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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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