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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 23, 2008

Denny McLain Loses Pitchers Duel In Tigers Second Straight Loss

by @ 3:21 am. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - September, Denny McLain, Don Wert, Gates Brown

September 23, 1968 at Memorial Stadium
Orioles 2, Tigers 1  (101-56)

The Tigers failed to set their new franchise win record for the second straight day and Denny McLain lost his sixth game of the season.  Blame the offense on this one though because McLain definitely threw a good enough game.  He gave up just two runs (one earned) on five hits and five walks with four strikeouts in seven innings.  The loss dropped his record to 31-6.

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Gates Brown went two for three with a double.  Don Wert singled and he scored the lone Tigers 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.

August 20, 2008

Tigers Split Doubleheader With White Sox

by @ 6:38 pm. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - August, Denny McLain, Gates Brown, John Hiller, Mickey Stanley, Willie Horton

August 20, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Tigers 7, White Sox 0  (79-44)

John Hiller gave up a leadoff single in the top of the fifth inning and that was the lone hit against him in an incredible one hit shutout.  He walked two, struck out seven and improved to 6-3 as the Tigers took the opener in both their series with the White Sox and their doubleheaderr.

Gates Brown got a rare start in left field and he made the most of it.  He went two for three with a homerun and two RBIs.  Mickey Stanley went two for four with two RBIs and a run.

August 20, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
White Sox 10, Tigers 2  (79-45)

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Denny McLain fell to 25-4 with a rough outing as the Tigers failed to sweep the White Sox in their twin bill.  McLain gave up nine runs but just two them were earned as a result of four Tiger errors.  He gave up nine hits and two walks with three strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.

Willie Horton was the hitting star in the loss.  He went two for four with a double and an RBI.

August 11, 2008

Tigers Sweep Doubleheader With Red Sox

by @ 6:04 pm. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - August, Bill Freehan, Gates Brown, John Hiller, Jon Warden, Mickey Lolich, Mickey Stanley, Wayne Comer

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.  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.  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.  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.  Bill Freehan and Wayne Comer also pitched in with solo homers.  For Comer, it was the first homerun of his career.   Mickey Stanley had a team high three hits in six at bats.

August 11, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Tigers 6, Red Sox 5  (74-42)

The Tigers worked their magic yet again as they finished up a sweep over the Red Sox in their doublheader.  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.  Then in the bottom of the ninth, the Tigers stormed back and scored four to walk away with the win.  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.  He gave up two of the Red Sox ninth inning runs.  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 9, 2008

Three Homeruns Not Enough, Tigers Five Game Winning Streak Ends

by @ 5:59 pm. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - August, Dick Tracewski, Gates Brown, John Wyatt, Mickey Stanley, Pat Dobson

August 9, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Red Sox 5, Tigers 3  (71-42)

The Tigers five game winning streak came to an end at the hands of the defending American League champion Red Sox.  Pat Dobson was cruising in this one until he ran into trouble in the eighth inning.  In that frame, both he and John Wyatt combined to give up four runs that sealed the Tigers fate.  Dobson fell to 3-4 and he gave up three runs on six hits and two walks with five strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings.

All three Tiger runs came via the long ball.  Gates Brown, Mickey Stanley and Dick Tracewski all hit solo homers in the loss.

July 23, 2008

Denny McLain Wins Nineteenth, Gates Brown Drive Home Winning Run In Opener With Senators

by @ 6:25 pm. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - July, Al Kaline, Bill Freehan, Denny McLain, Gates Brown, Jim Northrup, Jim Price, Jon Warden

July 23, 1968 at D.C. Stadium
Tigers 6, Senators 4  (60-36)

The Tigers took game one of their series with the Senators with another dramatic comeback.  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.  Jim Northrup doubled home Al Kaline in the ninth for some insurance that the Tigers didn’t need.  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.  He gave up four runs on eight hits and four walks with seven strikeouts in seven innings.  Jon Warden threw the final 1 2/3 innings and he picked up his third save of the season.

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 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.

May 22, 2008

Don Wert Homers Twice In Tigers Loss to Twins

by @ 3:58 am. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - May, Al Kaline, Don Wert, Gates Brown

May 22, 1968 at Metropolitan Stadium
Twins 4, Tigers 3  (23-14)

The Tigers lost their rubber game with the Twins despite coming back from two runs down to tie it in the top of the eighth.  Don Wert led off the inning with his second homerun of the game to make it a one run contest and then after a Gate Brown pinch hit triple, Al Kaline singled to tie the game.  Unfortunately, Fred Lasher gave up a run in relief of Mickey Lolich in the bottom of the eighth to blow the comeback.

Wert hit his fourth and fifth homeruns of the season and outside of that, the Tigers didn’t get much at the plate.  A decent start by Mickey Lolich went to waste and he gave up three runs on six hits and two walks with five strikeouts in seven innings.

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.

April 11, 2008

Gates Brown Homers Tigers to First Win of Season

by @ 3:19 am. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - April, Bill Freehan, Denny McLain, Dick McAuliffe, Gates Brown, Jon Warden

April 11, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Tigers 4, Red Sox 3  (1-1)

The Tigers blew a three run lead but still managed to win when Gates Brown broke a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the ninth with a pinch hit, walk off solo homer.  Dick McAuliffe and Bill Freehan also belted solo shots while Freehan reached base a team high four times with three walks and the homer.

Denny McLain threw five shutout innings before he gave up three runs in the sixth inning.  Rookie Jon Warden came in and threw two shutout innings and he picked up his first career win. 

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