Wednesday, July 2, 1969
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TIGERS TROUNCE BOSOX
Tresh g oes on rampage
MAJOR LEAGUE STANDINGS
By KEITH R. WOOD
Many Tiger fans are already saying, "Wait 'til next year!"
DETROIT - Tom Tresh hit a
pair of homers, a double and a
single as the Detroit Tigers ripped,
Boston 12-4 Tuesday night.
Tresh, obtained from the New
York Yankees last month, hit his S
first homer as a Tiger in the
first, a solo blast.
He then contributed a two-r.un NIG
double and Jim Northrup had ai
two-run triple in a five-run second L
that gave Detroit a 6-2 lead.
Tresh had another solo homer scored on a
in the fourth, then touched off aI Bailey hit a
four-run sixth with a looping
single down the right field line.I
Northrup hit his 13th homer of Phils fly
the season with a man on and
Bill Freehan followed with his PITTSBUR
10th in the big inning, mon and Ric
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NEW YORK - Frank Fernan- letr ashoit
dez's three-run homer in the sev- New York
enth inning helped New York Cleveland
overcome a power display by Bal-
tinore's B o og P o w e 11, ho Oakand
knocked in seven runs, and the Minnesota
Yankees nipped the Orioles 10-9 Seattle.
Tuesday night. Chicago
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AMERICAN LEAGUE RESULTS
New York 10, Baliore 9
]Detroit 12, Boston 4
Washington 4, Cleveland 1, 1st
Washington 7, Cleveland 5, 2nd
California 9, Kansas City 3
Minnesota 10, Chicago 5
Seattle at Oakland, Inc.
NATIONAL LEAGUE RESULTS
Montreal 11, Chicago 4
St. Louis 4, New York 1, 1st
St. Louis 8, New York 5, 2nd
Philadelphia 7, Pittsburgh 4
Atlanta.5, Cincinnati 4
Houston at Los Angeles, Inc.
San Francisco at San Diego, Inc.
sead and use
And well they should, for the world champion Bengals are
now 131/2 games behind the high-flying Baltimore Orioles. It is
more than likely that after the next two weeks, Detroit will be
even farther back. They have to face the Orioles again this week-
end in a four-game series that is sandwiched in between two series
of games against the second-place Boston Red Sox.
The Tigers' chances for retaining the pennant this year are
almost nil. Even if they should surprise the Red Sox, they will be
only helping the Orioles because the Red Sox must beat the Tigers
to have much om a chance to overcome Baltimore.
I, for one, am ready to concede the American League's
Eastern Division crown to the Orioles. Their percentage is now
an awesome .730. If they continue at their present pace, they
will finish with the highest percentage in baseball history.
Next year for the Tigers? I tend to doubt it. The fact is that
they are just outclassed in their division. Both the Orioles and the
Red Sox are loaded with young talent that is just beginning to
realize its potential.
If the Tigers were in the Western Division they would have
more of a chance. Their current .551 percentage would now place
them ahead of the West's second-place Minnesota Twins who are
only one-half game behind division-leading Oakland.
Detroit's current percentage would also place them in the
second spot in the National League's Eastern Division and within
three games of first-place Los Angeles in the Western Division.
Stagnation plagues personnel
To even keep pace with the powerhouse teams of their
own division, the Tigers are going to have to make some major
alterations before next year.
Their pitching relies on only two mien, Denny McLain and
Mickey Lolich. These two have combined for 20 of Detroit's 39
wins. The Bengals' bullpen strength has been extremely disap-
pointing. In many cases they have lost games for the Tigers rather
than saved them.
But it is the Tiger bats that are the major cause of their sud-
den downfall. The hitting that powered the Tigers to the World
Championship last year has been noticeably lacking this season.
Al Kaline, baseball's Gordie4Howe, is leading the club with a re-
spectable .283 average. But. 283 is not really outstanding for either
Al Kaline or the Tigers.
One cannot blame low batting average on superb pitching as
he might have last year. Not when Minnesota's Rod Carew leads
the league with .382 and Baltimore has three men hitting over .300.
Big bats fizzle
If the Tigers want to win, they are going to have to get some
neyv blood to heal their anemic hitting. The old veterans are lead-
ing the Tigers insbatting, and they are still very capable men with
a glove. But the relatively young men on the team are not im-
proving with age.
If these younger players can't make it in the big leagues
then the Tigers should give some new men a chance. It cer-
tainly wouldn't hurt them any,
The Detroit management recently made a move in this direc-
tion by calling up Ike Brown from the Toledo Mudhens. Since
Joining the club, Ike has been used sparingly, but he is hitting .275
with one home run. Brown was hitting over .370 when he was
galled up from Toledo.
But Ike Brown will probably not be enough to make the Tigers
champions. He is no Frank Robinson, no Reggie Smith, nor an Al
Kaline. But he could be another Willie Horton,
The Tigers will have to do some searching to find another
Al Kaline. But search they must if they want to be winners.
wild pitch and Bob his 19th homer - his second of
sacrifice fly, the night - a three-run shot into
* the right field stands on the first
pitch from reliever Steve Hamil-
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WILLIE SMITH, Chicago Cub outfielder grabs hold of an umpire's jacket during yesterday's Cub-
Expo game in Montreal while teammates try to restrain him. Smith felt that a high, inside pitch
thrown by Expo hurler Steve Renko was aimed at his head. Neither Smith's howls nor the Cubs
efforts were to any avail, however, as the Cubs lost their second game in a row to the lowly Expos.
Carl Yastrzemski slammed his in two runs as the Philadelphia run homer off the foul pole in
21st homer and Reggie Smith his Phillies defeated Pittsburgh 7-4 left and knocked in two more runs
14th for the Red Sox. Tuesday night for their eighth in the fifth with a bases-loaded
M victory in a row. single. He also Isingled in the
Cubs 'Expo'sed The Pirates grabbed a 4-0 lead ninth for a four-hit night.
uxpinthe first inning, but the Phillies The Yanks' winning rally came
MONTREAL - The lowly Mon- struck for six in the fourth. after rookie right-hander Al Sev-
treal Expos stunned the high- Harmon drilled a two-run single erinsen walked Ron Woods and
flying Chicago Cubs with two five- with the bases loaded in the threw two balls to Bobby Murcer.
run innings and rolled to their fourth after Steve Blass hit Larry Pete Richert came on and com-
second consecutive victory over Hisle with a pitch, Mike Ryan pletd the walk to Murcer and,
the East Division leaders, 11-4, singled and Ron Stone walked.
Tuesday. Rprnandez hit b -ga:-winning
The Expos, who had lost four After a strikeout, Tony Taylor homer.
in a row until Chicago came to and Cookie Rojas singled for two
more runs. A walk loaded the
town, exploded against Ken Hlotz- bases again, and Joseph drilled a
man, 10-3, in the third inning.two-run double into the left field
Ron Brand beat out a bunt, Bob- torn dn.
by Wine singled and winner Steveconr
Renko singled in Brand. The Pirates had taken the lead
Former Cub Adolfo Phillips in the first on four runs off Grant
singled to load the bases and two Jackson on a walk, balk, Jose
runs scored when Gary Suther- Pagan's run-scoring single, a walk
to Roberto Clemente, a hit bats-
land hit into a fielder's choice as an,Manny Sanguillen's sacrifice
Glenn Beckert threw wild to sec- fly, an error and Richie Hebner's
ond base on his grounder. Phillips single.
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