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05/21/17 06:00 PM

August 10, 1976

Texas at Detroit, doubleheader
Attendance: 15,028

Both teams come out hitting in game one, but the Rangers use a five run, 5th inning to beat Detroit. Tom Grieve hits a three run homer in the 5th for Texas, while Willie Horton hits a 9th inning, solo homer for Detroit.

Texas: 8-11-0
Detroit: 5-12-1

Texas: Blyleven and Sundberg

Detroit: Roberts, Grilli (8) and Freehan

WP-Blyleven
LP-Roberts  10-10

Game two;

John Hiller can't hold a 3-3 tie in the 10th, as the Rangers score twice and sweep the Tigers, 5-3.

Texas: 5-10-1
Detroit: 3-6-0

Texas: Hargan, Hoerner (10) and Fahey

Detroit: Crawford, Hiller (7) and Kimm

WP-Hargan
Save-Hoerner
LP-Hiller  2-4

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05/21/17 06:09 PM

August 11, 1976

Texas at Detroit
Attendance: 36,523

Mark Fidrych and Gaylord Perry match zeroes into the bottom of the 8th inning. The veteran spitballer then falls apart during a dramatic, nine run frame for the Tigers. Steve Foucault enters the game in relief of Perry with the bases loaded and deals a grand slam to the first man he faces, Aurelio Rodriguez. For good measure, the next batter, Pedro Garcia, also homers (Can't wait until Foucault joins the Tigers in 77!). Fidrych retires the stunned Rangers in the 9th with ease, to gain a split of the four game series.

Texas: 0-4-0
Detroit: 9-11-0

Texas: Perry, Foucault (8) and Sundberg

Detroit: Fidrych and Kimm

WP-Fidrych  12-5
LP-Perry

Detroit goes 9-3 against the Rangers this season and have a record of 57-55.

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05/22/17 02:37 AM

Fantastic! I was just reading about this game in Dan Epstein's outstanding book, Stars and Strikes: Baseball and America in the Bicentennial Summer of '76 (2014). It's full of interesting details about the season, including Fidrych and the Tigers. That was quite an ass kicking at the old ballpark.

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