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January 12, 2013

April 24, 1984 - Tiger Style

Game #207 - (Game 1) Minnesota Twins, 7 @ Detroit Tigers, 9 (12 innings)

So much for pitching to the score!  Jack Morris got ripped by the Twins, giving up eleven hits and six runs without getting an out in the fourth.  Not a good week for Jack all the way around...

Minnesota was in a commanding lead through six innings, leading the Tigers 7-1.  In the bottom of the seventh, though, Detroit erupted.  Lou Whitaker, Alan Trammell, and Chet Lemon all hit doubles and the Tigers scored five runs, to make the game 7-6.  With two outs in the bottom of the eighth, Kirk Gibson (who had homered in the first) tied the game with an RBI single.  Nobody scored in the ninth, so it was time for extra innings!

The tenth and eleventh innings were pretty uneventful.  In the bottom of the twelfth Twins reliever Rick Lysander walked Dave Bergman, but Lou Whitaker hit into a double play.  Now with two outs, Alan Trammell doubled to keep the inning alive - it was his third double in the game.  That brought up Kirk Gibson who...

...HIT A WALK-OFF, TWO RUN BLAST!!!

Winning Pitcher - Willie Hernandez
Losing Pitcher - Rick Lysander
Player of the Game - Kirk Gibson, 3-6, 2HR's, 4RBI's, 3R's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Kirby Puckett

Game #208 - (Game 2) Minnesota Twins, 0 @ Detroit Tigers, 7

The Twins were looking for a less humiliating outing after their unexpected, six run collapse in the first game of this doubleheader.  The moral dejection must have been too much to overcome, because they stunk up the second game.

Marty Castillo tripled in the bottom of the third, and Lou Whitaker knocked him home with a single.  A pickoff error by pitcher Al Williams put Sweet Lou on second.  Larry Herndon, the next batter, reached on a Lenny Faedo error that plated Whitaker.  Ruppert Jones would later add an RBI and the Tigers had a 3-0 lead.  Darrell Evans and Castillo added solo homers later in the game and the Tigers put seven runs on the board total.

Dan Petry was in complete control, resting a Tigers' bullpen that had logged nine innings of work in the first game of the day.  He went the distance, mowing down Twins for a complete game shutout.  It was a great rebound game for Petry, who was shelled in his last outing.  With their two wins the Tigers are right in the thick of the first place hunt for the AL East!

Winning Pitcher - Dan Petry
Losing Pitcher - Al Williams
Player of the Game - Petry, CG SHO, 5K's, 6H's, 0BB's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Kirby Puckett


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