September 25, 1968 at Memorial Stadium
Tigers 4, Orioles 3Â (103-56)
The Tigers added to their win total as they stormed back to beat the Orioles for their 103rd win.Â Gate Brown came through in a huge way with a ninth inning, three run homer that gave the Tigers the win.Â Bill Freehan also had a nice game and he went two for three with an RBI.
Earl Wilson threw seven solid innings but he didn’t get the decision.Â He gave up three runs on five hits and four walks with seven strikeouts in seven innings.Â Don McMahon improved to 5-1 with two shutout innings to close out the game.
September 24, 1968 at Memorial Stadium
Tigers 5, Orioles 3Â (102-56)
The Tigers entered new territory with their 102nd win of the season.Â The previous franchise record of 101 wins was set back in 1934 and tied in 1961, but this was definitely a team for the ages as the Tigers made history with a truly memorable season.Â Bill Freehan belted a two run homer in the win while Dick McAuliffe went three for four with a pair of runs.
Mickey Lolich improved to 17-9.Â He gave up three runs (two earned) on six hits and three walks with three strikeouts in six innings.Â Daryl Patterson threw three shutout innings to close the game out and he earned his seventh save of the season.
September 17, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Tigers 2, Yankees 1Â (98-54)
The Tigers clinched their first American League pennant since 1945 with their eighth straight win.Â Joe Sparma got it done in a pitcher’s duel in another September complete game and he gave up one run on five hits and one walk with two strikeouts.Â The win improved his record to 9-10 on the season.
Don Wert had the big hit with an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth.Â Bill Freehan went two for three with a run while Norm Cash went two for three.
September 15, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Tigers 13, Athletics 0Â (96-54)
The Tigers continued to roll in a number of ways.Â They not only ran up the score on the A’s, but Mickey Lolich threw a shutout and the Tigers cut their magic number down to just two.Â Lolich continued to build on his strong second half and he gave up just three hits and two walks with twelve strikeouts in the shutout.
Three different Tigers belted a combined five homers in this one.Â Â Jim Northrup and Bill Freehan both belted a pair.Â Freehan finished with four RBIs while Northrup drove in three.Â Willie Horton also went yard with his 36th of the season.Â He went two for four and his homerun was a solo shot.
September 11, 1968 at Anaheim Stadium
Tigers 8, Angels 2Â (93-54)
The Tigers finished up a three game sweep over the Angels and the big stick was Willie Horton.Â He belted a pair of solo homers which brought his season total up to 35.Â Bill Freehan went two for four with a homerun and three runs.
John Hiller had a nice start and he improved to 8-5.Â He gave up two runs on ten hits and three walks with six strikeouts in a complete game.
September 2, 1968 at the Oakland Coliseum
Athletics 4, Tigers 0Â (86-52)
The Tigers were held to four hits in a shutout loss as the Tigers kicked off their series with the A’s with a pair of games.Â Bill Freehan had two of the Tigers hits while Willie Horton was the tough luck hitter at the plate.Â He struck out in all four of his at bats.
Mickey Lolich fell to 13-9 with a rough start.Â He gave up three runs on six hits and two walks with six strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings.
September 2, 1968 at the Oakland Coliseum
Tigers 4, Athletics 3Â (87-52)
Bill Freehan belted a tenth inning homerun that proved to be the game winner as the Tigers salvaged a split in their doubleheader with the A’s.Â For Freehan, it was his 21st of the season and Jim Northrup pitched in with two singles, a double and an RBI.
Pat Dobson picked up the win after he threw two innings of shutout relief to close out the game.Â He improved to 4-5 on the season.Â Longtime reliever Roy Face made his Tiger debut in this game.Â He gave up a walk, a hit and he struck out one in 2/3 of an inning.
August 28, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Tigers 6, Angels 1Â (83-50)
Denny McLain followed up his two consecutive losses with his 26th win as the Tigers took care of the Angels in their series opener.Â McLain gave up one run on six hits and two walks with eleven strikeouts in yet another complete game.
Jim Northrup had a big day at the plate. He went three for four with a homerun, three RBIs and two runs.Â Bill Freehan hit his 20th homer of the season and Willie Horton went three for four with two runs.
August 26, 1968 at County Stadium
Tigers 3, White Sox 0Â (82-49)
The Tigers snapped their four game losing streak behind a very nice start by Earl Wilson.Â The Duke improved to 11-11 and he gave up six hits and a walk with five strikeouts in the shutout.
Earl Wilson got it done at the plate as well with a single and two RBIs.Â Norm Cash went two for four with a run and an RBI while Bill Freehan doubled twice and scored a run.
August 18, 1968 at Fenway Park
Red Sox 4, Tigers 1Â (78-44)
The Tigers fell short of a sweep as they were held to single run on four hits in their road finale with the Red Sox.Â Willie Horton provided the lone Tiger run with his 28th homer of the season and Bill Freehan reached base twice with a walk and a single.
Earl Wilson fell to 10-10 in the loss.Â He gave up four runs on seven hits and three walks with seven strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings.
August 17, 1968 at Fenway Park
Tigers 10, Red Sox 9Â (78-43)
The Tigers outlasted the Red Sox in a game that saw the two teams combined for 19 runs on 28 hits.Â The Tigers blew an 8-1 lead only to win it in the eleventh inning on a solo homer by Bill Freehan.Â Norm Cash and Dick McAuliffe also went yard in the win and Cash went an impressive five for six with five RBIs to lead the way.
Pat Dobson gave up five runs in 5 1/3 innings as he fell apart and gave up the bulk of the damage in the Red Sox seven run sixth inning.Â Don McMahon picked up the win and he gave up one run in four innings of relief while John Wyatt got the final batter out to pick up his second save of the season.
August 14, 1968 at Cleveland Stadium
Tigers 3, Indians 0Â (76-43)
The Tigers won their rubber game with the Indians behind a combined shutout by Joe Sparma and Mickey Lolich.Â Sparma got into trouble and in the fourth inning and he pitchedÂ 3 1/3 shutout innings when Mickey Lolich came in to get the Tigers out of said jam.Â He then went on to throw 5 2/3 shutout innings and he improved to 11-7 on the season.
Bill Freehan belted a solo homer, his eighteenth of the season.Â Norm Cash went two for four with a triple and an RBI.
August 11, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Tigers 5, Red Sox 4 (73-42)
A long day was made even longer as the Tigers and Red Sox kicked off a doubleheader with a 4 1/2 hour, 14 inning contest.Â The Tigers were down 4-0 after the Red Sox scored four in the first but the pitching staff held the Red Sox scoreless over the final thirteen frames.Â Mickey Lolich provide the bulk of the relief pitching and he gave up two hits and three walks with four strikeouts in five innings of shutout relief to close out the game.Â The win pushed his record to 10-7 on the season.
The game winner came on a walk off solo homer by Gates Brown in the bottom of the fourteenth.Â Bill Freehan and Wayne Comer also pitched in with solo homers.Â For Comer, it was the first homerun of his career.Â Â Mickey Stanley had a team high three hits in six at bats.
August 11, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Tigers 6, Red Sox 5Â (74-42)
The Tigers worked their magic yet again as they finished up a sweep over the Red Sox in their doublheader.Â Down 2-0, the Tigers scored two in the bottom of the eighth to tie it only to see the Red Sox scored three in the top of the ninth.Â Then in the bottom of the ninth, the Tigers stormed back and scored four to walk away with the win.Â It was Gates Brown who provided the heroics again with his second walk off hit of the day. He singled home Mickey Stanley to win it while Norm Cash was the hitting star with three hits and two RBIs.
Jon Warden picked up the win and improved to 4-1 although he was in the right place at the right time.Â He gave up two of the Red Sox ninth inning runs.Â John Hiller had a solid start in a no decision and he gave up two runs on five hits and two walks with five strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings.
August 8, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Tigers 13, Indians 1Â (71-41)
The Tigers wrapped up a four game sweep with a beatdown over the Indians in their series finale.Â Bill Freehan was one of several hitting stars and he homered twice and drove in four.Â Denny McLain also helped out his own cause with a double, a run and an RBI.
McLain coasted to an easy win and he improved to 23-3.Â He gave up one run on six hits and three walks with two strikeouts in another complete game win.
August 6, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Tigers 2, Indians 1Â (68-41)
It can be tough enough playing a doubleheader, but when the first game goes seventeen innings, it makes it that much tougher.Â Down 1-0, Don Wert hit a solo homer in the bottom of the eighth inning to tie the game up.Â Then neither side scored until the bottom of the seventeenth when Dick Tracewski singled home Bill Freehan for the game winner.Â
John Hiller threw the first eight innings and he held the Indians to just one run.Â Then five relievers held the Indians to just three hits in nine shutout innings to finish up the game.Â John Wyatt threw the final frame and he picked up the win to improve to 2-4.
August 6, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Tigers 5, Indians 2Â (69-41)
The Tigers didn’t finish up their sweep over the Indians until August 7 because this one was suspended at the end of eight innings where they picked up the next day.Â Mickey Lolich picked up the win and he improved to 8-7 with 2 2/3 innings of shutout relief while John Wyatt threw three shutout innings to pick up his first save of the season.
Norm Cash was the hiting star.Â He went two for four with a solo homerun while Al Kaline doubled in two at bats and he drove in a pair.
August 2, 1968 at Metropolitan Stadium
Tigers 6, Twins 5Â (66-40)
Bill Freehan led the Tigers offensive attack as the Tigers edged the Twins in the opener of a road series for Detroit.Â Freehan went two for four with a double, three RBIs and a run.Â Mickey Stanley went one for three with a walk and a run.
Joe Sparma and Mickey Lolich were both shelled in the early of innings of this game.Â Don McMahon saved the day though and he threw four innings of shutout relief to improve to 3-1 while Daryl Patterson struck out the final batter of the game to pick up his fifth save of the season.
July 23, 1968 at D.C. Stadium
Tigers 6, Senators 4Â (60-36)
The Tigers took game one of their series with the Senators with another dramatic comeback.Â Down 4-3 in the eighth inning, Jim Price singled home Al Kaline to tie the game up and then Gates Brown singled home Bill Freehan for the game winner.Â Jim Northrup doubled home Al Kaline in the ninth for some insurance that the Tigers didn’t need.Â Speaking of Kaline, he was a perfect two for two with three walks, two runs and two RBIs.
Denny McLain improved to 19-3 despite a mediocre start.Â He gave up four runs on eight hits and four walks with seven strikeouts in seven innings.Â Jon Warden threw the final 1 2/3 innings and he picked up his third save of the season.
July 21, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Orioles 5, Tigers 2Â (59-35)
Earl Wilson had a tough time as the Tigers dropped the first game of a Sunday doubleheader with the Orioles.Â Wilson fell to 7-8 and he gave up four runs on seven hits and one walk with seven strikeouts in six innings.
Tom Matchick tripled, hit his third homer and drove in a pair in the loss.Â Bill Freehan went two for four with a double and a run.
July 21, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Orioles 4, Tigers 1Â (59-36)
The Tigers were held to just three hits and were swept by the Orioles in a series they lost three games to one.Â Dick McAuliffe had one of the three hits and he scored the lone Tigers run.
Pat Dobson fell to 3-2 with a rough start.Â He gave up two runs on four hits and a walk with a strikeout in just 2 1/3 innings.
July 19, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Tigers 5, Orioles 4Â (59-33)
The Tigers put on a show for their home town fans with a dramatic comeback win in the ninth inning.Â Down by two runs, Jim Northrup kicked off the ninth with a single and he moved to second on a walk by Al Kaline.Â Kaline was then forced out at second base on a fielders choice by Norm Cash to put runners at the corners before Bill Freehan forced Cash out at second to score Northrup.Â Then with two outs, Tom Matchick belted a huge two run walk off homer to complete the comeback.
Mickey Lolich was roughed up and he gave up four runs in five innings in his start.Â Pat Dobson threw a shutout ninth inning and he improved to 3-1 on the season.
July 5, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Tigers 8, Athletics 5Â (53-27)
The Tigers won their fifth straight game in the month of July and their fifth straight game over all as Bill Freehan put the team on his back.Â He hit a pair of three runs homers to account for most of the Tigers offense and Willie Horton pitched in with a pair of runs.
Mickey Lolich improved to 7-4 with a mediocre start. He gave up four runs on six hits and a walk with six strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.Â Pat Dobson gave up a run in 3 2/3 innings and he picked up his fifth save of the season.
July 4, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Tigers 13, Angels 10Â (52-27)
The Tigers held on to win a wild one as they finished up a four game sweep over the Angels for theirÂ fourth straight win.Â Jim Northrup and Norm Cash both hit a pair of homeruns and Northrup had a team high five RBIs.Â Bill Freehan and Willie Horton both also went yard in the win.
Pitching was not the name of the game in this one.Â Dennis Ribant picked up the win and he improved to 2-1 but he was more in the right place at the right time because he pitched just 2/3 of an inning.Â John Hiller pitched a perfect ninth inning and he picked up his second save of the season.
July 3, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Tigers 5, Angels 2Â (51-27)
The Tigers remained perfect in the month of the June and they won their third game behind a trio of homeruns.Â Norm Cash belted two run shot while both Dick Tracewski and Willie Horton went yard with nobody on base.Â For Horton, it was his ninteenth of the season and Bill Freehan pitched in with a double, two singles and an RBI.
Denny McLain improved to 15-2 on the season with another nice start.Â He gave up two runs (one earned) on four hits and two walks with ten strikeouts in the complete game win.
July 1, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Tigers 5, Angels 1 (49-27)
The Tigers kicked off the month of July with an impressive win behind the arm of Mickey Lolich.Â He gave up just a single run on five hits with fourteen strikeouts in the complete game win.
Bill Freehan provided the bulk of the offense with a pair of homeruns and three RBIs.Â Dick Tracewski also went yard in the win with his second of the season.
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.Â Northrup hit not one, but two grand slams and he finished with eight RBIs.Â 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.Â He gave up three runs on nine hits with eight strikeouts and the win pushed his record to 13-2 on the season.
June 16, 1968 at Comiskey Park
White Sox 3, Tigers 2Â (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.Â He gave up three runs (two earned) on seven hits with two strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings.Â
Bill Freehan was the only Tiger with two hits in the contest.Â 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.Â He improved to 11-2 and he gave up one run on three hits and two walks with five strikeouts in seven innings.Â 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.Â Dick McAuliffe doubled, drove in two and scored a run in the win.
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.Â 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.Â Dick McAuliffe and Willie Horton both went yard with solo shots.Â For Horton, it was his 17th of the season.
June 14, 1968 at Comiskey Park
Tigers 6, White Sox 5Â (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.Â 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.Â 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.Â 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, 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.Â 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.Â This time it was Denny McLain, who notched his tenth win of the season.Â 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.Â Bill Freehan went two for four and he both scored and drove in a run.
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.
May 30, 1968 at Anaheim Stadium
Tigers 7, Angels 3Â (27-16)
Bill Freehan had a big day at the plate as the Tigers won their third straight game against the Angels.Â He went three for three with two walks, a homerun, two RBIs and three runs.Â Jim Northrup drove in three runs on two hits while Dick McAuliffe went two for four with a walk and two runs.
Joe Sparma evened his record to 4-4 on the season.Â He gave up three runs on seven hits and three walks with three strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings.Â Fred Lasher pitched 1 2/3 innings of shutout ball to close out the game and he picked up his fourth save of the season.
May 28, 1968 at Anaheim Stadium
Tigers 4, Angels 1Â (25-16)
Bill Freehan doubled home two runs and then Willie Horton followed that up with a two run homer to give the Tigers an early 4-0 lead before the Angels even got to hit.Â That was all the Tigers got but it more then enough because of some exceptional relief pitching from John Hiller.
Les Cain got the start and after giving up a run in the first, he ran into trouble in the third inning when he put two men on with one out.Â John Hiller came in to get the final two outs and he then pitched six more innings of shutout ball to improved to 2-1 on the season.
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