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Tigers Edge Yankees in Ten Innings

August 17, 1935 Tigers 3, Yankees 2 (69-39)

The Tigers gave Navin Field’s faithful a great game as the Tigers increased their lead over the Yankees to a season high seven games. The Tigers got on the board with single runs in both the first and second inning against Yanks starter Lefty Gomez. The Yankees then answered with runs in the third and the fifth before the game settled into a solid pitchers dual.

In the bottom of the tenth, Goose Goslin singled but was forced out on a fielder choice by Billy Rogell. Ray Hayworth followed that up with a double which put runners on second and third. Gomez intentionally walked Marv Owen when the blunder of the game happened. Mickey Cochrane put himself in as a pinch hitter for General Crowder and hit a grounder to Yankees second baseman Jack Saltzgaver. While playing in, the backup infielder seemed confused as to whether he should try to get the runner out at home or whether he should try for a double play. In his confusion, he simply threw the ball to first base for the out, but Rogell scored to win the game.

The game almost had a brawl as well. In the sixth inning, Yankees shortstop Tony Lazzeri tried taking out Marv Owen at third. Both players threw out threats, but nothing came of it.

General Crowder threw an awesome game. He went ten innings and he gave up only two runs on ten hits. He also outdueled a future Hall of Famer to take the first game of a pivotal series.

Tigers Held to Four Hits, Split Series With Senators

August 16, 1935 Senators 8, Tigers 1 (68-39)

Elden Auker couldn’t even pitch through the fourth inning as he got hit hard in taking the loss. He gave up seven runs and nine hits in 3 1/3 innings.

Hank Greenberg had two of the Tigers four hits and he drove in their only run of the game.

The Yankees were coming to town for a huge four game series. If the Tigers could hold off the Yanks, it would go a long way to helping them win their second straight pennant.

Marv Owen, Tommy Bridges Lead Tigers To Victory

August 15, 1935 Tigers 6, Senators 3 (68-38)

Tommy Bridges won his eighteenth game of the season and helped put the Tigers at 30 games above .500 for the first time this season. Bridges gave up three runs and eight hits through eight innings of work.

The Tigers were actually down 3-0 in this game but came back with six unanswered runs to pick up the win. Shortstop Marv Owen had a big day. He went three for three with two runs and two RBIs. Charlie Gehringer returned after missing two games and drove in the go ahead run.

Tigers Blast Senators With 18 Runs

August 14, 1935 Tigers 18, Senators 2 (67-38)

For the third time this season, the Tigers put eighteen runs on the board with their pitcher leading the way. Not only did Schoolboy Rowe throw a nice game (ten hits, two runs, two strikeouts) but he went five for five with three RBIs and three runs.

Hank Greenberg and Goose Goslin also drove in three runs. Five different Tigers scored three runs and five had multihit games. They scored all eighteen runs without hitting a homerun.

Charlie Gehringer was out of the lineup for the second straight game.

Senators Edge Tigers in Ten Innings

August 13, 1935 Senators 4, Tigers 3 (66-38)

Pete Fox hit a three run homer in the bottom of the third to put the Tigers up 3-0. Unfortunately, the Senators would put themselves back in the game when they tagged General Crowder for two runs in the fifth and a single game tying run in the sixth.

The game would remain scoreless until the tenth inning when both reliever Chief Hogsett and Jo Jo White made errors on a sacrafice bunt. A single later, and the Senators had the lead and the win.

Charlie Gehringer missed his first game in two years because of a knee injury he suffered a couple of days ago.

Tigers Win Ninth Straight Behind Elden Aukers Strong Outing

August 11, 1935 Tigers 4, White Sox 1 (66-37)

Elden Auker held the third place White Sox to a mere four hits as the Tigers won their ninth in a row and their fourteenth in the their last sixteen games.

Charlie Gehringer had three of the Tigers six hits, and one of those singles drove in two runs. Unfortunately he hurt his knee and he might miss some time. Elden Auker drove in a run with a double and Marv Owen had one RBI and one run.

The win gave the Tigers a nice six game lead over the Yankees. A lot would be determined in a week when the Yankees came into town for a four game series

Tommy Bridges Pitches Three Hit Gem

August 10, 1935 Tigers 4, White Sox 0 (65-37)

Tommy Bridges set the league on fire with his spectacular start, but faded around the All Star Break so it was nice to see him pitch so well. Bridges held the White Sox to three doubles and he earned his 17th win of the season.

Charlie Gehringer hit his sixteenth homer of the season. Marv Owen drove in two and Pete Fox scored twice.

Schoolboy Rowe, Hank Greenberg Lead Tigers to Seventh Straight Win

August 9, 1935 Tigers 4, White Sox 3 (64-37)

Schoolboy Rowe held off an attempted comeback by the White Sox and walked away with the win. He gave up three runs on eight hits and he struck out one.

Hank Greenberg had the big hit of the day. His two run homer in the fifth capped a three run inning that would be the difference in the game. Charlie Gehringer scored two runs and made a nice play on what looked like a line drive single to end the game.

General Crowder Pitches Tigers to Sixth Straight Win

August 8, 1935 Tigers 5, White Sox 2 (63-37)

General Crowder was very solid in his start agains the White Sox. He gave up a run in the first, but then held the Sox scoreless until the top of the ninth. He gave up ten hits and three walks but he benefited from four double plays.

Hank Greenberg had two hits and he scored twice. Goose Goslin drove in two runs.

The win extended the Tigers lead over the Yankees to a season high five games. While they couldn’t let up, they finally had some breathing room as they continued their quest for a second straight pennant.

Tigers Finish Sweep Over Indians, Extend Lead Over Yanks to Four

August 4, 1935 Tigers 7, Indians 0 (62-37)

Tommy Bridges was just short of perfect as the Tigers topped the Indians. It was the Tigers fifth straight win and Bridges threw a four hit shutout. He walked two and struck out four.

Bridges even helped out his own cause. He went two for three with two RBIs and a run. Backup catcher Ray Hayworth scored three runs.

The win put the Tigers four up over the Yankees, but they’d have to wait to pad that lead. They’d have three days off due to rain.

Tigers Take Two Against Cleveland, Schoolboy Rowe Wins Two

August 3, 1935 Tigers 5, Indians 4 (60-37)

The Tigers started off their doubleheader with the Indians by giving up two leads, only to put the game away in extra frames. With the Tigers up 3-0 in the eighth, the Indians tied the game with three runs against starter Elden Auker. The Tigers took a 4-3 lead in the bottom half of the inning only to see Auker once again give up the tying run to send the game into extra innings.

Chief Hogsett threw two shutout innings before Schoolboy Rowe came in and pitched a shutout twelth and earned his first win of the day when the Tigers put the game away in the twelth.

Hank Greenberg hit his 29th and 30th homers of the season and Goose Goslin drove in two runs.

August 3, 1935 Tigers 7, Indians 3 (61-37)

The second game of the doubleheader went a little more smoothly for the Tigers. They scored two in the second and five in the sixth to push out to a 7-0 lead before the Indians finally tagged Schoolboy Rowe for three in the eighth.

Rowe went the distance and gave up three runs on eight hits. He struck out five and he earned his second win of the day.

The Tigers scored their seven runs on only six hits. They drew six walks and the Indians committed two errors. Jo Jo White drove in three and tripled and Billy Rogell scored two runs.

The two wins extended the Tigers lead over the Yankees to 3 1/2 games.

Crowder Pitches Tigers to Series Win Over Browns

August 1, 1935 Tigers 6, Browns 3 (59-37)

General Crowder held the last place Browns to only eight hits and they didn’t touch him for a run until the ninth inning. Four of the eight hits he gave up were in that ninth inning and Mickey Cochrane brought in Chief Hogsett to get the team out of the ninth inning jam. Crowder helped out his own cause by going two for three with a triple and two RBIs.

Billy Rogell drove in two runs and five different Tigers had multihit games. The Tigers did a lot of their damage early as they scored four runs in the first two innings.

Hank Greenberg Hits Tigers to Win Over Browns

July 31, 1935 Tigers 9, Browns 3 (58-37)

This game was all Hank Greenberg. He went three for four with a triple, a homer, three runs and two RBIs. Marv Owen drove in three runs and Pete Fox scored three times.

Lost in the Tigers offensive onslaught was a quality start by Tommy Bridges. He won his fifteenth game, giving up three runs on eight hits.

Tigers Fall to Last Place Browns

July 30, 1935 Browns 8, Tigers 6 (57-37)

Schoolboy Rowe once again struggled as the Tigers walked away with a loss against the worst team in the American League. The Browns scored their runs in bunches. The racked up four in the fourth and three in the seventh to put the game out of reach.

Rowe took the loss and while Joe Sullivan stopped the Browns from putting any more runs on the board, the Tigers failed to come back. Pete Fox homered for the Tigers and Jo Jo White scored two runs. Hank Greenberg had two RBIs.

Indians Edge Tigers, Avoid Sweep

July 29, 1935 Indians 6, Tigers 5 (57-36)

The Tigers twelve game winning streak over the Indians ended as the Indians scored all six of their runs in the sixth inning. The Tigers had given General Crowder a 3-0 lead, but it went up in smoke after he was beaten down in that inning. The Tigers got runs in the seventh and eighth to cut the lead to a single run, but couldn’t manage to tie it despite having the bases loaded with one out in the ninth.

Marv Owen drove in two runs and Goose Goslin homered. Crowder walked away with the loss. The Yankees trailed the Tigers by 2 1/2 games, but they were tied in the loss column, so their lead was hardly comfortable.

Tigers Trounce Tribe, Win Fifth Straight

July 28, 1935 Tigers 14, Indians 6 (57-35)

The Tigers gave Schoolboy Rowe an early 7-0 lead, but in the bottom of the second, he ran into trouble. By the end of two innings, Rowe was on the bench in place of Chief Hogsett and the Indians had cut the lead to only two runs.

It didn’t take too long for the Tigers to put the game away. They added three more in the third to essentially put the game out of reach. Goose Goslin had a big game. He went four for six with five RBIs. Jo Jo White scored four runs and Hank Greenberg had four hits and two RBIs.

Hogsett walked away with the win, and the Tigers increased their lead over the Yankees to three games.

Tigers Win Fourth Straight Behind Strong Outing by Tommy Bridges

July 27, 1935 Tigers 6, Indians 2 (56-35)

The Tigers continued to roll and pad their lead over the Yankees as Tommy Bridges won his 14th game of the season. He gave up only two runs on nine hits, but those two runs were scored in the bottom of the ninth when the game was well out of reach.

Hank Greenberg doubled twice, drove in two runs and scored once. Charlie Gehringer and Goose Goslin both had multihit games.

The win was the Tigers fourth straight and with the Yankees losing, the Tigers now had a 2 1/2 game lead in the American League.

Tigers Trounce Indians, Now Lead Yankees by 1 1/2 Games

July 26, 1975 Tigers 8, Indians 2 (55-35)

This game started out as a pitching dual between starters Elden Auker and Thornton Lee as the score was only 2-1 after five innings. In the sixth and seventh, the Tigers opened the game up with five runs to walk away with the win.

Hank Greenberg continued to mash the ball. He went three for five with three RBIs. Pete Fox drove in two runs and Goose Goslin scored twice. Auker went the distance, and despite giving up ten hits he only allowed two of those to cross the plate.

The win put the Tigers a game and a half up on the Yankees and for the first time were twenty games above .500.

General Crowder Four Hits Yankees, Tigers Now Half Game Ahead of Yanks

July 24, 1935 Tigers 4, Yankees 0 (54-35)

For the first time this season, the Tigers found themselves atop the American League, sort of, as General Crowder threw a gem. He gave up four hits, walked none, and didn’t allow a single Yankee to cross the plate. All four hits were singles.

Jo Jo White gave the Tigers the lead for good with a lead off homer to put the Tigers in front 1-0. The Tigers scored three more in the third, all with two outs. Mickey Cochrane had a one run single and Goose Goslin drove home two when he singled with the bases loaded.

The reason the Tigers only sort of moved into first is they moved a half game ahead, but because they had played five more games, the Yankees actually had a marginally better winning percentage. The matter would be put to rest the following day as the Yankees would lose and the Tigers would not only be an entire game in first, but they’d have the better winning percentage as well.

Tigers Split Doubleheader With Yanks, Remain Half Game Out

July 23, 1935 Yankees 7, Tigers 5 (52-35)

The Tigers took an early lead in the first game of the doubleheader with solo shots by Mickey Cochrane and Hank Greenberg. The homer by Greenberg was his 27th of the season. The lead was shortlived as Lou Gehrig took Schoolboy Rowe deep for a two run shot to tie the game.

The Yankees took the lead in the third with a run and extended it in the bottom of the sixth with another to make the score 4-2. The Tigers stormed right back in the top of the seventh with two runs to tie the game, but the Yankees put the game away in the bottom half of the inning with three runs.

Charlie Gehringer hit a solo shot in the eighth but it wasn’t nearly enough. Schoolboy Rowe was pretty wild as he gave up five walks through six innings while taking the loss.

July 23, 1935 Tigers 3, Yankees 1 (53-35)

Vic Sorrell outdueled future Hall of Famer Lefty Gomez to move the Tigers back to a half game back of first place. The Yankees were able to tag Sorrell for eight hits and were able to draw six walks, but only one run crossed the plate.

The Tigers were actually outhit but they made good use of their seven hits. A Pete Fox double in the fifth drove in two runs, and the Tigers actually got an insurance run in the sixth without getting a hit. Charlie Gehringer drew a walk, moved to second on a passed ball, and then was sent over to third on a bunt. He was then driven in by Mickey Cochrane on a fielders choice.

The split kept the Tigers a game back. The third and final game of the series would determine who would walk away with sole possession of first place.

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