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Tigers Edges by Senators in Twelve

September 11, 1935 Senators 4, Tigers 3 (86-47)

The Tigers didn’t fare too well in their four game series against the Senators, who were battling two other teams for last place in the American League. The Tigers gave Tommy Bridges a quick 2-0 lead in the first inning, but the Senators bounced back with two of their own in the third. The Senators took the lead in the seventh, but the Tigers answered in the top half of the eighth to send the game into extra frames.

Tommy Bridges threw all twelve innings and ended up costing himself the chance at a win. With runners on first and second, Senators shortstop Red Kress laid down a bunt. Bridges fielded it and threw it away trying to get the lead runner at third base which allowed the winning run to score.

The Tigers ended the game with sixteen hits but only three Tigers crossed the plate. Hank Greenberg had a big game with the bat as he went four for five with four singles and a run.

Tigers Held to Six Hits in Shutout

September 10, 1935 Senators 6, Tigers 0 (86-46)

Not a whole lot of good came out of this game. The Tigers were held to only six hits and Schoolboy Rowe and the pen were touched for six runs on fifteen hits and the Senators had four runs through three innings.

Pete Fox had two hits as nobody was stellar on offense. All six of the Tiger’s hits were singles.

Tigers Top Senators In Rain Shortened Game

September 9, 1935 Tigers 5, Senators 4 (86-45)

The Tigers came back from a 4-2 deficit to top the Senators. Detroit scored two in the sixth to tie and one in the seventh to take the lead before the game was delayed and eventually called due to rain and darkness.

General Crowder was touched for four runs in the first three innings and left after five innings of work. Chief Hogsett relieved him and was perfect through the final two innings as he ended up getting the win.

Jo Jo White had two hits and two RBIs and Hank Greenberg was three for four with an RBI. Backup shortstop Flea Clifton had two hits and two runs.

Roxie Lawson Falls Apart, Tigers Blow Lead

September 8, 1935 Senators 4, Tigers 3 (85-45)

The Tigers jumped out to a 3-0 lead with single runs in the first, third and fifth innings. Roxie Lawson, the recent pickup by the Tigers who had thrown two shutouts in his first two starts, started the game on fire. Through six, he had another shutout in the works but the Senators finally got to him with two runs in the seventh. In the bottom of the ninth, he fell apart and gave up the winning run on a bases loaded walk.

Charlie Gehringer was was three for four with a run and Hank Greenberg was two for four with an RBI.

Tigers Sweep Doubleheader, Win Fifth Straight

September 7, 1935 Tigers 9, Athletics 7 (84-44)

The Tigers jumped out to an early lead and ran up the score with six runs in the fourth inning. Marv Owen homered and drove in three and both Pete Fox and Goose Goslin drove in two runs.

Tommy Bridges was solid early but seemed to tire near the end of the game. The Tigers fortunately had a nice enough cushion to hold off a Philadelphia comeback which included two Jimmie Foxx homeruns.

September 7, 1935 Tigers 15, Athletics 1 (85-44)

This game was simply a beat down. By the end of the second inning, the Tigers had a five nothing lead and starter Elden Auker threw a gem. He didn’t give up a hit until the eighth inning and finished the game by giving up only two hits.

Charlie Gehringer and Mickey Cochrane both drove in three runs. All nine Tigers had hits and seven of them had more then one. Gehringer led the way with four hits.

The two wins gave the Tigers a nearly insurmountable ten game lead over the Yankees. At this point, it was just a matter of time before they played in the World Series. Things were a little less certain in the National League as the Cubs were making a late run at the first place St. Louis Cardinals. They trailed by 2 1/2 games and the New York Giants stood four games back.

Tigers Sweep White Sox Behind Strong Pitching by Rowe and Auker

September 2, 1935 Tigers 6, White Sox 1 (82-44)\

The Tigers continued there winning ways in the morning half of their doubleheader with the White Sox. Schoolboy Rowe held the White Sox to one run on five hits and he even helped out his own cause by driving in two runs with the only homerun of the game.

While the Tigers only managed six hits, they were patient at the plate and drew five walks. Jo Jo White and Billy Rogell scored two runs.

September 2, 1935 Tigers 5, White Sox 0 (83-44)

Elden Auker threw a seven hit shutout as the Tigers took both games against the White Sox. Pete Fox had the big hit when he drove in three with a homerun in the seventh inning.

31,000 fans showed up for the morning game and 37,000 attended the afternoon game as the Tigers came even closer to clinching their second straight American League pennant. They’d get a short four day break as most of the league was rained out in early September.

Tigers End August on Winning Note, Goose Goslin Homers

August 31, 1935 Tigers 6, Browns 1 (81-44)

The Tigers finished up the month of August with a strong win over the St. Louis Browns. In all, the Tigers finished August with a terrific 23-7 mark and basically used that as a springboard as they built up an insurmountable lead in the American League.

General Crowder gave up ten hits, but only one Brown crossed the plate. He was helped out by two double plays that were started by Billy Rogell.

Goose Goslin homered and drove in two runs and both Rogell and Mickey Cochrane had two hits.

Roxie Lawson Four Hits Athletics, Gehringer Homers

August 28, 1935 Tiger 11, Athletics 0 (79-43)

Roxie Lawson made his second start of the season after being purchased from Toledo, and once again, he came up big. He threw his second shutout in a week (his only two career shutouts to date) and held Philadelphia to four hits.

Charlie Gehringer was two for five with three RBIs and and a run. One of his two hits was his seventeenth homer of the season. Pete Fox, Frank Reiber and Billy Rogell all scored two runs.

Tigers Comeback Falls Short

August 30, 1935 Browns 8, Tigers 7 (80-44)

At times during the 1935 season, Tommy Bridges was simply unhittable. It was those other times that prevented him from having a truly historic season. This game got out of hand when Bridges was knocked around in the sixth inning. The Tigers saw their 6-1 lead evaporate to a 6-6 tie, and to make matters worse, the pen couldn’t get the job done. Chief Hogsett gave up two runs in the bottom of the eighth as the Browns took an 8-6 lead.

The Tigers weren’t quite done though. In the top of the ninth, the Tigers shaved the lead to a single run, and with a runner on third base and two outs, Browns centerfielder Sammy West made a circus catch out of Goose Goslin’s apparant game tying hit to end the game.

Tommy Bridges did try to help himself out with the bat. He drove in three runs with a double. Goose Goslin was two for three with two RBIs and a run.

Hank Greenberg’s Five RBIs Leads Tigers to Fourth Straight Win

August 29, 1935 Tigers 13, Browns 3 (80-43)

Hank Greenberg hit his 34th homer of the season and he drove in five runs as the Tigers ran up the score on the the last place St. Louis Browns. Six different Tigers had multihit games and Pete Fox, Goose Goslin and Charlie Gehringer all drove in two runs.

Elden Auker gave up three runs on nine hits as he coasted to another victory. The win put the Tigers nine and a half games ahead of the Yankees.

Tigers Take Two Against Athletics

August 27, 1935 Tigers 6, Athletics 5 (77-43)

The Tigers edged the Athletics in the first game of their doubleheader. It was the Tigers third doubleheader in seven days. The Tigers drew nine walks, two of which drove in runs in the third inning. More importantly, with the game tied at 5-5, Pete Fox doubled in the bottom of the ninth, and eventually crossed the plate after three straight walks to end the game.

Pete Fox was two for three with three runs and Hank Greenberg had two hits and an RBI. Starter Vic Sorrell was knocked around for twelve hits, but he did just enough to walk away with the win.

August 27, 1935 Tigers 5, Athletics 0 (78-43)

Schoolboy Rowe made a run at history by striking out twelve Athletics in nine innings of five hit ball. The previous record of thirteen was held by Philadelphia’s Sugar Cain. Regardless, Rowe earned his sixteenth win of the season.

Charlie Gehringer had two hits and two runs while Hank Greenberg had two hits and an RBI. The two wins gave the Tigers a nine and a half game lead over the Yankees in the American League.

Tigers Run Up the Score in First Game of Doubleheader, Drop Second Game

August 26, 1935 Tigers 13, Athletics 7 (76-42)

The Tigers were actually down in this game as they trailed Philadelphia 7-4. They stormed back and scored runs in each of their final four innings as they ran up the score and racked up 17 hits.

Hank Greenberg had three RBI and three runs while Marv Owen drove in four.

August 26, 1935 Athletics 3, Tigers 2 (76-43)

Tommy Bridges lost a pitchers dual as he gave up only four hits. Unfortunately one of those hits was a solo homer by Jimmie Foxx and two errors in the ninth led to the game winning runs.

Billy Rogell and Jo Jo White both tripled and Mickey Cochrane doubled, scored and drove in a run.

Charlie Gehringer, Elden Auker Lead Tigers To Win

August 25, 1935 Tigers 6, Athletics 2 (76-42)

Elden Auker held the Athletics to two runs on eight hits as the Tigers extended their lead over the Yankees to 8 1/2 games. He walked two and struck out one as he earned his thirteenth win of the season.

Charlie Gehringer drove in a pair of runs while Jo Jo White tripled, scored and drove in a run.

Roxie Lawson Shut Outs Red Sox in Season Debut

August 24, 1935 Tigers 2, Red Sox 0 (74-42)

Roxie Lawson made his start in over two years as he threw a five hitter against the Red Sox. It was his first career shutout and while he walked five, he also struck out five.

The Tigers scored both of their runs in the bottom of the sixth when Red Sox first baseman Babe Dahlgren let a Goose Goslin grounder go through his legs. Jo Jo White and Charlie Gerhinger came around to score on the play as Lefty Grove was tagged for two unearned earns.

The Yankees lost their game against the Browns, so once again the Tigers had built up an eight game lead.

Schoolboy Rowe Four Hits Red Sox

August 23, 1935 Tigers 4, Red Sox 0 (73-42)

For the third game out of the last six days, Mickey Cochrane handed the ball to starter Schoolboy Rowe and for the second time in those six games, he threw a shutout. This time around, it was an impressive four hit shutout in which Rowe struck out six batters.

Even more impressive was Rowe went two for four with a homerun and two RBIs to help out his own cause. Billy Rogell had three hits, a run and an RBI and Jo Jo White had two hits and two runs.

Tigers Give Up Big Lead, Lose to Red Sox

August 22, 1935 Red Sox 10, Tigers 9 (72-42)

Tommy Bridges cruised along until he got shelled in the eighth inning. In all, three pitchers would give up six runs in that eighth inning as the Tigers gave up a four run lead.

Hank Greenberg hit his 33rd homer of the season as he drove in four runs. Marv Owen had four hits and two RBIs and Pete Fox scored three runs.

Crowder, Auker Pitch Tigers to Doubleheader Sweep

August 21, 1935 Tigers 4, Red Sox 1 (71-41)

General Crowder held the Red Sox to a mere four hits as he earned his 15th win of the season. Crowder walked two and struck out two.

Marv Owen drove in two runs and had two hits and Pete Fox had two doubles and an RBI. Goose Goslin scored twice.

August 21, 1935 Tigers 3, Red Sox 2 (72-42)

The Tigers scored a go ahead run in the bottom of the eight and Elden Auker held the Red Sox to two runs on eleven hits. Charlie Gehringer tripled and scored a run while Pete Fox doubled, scored and drove in a run.

The two wins padded the Tigers lead over the Yankees to seven games. With forty games left, the Tigers chances of winning their second straight pennant seemed better and better every day.

Yankees Edge Tigers, Two Teams Split Four Game Series

August 20, 1935 Yankees 6, Tigers 5 (70-41)

Schoolboy Rowe was hit hard after getting only one days rest between starts. The Yankees tagged him for three runs in the first and three in the third before Mickey Cochrane went to his pen.

The Tigers tried to stage a comeback but just fell short. Hank Greenberg drove in two with his 32nd homer of the season to start off a four run rally in the sixth, but in the end, they’d fall a run short.

Yankees Top Tigers, Vic Sorrell Hit Hard

August 19, 1935 Yankees 7, Tigers 5 (70-40)

The Yankees jumped all over starter Vic Sorrell and sent him packing in the third inning. By the end of three innings, the Yankees had a 4-0 lead. The Tigers staged a comeback in the fourth with three runs, but they could never surpass the Yanks, who hit the ball well all game long.

Charlie Gehringer had two hits and two RBIs and Hank Greenberg doubled twice.

Schoolboy Rowe Three Hits Yankees

August 18, 1975 Tigers 6, Yankees 0 (73-42)

Schoolboy Rowe put on a pitching clinic in front of 39,000 Tiger fans as the Tigers increased their lead over the Yankees to eight games. Rowe even helped out his own cause by hitting a two run homer. What made the win even more impressive was Rowe was hit with a line drive in the groin in the third inning. After a 15 minute delay, Rowe came back on the field and held the Yanks hitless until the eighth inning.

Pete Fox hit a solo homer and scored two runs and Goose Goslin was two for four.

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