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September 24, 2008

Mickey Lolich Pitches Tigers to Franchise Record 102nd Win

by @ 3:45 am. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - September, Bill Freehan, Daryl Patterson, Dick McAuliffe, Mickey Lolich

September 24, 1968 at Memorial Stadium
Tigers 5, Orioles 3  (102-56)

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The Tigers entered new territory with their 102nd win of the season.  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.  Bill Freehan belted a two run homer in the win while Dick McAuliffe went three for four with a pair of runs.

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Mickey Lolich improved to 17-9.  He gave up three runs (two earned) on six hits and three walks with three strikeouts in six innings.  Daryl Patterson threw three shutout innings to close the game out and he earned his seventh save of the season.

August 27, 2008

Tigers Held to Four Hits In Loss to White Sox

by @ 3:55 am. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - August, Daryl Patterson, John Hiller, Norm Cash

August 27, 1968 at Comiskey Park
White Sox 2, Tigers 1  (82-50)

The Tigers were held to just four hits as they failed to follow up their win yesterday.  Norm Cash drove in the lone Tigers run with a solo homer in the fifth inning and no Tiger hitter reached base more the once.

A very solid start by John Hiller went to waste and he fell to 6-4.  He gave up two runs (one earned) on eleven hits and two walks with two strikeouts in 8 1/3 innings.  The run went against Hiller, but Daryl Patterson gave up the walk off RBI single in the ninth inning with just one out.

August 25, 2008

Tigers Swept By Yankees In Doubleheader

by @ 3:52 am. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - August, Al Kaline, Daryl Patterson, Dick Tracewski, Jim Northrup, Mickey Lolich, Mickey Stanley, Pat Dobson, Tom Matchick

August 25, 1968 at Yankee Stadium
Yankees 6, Tigers 5  (81-48)

The Tigers blew a four run lead as they dropped their third straight to the Yankees in another doubleheader.  Pat Dobson gave up the first five runs in 5 2/3 innings but it was Daryl Patterson who gave up the final run, and for that he took the loss.  He fell to 2-3 and the inning in question was the sixth in which the Yankees scored five runs.

Al Kaline had a big day at the plate and he went three for five with a double, a run and an RBI.  Dick Tracewski singled twice and he also scored two runs.

August 25, 1968 at Yankee Stadium
Yankees 5, Tigers 4  (81-49)

The Yankees finished up a sweep over the Tigers in a series that saw all four games decided by one run.  Mickey Lolich gave up the bulk of the damage and he fell to 12-8. He gave up five runs on three hits and seven walks with three strikeouts in just three innings.

Jim Northrup tripled and drove in a pair of runs.  Tom Matchick went two for four and he scored twice while Mickey Stanley went two for four with a run and an RBI.

August 21, 2008

Jim Price Homers Tigers to Win Over White Sox

by @ 3:38 am. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - August, Daryl Patterson, Jim Price, Mickey Stanley, Pat Dobson

August 21, 1968 at Tiger Stadium

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Tigers 3, White Sox 2  (80-45)

The Tigers got some timley hitting and some good pitching as they came back to beat the White Sox to ensure at least a split in their four game series.  Down 2-1, Mickey Stanley belted a solo homer in the bottom of the eighth to tie the game up and then Jim Price hit a walk off homer in the bottom of the tenth to win it.

Daryl Patterson picked up the win and he improved to 2-2 with two shutout innings of relief.  A solid start by Pat Dobson almost went to waste.  He gave up just two runs on four hits and a walk with seven strikeouts in eight innings.

August 10, 2008

by @ 6:02 pm. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - August, Daryl Patterson, Dick McAuliffe, Mickey Lolich, Norm Cash

August 10, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Tigers 4, Red Sox 3  (72-42)

The Tigers came back from a 3-1 deficit to bounce back and beat the Red Sox.  The Tigers scored single runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings to complete the comeback and the game winner came on a solo homer by Norm Cash.  The hitting star in the win, Cash finished three for four while Dick McAuliffe doubled, drew a walk and scored a run.

Daryl Patterson had his first start of his career and he gave up three runs in 4 1/3 innings in a no decision.  Mickey Lolich struck out four in 1 2/3 shutout innings and he improved to 9-7.

August 7, 2008

Earl Wilson Pitches Tigers to Fourth Straight Win

by @ 5:57 pm. Filed under Daryl Patterson, Earl Wilson, Jim Price, Willie Horton

August 7, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Tigers 6, Indians 1  (70-41)

The Tigers won their fourth straight as Earl Wilson continued his up and down season with a solid start. This time he gave up one run on six hits and two walks with two strikeouts in six innings.  Daryl Patterson held the Indians scoreless through the final three innings and he picked up his sixth save of the season.

Willie Horton and Jim Price both went yard in the win.  For Horton, it was his team leading 27th and for Price, it was his first of the season.

August 2, 2008

Bill Freehan Drives In Three In Tigers Win

by @ 6:25 pm. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - August, Bill Freehan, Daryl Patterson, Don McMahon, Joe Sparma, Mickey Lolich, Mickey Stanley

August 2, 1968 at Metropolitan Stadium
Tigers 6, Twins 5  (66-40)

Bill Freehan led the Tigers offensive attack as the Tigers edged the Twins in the opener of a road series for Detroit.  Freehan went two for four with a double, three RBIs and a run.  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.  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 30, 2008

Earl Wilson Wins Ninth With Eight Shutout Innings

by @ 6:09 pm. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - July, Daryl Patterson, Dick McAuliffe, Earl Wilson, Jim Northrup

July 30, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Tigers 5, Yankees 0  (64-39)

The Tigers bounced back and ended their two game mini skid behind a very solid outing by Earl Wilson.  The Duke improved to 9-8 and he gave up just three hits and three walks with five strikeouts in eight shutout innings.  Daryl Patterson struck out one in a perfect ninth inning to pick up his fourth save of the season.

Earl Wilson helped out his own cause with a solo homer, his third long ball of the season.  Dick McAuliffe went one for three with two walks, a solo homerun and two runs while Jim Northrup went three for five with a double.

July 26, 2008

Earl Wilson Throws Five Shutout Frames In Tigers Win Over Orioles

by @ 6:04 pm. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - July, Daryl Patterson, Dick McAuliffe, Earl Wilson, Willie Horton

July 26, 1968 at Memorial Stadium
Tigers 4, Orioles 1  (62-37)

Earl Wilson threw five shutout innings and the Tigers got just enough offense to put away the Orioles in the opener of their three game series.  Wilson improved to 8-8 and he gave up five hits and two walks with four strikeouts in five shutout innings while Daryl Patterson gave up one run on one hit (solo homer) and a walk with five strikeouts in four innings of relief to pick up his third save of the season.

Dick McAuliffe went two for three with a double, two walks, a run and an RBI.  Willie Horton went two for four with a double and a run.

July 15, 2008

Tigers Held to Five Hits In Shutout Loss to Angels

by @ 6:17 pm. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - July, Al Kaline, Daryl Patterson, Mickey Lolich

July 15, 1968 at Anaheim Stadium
Angels 4, Tigers 0  (56-32)

The Tigers were held to five hits in a shutout loss as they dropped their third straight.  Three of those hits came off the bat of Al Kaline while Jim Northrup reached base twice with a single and a walk.

Mickey Lolich gell to 7-5 and while he gave up just three hits in six innings, two of those left the park.  Daryl Patterson threw two perfect innings of relief to close out the game but Angels starter Jim Brunet was just too much for Detroit in this one.

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 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 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.

May 27, 2008

Tigers Skid Continues After Twelve Inning Loss to Angels

by @ 3:14 am. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - May, Daryl Patterson, Eddie Mathews, Mickey Lolich, Norm Cash, Pat Dobson

May 27, 1968 at Anaheim Stadium
Angels 7, Tigers 6  (24-16)

It took twelve innings but the Tigers lost for the fifth time in six games in their series opener against the Angels.  The Tigers hitters did get it done though and Eddie Mathews homered twice and drove in three runs while Norm Cash belted a two run shot to provide the bulk of the Tigers offense.

Mickey Lolich struggled and he gave up five runs in 4 2/3 innings.  Dobson was touched up for a run on five hits in two innings and Daryl Patterson took the loss when he gave up the twelth inning run.  He fell to 1-2 on the season.

May 24, 2008

Willie Horton Hits Eleventh Homer In Tigers Tie With Athletics

by @ 6:00 pm. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - May, Bill Freehan, Daryl Patterson, Earl Wilson, Willie Horton

May 24, 1968 at the Oakland Coliseum
Tigers 2, Athletics 2  (23-14)

The Tigers and Athletics played to a 2-2 rain shortened tie today and the game was called in the seventh inning.  Both Tiger runs came via the longball with solo shots by Bill Freehan and Willie Horton.  For Horton, it was his eleventh of the season and Freehan belted his seventh.

Earl Wilson gave up two runs on five hits with two strikeouts in five innings.  Daryl Patterson gave up a hit and a walk with a strikeout in two shutout innings of relief.

May 12, 2008

Six Runs Sixth Costs Tigers Winning Streak

by @ 3:53 am. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - May, Al Kaline, Daryl Patterson, Mickey Lolich

May 12, 1968 at D.C. Stadium
Senators 6, Tigers 3  (18-10)

The Tigers four game winning streak came to an end as Mickey Lolich and John Patterson were hammered in the sixth inning to the tune of five runs. Lolich gave up the first two runs and then Patterson came in and the floodgates opened as he was hammered for three runs.  The loss to Patterson dropped his record to 1-1 on the season.

Al Kaline was the hitting star in the loss.  He went three for four with a double, a run and an RBI.

May 2, 2008

Tigers Lose In Ten to Twins

by @ 4:03 am. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - May, Daryl Patterson, Dennis Ribant, Jim Northrup, John Hiller

May 2, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Twins 3, Tigers 2  (13-6)

The Twins turned the tables on the Tigers in a ten inning, 3-2 game that replicated the previous days scores with the sides being switched.  Still, it was a solid game as Jim Northrup drilled a solo homer in the bottom of the ninth to send the game into extra frames.  Still, Dennis Ribant gave up a pair of hits which resulted in a tenth inning run as the Tigers took the loss.  Prior to that, John Hiller and Daryl Patterson threw two scoreless innings a piece to keep the Tigers in the game.

Northrup had the big day at the plate.  He went two for three with the solo homer, a walk and he scored both Tigers’ runs.

April 13, 2008

Daryl Patterson Picks Up First Career Win With Solid Relief

by @ 3:24 am. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - April, Daryl Patterson, Fred Lasher, Joe Sparma, Jon Warden, Mickey Stanley, Willie Horton

April 13, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Tigers 5, White Sox 2  (2-1)

Daryl Patterson threw some exceptional relief pitching after Joe Sparma ran into problems in the fifth inning.  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.  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.  He went two for five with a double, two RBIs and a run.  Willie Horton doubled, drove in a run and scored in the win.

April 10, 2008

Earl Wilson Is Hit Hard In Tigers Home Opener

by @ 3:46 am. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - April, Daryl Patterson, Earl Wilson, Mickey Stanley, Pat Dobson, Willie Horton

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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