Sunday, February 8, 2015

Hitting Galore, TIgers Claw Past Indians

The Tigers and Indians managed lots of base hits, withe each team getting 10 or more hits in both games off veteran starting pitching. The Tigers manage to win both, the first one a come from behind victory in 11 innings.

Game One: DET 6, CLE 5 (10 innings)

W: Hiller (1-0)
L: Henningan (0-1)

The Indians hit Tigers starter Mickey Lolich hard, scoring five runs on 12 hits in Lolich's seven innings of work. With Cleveland leading 5-2 in the bottom of the ninth, Detroit scores three to tie it, the big blow a two-run double down the right field line from pinch hitter Ike Brown. An inning later, banjo hitter Don Wert lines a two run shot off Phil Hennigan to win it for the Tigers.

Game Two: DET 6, CLE 5
W: Wilson (2-1)
L: Chance (0-1)
S: Hiller (1)

Earl Wilson isn't at his sharpest, giving up five runs and 12 hits in six innings. But Detroit pounces on Cleveland starter Dean Chance for four runs in the second, as Dick McAuliffe doubles down the first base line to score two big runs. Cleveland bounces back with four in the fifth off Wilson to tie it, and it moves to 5-5 in the sixth. But Detroit gets the eventual winning run in the bottom of the sixth on a clutch pinch hit double from Ike Brown, one of the game one heroes. Fred Scherman and John Hiller  shut down any hint of Cleveland offense the rest of the way.

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