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September 25, 2008

Tigers Come Back to Win 103rd Game

by @ 3:50 am. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - September, Bill Freehan, Don McMahon, Earl Wilson, Gates Brown

September 25, 1968 at Memorial Stadium
Tigers 4, Orioles 3  (103-56)

The Tigers added to their win total as they stormed back to beat the Orioles for their 103rd win.  Gate Brown came through in a huge way with a ninth inning, three run homer that gave the Tigers the win.  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.  He gave up three runs on five hits and four walks with seven strikeouts in seven innings.  Don McMahon improved to 5-1 with two shutout innings to close out the game.

September 21, 2008

Tigers Tie Franchise Record With 101st Win

by @ 4:57 am. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - September, Al Kaline, Earl Wilson, Joe Sparma, Mickey Stanley

September 21, 1968 at D.C. Stadium
Tigers 4, Nationals 3  (101-54)

The Tigers tied their franchise record in wins with 101st and they did it with their eleventh straight victory.  Mickey Stanley went three for five with a run while Al Kaline went two for five with an RBI.

Earl Wilson didn’t get the decision with a five inning start.  He gave up two runs on four hits and two walks with three strikeouts.  Joe Sparma pitched the final four innings and he gave up one run on four hits and two walks with two strikeouts and he improved to 10-10.

September 13, 2008

Tigers Cut Magic Number to Five Behind Earl Wilson's Shutout

by @ 4:26 am. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - September, Dick McAuliffe, Earl Wilson, Jim Northrup

September 13, 1968 at Tiger Stadium

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Tigers 3, Athletics 0  (94-54)

You don’t see too many ten hit shutouts but that’s just what Earl Wilson hurled in the Tigers fourth straight win.  He gave up the ten hits along with one walk and he struck out nine en route to his 13th win of the season.

Wilson once again helped out his own cause with a solo homer, his seventh of the season.  Dick McAuliffe hit his sixteenth and Jim Northrup went two for three with a run.

September 8, 2008

Tigers Held to Six Hits In Second Straight Loss to Twins

by @ 3:22 am. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - September, Earl Wilson, Gates Brown, Norm Cash

September 8, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Twins 3, Tigers 1  (90-54)

The Tigers picked up just six hits as they were held in check by Dean Chance in their rubber game with the Twins.  Like the day before, the lone run came on a solo homer.  This time it was Gates Brown who went yard with his fifth of the season.  Norm Cash had two hits and he was the only hitter to reach base twice.

Earl Wilson fell to 12-12 on the season.  He gave up three runs on five hits with nine strikeouts in the complete game loss.

September 3, 2008

Tigers Score Four Runs In Ninth to Squeak By Athletics

by @ 3:36 am. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - September, Earl Wilson, Jim Northrup, Pat Dobson

September 3, 1968 at the Oakland Coliseum

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Tigers 6, Athletics 3  (88-52)

It looked like the Tigers were going to let this game get away.  Up 2-0 in the eighth inning, Earl Wilson was finally touched up for three runs and the Tigers entered the ninth down by a run.  Fortunately, they stormed back and scored four in the ninth to escape with a win.  The big hit of the inning was a two run single by Jim Northrup that gave the lead back to Detroit.  Earl Wilson helped out his own cause earlier in the game with a solo shot, his sixth homer of the season. 

Wilson threw a solid game he just had the one bad inning.  He gave up three runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks with seven strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings.  Pat Dobson threw a shutout ninth and he improved to 5-5 on the season.

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August 30, 2008

Earl Wilson Pitches, Hits Tigers to Win Over Orioles

by @ 3:58 am. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - August, Earl Wilson, Jim Northrup

August 30, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Tigers 9, Orioles 1  (85-50)

The Tigers blew out the Orioles for their third straight win as the two teams kicked off a weekend series.  The Tigers scored three in the second and five in the third to put this game away pretty early.  Earl Wilson not only pitched a good game, but he belted his fifth homerun of the season and he finished with four RBIs.  Jim Northrup went three for five with a double, a run and an RBI.

Wilson improved to 12-11 with a four hitter.  He gave up one run and he walked one and struck out nine in the complete game.

August 26, 2008

Earl Wilson Throws Six Hit Shutout, Tigers End Four Game Losing Streak

by @ 3:54 am. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - August, Bill Freehan, Earl Wilson, Norm Cash

August 26, 1968 at County Stadium
Tigers 3, White Sox 0  (82-49)

The Tigers snapped their four game losing streak behind a very nice start by Earl Wilson.  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.  Norm Cash went two for four with a run and an RBI while Bill Freehan doubled twice and scored a run.

August 23, 2008

Tigers Go 1-0-1 In Doubleheader With Yankees

by @ 3:48 am. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - August, Don McMahon, Earl Wilson, John Hiller, Mickey Stanley, Norm Cash

August 23, 1968 at Yankee Stadium
Yankees 2, Tigers 1  (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.  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.  His start was cut short when he was hit in the shoulder by a comebacker.

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Earl Wilson was also the hitting star in the loss.  He had two of the Tigers six hits and he drove in the lone run with his fourth homerun of the season. 

August 23, 1968 at Yankee Stadium
Yankees 3, Tigers 3  (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.  Pitching was the name of the game in this one and John Hiller was the star.  He threw nine shutout innings of relief in which he gave up four hits and six walks.  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.  Mickey Stanley went three for eight with a run and an RBI.

August 18, 2008

Willie Horton Hits 28th Homer In Tigers Loss to Red Sox

by @ 6:15 pm. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - August, Bill Freehan, Earl Wilson, Willie Horton

August 18, 1968 at Fenway Park
Red Sox 4, Tigers 1  (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.  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.  He gave up four runs on seven hits and three walks with seven strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings.

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 3, 2008

Tigers Held to Four Hits In Shutout Loss to Twins

by @ 6:28 pm. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - August, Earl Wilson

August 3, 1968 at Metropolitan Stadium
Twins 4, Tigers 0  (66-41)

The Tigers were shutout and held to four hits as the Twins evened up their series at Metropolitan Stadium.  No Tiger reached base more the once and all four hits in the game for Detroit were singles.

Earl Wilson fell to 9-9 with a rough start.  He gave up three runs on six hits in 2 2/3 innings.

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 21, 2008

Tigers Lose Two to Orioles

by @ 6:24 pm. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - July, Bill Freehan, Dick McAuliffe, Earl Wilson, Pat Dobson, Tom Matchick

July 21, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Orioles 5, Tigers 2  (59-35)

Earl Wilson had a tough time as the Tigers dropped the first game of a Sunday doubleheader with the Orioles.  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.  Bill Freehan went two for four with a double and a run.

July 21, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Orioles 4, Tigers 1  (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.  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.  He gave up two runs on four hits and a walk with a strikeout in just 2 1/3 innings.

July 18, 2008

Earl Wilson Holds Athletics to Six Hits In Tigers Win

by @ 6:21 pm. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - July, Dick McAuliffe, Earl Wilson, Jim Northrup

July 18, 1968 at the Oakland Coliseum
Tigers 3, Athletics 1  (58-33)

Earl Wilson bounced back from a rough start and he helped the Tigers salvage a split with the A’s in their two game series.  Wilson improved to 7-7 and he gave up just one run on six hits with five strikeouts in the complete game.

Dick McAuliffe went two for four with a double and a run.  Jim Northrup singled, drove in a run and scored.

July 14, 2008

Tigers Head West, Lose to Angels In Series Opener

by @ 6:16 pm. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - July, Don Wert, Earl Wilson, Mickey Stanley, Norm Cash

July 14, 1968 at Anaheim Stadium
Angels 7, Tigers 3  (56-31)

The Tigers kicked off a west coast trip with a loss as Earl Wilson had a tough time in his start.  He fell to 6-7 and he gave up six runs (three earned) on seven hits and a walk with two strikeouts in just three innings of work.

Norm Cash and Don Wert both hit solo shots to account for most of the Tigers offense.  Mickey Stanley was the only Tiger with two hits and Cash finished with a pair of runs.

July 6, 2008

Earl Wilson Has Rough Start, Tigers Five Game Winning Streak Ends

by @ 5:44 pm. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - July, Earl Wilson, Jim Northrup

July 6, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Athletics 4, Tigers 1  (53-28)

The Tigers five game winning streak came to an end in a game that saw Tigers hitters pick up just six hits.  Jim Northrup went two for three with a double and he scored the lone Tiger run.

Earl Wilson was roughed up and he fell to 6-6 on the season.  He gave up four runs (three earned) on seven hits and three walks with two strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings.  Wilson had rough game too because he was hit by comebackers not once but twice.  Both came in the fifth and the first time he got nailed on his shoulder and the second time, he was hit on the hand.

July 2, 2008

Earl Wilson Strikes Out Nine, Tigers Reach 50 Win Mark

by @ 4:54 pm. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - July, Earl Wilson, Tom Matchick, Willie Horton

July 2, 1968 at Tiger StadiuM
Tigers 3, Angels 1  (50-27)

The Tigers won their second straight game and this time it was Earl Wilson who got it done on the mound.  He improved to 6-5 and he gave up just one run on seven hits and one walk with nine strikeouts in the complete game.

Willie Horton singled and drove in a pair of runs.  The other Tiger run came on a solo homer by Tom Matchick.

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 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 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 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.

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 19, 2008

Tigers Sweep Doubleheader Over Senators

by @ 3:52 am. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - May, Al Kaline, Dick McAuliffe, Dick Tracewski, Earl Wilson, Eddie Mathews, Fred Lasher, Gates Brown, Joe Warden, John Hiller, Les Cain

May 19, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Tigers 5, Senators 4  (21-12)

The Tigers held off a late inning surge to walk away with a win in the first game of their doubleheader with the Senators.  The Tigers took a 4-0 lead into the eigth inning when Earl Wilson and Joe Warden were both tagged for a pair of runs to tie it up.  Then Gates Brown singled home Dick Tracewski in the bottom of the eighth inning to break the tie and to give the Tigers the win.

Fred Lasher picked up the win and he improved to 2-0.  John Hiller threw a perfect ninth and he picked up his first save of the season.

Dick McAuliffe put the Tigers on the board with a solo homer to lead things off.  Al Kaline went two for four and he drove in a run.

May 19, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Tigers 7, Senators 0  (22-12)

Les Cain picked up his first career win in his first career start as the Tigers finished up a doubleheader sweep over the Senators.  Cain gave up six hits and six walks with eight strikeouts in 6 2/3 shutout innings while Fred Lasher got the final seven outs in succession to pick up his third save of the season.

Six of the Tigers runs came via the longball.  Eddie Mathews belted a three run shot, Al Kaline went yard with a two run homer and Dick McAuliffe hit a solo homer.

May 14, 2008

Willie Horton Homers Twice, Earl Wilson Throws Shutout In Win Over Orioles

by @ 3:55 am. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - May, Earl Wilson, Ray Oyler, Willie Horton

May 14, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Tigers 4, Orioles 0  (19-10)

Earl Wilson improved to 4-4 on the season with a four hit shutout as the Tigers got back on track in front of their home crowd.  He gave up two walks and he struck out five in what his best start of the season to date.

Willie Horton pretty much was the Tigers offense in this one.  He homered twice and drove in three runs and the only run he didn’t play a part in was on a solo homer by Ray Oyler.

May 8, 2008

Earl Wilson Throws Gem In Tigers Second Straight Win

by @ 4:13 am. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - May, Earl Wilson, Jim Northrup, Jon Warden, Willie Horton

May 8, 1968 at Memorial Stadium
Tigers 3, Orioles 1  (16-9)

Earl Wilson had one of his best starts of the season as he gave up just one unearned run in eight innings of work. That lone run didn’t come until the ninth inning and it was Jon Warden who came in to put out the fire.  He struck out one and got all three batters he faced out in the ninth to earn his second save of the season.

Jim Northrup put the Tigers on the board with a solo homer in the first inning.  Willie Horton went two for three with a walk, a run and an RBI.

May 4, 2008

Earl Wilson is Hit Hard In Tigers Third Straight Loss

by @ 4:11 am. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - May, Bill Freehan, Earl Wilson, Joe Warden, Wille Horton

May 4, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Angels 7, Tigers 2  (13-8)

The Tigers dropped their third straight game in a contest that saw Earl Wilson and Joe Warden hammered on the mound.  Wilson fell to 2-4 and he gave up three runs on five hits and three walks with two strikeouts in 2 1/3 innings.  Warden struck out six but he gave up three runs in the three frames he pitched.

The Tigers scored both of their runs on solo homeruns.  Willie Horton belted his fifth homer while Bill Freehan slugged his third.

April 30, 2008

Tigers End April On Losing Note

by @ 3:08 am. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - April, Bill Freehan, Earl Wilson, Jim Northrup

April 30, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Athletics 3, Tigers 1  (12-5)

The Tigers ended April on a losing note but they had to be happy with 12-5 record during the month.  The Tigers made three errors in this one but none of them came into play with regard to the score.  Earl Wilson fell to 2-3 and he gave up three runs, all in the first inning.  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.  Bill Freehan was the only player with two hits in the game.

April 26, 2008

Earl Wilson Is Hit Hard In Tigers Second Straight Shutout Loss

by @ 3:53 am. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - April, Don Wert, Earl Wilson, Roy Oyler

April 26, 1968 at Yankee Stadium
Yankees 5, Tigers 0  (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.  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.  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 21, 2008

Tigers Extend Winning Streak to Nine Games After Doubleheader Sweep Over White Sox

by @ 3:48 am. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - April, Bill Freehan, Denny McLain, Dick McAuliffe, Earl Wilson, Norm Cash

April 21, 1968 at Comiskey Park
Tigers 4, White Sox 1  (8-1)

The Tigers won their eighth straight game behind Earl Wilson’s second solid start in a row.  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.  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 2  (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.  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.  Bill Freehan and McLain both had a pair of hits and an RBI each.

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