On this date in 1984, the Tigers clinched the American League East title, beating the Brewers 3-0.
Randy O’Neal pitched seven shutout innings, allowing four hits, one walk and striking out six. As he often did, Willie Hernandez earned a two-inning save, his 30th of the year.
Tom Brookens hit a solo homer off Brewers’ starter Bob McClure. Lance Parrish drove in Detroit’s other two runs.
If you want to take a deep dive into the ’84 club, pickup a copy of Detroit Tigers 1984: What a Start! What a Finish! from Amazon.com. (Disclosure: I wrote the bios of Rusty Kuntz, Johnny Grubb, Chet Lemon and Carl Willis that appear in the book.)
64-66, 3rd Place; 11 GB
Blue Jays 5 – Tigers 4
Blue Jays 3 – Tigers 2 (12 innings)
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48-44, 2nd place; 3.5 GB Chicago
Tigers vs. Rangers | 7:05 p.m. ET – Comerica Park | On the air: FSD/AM 1270 and 97.1 FM
Max Scherzer (6-7, 4.74 ERA) vs. RHP Colby Lewis (9-5, 3.42 ERA)
Rangers 8 – Tigers 0
Continue reading Tigers Today: July 21, 2010
Did you know that the Tigers have had only two players in their 100-plus-year history with the last name Willis? If not, we’ll forgive you because, at least so far, the name doesn’t stir fond memories.
In 1984, Carl Willis pitched 16 innings and was 0-2 with a 7.31 ERA. He surrendered 25 hits and 13 runs, all of them earned. This Willis was soon traded to Cincinnati for Bill Scherrer.
In 2008 and ’09, Dontrelle Willis has fared better in only two categories: wins (1) and innings pitched, 57.2. His ERA is 8.27. It’s anyone’s guess at this point if Dontrelle will get an opportunity in Detroit to improve those stats.
Now, in their defense, both pitchers performed well in their careers when they weren’t wearing a Tigers uniform. But how does that help us?