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
August 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