On this date in Tigers history … the theme is offense, or lack thereof

Homers, blockbuster trades, a 20 spot and strikeouts galore …

1955 — Al Kaline hits three home runs in Briggs Stadium, including a pair in the 6th inning, to drive in six runs. The Tigers rout the A’s, 16-0, behind Steve Gromek‘s strong pitching.

1960Cleveland sends American League home run king, Rocky Colavito, to the Tigers for the league’s defending batting champion, Harvey Kuenn

1993 — The Tigers score 20 runs in a game for the second time this week, beating the Mariners, 20-3. Rob Deer is 1 for 2 and scores four runs, while Travis Fryman has four hits and scores five times. Chad Kreuter adds four hits and three runs and Gary Thurman paces the Tigers with four RBI.

2013 — The Tigers and Mariners combine for 40 strikeouts in 14 innings, three short of the major league record set by the Angels and A’s on July 9, 1971, in 20 innings. Prince Fielder leads the pack with five strikeouts, while Austin Jackson and Franklin Gutierrez both earn golden sombreros. Starting pitchers Max Scherzer and Felix Hernandez post almost identical pitching lines, both striking out 12 and giving up a single run in eight innings of work. The Tigers top the M’s, 2 – 1, with the game ending when Justin Smoak is tagged out at home by the Bengals’ Brayan Pena while trying to score the tying run from first base on Dustin Ackley‘s double.


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Mike McClary

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