Monday, March 7, 2011

Tigers outlast Twins in wild 5 game series

Game 1   Detroit 3 Minnesota 5
Det Hank Aguirre vs Min Camilo Pascual

Zoilo_Versalles Early on this was a pitching duel. Through the first 3 it was scoreless. Detroit scored in the 4th when Gus Triandos crossed the plate. Minnesota responded in the 5th as Zoilo Versalles tripled and drove in Rich Rollins. In the sixth Detroit got that back but in the bottom of the 6th Vic Power put it over the fence and Minnesota took the lead once again. In the bottom of the 7th the Twin's bats came alive with Rich Rollins, Zoilo Versalles hitting doubles and Vic Power, Harmon Killebrew, Bob Allison and Bernie Allen singling. The Twins scored 3 runs taking the lead 5-2. In the 8th Norm Cash put one over the fence to make it 5-3 Twins but then Gerry Arrigo and Bill Dailey shutdown the Tigers. Bill Dailey got the save and Camilo Pascual the win. Hank Aguirre went the distance for Detroit and took the loss. Game MVP Zoilo Versalles

Game 2
Detroit 9 Minnesota 6
Det Jim Bunning vs Min Lee Stange

Harmon Killebrew started off early by putting a 2 run shot over the fence. Added to theAl_Kaline lead in the 2nd when Vic Power singled in Earl Battey. In the 3rd Detroit got on the board as Al Kaline singled in Bill Bill Freehan and Rocky Colavito scored on a wild pitch. Minnesota added to their lead when Bernie Allen scored on a Rich Rollins single. Zoilo Versalles tripled in the 6th and Lenny Green sent him home with a single. Bob Allison scored in the 7th when Earl Battey sacrificed. Detroit then scored 3 in the eight when Jake Wood double to send home Bill Freehan and Al Kaline homered with Jake Wood on base. The Minnesota bullpen collapsed in the top of the 9th leading 6-5. With 2 out and a runner on first Bob Anderson the Detroit pitcher doubled Minnesota then walked pinch hitter Gates Brown to load the bases. Singles by Jake Wood, Dick McAuliffe and Al Kaline scored 4 Tiger's runs. Winning pitcher Bob Anderson and Fred Gladding got the save. Bill Dailey took the loss and was given a blown save.  Game MVP Al Kaline.

Game 3
Minnesota 1 Detroit 2
Min Jim Perry vs Det Frank Lary

Frank_Lary A pitchers duel. Detroit scored one in the 5th on a Zoilo Versalles error. In the 6th Norm Cash put one out of the park. Minnesotas Bob Allison replied with a solo shot in the 7th. That was it for runs. Frank Lary went the distance for the win allowing only 2 hits. Jim Perry took the loss. Game MVP Frank Lary

Game 4
Minnesota 8 Detroit 2
Min Jim Kaat vs Det Phil Regan

Detroit scored early in the first when Jake Wood scored on a Al Kaline single. InHarmon_Killebrew the 6th  Harmon Killebrew drove in Lenny Green to tie it. In the 7th Jim Kaat was HBP and scored on a Vic Power single. Lenny Green scored on a wild pitch. Detroit got one back when Bill Freehan knocked in Norm Cash. Then the Twins bats came alive in the eighth. With 2 outs Detroits pitching collapsed. Zoilo Versalles, Tony Oliva, Lenny Green, Vic Power singled and Harmon Killebrew homered bringing his game total to 4 RBIs. Winning pitcher Jim Jim Kaat went 7 innings striking out 8. Loser Phil Regan. Game MVP Harmon Killebrew

Game 5
Detroit 13 Minnesota 4
Det Don Mossi vs Min Dick Stigman

Rocky_Colavito It was fitting the final game went to extra innings but what a strange finish. Detroit opened the scoring when Al Kaline belted a 2 run homer in the 1st. Minnesota responded in the 2nd with 2 out when Earl Battey singled and Earl Battey the third with a leadoff double Jake Wood scored when Al Kaline singled. Minnesota got it back in the 4th as Bob Allison scored on a Dick McAuliffe error. Bill Bruton scored for the Tigers in the 6th when Bill Freehan singled and Bill Bruton scored. Up 4-2 things looked good for the Tigers but in the 8th Bob Allison scored after a leadoff single when Earl Battey doubled. Johnny Goryl scored on a Zoilo Versalles ground out. Tied at 4 the 9th and 10th were scoreless. In the 11th Detroit sent 13 batters to the plate. Rocky Calavito singled, Norm Cash doubled, Bill Bruton was given a free pass,A sacrifice fly by pinch hitter Gus Triandos scored the leading run. Another free pass to Bill Freehan, a walk to Bubba Phillips a bunt single by Jake Wood, Dick McAuliffe singled, an error by Vic Power allowed Al Kaline to get to first, a double by Rocky Colavito, Norm Cash singled, Bill Bruton got to first on an error by Johnny Goryl. Finally the onslaught ended when Gus Triandos grounded into a double play. All in all 9 runs crossed the plate. The Minnesota fans were stunned and although they tried to cheer them on in the bottom of the 11th when the first two batters reached base that's all it told. Fred Gladding got the win and Fred Lasher who was tagged with 6 of the runs the loss. Game MVP Al Kaline.

Detroit wins the series 3 games to 2.

--submitted by Robert Chisholm--

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