Gary (Bell) didn't have it from the beginning and Joe Schultz left him out to dry to take one for the team. 8 runs (5 earned) over 5 innings helped drop his record to 3-4 and balloon his ERA to 4.28. Talbot came in to throw 2 scoreless innings of relief and so did Bouton, who isn't thrilled about mop up work. Norm cash had a big 4-5 day. The Pilots whole team had just 4 hits. Joe Sparma won the game for the Tigers and increased his record to 4-0 with a 1.69 ERA. Is he really that good ?
Bouton Bits: Tony Kubek and Mickey Mantle were here to do the TV broadcast for NBC and before the game Mickey was down in the clubhouse. With me (Bouton) standing right there, Joe Schultz says, "Mickey, what do you think of a guy who comes to a ballpark fifteen minutes before the game starts?" Mickey shook his head sadly. "I know he's got some strange ideas," he said.