By Calvin J. Butterworth
April 28, 1924
There was nothing manager Cobb could even utter after this game that would soothe or inspire his troops. A day after a hit-filled, back-and-forth romp in which Detroit came up on the short end, the Tigers today proved they could lose tough, tight games with the minimum amount of scoring as well.
Detroit notched the only tally for the first seven innings when a passed ball and Barrett error helped Jones score on a Cobb grounder. Ken Holloway was allowing plenty of Chicago hits but keeping them adrift and bailed himself out with three double-play balls. But with two outs and no one aboard in the 8th, singles by Falk and Hooper brought on Herm Pillette to try and retire Bud Clancy, who was filling in for the hurt Sheely at first. Clancy roped a sharp single into right on the first toss to deadlock the affair.
Rigney then tripled with two outs in the Tiger 8th, and after a Heilman single rap, we possessed the lead once more. But if there is one certainty thus far this season, no late lead is safe at Navin Field or on any other American ball yard when Tiger relievers are assigned to protect it. Maurice Archdeacon hit a pinch double off Hooks Dauss to start the 9th, Barrett singled him in instantly, and the game was knotted 2-2. Meanwhile, save for Heilman's poke in the 8th, the Tiger swatters couldn't hit bugs off Ted Lyons, who came on to pitch when starter Robertson left the game with an ailment after five solid innings. Lyons normally hands out hits like Saint Nick does with presents on Christmas Eve, but not today.
After Syl Johnson came in for the 11th, the Sox pieced three singles and a walk together with two outs for the two scores that decided this debacle. With their Navin mark now dropping to 4-7, the Tigers will thankfully leave town now after a much-needed day off to lick their wounds and soak their heads, as the entourage journeys to the far west to begin a series with St. Louis. As you're about to read, no picnic will be had there, either.
CHI 000 000 011 02 - 4 17 2
DET 001 000 010 00 - 2 8 0
Other American League games:
at BROWNS 4-10-2, INDIANS 3-7-0
Today it is Dixie Davis' turn to befuddle the Tribe, as Gene Robertson homers and singles to knock in three of the Brownies' runs. Cleveland mounts a late comeback and fills the sacks with two outs in the 9th before Chick Fewster grounds into a force play to end it.
YANKEES 8-9-2, at ATHLETICS 4-11-1
New York breaks their 4-game losing dive with an impressive comeback win at Shibe Park. Down 3-0 early due to their sloppy defense, they tie the game with rallies in the 4th and 6th before racking up five runs with seven straight two-out baserunners off Heimach in the 7th. Sad Sam Jones gets the victory, his third of the year.
RED SOX 8-11-1, at SENATORS 1-11-1
Boston makes all of their hits count while the Nats waste all of theirs. Zachary dishes out five of them along with two walks in the 1st to put Washington behind and virtually kill the contest out of the box. The Senators have an odd proclivity for looking pennant-worthy one day and horrid the next.
|AMERICAN LEAGUE through Monday, April 28|
|Chicago White Sox||10||4||.714||—|
|New York Yankees||8||6||.571||2|
|Boston Red Sox||6||8||.429||4|
|St. Louis Browns||5||9||.357||5|