Tigers Pull Out a Wild and Wooly Win in Ninth, 13-12

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April 18, 1968

Al Kaline doubled home Tom Matchick with two outs in the ninth inning to rally the Detroit Tigers to a 13-12 victory over the Cleveland Indians. Cleveland took the lead in the top of the ninth on Duke Sims’ lead off home run. The Tribe added an insurance run on pinch-hitter Jose Vidal’s bases loaded sacrifice fly off Tiger reliever Pat Dobson. But Cleveland needed more as Bill Freehan led off the bottom of the ninth with a home run. The few fans who were exiting Tiger Stadium scurried back to their seats as Jim Northrup lined a double to the left center field gap. Indian reliever Stan Williams stuck out Dick Tracewski, but Tom Matchick singled Northrup home with drive up the middle tying the score. Pinch-hitter Mickey Stanley flied out to left, and then Kaline followed with his game-winning double off the left field fence. Gates Brown hit a pinch-hit three-run home run in a five-run sixth inning which seemingly gave Detroit a comfortable 10-7 lead. However, the Indians counterattacked with three runs in the top of the seventh. The tying run scored on a wild pitch by Tiger reliever Daryl Patterson.

In the National League, the Mets rallied past the Giants with a two-run ninth inning, 6-5. A throwing error by Giants shortstop Nate Oliver with two outs opened the door for the rally. Al Weis reached second on the error. Weis scored on a Ken Boswell single. Tommie Agee followed with a single advancing Boswell to third base. Ron Swoboda singled past Ron Hunt at second for the winning run over a stunned Giants club.

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