April 30, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Athletics 3, Tigers 1Â (12-5)
The Tigers ended April on a losing note but they had to be happy with 12-5 record during the month.Â The Tigers made three errors in this one but none of them came into play with regard to the score.Â Earl Wilson fell to 2-3 and he gave up three runs, all in the first inning.Â After that rough first, he threw eight innings of shutout ball and gave up just four hits but the Tigers couldn’t get the sticks going to give Wilson the win.
Jim Northrup singled, drew a walk and scored the lone Tiger run.Â Bill Freehan was the only player with two hits in the game.
April 29, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Tigers 2, Athletics 1Â (12-4)
The Tigers returned home to Tiger Stadium and won their sixth straight home game behind Mickey Lolich’s first win of the season.Â Lolich gave up just a single run on four hits and three walks with three strikeouts in the complete game win.
Don Wert had a big day at the plate.Â He went three for four and he belted his first homerun of the season.Â And while Wert didn’t get the RBI, his ninth inning single pushed home the winning run after Rene Lachemann couldn’t hold onto a throw to the plate that could have gotten Norm Cash, the winning run, out.
April 28, 1968 at Yankee Stadium
Yankees 2, Tigers 1Â (10-4)
The Tigers lost a tough one in a low scoring pitchers duel.Â Joe Sparma took a shutout into the eighth inning but both he and Jon Warden combined to give up two runs in the eighth to blow a 1-0 lead.Â Sparma dropped to 1-2 on the season and while one of the runs scored off of Warden, both were credited to Sparma.
The Tigers lone run came in the fourth inning when Roy Oyler drove in Jim Northrup with a sac. fly.Â No Tiger reached base more the once in the loss.
April 28, 1968 at Yankee Stadium
Tigers 3, Yankees 2Â (11-4)
The Tigers salvaged both a split in their doubleheader with the Yankees as well as their four game series at Yankee Stadium.Â The Tigers were down 2-1 heading into the ninth when Bill Freehan belted a solo shot to tie the game and then just two batters later, Jim Northrup drove in the winning run with a solo shot of his own.Â Don Wert singled twice and drove in a run to account for the other Tigers run.
Les Cain made his major league debut and while he didn’t get the win, he definitely kept the Tigers in this one.Â He gave up just a single run on six hits and four walks with two strikeouts in seven innings.Â John Hiller threw 1 2/3 shutout innings and he picked up the win while Fred Lasher got the final batter out to earn his second save of the season.
April 27, 1968 at Yankee Stadium
Tigers 7, Yankees 0Â (10-3)
Denny McLain won his second straight start with his strongest outing of the season.Â The win ended the Tigers two game mini-skid.Â McLain gave up just five hits and two walks with six strikeouts in the complete game shutout.
Dick McAuliffe and Jim Northrup were the hitting stars in the win.Â McAuliffe went two for five with a homer, three RBIs and two runs while Northrup went three for five with a homer, two RBIs and two runs.
April 26, 1968 at Yankee Stadium
Yankees 5, Tigers 0Â (9-3)
The Tigers suffered their worst loss of the short season and for the second straight time, they were shut out by the opposition.Â Roy Oyler doubled and Don Wert and Earl Wilson both singled to account for the only Tiger hits of the game.
Wilson was knocked around for five runs in seven innings and he dropped to 2-2.Â He gave up the five runs on seven hits and five walks with eight strikeouts and the big hit against him was a two run blast by Mickey Mantle.
April 24, 1968 at Cleveland Stadium
Indians 2, Tigers 0Â (9-2)
The Tigers were held to just a single hit in series opening loss against the Indians.Â The loss also snapped their impressiveÂ nine game winning streak.Â The lone hit came in the third inning when Jim Northrup led things off with a single.
A solid start by Joe Sparma went to waste.Â He gave up two runs (one earned) on seven hits and three walks with three strikeouts in the complete game loss.
April 21, 1968 at Comiskey Park
Tigers 4, White Sox 1Â (8-1)
The Tigers won their eighth straight game behind Earl Wilson’s second solid start in a row.Â Wilson improved to 2-1 and he gave up one run on five hits and a walk with four strikeouts in the complete game win.
Dick McAuliffe tripled and drove in two runs in the win.Â Wilson helped out his own cause with a pair of singles, two RBIs and a run.
April 21, 1968 at Comiskey Park
Tigers 4, White Sox 2Â (9-1)
The Tigers won their ninth straight game and finished both a series and doubleheader sweep over the White Sox in Denny McLain’s first win of the season.Â McLain gave up two runs on seven hits with a walk and he struck out eight.
Norm Cash was one for four with a walk, two RBIs and a run.Â Bill Freehan and McLain both had a pair of hits and an RBI each.
April 20, 1968 at Comiskey Park
Tigers 4, White Sox 1Â (7-1)
The Tigers continued their April tear with their seventh straight win and this time it was Mickey Lolich and the pen who got it done.Â Lolich gave up just five hits in seven shutout innings while Jon Warden improved to 3-0 as he pitched the Tigers out of a jam in the ninth.Â Dennis Ribant picked up the save with shutout tenth.
Dick McAuliffe had the big hit of the game with a two run single in the top of the tenth inning.Â Bill Freehan doubled twice and he drove in a run.
April 18, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Tigers 5, Indians 0Â (6-1)
The Tigers made it six straight wins behind an exceptional start by Joe Sparma.Â He gave up seven hits and a walk with four strikeouts in the complete game shutout and it was his first win of the season.
Three of the Tigers’ runs came via the long ball.Â Willie Horton, Dick McAuliffe and Al Kaline all went yard with solo shots in the win.Â Horton finished the game with two RBIs while McAuliffe drew two walks in addition to the homerun and he scored twice.
April 17, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Tigers 4, Indians 3Â (5-1)
The Tigers picked up their fifth straight win and their second extra inning win in three games in their opener against the Indians.Â Â Willie Horton provided the heroics with a two run, walk off homer in the bottom of the tenth inning to win it for Detroit.Â Mickey Stanley had a nice game as well at the plate and he went two for five with an RBI.
Denny McLain got his second no decision of the season with seven solid frames.Â He gave up two runs on six hits and two walks with nine strikeouts.Â Jon Warden picked up his second win of the season as he got the final two batters out in the tenth inning.
April 16, 1968 at Fenway Park
Tigers 9, Red Sox 2Â (4-1)
The Tigers ran up the score in their most impressive offensive performance of the short season and won their fourth straight game.Â While there were plenty of hitting stars, it was Willie Horton who led the way.Â He went three for six with two doubles, two RBIs and a run.Â Bill Freehan went three for four with two runs and Dick McAuliffe walked four times and scored a run.
Earl Wilson not only picked up two hits, a run and an RBI but he threw a gem of a game.Â He gave up just two runs on four hits and five walks with eight strikeouts in the complete game win.
April 14, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Tigers 5, White Sox 4Â (3-1)
The Tigers won their third straight in a ten inning contest in which Bill Freehan provided the heroics.Â His RBI single in the bottom of the tenth inning won it for the Tigers and it capped off a great individual game for the catcher.Â He finished three for five with two RBIs and a run.Â Don Wert doubled, drove in two and scored.
Mickey Lolich was roughed up for four runs on nine hits in just five innings.Â Fred Lasher threw a shutout tenth inning and he improved to 1-0 on the season.
April 13, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Tigers 5, White SoxÂ 2Â (2-1)
Daryl Patterson threw some exceptional relief pitching after Joe Sparma ran into problems in the fifth inning.Â Like Jon Warden two days before, Patterson picked up his first career win and he gave up four hits and three walks with three strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings.Â Fred Lasher got the final out of the game and he picked up his first save of the season.
Mickey Stanley was the hitting star.Â He went two for five with a double, two RBIs and a run.Â Willie Horton doubled, drove in a run and scored in the win.
April 11, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Tigers 4, Red Sox 3Â (1-1)
The Tigers blew a three run lead but still managed to win when Gates Brown broke a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the ninth with a pinch hit, walk off solo homer.Â Dick McAuliffe and Bill Freehan also belted solo shots while Freehan reached base a team high four times with three walks and the homer.
Denny McLain threw five shutout innings before he gave up three runs in the sixth inning.Â Rookie Jon Warden came in and threw two shutout innings and he picked up his first career win.Â
April 10, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Red Sox 7, Tigers 3 (0-1)
The Tigers lost their home opener against the defending American League champs. The Red Sox got to Earl Wilson early to the tune of five runs in five innings and both Pat Dobson and Daryl Patterson were touched up for a piece as well.
Wilson did help out his own cause with the stick though and he belted the Tigers only homer, a solo shot in the third inning. Mickey Stanley had a team high three hits while Willie Horton went two for three with a double and an RBI.
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