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Milwaukee Brewers at Detroit Tigers, Tiger Stadium, Detroit, MI
June 28, 1986


Introduction

The Detroit Tigers of the 1980s were thisclose to being a dynasty. The 1984 Tigers were one of the greatest teams in major-league history, a fact that I think is sometimes missed because they "only" won 104 games - which included a 35-5 start, an 11-4 finish to the regular season, and a 7-1 record in the postseason. In the pre-playoff era, the Tigers would have made two World Series in four seasons (1984 and 1987). In the three-division, Wild Card era, the Tigers probably would have made the playoffs five times in six seasons (three hypothetical AL Central titles and two hypothetical wild-card berths). But in the two-division era, the Tigers had to settle for two AL East titles and just the one World Series title.

The 1986 Tigers did not get off to a 35-5 start. In fact, they had just won their 35th game of the 1986 season the day before this game, their third straight win which had improved their record to 35-35. Their opponent, the Milwaukee Brewers entered play one game ahead of the Tigers, but headed in the opposite direction, having lost three straight games to drop their record to 36-34.

The starting pitching matchup for the game saw the Tigers go with 25-year-old Randy O'Neal, who entered the game with a record of 1-3 and a 4.39 ERA, while the Brewers countered with 23-year-old rookie Bill Wegman (2-6, 4.70).

First Inning
The first batter of the game was Ernest Riles, who singled to center field. He was followed by Robin Yount, who walked. Cecil Cooper singled, loading the bases, and that was it Randy O'Neal. There was a reason why Tigers manager Sparky Anderson was nicknamed "Captain Hook".

The Tigers new pitcher was Dave LaPoint. He retired the next three batters, but the first two outs were via ground-outs which scored a pair of runs.

The Tigers got one of the two runs back in the bottom of the inning on a two-out home run from Kirk Gibson.

Second Inning
The second inning was pretty uneventful. LaPoint extended his perfect string to six batters with a 1-2-3 top of the inning while Wegman worked around a two-out hit-by-pitch (of Chet Lemon, who led the AL four times in times hit-by-pitch).

Third Inning
LaPoint got Riles on a comebacker to the mound and struck out Yount giving him 8 men retired out of 8 batters faced. Cecil Cooper snapped that streak with a single up the middle and the threat of a rally mounted as Ben Oglivie doubled, putting runners on second and third. But LaPoint settled down and struck out Billy Jo Robidoux to end the threat.

In the bottom of the third inning, Wegman continued to look good, pitching his first 1-2-3 inning of the game.

Fourth Inning
LaPoint's third-inning struggles continued in the fourth as Rob Deer and Dale Sveum singled to start the inning. As in the third inning, though, after allowing two baserunners, LaPoint bore down and struck out the next batter. And when the next batter, Jim Gantner, hit a ground ball to second baseman Lou Whitaker, it seemed that LaPoint might have gotten through another inning.

Alas, Whitaker erred on the play and Deer was able to score from second base with the Brewers' third run of the game. LaPoint did get the next two batters, but the Brewers now led 3-1.

Kirk Gibson got things started for the Tigers in the bottom of the fourth inning with a leadoff single. But the next two batters struck out and the situation looked bleak.

But Dave Bergman drew a walk to keep the inning going. And Chet Lemon singled to left field, scoring Gibson. Pat Sheridan followed with a single to center field, scoring Bergman with the tying run and putting Lemon on third base.

That ended Bill Wegman's day. The new Brewers pitcher was Bob Gibson - no, not that one; this Robert Gibson had a 5-season, 98-game career from 1983 - 1987.

Sheridan stole second to put two runners in scoring position. And Tom Brookens scored them both with a double to right-center field. Lou Whitaker flew out for the third out but not before the Tigers had taken a 5-3 lead.

Fifth Inning
Dave LaPoint came out for his fifth inning of relief. So far, he'd pitched well, allowing only a single unearned run on four hits.

The fifth inning should have been an easy one for LaPoint as he allowed two easy fly balls and a routine grounder to the first three batters he faced. But Dave Bergman bobbled Ben Oglivie's ground ball, letting Oglivie reach first base safely and bringing Rob Deer to bat with two outs and a runner on first base. Deer put the ball into the left-center field stands and the game was tied at 5.

Alan Trammell singled to lead off the bottom of the fifth inning. With two outs, Kirk Gibson (who had hit into a force play) stole second base and Darrell Evans walked. But Bergman flew out to left field and the game remained tied.

Sixth Inning
With one out in the top of the sixth inning, the Brewers threatened to untie the game. Jim Gantner doubled and Ernest Riles singled, putting runners on first and third and prompting a pitching change.

The new Tigers pitcher was Bill Campbell. He got Robin Yount to hit a grounder to Trammell at short. Trammell flipped to Whitaker - as he did so many times in their long careers; Whitaker tossed to Bergman to complete the 6-4-3 double play and the inning was over.

Gibson pitched a 1-2-3 bottom of the sixth inning and the game moved to the seventh inning still tied at 5.

Seventh Inning
Campbell pitched a solid top of the seventh inning, a two-out walk to Robideaux being followed by a called strike three to Deer.

The bottom of the seventh inning started off similarly as Whitaker and Trammell both flew out to center field. Kirk Gibson hit a ground ball to Jim Gantner at second base which should have been the third out of the inning. But instead, it was the third error of the game, with Gibson reaching second base on the play. Lance Parrish hit a line drive single to left field and the score was no longer tied.

And so ended Bob Gibson's day. The new Brewers pitcher was Ray Searage.

The first batter to face Searage was Darrell Evans who hit the ball into the left-center field stands to give the Tigers an 8-5 lead. The three errors in the game had all led to unearned runs - a total of six unearned runs (although Evans's run was scored as earned against Searage but unearned to the Brewers as a team).

Eighth Inning
The eighth inning was uneventful. Campbell pitched a 1-2-3 top of the inning. And the fourth Brewers pitcher, Mark Clear worked around a two-out single and passed ball to pitch a scoreless bottom of the inning.

Ninth Inning
So, Bill Campbell came out for his third full inning of work in the ninth inning looking to preverse the Tigers' 8-5 lead. As things stood, Campbell was in line for the pitching win, which would be his second of the season, while Gibson was on the hook for what would be his first loss of the season.

While they were down three runs, the Brewers did have the top of the lineup batting for them.

Leadoff hitter Riles walked to give the Brewers a glimmer of hope. Robin Yount bunted - one presumes trying to fool the defense and reach base, bringing the tying run to the plate. Campbell threw Yount out, with Riles advancing to second (Yount was given credit for a sacrifice on the play). Cecil Cooper struck out for the second out, leaving Ben Oglivie as the Brewers' last hope. Oglivie lifted a fly ball to left field. And when Pat Sheridan caught the ball, the game was over and the Tigers had beaten the Brewers by a final score of 8 to 5.

Game Summary

This game was the fourth win in a row for the Detroit Tigers and fourth consecutive loss for the Milwaukee Brewers as the two teams moved into a (3-way with the Cleveland Indians) tie for fifth place in the AL East. Both streaks eventually became five-game streaks. They also were strong indications of how the rest of the season would go for both teams. The Tigers had a strong second half and finished in third place with a record of 87-75, while the Brewers slumped to a final record of 77-84, good for sixth place.

Details of the game are shown below. First, I show Player won-lost records for all of the players who participated in the game. Baseball Player won-lost records are constructed so that the players on the winning team earn two pWins and one pLoss in the game while the players on the losing team earn one pWin and two pLosses. I also show expected wins and losses, eWins and eLosses, which are context-neutral. Full play by play details of the game are shown below the won-lost tables. My Player won-lost records are described in more detail in this article and throughout my website.

Retrosheet Box Score and Play-by-Play


Runs by Inning

 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Final
Milwaukee Brewers2001200005
Detroit Tigers10040030x8


Player Won-Lost Records by Player: Summary

Basic Player Won-Lost Records
(sorted by net pWins)
pWins pLosses Net pWins eWins eLosses Net eWins
 
Milwaukee Brewers
Rob Deer0.190.14
0.05
0.220.080.13
Jim Gantner0.100.08
0.01
0.130.120.02
Mark Clear0.000.00
0.00
0.050.020.03
Dale Sveum0.050.06
-0.01
0.070.07-0.01
Cecil Cooper0.070.13
-0.06
0.100.080.01
Ernest Riles0.080.15
-0.06
0.130.100.02
Billy Jo Robidoux0.050.12
-0.07
0.080.08-0.00
Bill Schroeder0.000.10
-0.10
0.000.09-0.09
Ben Oglivie0.140.25
-0.11
0.200.170.03
Robert L. Gibson0.140.25
-0.11
0.160.150.01
Bill Wegman0.110.28
-0.17
0.190.27-0.07
Robin Yount0.060.24
-0.18
0.070.16-0.09
Ray Searage0.000.19
-0.19
0.020.13-0.12
Team Totals12
-1
1.411.53-0.12
   
   
Detroit Tigers
Kirk Gibson0.250.06
0.19
0.270.080.19
Bill Campbell0.210.04
0.17
0.190.060.12
Darrell Evans0.200.03
0.17
0.160.040.12
Pat Sheridan0.190.06
0.13
0.100.11-0.01
Tom Brookens0.180.05
0.13
0.130.080.06
Lance Parrish0.190.06
0.12
0.080.070.01
Chet Lemon0.150.04
0.11
0.110.060.05
Dave LaPoint0.380.30
0.08
0.320.37-0.05
Alan Trammell0.100.06
0.05
0.070.10-0.04
Dave Bergman0.070.10
-0.03
0.060.15-0.10
Lou Whitaker0.080.12
-0.04
0.040.21-0.17
Randy O'Neal0.010.08
-0.08
0.000.08-0.07
Team Totals21
1
1.531.410.12


Player Won-Lost Records by Player: Detail

Player Won-Lost Records: Batting
(sorted by net pWins)
pWins pLosses Net pWins eWins eLosses Net eWins
 
Milwaukee Brewers
Rob Deer0.180.05
0.12
0.180.050.13
Jim Gantner0.090.02
0.07
0.120.040.07
Ernest Riles0.080.08
0.00
0.120.060.06
Dale Sveum0.040.06
-0.02
0.050.07-0.02
Cecil Cooper0.070.09
-0.02
0.090.070.02
Ben Oglivie0.080.13
-0.04
0.140.090.05
Billy Jo Robidoux0.030.12
-0.09
0.050.08-0.02
Bill Schroeder0.000.09
-0.09
0.000.08-0.08
Robin Yount0.030.20
-0.16
0.030.12-0.09
Team Totals0.600.83
-0.23
0.780.660.12
   
   
Detroit Tigers
Darrell Evans0.200.03
0.17
0.160.040.12
Kirk Gibson0.200.04
0.16
0.230.050.18
Lance Parrish0.180.06
0.12
0.070.060.01
Tom Brookens0.150.04
0.11
0.090.060.03
Chet Lemon0.130.03
0.10
0.090.050.04
Pat Sheridan0.100.03
0.07
0.050.06-0.01
Alan Trammell0.050.03
0.02
0.040.07-0.03
Dave Bergman0.030.04
-0.01
0.030.07-0.04
Lou Whitaker0.000.06
-0.06
0.000.11-0.11
Team Totals1.030.36
0.67
0.770.570.20


Player Won-Lost Records: Baserunning
(sorted by net pWins)
pWins pLosses Net pWins eWins eLosses Net eWins
 
Milwaukee Brewers
Rob Deer0.010.00
0.00
0.020.000.01
Dale Sveum0.010.00
0.00
0.010.000.01
Robin Yount0.000.00
0.00
0.000.000.00
Ben Oglivie0.000.00
0.00
0.010.000.00
Billy Jo Robidoux0.000.00
-0.00
0.000.00-0.00
Jim Gantner0.000.00
-0.00
0.000.00-0.00
Ernest Riles0.000.01
-0.01
0.000.000.00
Cecil Cooper0.000.04
-0.04
0.000.01-0.01
Team Totals0.020.06
-0.04
0.050.030.02
   
   
Detroit Tigers
Kirk Gibson0.050.00
0.04
0.030.010.03
Pat Sheridan0.010.00
0.01
0.010.000.01
Dave Bergman0.010.00
0.01
0.010.000.00
Tom Brookens0.000.00
0.00
0.010.000.01
Chet Lemon0.000.00
0.00
0.010.000.00
Lance Parrish0.000.00
-0.00
0.000.00-0.00
Darrell Evans0.000.00
-0.00
0.000.00-0.00
Alan Trammell0.000.00
-0.00
0.000.00-0.00
Team Totals0.070.01
0.06
0.120.040.07


Player Won-Lost Records: Pitching
(sorted by net pWins)
pWins pLosses Net pWins eWins eLosses Net eWins
 
Milwaukee Brewers
Mark Clear0.000.00
0.00
0.050.020.03
Robert L. Gibson0.140.25
-0.11
0.160.150.01
Bill Wegman0.110.28
-0.17
0.190.27-0.07
Ray Searage0.000.19
-0.19
0.020.13-0.12
Team Totals0.260.72
-0.46
0.540.61-0.07
   
   
Detroit Tigers
Bill Campbell0.210.04
0.17
0.190.060.12
Dave LaPoint0.380.30
0.08
0.320.37-0.05
Randy O'Neal0.010.08
-0.08
0.000.08-0.07
Team Totals0.600.42
0.18
0.510.510.00


Player Won-Lost Records: Fielding
(sorted by net pWins)
pWins pLosses Net pWins eWins eLosses Net eWins
 
Milwaukee Brewers
Billy Jo Robidoux0.020.00
0.01
0.030.000.02
Dale Sveum0.010.00
0.00
0.010.000.01
Bill Schroeder0.000.01
-0.01
0.000.02-0.01
Robin Yount0.020.04
-0.02
0.030.04-0.00
Jim Gantner0.010.06
-0.05
0.010.07-0.06
Ernest Riles0.000.06
-0.06
0.000.04-0.04
Ben Oglivie0.050.12
-0.07
0.050.08-0.03
Rob Deer0.010.09
-0.08
0.020.03-0.01
Team Totals0.110.38
-0.27
0.160.28-0.12
   
   
Detroit Tigers
Pat Sheridan0.080.03
0.05
0.040.05-0.01
Alan Trammell0.050.02
0.03
0.020.03-0.01
Lou Whitaker0.080.07
0.02
0.040.10-0.06
Tom Brookens0.020.01
0.01
0.020.010.01
Chet Lemon0.010.00
0.01
0.010.010.00
Lance Parrish0.010.00
0.00
0.010.000.00
Kirk Gibson0.000.01
-0.01
0.000.02-0.02
Dave Bergman0.030.05
-0.02
0.020.08-0.06
Team Totals0.290.21
0.09
0.170.32-0.15




Play-by-Play Summary

Baserunner on _ BaseOuts at _ of PlayTotal pWins byTotal eWins by
Play ResultBatterPitcher1st2nd3rdStartEndOffenseDefenseOffenseDefense
Top of 1st Inning
S8/G4Mrilee001onear001000.01920.00040.02980.0005
W.1-2younr001onear001rilee001000.03460.00050.03100.0003
S5/L1.2-3;1-2coopc001onear001younr001rilee001000.05930.00900.05380.0069
36(1)/FO.3-H;2-3oglib001lapod001coopc001younr001rilee001010.02740.06590.04070.0311
43.3-H;1-2robib001lapod001oglib001younr001120.01840.04030.02760.0359
Kdeerr001lapod001oglib001230.00000.01790.00000.0199
Total Runs Scored:2
 
Bottom of 1st Inning
43whitl001wegmb001010.00000.01110.00000.0204
9trama001wegmb001120.00000.00900.00000.0233
HR/F9Dgibsk001wegmb001220.09180.00000.13110.0000
Kparrl001wegmb001230.00000.00490.00000.0196
Total Runs Scored:1
 
Baserunner on _ BaseOuts at _ of PlayTotal pWins byTotal eWins by
Play ResultBatterPitcher1st2nd3rdStartEndOffenseDefenseOffenseDefense
Top of 2nd Inning
8sveud001lapod001010.00000.01740.00000.0209
3schrb001lapod001120.00000.01200.00000.0183
43gantj001lapod001230.00000.00790.00000.0204
Total Runs Scored:0
 
Bottom of 2nd Inning
4evand001wegmb001010.00000.01170.00000.0188
7bergd001wegmb001120.00000.01040.00000.0224
HPlemoc001wegmb001220.01470.00000.03060.0000
53sherp001wegmb001lemoc001230.00000.01280.00030.0208
Total Runs Scored:0
 
Baserunner on _ BaseOuts at _ of PlayTotal pWins byTotal eWins by
Play ResultBatterPitcher1st2nd3rdStartEndOffenseDefenseOffenseDefense
Top of 3rd Inning
13rilee001lapod001010.00000.01780.00000.0193
Kyounr001lapod001120.00000.01240.00000.0196
S8/L8Scoopc001lapod001220.00760.00110.04000.0035
D7/F7L.1-3oglib001lapod001coopc001220.03860.05950.06470.0227
K/Crobib001lapod001oglib001coopc001230.00000.04020.00000.0207
Total Runs Scored:0
 
Bottom of 3rd Inning
8broot001wegmb001010.00000.01360.00000.0209
7whitl001wegmb001120.00000.01140.00000.0224
Ktrama001wegmb001230.00000.00570.00000.0196
Total Runs Scored:0
 
Baserunner on _ BaseOuts at _ of PlayTotal pWins byTotal eWins by
Play ResultBatterPitcher1st2nd3rdStartEndOffenseDefenseOffenseDefense
Top of 4th Inning
S7/L7Sdeerr001lapod001000.02350.00590.04430.0068
S7/L7S.1-2sveud001lapod001deerr001000.03760.01380.04730.0107
Kschrb001lapod001sveud001deerr001010.00030.04190.00060.0200
E4/G.2-H(NR)(UR);1-3;B-1gantj001lapod001sveud001deerr001110.06470.01000.08370.0050
2/FLrilee001lapod001gantj001sveud001120.00050.03720.00090.0193
6/Lyounr001lapod001gantj001sveud001230.00010.03640.00060.0230
Total Runs Scored:1
 
Bottom of 4th Inning
S7/F7Sgibsk001wegmb001000.05380.01190.04220.0199
Kparrl001wegmb001gibsk001010.00080.01940.00080.0197
Kevand001wegmb001gibsk001120.00090.01870.00090.0197
W.1-2bergd001wegmb001gibsk001220.02550.00010.03060.0003
S7/L7S.2-H;1-2lemoc001wegmb001bergd001gibsk001220.13080.01910.06870.0099
S8/G4M.2-H;1-3sherp001wegmb001lemoc001bergd001220.10680.00160.06080.0011
SB2broot001gibsb001sherp001lemoc001220.00830.00000.00870.0010
D9/F89.3-H;2-Hbroot001gibsb001sherp001lemoc001220.15210.01810.05850.0121
7whitl001gibsb001broot001230.00000.01290.00040.0227
Total Runs Scored:4
 
Baserunner on _ BaseOuts at _ of PlayTotal pWins byTotal eWins by
Play ResultBatterPitcher1st2nd3rdStartEndOffenseDefenseOffenseDefense
Top of 5th Inning
8coopc001lapod001010.00000.02400.00000.0209
E3/G.B-1oglib001lapod001110.02360.00730.04220.0104
7robib001lapod001oglib001120.00070.03970.00110.0231
HR/F78.1-H(UR);B-H(UR)deerr001lapod001oglib001220.15550.00020.13120.0003
53sveud001lapod001230.00000.01240.00000.0205
Total Runs Scored:2
 
Bottom of 5th Inning
S8/L78trama001gibsb001000.04810.00240.04000.0035
36(1)/FOgibsk001gibsb001trama001010.02320.03120.01610.0315
3/FLparrl001gibsb001gibsk001120.00170.02100.00140.0218
SB2evand001gibsb001gibsk001220.01290.00000.01350.0003
Wevand001gibsb001gibsk001220.00930.00030.03060.0004
7bergd001gibsb001evand001gibsk001230.00000.02900.00060.0230
Total Runs Scored:0
 
Baserunner on _ BaseOuts at _ of PlayTotal pWins byTotal eWins by
Play ResultBatterPitcher1st2nd3rdStartEndOffenseDefenseOffenseDefense
Top of 6th Inning
53schrb001lapod001010.00000.02710.00000.0205
D9/L9Lgantj001lapod001110.03820.00000.06040.0000
S3/BG13.2-3rilee001lapod001gantj001110.03940.02380.06040.0236
64(1)3/GDPyounr001campb001rilee001gantj001130.00020.13110.00080.0534
Total Runs Scored:0
 
Bottom of 6th Inning
8lemoc001gibsb001010.00000.01660.00000.0209
31sherp001gibsb001120.00000.01240.00000.0203
9broot001gibsb001230.00000.00910.00000.0233
Total Runs Scored:0
 
Baserunner on _ BaseOuts at _ of PlayTotal pWins byTotal eWins by
Play ResultBatterPitcher1st2nd3rdStartEndOffenseDefenseOffenseDefense
Top of 7th Inning
43coopc001campb001010.00000.03140.00000.0204
5/FLoglib001campb001120.00000.02280.00000.0180
Wrobib001campb001220.01370.00000.03060.0000
K/Cdeerr001campb001robib001230.00000.03130.00000.0203
Total Runs Scored:0
 
Bottom of 7th Inning
8whitl001gibsb001010.00000.01910.00000.0209
8trama001gibsb001120.00000.01510.00000.0209
E4/G.B-2gibsk001gibsb001220.03830.00320.04700.0053
S7/L7S.2-H(UR);B-2(THH)parrl001gibsb001gibsk001220.19880.01400.08030.0055
HR/F89.2-H(UR);B-H(TUR)evand001searr001parrl001220.18680.00020.13120.0004
9bergd001searr001230.00000.00150.00000.0233
Total Runs Scored:3
 
Baserunner on _ BaseOuts at _ of PlayTotal pWins byTotal eWins by
Play ResultBatterPitcher1st2nd3rdStartEndOffenseDefenseOffenseDefense
Top of 8th Inning
Ksveud001campb001010.00000.01700.00000.0196
4schrb001campb001120.00000.01100.00000.0188
3/Ggantj001campb001230.00000.00540.00000.0203
Total Runs Scored:0
 
Bottom of 8th Inning
Klemoc001cleam001010.00000.00120.00000.0196
31sherp001cleam001120.00000.00100.00000.0203
S4/G4Mbroot001cleam001220.00190.00020.03630.0053
PB.1-2whitl001cleam001broot001220.00160.00000.01240.0003
8whitl001cleam001broot001230.00000.00230.00040.0213
Total Runs Scored:0
 
Baserunner on _ BaseOuts at _ of PlayTotal pWins byTotal eWins by
Play ResultBatterPitcher1st2nd3rdStartEndOffenseDefenseOffenseDefense
Top of 9th Inning
Wrilee001campb001000.02280.00000.03060.0000
13(B)/SH/G.1-2younr001campb001rilee001010.00160.02540.00270.0270
Kcoopc001campb001rilee001120.00040.02370.00050.0199
7oglib001campb001rilee001230.00000.01060.00040.0227
Total Runs Scored:0
 

Traditional Box Score and Play-by-Play

Article last updated: April 6, 2020



All articles are written so that they pull data directly from the most recent version of the Player won-lost database. Hence, any numbers cited within these articles should automatically incorporate the most recent update to Player won-lost records. In some cases, however, the accompanying text may have been written based on previous versions of Player won-lost records. I apologize if this results in non-sensical text in any cases.

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