   1.1  6  6  0  2  1 

NY 46-38, DET 40-44

Chicago’s Aces Victorious in 2 of 3 Against Detroit

June 30: Chicago 9, Detroit 7

Chicago had one of their three aces going in each game of this series. Eddie Cicotte, Chris Sale, and Ed Walsh all entered the series with one of the eight lowest ERAs in the league among qualified hurlers.

In game one, Cicotte wasn’t exactly lights out, but he carried a comfortable 9-4 lead into the top of the ninth. He didn’t have enough left in the tank to finish off a complete game though. He got his first man, then Charles Gehringer singled and Norm Cash struck out for the second out, but the third out eluded Cicotte. Ty Cobb tripled, Harry Heilmann doubled, and out came Cicotte. The next two batters also got hits, and suddenly Detroit was within two runs, but Bill Freehan flew out to finish the rally two runs shy.

Chicago pushed across nine runs without belting an extra base hit all day. In the sixth inning alone, they chalked up five singles, two walks, and one Detroit error to plate six.

                  R  H BB
DET 010 000 213 - 7 14  2
CHI 000 306 00x - 9  9  6

HR: B. Freehan (7)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
B. Donovan  5.2  9  5  0  5  2  
E. Cicotte  8.2  7  7  1  2  1 

DET 37-42, CHI 39-40

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Kell

July 1: Detroit 5, Chicago 2

The Tigers evened the series the next day thanks to the bottom of their order getting to Chris Sale. Gehringer and Freehan both scored after tripling, and light-hitting George Kell surprised everyone by belting two homers in the ninth spot (in addition to a single). Chicago’s number nine hitter Sherm Lollar also launched a dinger.

                  R H BB
DET 020 100 101 - 5 7  2
CHI 000 110 000 - 2 7  4

HR: G. Kell-2 (5), S. Lollar (6)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
G. Uhle    7.2  2  2  1  3  3  
C. Sale    7.0  4  4  1  2  3 

DET 38-42, CHI 39-41

July 2: Chicago 6, Detroit 4

Ed Walsh was more dominating than Cicotte or Sale had been for his first eight innings, and looked to have the shutout in the bag as he started the ninth with a 6-0 lead. But suddenly things went wonky as Gehringer led off with a single, Cash walked, Sam Crawford reached on a Magglio Ordonez error, and Miguel Cabrera singled in two runs. All of this with still nobody out. Matt Thornton relieved Walsh, but gave up a double to his first batter, Bobby Veach. Then Thornton settled down, whiffed Al Kaline, and got Johnny Bassler and Kell to both fly out to again squash a last minute Detroit rally short.

                  R H BB
DET 000 000 004 - 4 8  4
CHI 000 020 40x - 6 7  5

HR: none

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Verlander  6.1  6  5  0  5  7  
E. Walsh      8.0  4  2  0  4  1

DET 38-43, CHI 40-41