Wednesday' April 9, 1969
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Wednesday, April 9, 1969 THE MICHIGAN DAILY
By JIM FORRESTER
Associate Sports Editor
Special To The Daily
DETROIT -- Balmy breezes, warm temperatures and a
huge, happy, light-hearted crowd welcomed the defending
World Champions of Baseball to the Motor City yesterday.
It was opening day at Tiger Stadium.
And the Tigers opened the 1969 championship campaign
by scalping the Cleveland Indians, 6-2, behind the three-hit
pitching of last year's 31 game winning Denny McLain.
A two run double in the third inning by Norm Cash and
a two run homer off the bat of Al Kaline were the big blows
for the Tigers as they won in their patented come-from-be-
STEVE FORSYTHE, WOLVERINE SECOND SACKER is shown as he bats against Bowling Green
in yesterday's 12-11 defeat. Forsythe, a senior out of Ohio, had another fine day at the bat yester-
day, garnering two hits and a walk in five plate appearances. The second baseman also scored three
runs and fielded his position flawlessly. Yesterday's performance raised Forsythe's season aver-
age to .256.
'Al rally fall1s short;
hind fashion, though a little
earlier than usual.
McLain and the Tigers spotted
the Tribe a run in each of the
first two innings to stir some in-
terest in the contest before cut-
ting loose with the full wrath of
their pitching and power.
McLain was definiitely having'
his troubles in the first two
frames with his control and was
forced to rely on his fast ball in
the early going. Shortstop Larry
Brown took full advantage of the
erratic Detroit hurler as he loft-
ed a floating fly ball just into the
left field seats to give the Indians
a s1'0 first inning lead.
The Tigers threatened in their
half of the first as Dick McAuliffe
and Mickey Stanley led off with
back to back doubles but w e r e
unable to score as Tricky Louis
Tiant, ace Cleveland hurler, bore
down to strike out Al Kaline and
Willie Horton, both on called third
strikes. Norm Cash popped to
short in between,
Cleveland scored again in the
second as Jimmie Hall singled and
then appeared to steal second
base. It appeared the Tigers had a
chance to cut Hall down but Bill
Freehan's throw to second w a s
about three feet left of the bag.
Despite the throw, the play was
still close as Hall was barely able
to get a hand on the sack before
second baseman McAuliffe put on
But that was the end of Cleve-.
ed to second on Stanley's single.
Then Kaline flied to deep center
to move both runners along. Cash
came up and smashed his double
into left-center field, scoring
Stanley and McAuliffe.
In the fifth the Bengals went
ahead to stay as Kaline lined the
first pitch over the 365 foot mark
in left field. It was his 315th ca-
reer home run. Scoring ahead of
Kaline was McAuliffe, who led
off the inning with a walk.
The Tigers picked up insurance
DICK MCAULIFFE, DETROIT TIGER SHORTSTOP, attempts to put tag on Jimmie Hall of Cleve-
land in yesterday's game at Tiger Stadium. Hall was safe on the play, and later scored to give the
Indians a short-lived 2-0 lead. McAuliffe got on e hit and scored \twice in the 6-2 tiger victory.,
runs in the sixth and seventh in-I
nings. They led off the sixth with
three singles, the third of which
was a solid run-producing blow
into the opposite field by Mc-
Lain. In the seventh the Tigers/
loaded the bases with three
straight singles. The run scored
when Don Wert walked on five
Though they collected six runs
and eleven hits, the Tigers dis-
played weaknesses resulting from
position changes. Jim Northrup,
playing center field, over-ran
Zoilo Versalles single in the fifth,
allowing Versalles to reach second.
Mickey Stanley displayed h i s
lack of familiarity with the short-
stop position as he failed to double
By PHIL HERTZ
and LEE KIRK
Michigan took on Bowling Green1
yesterday afternoon at Ferry Field
in a real slugfest. Unfortunately
for the Wolverines, the Falcons
hit when it counted and pulled out
a 12-11 victory in ten innings.
The Blue trailed throughout
most of the game, falling behind
by five in the seventh ining. They
trailed by four going into the bot-
tom of the ninth, and up in the
pressbox, the official scorer had
already filled in Bowling Green's
final totals in ink.
'The Wolverines, however, were
not willing to concede that easily.
Pinch-hitter Rich Orr'opened the
inning with a base on balls. Short-
stop Chuck Schmidt then lined a
single over short to put runners on
first and second.
ab r h rbi
Schmidt,' ss 6 1 2 1
Forsythe, 2b 4 3 2 0
Redman 3b 5 2 3 2
Kraftlf 4 1 1 1
Arvae, rf 5 1 2 2
Bowen pr 0 0 0 01
Carrow, p 0 0 0 0
Lundstedt, lb 2 0 1 1
Hosier, ib 3 1 1 1
* Titone,e 4 1 1 0
Rafferty, cf 5 0 1 1
Fleszar, p 3 0 0 0
'Fife,p 0 0. 0 0
Ritter,.p 0 0 0 0
Orr, ph-rf 1 1 0 0
Totals 42 11 14 9
GREEN 200 020 330 2-12 10 3
' MICHIGAN 100 103 014 1-11 14 1
BOWLING GREEN (12)
ab r h rbi
Knox, 2b ,6'5 4 1
McKenzie, cf 2 3 1 2
Miller, if . 3 1 1 0
Harris, if .1 0 1 2
Hagerty, rf 3 0 0 3
Rasor,.c . 5 0 1 1
Barry, lb 4 1 0 2
Hill, 3b 4 1 1 0
Karnehm, ss -4 1 1 0
Leininger, .p 2 0 0 0
Theis, p 2 0 0 0
Wellman, p 1 0 0 0
Totals 37 12 10 11
Steve Forsythe was then hit by
a pitch thrown by reliever Tom
Theis to load- the bases and t h e
scorer, pulled out his eraser.
Third-sacker Glenn Redmon then
lined a single to right-center to
score Orr and Schmidt. When Fal-
con right-fielder Russ Haggertyt
threw wildly to third, Forsythe
took third and Orr moved on to
second. Falcon Coach Dick Young
then yanked Theis and brought in
sophomore right-hander Ron
Wellman got Wolverine slugger
John Kraft on an easy pop foul
to first. Wellman then uncorked
a low fastball that bouncedoff the
glove of Bowling Green's catcher
Bruce Rasors mitt for a passed
ball, allowing Forsythe to score'
while Redmon took third. John
Arvai followed with a single to
right over the drawn in Falcon
infield and the game was tied.
Wellman extinguished the rally
by getting Jim Hosler to bounce
into a double play, setting the
stage for the anti-climactic tenth.
Mark Carrow' came on to pitch
for the Wolverines in the tenth
and struck out the first batter.
But John Knox looped a single to
right and Jim McKenzie walked
on four pitches. Mike Harris then
sent a roller up the middle that
was just beyond Schmidt's reach,
Knox scoring and McKenzie tak-.
Russ Haggerty came up and hit
a long fouil fly to right that Orr
caught, but McKenzie was able to
score easily from third with what
proved to be the winning run.
The valiant Wolverines o n c e
again attempted a comeback. Cap-
tain Pete Titone lashed a single to
left, and he advanced to second
on a wild pitch. Mike Rafferty
struck out and Orr grouned to
first with Titone moving on to
thirdj. Schmidt then singled sharp-
ly to left to score Titone, b u t
Wellman squelched the last glim-
mer of Wolverine hope by induc-
ing Forsythe to ground into a
Both teams blew several excel-
lent scoring opportunities in the
wild and woolly affair or the score,
could have been even higher.
The victory upped Bowling
Green's record to 8-5. The Wol-
verines, now 3-10, travel to De-
troit today hoping to avenge Mon-
day's loss to the Titans.
off Versalles when the Tribe's
third baseman broke for third on
a grounder to short. Instead of
trapping Versalles in a rundown,
Stanley went for the play at
But the most unfamiliarity was
shown by Versalles. His first prob-
lem was the base paths. After
Stanley let him\ get away the first
time he turned around and did
the same thing on the next play.
He broke for third as Tiant hit a
grounder to Wert. The Tiger third
sacker tagged Versalles as he ran
past and then threw Tiant out at
The Tigers surprised everyone
in the park when they tried the
hit-and-run, a rarity for the Ben-
gals in seasons past. They surpris-
ed the crowd even more when the
Less than speedy, Freehan was
on first and Wert was at bat.
The Indians saw the hit-and-run
coming so second baseman Vern
Fuller held his position, the idea
of the strategy to' field the ball
hit behind the runner to the right
side, and had shortstop B r o w n
cover second. So Cleveland
thought. Wert proceeded to hit
the ball to the exact spot Brown
had moved from for a single, ad-
vancing Freehan to third.
If the Tigers plan on winning
another championship, they have
started out right. One game down
and a mere 161 to go.
J. Hlail, if
Detroit 6, Cleveland 2
Boston 5, Baltimore 4, 12 inn
Kansas City 4, Minnesota 3,
Montreal 11, New York 10
Chicago 7, Philadelphia 6, 11
Atlanta 10, San Francisco 2,
HIouson at San Diego, inc.
Chicago at Oakland, inc.
Pittsburgh at St. Louis, inc.
land as they were able to place
1 only one more runner on the base
paths for the remainder of the
contest. McLain was phenomal as
he retired 23 of the last 24 men
to face him, and the one man was
erased on a double play. In all, the
nings burley 'right hander pitched to
only 30 batters.
inn. The Tigers started their ball
game in the third as they scored
twice to tie the contest. McAuliffe
led off with a walk and advanc-
W. Horton, I1
0 0 0 0:
1 0 0 0
00 0 0
Total 28 2 3 2
ab r hrbi
b 3 2 1 0
5 1 2 0~
0 0 0 0
4 2 2 2
3 0 2 22
5 0 1 0
4 0 0 0
3 1 1 0
3 0 1 1:
4 0 1 1
Total 34 6 11 6
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