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.
August 23, 1968 at Yankee Stadium
Yankees 2, Tigers 1Â (81-46)
There was no late inning comeback in this one as the Tigers kicked off both their doubleheader and series against the Yankees with a loss. A solid start by Earl Wilson and the Tigers pen went to waste.Â Wilson fell to 10-11 and he gave up two runs on five hits and two walks with five strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.Â His start was cut short when he was hit in the shoulder by a comebacker.
Earl Wilson was also the hitting star in the loss.Â He had two of the Tigers six hits and he drove in the lone run with his fourth homerun of the season.Â
August 23, 1968 at Yankee Stadium
Yankees 3, Tigers 3Â (81-46)
There was no outcome as the Tigers and Yankees played a five hour, nineteen inning 3-3 tie in the finale of their doubleheader.Â Pitching was the name of the game in this one and John Hiller was the star.Â He threw nine shutout innings of relief in which he gave up four hits and six walks.Â Don McMahon took over from there and threw the final three innings without giving up a run before the game was called.
Norm Cash finished the game four for eight and he scored a run.Â Mickey Stanley went three for eight with a run and an RBI.
August 22, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Tigers 4, White Sox 2Â (81-45)
Some fireworks flew as the Tigers finished up their series with the White Sox in winning fashion.Â The Tigers jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning when things went south in the third inning.Â Tommy John threw two balls at Dick McAuliffe’s head in lieu of a walk and as McAuliffe started to walk towards first, Tommy John baited him into a fight.Â McAuliffe ended up dislocating John’s shoulder and for his efforts, he was suspended for five games.
Al Kaline and Willie Horton both went yard in the win.Â For Horton, it was his 29th and it was number eight for Kaline.Â Don Wert finished the win three for four.
Mickey Lolich was given the start after some time in the bullpen.Â He improved to 12-7 and he gave up two runs on four hits with eight strikeouts in seven innings.Â Don McMahon threw two shutout innings of relief and he picked up his first save of the season.
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 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.
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