STONER EXCELS AT OPPORTUNE MOMENTS IN SECOND STRAIGHT 4-3 TIGER WIN
By Calvin J. Butterworth
May 11, 1924
WASHINGTON, DC—The road away from Navin Field continued to be a safe route for the Detroit club today, after another hard-fought battle royale with the scrappy Senators. The Bengals are now 9-4 on visiting diamonds, with many games left on this current excursion, and have drawn to within two notches of first place.
'Lil Stoner faced off against Mogridge today, who had hurled three straight wins after two opening defeats. The Tigers scored three times right out of the gate when Rigney drew a pass, Cobb singled him to third, and Goslin dropped a Haney fly for a two-sack error. A Manush grounder and Woodall single completed the scoring, and then the Nats grabbed their lunch cans and went to work. For most of the game Stoner was in baserunner turmoil often, but his dexterity in tight situations paid off handsomely time and again.
Mogridge also calmed down after his initial misfortune, but in the 4th Ruel opened with a walk, Bluege singled, and Peckinpaugh tripled to the deepest environs to close it to 3-2. Judge roped a double to start the 5th, Rice singled him to third, and a long fly from Ruel tied the score.
Matters remained deadlocked until the 7th, when Rigney walked, Cobb forced him, and Haney singled Tyrus to third. Up stepped Heilman, the Prince of Pressure as far as Detroiters are concerned, and Harry lined a Mogridge fastball into the far left pasture for the 4-3 lead! The Tiger relief men were poised down the line, ready to be summoned, but Stoner would have none of that, and easily put away 14 of the final 15 swatters he faced, silencing what was once a cheery, female-blessed Mother's Day gathering.
Despite another big win, Cobb was irksome in the club house later. He had walked with two outs in the top of the 9th and attempted to steal, but Washington relief ace Alan Russell spun like a top and gunned him down before he could leave the first bag. Tyrus does not think well of himself and especially others when he is nabbed during a thievery, and if he ever reaches first again off Russell, we should expect him to be carving a new dirt track in seconds.
Rip Collins takes the hill tomorrow against Curly Ogden, with the Nats positively starved for a win.
DET 300 000 100 - 4 7 0
WAS 000 210 000 - 3 8 1
Other American League contests:
at YANKEES 12-14-0, WHITE SOX 4-12-0
One imagines Herb Pennock having an easy time of it against Ted Blankenship, but this game is in serious doubt until the 6th inning. Ruth hits homer No. 7 earlier to help the Yanks to a 4-2 lead, but a Sheely double, Elsh triple and Kamm single knot the proceedings again. New York then goes out and collects five straight one-out singles, a walk to Pennock, a Combs single, Dugan walk, and after Cvengros is hailed to face the Bambino, a line double and Pipp single for eight runs and the ball game. Pipp has two other hits, three knocked in, and is a real asset to the Gothamites. Not since the infamous Hal Chase have the New Yorkers showcased a first sacker as adept as Wally Pipp, and it's hard to fathom a better one ever taking his place.
at INDIANS 12-16-2, ATHLETICS 7-6-2
Is there any worse fate than being a fan of the White Elephants these days? They plate three runs off Joe Shaute in the 1st, their best hurler Rommel gives up five to the Indians immediately, they score four times in the 4th to take the lead again, then allow two Tribe tallies in the 6th and five more in the 8th to fall to 8-19, by far the worst mark in either league. Thankfully the Brotherly Love City still has the destitute Phillies to share their misery.
|AMERICAN LEAGUE through Sunday, May 11|
|Chicago White Sox||16||9||.640||—|
|New York Yankees||15||11||.577||1.5|
|St. Louis Browns||12||14||.462||4.5|
|Boston Red Sox||11||14||.440||5|