Back-and-Forth Series in Baltimore Ends In Detroit’s Favor

September 22: Baltimore 4, Detroit 1

Lefty Stewart’s shockingly good entrance to the Rhubarb continued in his sixth start, after which his ERA sits at 1.91. He wasn’t exactly dominant on his way to a one-run complete game, but he put on a clinic on how to bend without breaking. In the top of the fifth, the Tigers loaded the bases without an out. Stewart calmly popped out Miguel Cabrera and Hank Greenberg before getting Bobby Veach on a groundout to get out of the jam scott-free. Stewart stranded nine Tigers overall.

Manny Machado and Cal Ripken went back-to-back yackin’ in the sixth to knock out Tommy Bridges.

                  R  H BB
DET 001 000 000 - 1 11  1
BAL 020 002 00x - 4 10  3

HR: M. Cabrera (10), M. Machado (6), C. Ripken (11)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
T. Bridges   5.2  4  4  2  3  3  
L. Stewart   9.0  1  1  1  1  2 

DET 72-82, BAL 83-71

September 23: Detroit 7, Baltimore 6

The pitching turned ugly for both teams in the next two games. Schoolboy Rowe had made a grand entrance to the league that paralleled Stewart’s, but Rowe got his first dose of trouble in this one and gave up four earned in four innings. Frank Robinson spanked Rowe for a triple and a homer.

But Erik Bedard also struggled for Baltimore. A fifth-inning rally featured doubles by Cabrera and Al Kaline to put Detroit up by a run. Baltimore took a one-run lead right back in the bottom of the fifth, but Detroit immediately answered with three straight singles by Charles Gehringer, Bill Freehan, and Travis Fryman to tie it up, and George Sisler made an error at first that allowed the winning run to score for Detroit.

                  R  H BB
DET 110 032 000 - 7 18  0
BAL 012 120 000 - 6 10  6
HR: F. Robinson (29)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
S. Rowe    4.0  5  4  1  2  2  
E. Bedard  4.2  5  5  0  0  3 

DET 73-82, BAL 83-72

cab2September 24: Detroit 11, Baltimore 9

It was another case of fast and furious lead exchanges in the rubber match. Detroit was in great shape through five innings with a 6-0 lead and Justin Verlander seemingly locked in. But the Orioles suddenly slammed Verlander for three homers in the sixth inning to get within two runs.

The Tigers responded with two runs in the top of the seventh to open up a four-run lead…and the Orioles responded with a five-run seventh to take a one-run lead. Ken Williams slammed his second dinger of the game, and six straight Tigers reached safely against John Hiller before he was finally yanked.

Baltimore’s Darren O’Day was on the hill to close out the game in the top of the ninth and had two outs with two on. Though Alan Trammell was 3-for-4 in the game, Sparky Anderson elected to send the hot-hitting Miguel Cabrera up as a pinch-hitter in Trammell’s spot. Cabrera rose to the occasion and slammed a three-run dong to give the Tigers a lead they actually held on to. Mike Henneman threw a quick perfect bottom of the ninth.

                   R  H BB
DET 200 220 203 - 11 17  3
BAL 000 004 500 -  9 11  2
HR: B. Veach (3), A. Kaline (13), M. Cabrera (11),
E. Murray (18), K. Williams-2 (10), B.D. Jacobson (2)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Verlander  5.2  4  4  3  1  4  
J. Palmer     4.0  6  6  2  2  0 

DET 74-82, BAL 83-73
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Detroit Hands Oakland Series Loss & Elimination From Division Title

cabSeptember 18: Detroit 4, Oakland 3

Justin Verlander and Barry Zito tussled to a 1-1 tie through seven and a half innings. Alan Trammel made an error in the bottom of the eighth that aided an Oakland rally and put the A’s up 3-1 with Houston Street taking the mound for the top of the ninth. Trammel started it off with a double, Bill Freehan grounded out, Harry Heilmann singled Trammel home to make it 3-2, Ty Cobb flew out for the second out, and Miguel Cabrera silenced the Oakland crowd with a two-run mama jabba to put the Tigers up 4-3.

In the bottom of the ninth, the A’s loaded the bases with just one out on consecutive walks by Mark McGwire, Eddie Collins, and Rickey Henderson. Doug Brocail came in and whiffed Jimmie Foxx and got Al Simmons on a lineout to finish the win for Detroit.

                  R H BB
DET 001 000 003 - 4 8  6
OAK 010 000 020 - 3 8  5

HR: M. Cabrera (9), B. Freehan (8)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Verlander  7.0  3  2  0  2  4  
B. Zito       6.1  1  1  1  5  4 

DET 71-80, OAK 81-70

September 19: Detroit 5, Oakland 4

The Tigers hit Rube Waddell hard, led by three singles from George Kell, and a single, double, and triple by Hank Greenberg.

The loss officially eliminated Oakland from the Expansion Division title. The next Minnesota loss or Boston win will clinch it for the Red Sox.

                  R  H BB
DET 100 030 010 - 5 14  2
OAK 020 000 020 - 4  9  4

HR: none

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
H. Newhouser  7.1  4  4  0  3  4 
R. Waddell    7.0  5  5  0  2  2 

DET 72-80, OAK 81-71

September 20: Oakland 5, Detroit 4

Both teams sprayed plenty of hits around the field. Heilmann reached safely in all five of his plate appearances, including one triple. Collins collected seven total bases on two doubles and a three-bagger.

With the score tied in the bottom of the ninth, Reggie Jackson drew a walk courtesy of Dizzy Trout. Foxx singled him to third, and Simmons singled Reggie in for the win.

                  R  H BB
DET 100 300 000 - 4 11  1
OAK 001 003 001 - 5 12  5
HR: A. Kaline (12)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
G. Uhle    5.2  4  4  0  2  3  
L. Grove   7.0  4  4  1  1  2 

DET 72-81, OAK 82-71

3 Cruz Missiles Help Seattle Take Series v. Detroit, But M’s Lose Division Lead

cruzSeptember 15: Seattle 5, Detroit 0

The Mariners rotation has overall been a strength, particularly on days Randy Johnson or Jamie Moyer are going, and the team is right in the thick of the Expansion Division title chase. But when Seattle fans are feeling greedy, they can’t help but wonder where they’d be if Felix Hernandez had been pitching to his potential this season. King Felix gave them a glimpse in this game on his way to his second shutout, which pulled his season ERA down to 5.35. It will be bad news for Kansas City if Hernandez has found his game for his remaining two starts, one of which is scheduled to come against the Royals.

The Tigers got their hits in against Hernandez, including three off the bat of Norm Cash, but never could score. Recent addition Nelson Cruz continues to crush for Seattle and drilled a single, double, and homer and drove in three.

                  R H BB
DET 000 000 000 - 0 9  1
SEA 000 002 03x - 5 8  2

HR: N. Cruz (5)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
G. Uhle       7.1  3  2  0  2  5  
F. Hernandez  9.0  0  0  0  1  5 

DET 69-79, SEA 78-70

September 16: Seattle 7, Detroit 4

All seven Seattle tallies came on three home run ding dongs against Tommy Bridges, courtesy of Edgar Martinez, A-Rod, and Cruz.

Jamie Moyer did not have his best stuff, but Jeff Nelson and Shigetoshi Hasegawa backed him up with 3.1 shutout innings.

                  R  H BB
DET 000 013 000 - 4  8  3
SEA 203 000 20x - 7 11  0
HR: S. Crawford (2), E. Martinez (14),
A. Rodriguez (26), N. Cruz (6)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
T. Bridges  6.2  7  7  3  0  2  
J. Moyer    5.2  4  4  1  1  1 

DET 69-80, SEA 79-70

September 17: Detroit 11, Seattle 2

Schoolboy Rowe continues to deal for Detroit. “Where’s that Schoolboy been all year?” wondered Sparky Anderson after the game. With five starts under his belt, Rowe’s ERA sits at 2.01.

The Mariners were tasting a sweep as they took a 2-0 lead into the fifth inning, but Miguel Cabrera launched a three run homer against Randy Johnson to take the lead for Detroit, and the Tigers ran up the score with multiple runs in the seventh, eighth, and ninth. Ty Cobb lashed a single and two triples, and Cabrera had his best day of a mostly disappointing season and took a walk, singled, doubled, and homered. Charlie Gehringer poked four singles, and Johnny Bassler couldn’t be stopped, taking a walk and collecting four hits that included a double.

Nelson Cruz made it three straight games with a homer.

                   R  H BB
DET 000 030 233 - 11 17  3
SEA 010 100 00x -  2  5  1
HR: M. Cabrera (8), N. Cruz (7), R. Cano (14)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
S. Rowe     9.0  2  2  2  1  8  
R. Johnson  5.0  3  3  1  2  5 

DET 70-80, SEA 79-71

The loss dropped the Mariners one game behind Kansas City in the Expansion Division. With just 12 games left in the regular season, here are the teams’ remaining games:

        Seattle    Kansas City
9/18    v TEX      v CLE
9/19    v TEX      v CLE
9/20    v TEX      v CLE
9/21    v TEX      off
9/22    @ TEX      @HOU
9/23    @ TEX      @HOU
9/24    @ TEX      @HOU
9/25    v KC       @ SEA
9/26    v KC       @ SEA
9/27    v KC       @ SEA
9/28    off        off
9/29    v HOU      @ ANA
9/30    off        @ ANA
10/1    v HOU      @ ANA

Possibly a slightly easier schedule for Seattle, but they’re mighty close. Of course those three games against each other loom large.

Kansas City Winners Over Detroit

September 12: Kansas City 3, Detroit 1

Mark Gubicza had one of his best days of the year for KC. Darrell Porter, Alcides Escobar, and John Mayberry all singled in the fifth inning to score two runs for the Royals.

                  R H BB
DET 000 000 010 - 1 5  5
KC  001 020 00x - 3 9  1

HR: none

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
S. Rowe     7.0  3  2  0  1  3  
M. Gubicza  7.1  1  1  0  5  2 

DET 68-77, KC 76-69

September 13: Detroit 7, Kansas City 3

The Tigers offense roared to life in this one, Harry Heilmann and Bobby Veach leading the way with three hits each. Justin Verlander held the Royals in check and did not give up an earned run in his seven innings.

                  R  H BB
DET 300 002 011 - 7 16  0
KC  003 000 000 - 3  8  2

HR: none

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Verlander  7.0  3  0  0  1  6  
J. Rosado     5.0  5  5  0  0  0 

DET 69-77, KC 76-70

Mayberry John 5453-73_act_NBLSeptember 14: Kansas City 2, Detroit 0

Hal Newhouser and Kevin Appier had a nice duel. Appier took the mound in the bottom of the ninth to go for the shutout, but put the first two batters on. In came Joakim Soria, who retired three straight.

John Mayberry tagged the only homer of the series. Though Mayberry often sits against lefty starters, he has created many more runs than any other Royal this year. His .386 wOBA is ninth best in the league.

Detroit and KC split their six games together on the year.

                  R H BB
DET 000 000 000 - 0 5  4
KC  010 100 00x - 2 5  5

HR: J. Mayberry (22)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
H. Newhouser  6.0  2  2  1  5  1  
K. Appier     8.0  0  0  0  4  7 

DET 69-78, KC 77-70

Boston Threatening To Suck the Drama Out of Pennant Race, Pads Lead With Sweep of Detroit

youngSeptember 9: Boston 2, Detroit 1 (10 innings)

Cy Young and Hal Newhouser locked horns for all 10 innings. The only run Young gave up was unearned thanks to a Nomar Garciaparra error, which meant Young’s first shutout of the season again just barely eluded him. Shutouts or not though, Young is on some kind of a tear lately. He has pitched at least nine innings in his last six starts, during which time he has a 0.98 ERA. With the other four Boston starters having been strong all year, Young putting it all together now is not a welcome development for the rest of the league.

Garciaparra atoned for his error by singling in the top of the 10th, stealing second, and scoring on a bingle by Bobby Doerr.

                    R H BB
BOS 001 000 000 1 - 2 8  3
DET 000 000 010 0 - 1 4  1
HR: none

starters        IP  R ER HR BB SO
C. Young      10.0  1  0  0  1  6  
H. Newhouser  10.0  2  2  0  3  7 

BOS 82-60, DET 68-74

September 10: Boston 10, Detroit 4

Wade Boggs and Carl Yastrzemski both collected three hits as the Sox waltzed to another win.

                   R  H BB
BOS 003 040 030 - 10 14  1
DET 000 100 030 -  4  7  2

HR: J. Foxx (17)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
L. Grove   6.0  1  0  0  1  3  
G. Uhle    4.2  7  7  1  0  2 

BOS 83-60, DET 68-75

September 11: Boston 9, Detroit 0

The Tigers were listless in the finale and Boston improved their lead over second-place Oakland to 5.5 games.

                  R  H BB
BOS 220 002 030 - 9 10  5
DET 000 000 000 - 0  4  4

HR: N. Garciaparra (12)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
S.J. Wood   5.0  0  0  0  3  2  
T. Bridges  6.0  6  4  1  2  4 

BOS 84-60, DET 68-76

Starting Pitchers Dazzle In Detroit Series Win in Minnesota

bridges
September 6: Detroit 1, Minnesota 0

Tommy Bridges had a game he’ll be telling his grandkids about: a complete game shutout victory over a sharp Walter Johnson. Ty Cobb started the game with a walk against Johnson, and Miguel Cabrera and Bobby Veach punched singles in the inning to tally what ended up being the only run of the day. No Minnesotan managed an extra base hit or made it to third base in the contest.

                  R H BB
DET 100 000 000 - 1 5  3
MN  000 000 000 - 0 4  2

HR: none

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
T. Bridges  9.0  0  0  0  2  3  
W. Johnson  9.0  1  1  0  3  5 

DET 67-72, MN 74-65

September 7: Detroit 5, Minnesota 2

The Tigers got another excellent start the next day, this time from Schoolboy Rowe in just his third game. Rowe’s ERA stands at 1.85 after pitching 24.1 innings.

                  R  H BB
DET 000 050 000 - 5 10  1
MN  100 001 000 - 2  6  3

HR: A. Kaline (11)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
S. Rowe      9.0  2  1  0  3  1  
G. Mogridge  4.1  5  5  1  1  0 

DET 68-72, MN 74-66

September 8: Minnesota 1, Detroit 0 (11 innings)

It’s been a frustrating year for Justin Verlander, and even on a day when he pitched by far his best game of the year, it still ended in frustration. Verlander could do no wrong as he threw 10 shutout innings, his first start of more than nine innings and his first start without allowing at least one run. But Dutch Leonard, Eddie Guardado, and Joe Nathan were also in their sins for Minnesota and the suffocating hurling kept the game nil-nil through ten and a half innings. Tigers skipper Sparky Anderson finally called on a reliever to begin the bottom of the 11th. Doug Brocail got his first man, but Goose Goslin then wrapped up the proceedings with a laser to the seats to walk off one hell of a pitchers duel and cap off one of the better pitched series of the entire season.

                     R H BB
DET 000 000 000 00 - 0 6  0
MN  000 000 000 01 - 1 7  4
HR: G. Goslin (4)

starters        IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Verlander  10.0  0  0  0  4 11 
D. Leonard     7.2  0  0  0  0  0 

DET 68-73, MN 75-66

Detroit Takes 2 of 3 v New York

September 3: New York 7, Detroit 2

The Yanks crushed three solo homers against Justin Verlander, including Babe Ruth’s 33rd that brought him into a three-way tie with Lou Gehrig and Alex Rodriguez for the league lead.

                  R  H BB
NY  002 110 012 - 7 10  3
DET 100 000 010 - 2  5  5
HR: C. Keller (18), B. Ruth (33), R. Cano (14)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
H. Pennock    7.1  2  2  0  5  4  
J. Verlander  7.0  4  4  3  1 10 

NY 71-65, DET 64-72

September 4: Detroit 10, New York 9

Ty Cobb punched three singles plus took a walk. It looked like Detroit was going to punt their lead in a sloppy top of the ninth that included a lead-off walk, three singles allowed, and an Al Kaline error. Mike Henneman induced a Rickey Henderson fly-out to end the game with Detroit still clinging to a lead.

                   R  H BB
NY  004 000 023 -  9 12  7
DET 320 100 22x - 10 13  5

HR: A. Kaline (10), A. Trammell (12)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
W. Hoyt       4.0  5  5  0  3  0  
H. Newhouser  6.2  4  4  0  5  2 

NY 71-66, DET 65-72

miggy.jpgSeptember 5: Detroit 5, New York 3

Both teams scored two quick runs in the first inning before the starters settled in and traded zeroes for the next five innings. In the bottom of the seventh, the Tigers staged a two-out rally with a Harry Heilmann triple, Miguel Cabrera double, and Hank Greenberg single that plated the game and series-winning runs.

                  R  H BB
NY  200 000 010 - 3  8  4
DET 200 000 21x - 5 10  3

HR: B. Veach (2)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
L. Gomez   6.2  4  4  0  3  2  
G. Uhle    7.1  3  2  0  2  2 

NY 71-67, DET 66-72