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June 30, 2008

Tigers Held to Five Hits In Shutout Loss to White Sox

by @ 3:34 am. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - June, Joe Sparma, Mickey Stanley

June 30, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
White Sox 12, Tigers 0 (48-27)

The Tigers five game winning streak came to an abrupt end as Tommy John shut out the Tigers and Joe Sparma and the Tigers pen were pummelled for twelve runs.  Sparma fell to 6-8 and he gave up six runs in 2 2/3 innings and all four relievers used in the contest gave up at least a run each.

The Tigers scattered five singles and all five were by different hitters.  Nobody drew a walk and even one of those baserunners was negated when Mickey Stanley grounded into a double play.

June 29, 2008

Jim Northrup Slams Tigers to Fifth Straight Win

by @ 3:33 am. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - June, Denny McLain, Jim Northrup, Norm Cash

June 29, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Tigers 5, White Sox 2 (48-26)

The Tigers won their fifth straight game and once again, it was Denny McLain who pitched the Tigers to victory.  He improved to 14-2 and he gave up two runs on eight hits and two walks with five strikeouts in another complete game.

Jim Northrup hit another grand slam and those four RBIs turned out to be the difference in the game.  Norm Cash drove in the other run with a solo shot in the second inning and Denny McLain helped out his own cause with two hits and a run.

June 28, 2008

Mickey Stanley, Norm Cash Homers In Tigers Fourth Straight Win

by @ 3:32 am. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - June, Dick McAuliffe, Earl Wilson, Fred Lasher, Mickey Stanley, Norm Cash

June 28, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Tigers 5, White Sox 4 (47-26)

After two days off because of rain, the Tigers got right back to it with their fourth straight win in front of a home crowd against the White Sox.  Mickey Stanley homered and drove in three runs while Norm Cash hit a two run shot.  Dick McAuliffe was the hitting star though.  He went three for three with a walk and he scored twice.  The two run shot by Stanley in the seventh inning was the game winner.

Earl Wilson had a tough time but because the hitters bailed him out, he didn’t get a decision.  He gave up four runs on five hits and three walks with five strikeouts in six inning.  Fred Lasher was perfect through the final three innings and he improved to 5-1.

June 25, 2008

Willie Horton Hits Tigers to Third Straight Win

by @ 3:30 am. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - June, Dennis Ribant, Jim Northrup, Mickey Lolich, Pat Dobson, Willie Horton

June 25, 1968 at Yankees Stadium
Tigers 8, Yankees 5 (46-26)

The Tigers piled on twelve hits and eight walks to win their third straight game.  Willie Horton led the way and he went two for five with a triple, two runs and two RBIs while Jim Northrup tripled, drove in two and drew two walks.

Mickey Lolich was roughed up and he gave up four runs before he even finished the third inning.  Dennis Ribant picked up the win and he improved to 1-1.  He gave up one unearned run on three hits and a walk in 3 2/3 innings.  Pat Dobson got the final batter out and he picked up his fourth save of the season.

June 24, 2008

Jim Northrup Belts Two Grand Slams In Tigers Blowout Win Over Indians

by @ 3:28 am. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - June, Bill Freehan, Denny McLain, Jim Northrup, Jim Price

June 24, 1968 at Cleveland Stadium
Tigers 14, Indians 3 (45-26)

Jim Northrup put a huge exclamation point as the Tigers finished up their series with the Indians with a blowout win.  Northrup hit not one, but two grand slams and he finished with eight RBIs.  Jim Price hit his first homer of the season and Bill Freehan went two for five with a double, two runs and two RBIs.

Lost in all of the offense was another nice start by Denny McLain.  He gave up three runs on nine hits with eight strikeouts and the win pushed his record to 13-2 on the season.

June 23, 2008

Tigers Split Doubleheader With Indians

by @ 3:16 am. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - June, Dennis Ribant, Dick McAuliffe, Dick Tracewski, Don Wert, Joe Sparma, John Hiller, Pat Dobson, Tom Matchick

June 23, 1968 at Cleveland Stadium
Indians 3, Tigers 0  (43-26)

The Tigers suffered their third straight loss and their second straight shutout at the hands of the Indians.  This time, the offense was held to just three hits, two of which were by Don Wert.  He singled and doubled while Tom Matchick had the only other hit with a single.

John Hiller was roughed up and he gave up three runs while he pitched just 1/3 of an inning.  Dennis Ribant did a fine job in relief and he pitched 6 2/3 shutout innings and he also got the Tigers out of their first inning jam, but it wasn’t enough as the hitters could never get going.

June 23, 1968 at Cleveland Stadium
Tigers 4, Indians 1 (44-26)

The Tigers snapped their three game losing streak behind a solid outing by Joe Sparma.  He gave up one run on six hits and four walks with five strikeouts in seven innings.  Pat Dobson threw two no-hit innings to close out the game and he picked up his third save of the season.

Dick Tracewski had a big day at the plate in the win. He went two for five and his three run homer was the difference.  Dick McAuliffe had a pinch hit, RBI single and he later drew a walk.

June 22, 2008

Tigers Held to Five Hits In Shutout Loss to Indians

by @ 3:16 pm. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - June, Earl Wilson, Mickey Stanley, Norm Cash, Willie Horton

June 22, 1968 at Cleveland Stadium
Indians 2, Tigers 0 (43-25)

The Tigers dropped their second straight game to the Indians in a contest that saw the road team pick up just five hits.  Willie Horton was the only hitter to reach base twice with a single and a walk while Mickey Stanley and Norm Cash both doubled.

Earl Wilson fell to 5-5 despite a solid start.  He gave up two runs on six hits and two walks with three strikeouts in seven innings of work.

June 21, 2008

Tigers Lose to Indians In Thirteen Innings

by @ 3:13 pm. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - June, Dick McAuliffe, Jim Northrup, Mickey Lolich, Norm Cash, Pat Dobson

June 21, 1968 at Cleveland Stadium
Indians 4, Tigers 3 (43-24)

The Tigers blew a thirteenth inning lead as they dropped their series opener to the Indians.  Jim Northrup had doubled home Mickey Stanley in the top of the thirteenth inning but Pat Dobson gave up a two run homer in the bottom of the inning and he fell to 2-1.  This was after a solid start by Mickey Lolich, who gave up two runs on six hits with three strikeouts in nine innings.

The Tigers picked up seven hits and they were all by different hitters.  Norm Cash drew three walks while Dick McAuliffe doubled, drove in a run and drew a walk.

June 20, 2008

Mickey Stanley Drives In Four, Denny McLain Wins Twelth In Tigers Win Over Red Sox

by @ 3:12 pm. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - June, Denny McLain, Mickey Stanley

June 20, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Tigers 5, Red Sox 1 (43-23)

The Tigers took the rubber game in their series with the Red Sox and once again, it was Denny McLain who got it done on the mound.  He improved to 12-2 and he gave up just one run on three hits and two walks with ten strikeouts in the complete game win.

Mickey Stanley had a monster day at the plate in the win. He went three for four with a homerun, a double and four RBIs.

June 19, 2008

Joe Sparma Is Shelled By Red Sox In Tigers Loss

by @ 3:11 am. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - June, Daryl Patterson, Dick McAuliffe, Joe Sparma, Norm Cash, Willie Horton

June 19, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Red Sox 8, Tigers 5 (42-23)

Joe Sparma took it on the chin again and he fell to 5-7 with a subpar outing.  He gave up five runs on eight hits and four walks with eight strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings.  Daryl Patterson gave up three runs in his 2/3 of an inning, but all three were unearned because Patterson himself made an error in the inning.

Wille Horton and Norm Cash both hit solo homers in the loss.  For Horton, it was his 18th of the season and Dick McAuliffe went one for two with three walks and two runs.

June 18, 2008

Earl Wilson Pitches Tigers to Win Over Red Sox

by @ 3:10 pm. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - June, Earl Wilson, Jim Northrup, Mickey Stanley, Pat Dobson

June 18, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Tigers 2, Red Sox 1 (42-22)

Earl Wilson got it done on the mound for the Tigers as they came back home to take on the Red Sox.  He gave up one run on four hits and three walks with seven strikeouts in eight innings of work and the win pushed his record to 5-4.  Pat Dobson got into trouble and gave up a pair of hits in the ninth but he struck out two and picked up his second save in as many games.

Jim Northrup played a role in both Tigers runs.  He singled, doubled, drove in one and scored.  Mickey Stanley singled twice and scored the other run for the Tigers.

June 16, 2008

Tigers Split Doubleheader With White Sox

by @ 3:08 pm. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - June, Bill Freehan, Denny McLain, Dick McAuliffe, Don Wert, Jim Northrup, Mickey Lolich, Pat Dobson

June 16, 1968 at Comiskey Park
White Sox 3, Tigers 2  (40-22)

Mickey Lolich fell to 5-4 on the season despite a solid outing as the Tigers lost to the White Sox in the first game of their Sunday doubleheader.  He gave up three runs (two earned) on seven hits with two strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings. 

Bill Freehan was the only Tiger with two hits in the contest.  Don Wert doubled, scored a run and drew a walk.

June 16, 1968 at Comiskey Park
Tigers 6, White Sox 1 (41-22)

The Tigers salvaged both a split in their doubleheader with the White Sox as well as their four game series behind another fantastic outing by Denny McLain.  He improved to 11-2 and he gave up one run on three hits and two walks with five strikeouts in seven innings.  Pat Dobson got the final five outs and he picked up his first save of the season.

Jim Northrup doubled, singled and drove in a pair.  Dick McAuliffe doubled, drove in two and scored a run in the win.

June 15, 2008

Joe Sparma Has Tough Start, Tigers Five Game Winning Streak Ends

by @ 3:07 pm. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - June, Bill Freehan, Dick McAuliffe, Joe Sparma, Willie Horton

June 15, 1968 at Comiskey Park
White Sox 7, Tigers 4 (40-21)

Joe Sparma had a rough outing and he fell to 5-6 as the Tigers five game winning streak came to an end.  He gave up five runs on five hits and three walks with a strikeout in four innings of work.

Bill Freehan went four for five with a solo homer.  Dick McAuliffe and Willie Horton both went yard with solo shots.  For Horton, it was his 17th of the season.

June 14, 2008

Tigers Top White Sox In Fourteen Innings For Fifth Straight Win

by @ 3:06 pm. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - June, Bill Freehan, Don Wert, Earl Wilson, John Hiller, Pat Dobson

June 14, 1968 at Comiskey Park
Tigers 6, White Sox 5  (40-20)

This time it was the hitters who bailed out the pitchers as the Tigers won their fifth straight contest despite needing fourteen innings to notch the win.  Earl Wilson helped out his own cause with a three run homer and Don Wert belted a solo homer in the top of the fourteenth for the game winner.  Bill Freehan had a team high three hits and he scored and drove in a run.

Wilson gave up four runs in seven innings before yielding to the pen.  Pat Dobson came up huge with five shutout innings while John Hiller shut the White Sox out in the final two frames to improve to 5-1.

June 13, 2008

Denny McLain Wins Tenth, Tigers Win Fourth Straight

by @ 3:04 pm. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - June, Bill Freehan, Denny McLain, Mickey Stanley

June 13, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Tigers 3, Twins 1 (39-20)

The Tigers finished up a four game sweep over the Twins with yet another solid pitching performance.  It was the third time in the series that the Twins were held to a mere one run and in the fourth game, the Twins managed just a pair of runs.  This time it was Denny McLain, who notched his tenth win of the season.  He gave up one run on six hits and a walk with six strikeouts in the complete game.

Mickey Stanley singled and scored a pair.  Bill Freehan went two for four and he both scored and drove in a run.

June 12, 2008

Mickey Lolich Pitches Tigers to Third Straight Win

by @ 3:03 pm. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - June, Dick McAuliffe, Mickey Lolich, Willie Horton

June 12, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Tigers 2, Twins 1 (38-20)

The Tigers made it three straight over the Twins behind a solid outing by Mickey Lolich.  He improved to 5-3 and he gave up one run on five hits and two walks with nine strikeouts in the complete game.

Dick McAuliffe was the hiting star.  He went two for four with a solo homer and a pair of runs.  Willie Horton drove in the other run with a sac. fly.

June 11, 2008

Tigers Sweep Doubleheader Over Twins

by @ 3:01 pm. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - June, Daryl Patterson, Jim Price, Joe Sparma, Mickey Stanley, Norm Cash, Pat Dobson, Tom Matchick

June 11, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Tigers 3, Twins 1 (36-20)

Pat Dobson outdueled Dean Chance as the Tigers took the first game of a series opening doubleheader that saw an over an hour rain delay in the second inning.  Dobson improved to 2-0 and he gave up one run on five hits and five walks with ten strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings. Daryl Patterson gave up a hit in the final 1 1/3 innings and he picked up his second save of the season.

Backup catcher Jim Price was the hitting star in this one and he played a role in all three Tigers runs.  He went two for three with a double, two RBIs and a run.

June 11, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Tigers 3, Twins 2 (37-20)

The Tigers came from behind to finish their doubleheader sweep over the Twins.  Norm Cash singled home Mickey Stanley in the bottom of the eighth inning to tie it 2-2 and then Tom Matchick scored on a fielders choice by Mickey Stanley in the bottom of the ninth for the game winner.  Stanley finished the game three for five with two runs while Norm Cash singled, doubled and drove in the eighth inning run.

Joe Sparma pitched seven solid innings but he wasn’t given the decision.  He gave up two runs (one earned) on four hits and walk with five strikeouts.  John Hiller improved to 4-1 with two perfect innings to close out the game.

June 9, 2008

Tigers Held to Four Hits, Denny McLain Loses Second Decision of Season

by @ 2:59 pm. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - June, Denny McLain, Dick McAuliffe, Gates Brown

June 9, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Indians 2, Tigers 0 (35-20)

Luis Tiant held the Tigers to just four hits and while Denny McLain was nearly as good, he suffered his second loss of the season.  He fell to 9-2 and he gave up two runs on three hits with four strikeouts in eight innings of work.

Gates Brown had the only extra base hit with a double.  Dick McAuliffe singled, but he had a team high two strikeouts.

June 8, 2008

Mickey Lolich Pitches Tigers to Fifth Straight Win

by @ 3:46 am. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - June, Dick McAuliffe, Mickey Lolich, Mickey Stanley

June 8, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Tigers 3, Indians 1  (35-19)

Mickey Lolich was fantastic as he pitched the Tigers to their fifth straight win.  He gave up just a single run on seven hits without a single walk and he struck out ten.  The win pushed his record to 4-3 on the season.

Mickey Stanley was a perfect two for two with with a run and a walk.  Dick McAuliffe went two for four with a run.

June 7, 2008

Norm Cash Homers Twice In Tigers Fourth Straight Win

by @ 3:45 am. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - June, Fred Lasher, John Hiller, Mickey Stanley, Norm Cash, Willie Horton

June 7, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Tigers 5, Indians 4  (34-19)

The Tigers needed five runs in the final three innings but they did it to win their fourth straight game.  Norm Cash had a big game with a pair of solo homers while Willie Horton joined him with a solo shot of his own.  For Horton, it was his sixteenth of the season.

John Hiller walked five and gave up three runs in 4 2/3 innings.  Fred Lasher gave up a run in the ninth to tie it but he picked up the win because of Mickey Stanley’s walk off RBI triple in the bottom of the ninth.

June 6, 2008

Norm Cash Powers Tigers to Win Over Red Sox

by @ 3:44 am. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - June, Fred Lasher, Jim Northrup, Joe Sparma, Norm Cash

June 6, 1968 at Fenway Park
Tigers 5, Red Sox 3  (33-19)

The Tigers took the rubber game in their five game series with the Red Sox in a game that saw all eight runs come in the first three innings.  The Tigers jumped out to a two run lead in the top of the first, lost the lead in the bottom half of the inning when the Red Sox scored three and then retook the lead for good with three in the third.

All five Tiger runs came via the longball.  Jim Northrup put the Tigers on the board with a two run shot in the first while Norm Cash hit the game winner with a three run blast in the third.

Joe Sparma evened out his record at 5-5.  He gave up three runs on seven hits and two walks with a strikeout and he came an out short of a complete game.  Fred Lasher got the final out and he picked up his fifth save of the season.

June 5, 2008

Denny McLain Picks Up Ninth Win In Tigers Comeback

by @ 3:43 am. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - June, Daryl Patterson, Denny McLain, Jim Northrup, Mickey Stanley

June 5, 1968 at Fenway Park
Tigers 5, Red Sox 4  (32-19)

The Tigers overcame a three run first inning deficit to top the Red Sox 5-4.  Denny McLain had the tough first inning but he buckled down and improved to 9-1.  He gave up four runs (three earned) on five hits with a strikeout in six innings.  Daryl Patterson was fantastic and he threw three no-hit innings to close the game out and he picked up save number one.

Mickey Stanly hit his fourth homer of the season, a solo shot in the sixth inning.  Jim Northrup reached base three times with a pair of singles and a walk.

June 4, 2008

Tigers Trade Shutouts With Red Sox In Doubleheader Split

by @ 3:40 am. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - June, Don Wert, Gates Brown, Mickey Lolich, Norm Cash, Pat Dobson

June 4, 1968 at Fenway Park
Red Sox 2, Tigers 0  (30-19)

A pretty good start by Mickey Lolich went to waste as the Tigers dropped the first game of their doubleheader with the Red Sox.  Lolich gave up two runs on just two hits but he walked six with four strikeouts in seven innings.  For his efforts, he fell to 3-3.

The Tigers actually outhit the Red Sox 3-2 but that wasn’t saying much.  Gate Brown got the start in left and he was the only Tiger to reach base twice with a single and a walk.

June 4, 1968 at Fenway Park
Tigers 2, Red Sox 0  (31-19)

The Tigers returned the favor and Pat Dobson shut out the Red Sox on just five hits in the second game of their doubleheader.  Dobson picked up his first win of the season and he gave up the five hits and two walks with four strikeouts.

The Tigers scored both of their runs in the seventh frame.  Don Wert belted a solo homer, his sixth of the season.  Norm Cash was the only Tiger with more then one hit and he had a pair of singles.

June 3, 2008

Tigers Comeback Falls Short In Loss to Red Sox

by @ 3:40 am. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - June, Dick McAuliffe, Jim Northrup, Joe Sparma

June 3, 1968 at Fenway Park
Red Sox 4, Tigers 3    (30-18)

The Tigers almost came back in this one but they fell a run short in their opener against the Red Sox.  Dick McAuliffe had a fantastic game and he went three for four with a homerun and two runs while Jim Northrup went three for five with a pair of RBIs.

Joe Sparma was crusing in this one until he reached the fifth inning.  He gave up all four runs in the frame and he fell to 4-5 on the season.

June 2, 2008

Tiger Split Doubleheader With Yankees

by @ 3:38 am. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - June, Denny McLain, Dick McAuliffe, Jim Northrup, John Hiller, Jon Warden, Mickey Stanley

June 2, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Yankees 4, Tigers 3  (29-17)

This time it was the Yankees who came out on top in a one run game as they topped the Tigers in the first game of their Sunday doubleheader.  The Tigers scored three runs in the sixth inning but then the Yankees finally got to Denny McLain, who gave up single runs in the seventh and eighth innings.  Then in the ninth, Jon Warden gave up what would be the game winner on a close play at the plate that would see Tigers manager Mayo Smith get ejected.

Warden took the loss and while McLain didn’t get the win, he threw a decent enough game.  He gave up three runs on nine hits and a walk with four strikeouts in eight innings.

Dick McAuliffe accounted for half of the Tigers’ hits with three singles, a run and an RBI.  Jim Northrup had the only extra base hit with a double.  He also walked and drove in a run.

June 2, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Tigers 8, Yankees 1  (30-17)

Mickey Stanley capped off a six run fifth inning with a grand slam as the Tigers salvaged a split with the Yankees in their doubleheader.  Stanley finished the game with two hits while Jim Northrup went two for four with two runs and an RBI.

Lost in all of the offense was a very nice start by John Hiller.  He improved to 3-1 and he gave up just one run on six hits and four walks with three strikeouts in the complete game win.

June 1, 2008

Tigers Come Back From Four Run Deficit In Win Over Yankees

by @ 3:36 am. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - June, Bill Freehan, Fred Lasher, Jim Northrup, Les Cain, Norm Cash, Pat Dobson, Willie Horton

June 1, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Tigers 5, Yankees 4 (29-16)

The Tigers overcame a four run first inning deficit to top the Yankees by a single run. Les Cain was bounced in the first inning after getting just one batter out and he was tagged for four runs on five hits. Back to back homers by Willie Horton and Norm Cash in the sixth inning tied the game and then Jim Northrup scored on Bill Freehan’s single in the seventh inning for the game winner.

Bill Freehan finished the game with three RBIs while Willie Horton had a team high three hits. His homerun was his fifteenth of the season and for Cash, it was just his third.

Pat Dobson did a fantastic job after that first inning and he went on to pick up the win. He did allow one inherited runner to score in the first but after that, he didn’t allow a run in 5 2/3 innings. Fred Lasher gave up just one hit in three shutout frames and he improved to 3-1.

 

 

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