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03/07/17 12:11 AM

July 15, 1976

Oakland at Detroit
Attendance: 14,835

The second half of the season begins, as the A's visit Detroit. Dave Roberts and Vida Blue duel on the mound. The Tigers take a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the 6th on Mickey Stanley's RBI single. Phil Garner's RBI double ties the game for Oakland in the 8th inning. From there, the game goes into extra innings as Rollie Fingers and John Hiller throw blanks. The A's break thru in the top of the 16th, as Hiller begins to fatigue in his 7th inning of relief. Two walks and two singles give the A's a 3-1 lead. But Fingers is beginning to get tired as well and the Tigers string together three singles to climb back to within a run, at 3-2 in the bottom of the inning. Fingers rallies and gets Alex Johnson for the final out, as the Tigers lose a close one. The Tigers stranded 16 runners on base during the game, ugh!

Oakland: 3-8-0
Detroit: 2-17-0

Oakland: Blue, Fingers (11) and Newman

Detroit: Roberts, Hiller (10) and Freehan, Wockenfuss

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03/07/17 12:17 AM

July 16, 1976

Oakland at Detroit
Attendance: 45,905

Mark Fidrych starts against Mike Torrez. A pair of 1st inning errors by Detroit gives the A's a 1-0 lead. Fidrych allowed only three hits in the game, but they all came in a row in the 6th inning, leading to two more runs for the A's. Meanwhile, the Tigers batters did nothing against Torrez, who shuts out Detroit. The Tigers also lose Ron Leflore for a few days with a leg injury.

Oakland: 3-3-0
Detroit: 0-4-3

Oakland: Torrez and Tenace

Detroit: Fidrych and Kimm

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03/07/17 12:32 AM

July 17, 1976

Oakland at Detroit
Attendance: 30,110

Ray Bare looks for his 15th win of the year, as he tangles with Mike Norris. Norris is wild, but the Tigers can only dent him for a single run in the bottom of the 8th. It looks like it would be enough, as Bare has held the Athletics to just a pair of singles through eight easy innings. But all that comes to a crashing halt in the 9th, as the A's knock Bare out with four hits and take the lead. Steve Grilli relieves and gives up a pair of homeruns to give Oakland a 6-1 lead. Paul Lindblad sets the Tigers down in order in the bottom of the 9th.

Oakland: 6-8-0
Detroit: 1-6-0

Oakland: Norris, Lindblad (9) and Tenace

Detroit: Bare, Grilli (9) and Wockenfuss

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03/07/17 12:39 AM

July 18, 1976

Oakland at Detroit
Attendance: 23,841

Vern Ruhle gets the start and pitches well for the Tigers. Joe Rudi's RBI single in the 4th gives Oakland a 1-0 lead. The Tigers score solo runs in the 5th, 6th and 7th innings, capped by Willie Horton's 15th homerun of the year, to take a 3-1 lead. Ruhle goes the distance, as the Tigers salvage a game in the series and snap their losing streak at six games.

Oakland: 1-5-1
Detroit: 3-10-0

Oakland: Mitchell, Bosman (7) and Haney

Detroit: Ruhle and Freehan

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The Tigers now start a Midwest road trip, playing three doubleheaders during the week.  

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03/07/17 10:53 AM

Hi Kline
Tough one for the "Bird" but those errors will kill you every time. Glove work gentlemen we need glove work. Oh they will need Ron Leflore in the lineup down the stretch.
J.Q.

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03/13/17 11:22 PM

July 19, 1976

Detroit at Minnesota
Attendance: 5,005

A quick, two game road trip to the Twin Cities is first in line. Jim Crawford gets a spot start against Ed Bane of the Twins. The Tigers give Crawford an early 4-0 lead in the 2nd inning, powered by a three run, Aurelio Rodriguez homerun. But Crawford can't hold the lead, as the Twins roar back. Craig Kusick hits a solo homer in the bottom of the 2nd, hits a three run homer in the 3rd and Lyman Bostock cracks an RBI triple in the 4th, to give Minnesota a 5-4 lead. The Twins add three more runs in the bottom of the 6th. Detroit adds a run in the 7th inning, but Bostock counters that with a solo homer in the 8th inning. Bill Campbell melts down in the top of the 9th, as the Tigers rally for four runs to tie the game at 9-9. John Hiller enters the game in the bottom of the 9th, but the first batter he faces, Dan Ford, homers to win the game for the Twins, ugh.

Detroit: 9-14-1
Minnesota 10-15-2

Detroit: Crawford, Laxton (6), Hiller (9) and Kimm

Minnesota: Bane, Hughes (7), Campbell (8), Burgmeier (9) and Wynegar

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03/13/17 11:33 PM

July 20, 1976

Detroit at Minnesota
Attendance: 30,425   (A real life Fidrych start)

Dave Roberts takes to the mound for Detroit against Bill Singer of Minnesota. The game starts out like a repeat of yesterday's contest. The Twins take a 2-0, 1st inning lead, but the Tigers tie it up in the 2nd on a John Wockenfuss homerun. The two teams trade runs in the 5th inning, but the Tigers explode for six runs in the top of the 7th inning. Minnesota adds a final tally in the bottom of the 8th, but Roberts saves the Detroit bullpen with a 8 inning, 14 hit, winning performance.

Detroit: 9-13-1
Minnesota: 4-15-0

Detroit: Roberts, Grilli (9) and Wockenfuss

Minnesota: Singer, Hughes (7) and Wynegar

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Steve Brye update. The hero of Twins fans in the Village did not play in this series.

Important note*  I should note that since the start of the second half, all games have been played on the newly renamed "Rezzdogg Memorial Field", ......... my desk.

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03/13/17 11:44 PM

July 21, 1976

Detroit at Chicago, doubleheader
Attendance: 10,765

The Tigers play back to back doubleheaders against the White Sox. Mark Fidrych gets the start in game one and over matches Chris Knapp. Detroit scores three runs in the 1st inning and Fidrych cruises the rest of the way, allowing only a single run in the 2nd inning. That countered a Chuck Scrivener solo homer in the top of the inning for Detroit.

Detroit: 5-6-0
Chicago: 1-4-2

Detroit: Fidrych and Kimm

Chicago: Knapp, Vuckovich (8) and Downing

WP-Fidrych  9-3
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Game two;

Dave Lemanczyk gets the start against Bart Johnson. The Tigers give Lemanczyk a 4-0 lead, before the ChiSox score a run in the bottom of the 5th. The Tigers make it 5-1 in the top of the 6th, but sloppy fielding hands the White Sox three runs in the bottom of the 6th. Lemanczyk stiffens and gets help from John Hiller, as the Tigers hold on and sweep the first twin bill, 5-4.

Detroit: 5-10-4
Chicago: 4-8-1

Detroit: Lemanczyk, Hiller (8) and Wockenfuss

Chicago: Johnson and Essian

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03/13/17 11:48 PM

Paul, yes, Stanley and Ben Oglivie shared the work in center while LeFlore was out. I'm easing him back in the lineup in the double headers, playing him just one game each day. True to form, LeFlore was pretty rusty upon his return. The cards always seem to know.

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03/14/17 11:53 AM

Ben Oglivie in centerfield? Ugh. Bill James would go wild on that move, wouldn't he?

"You're either on the bus or off the bus," Ken Kesey

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03/14/17 04:39 PM

67Mantle wrote:
Ben Oglivie in centerfield? Ugh. Bill James would go wild on that move, wouldn't he?

I'm sure he would. But LeFlore is a 3, right? Stanley is the only outfielder who isn't a 3 or 4. The entire team is woeful on defense, which makes The Bird all the more impressive.

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03/21/17 12:37 AM

July 22, 1976

Detroit at Chicago, doubleheader
Attendance: 9,077

Lets play three! After a doubleheader yesterday and a doubleheader today, the last thing you would want is an extra innings game, right? The boys on both teams were a little tired at the start today, and it only got worse. Ray Bare got the start against Blue Moon Odom of the White Sox in game one. Jason Thompson gave Detroit the lead in the 2nd inning with a two run homer, but sloppy play allowed the White Sox to score three times in the 4th to take the lead. Ben Oglivie hit a two run homer in the top of the 5th to give the Tigers the lead back, but the two teams traded sloppy play back and forth and after 8 innings, the game was tied, 9-9. On and on the game went, with John Hiller being abused for 8 innings of relief work, striking out 9 batters along the way. Clay Carroll was impressive for Chicago, as the former Red allowed just 2 hits in 7 innings of relief. It wasn't until the top of the 18th inning that the Tigers broke through against Dave Hamilton for two runs and the lead. Bill Laxton made the lead hold up in the bottom of the 18th and got the win.

Detroit: 11-19-4
Chicago: 9-18-4

Detroit: Bare, Grilli (7), Hiller (8), Laxton (16) and Freehan

Chicago: Odom, Forster (7), Carroll (9), Hamilton (16) and Essian

WP-Laxton  2-0
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Game two;

After a very short break, game two started. Vern Ruhle was told to last as long as possible and no doubt, Paul Richards instructed Goose Gossage to do the same. Chicago took an early 1-0 lead, but Willie Horton cracked a three run homer in the top of the 6th to give Detroit the lead. Pat Kelly countered with a two run homer in the bottom of the 6th to tie the game back up. Mickey Stanley had a clutch, two out, two run single in the top of the 7th, but the White Sox rallied for a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning, thanks to two Detroit errors. With the game tied at 5-5, why not play extra innings? Gossage falters in the 10th inning, as sloppy play by the White Sox appears again and with Jason Thompson hitting another two run homer, the Tigers score 4 runs to take a 9-5 lead. Ruhle trouts out to the mound in the bottom of the 10th and promptly gives up a lead off homerun to Ralph Garr. As Ralph Houk tries to figure out just who could possibly relieve for Detroit, Ruhle guts out the next three outs, as the Tigers sweep both doubleheaders and get back above the .500 mark at 45-44.

Detroit: 9-12-2
Chicago: 6-8-1

Detroit: Ruhle and Wockenfuss

Chicago: Gossage, Vuckovich (10) and Downing

WP-Ruhle  8-9
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03/21/17 12:57 PM

Hi Kline,
Wow I would think the arms on the Tigers staff have to be dragging their knuckles on the ground by now. Basically 5 games in two days ouch, the trainer is going to be a very busy guy. Well at least the Tigers won all the games in that two day stretch that has to take the sting out a little bit I would think.
J.Q.

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03/23/17 07:26 PM

Blue Moon Odom and Clay Carroll cannot save the White Sox. Way to go back over .500. Build the moat.

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