TIGERS HAVE YET TO LOSE ON ROAD AFTER 5-4 WIN AT SPORTSMAN'S
By Calvin J. Butterworth
May 2, 1924
ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI—As this reporter suspected, yesterday's thorough Brownie pasting meant little today, as they barely escaped Sportsman's Park with a 5-4 perspiration-filled win to now find themselves only one game off the top.
Ernest Wingard, who bamboozled the Detroiters back at Navin a week back, gave up many more hits and runs in this one but still squiggled free from worse carnage on countless occasions. Lu Blue had a banner afternoon with a run-plating walk in the 1st, a double and two singles. Cobb only had one safety, but engineered the day's dazzler by scooping a Baby Doll Jacobson double off a fence-bounce, whirling and directing a cannon throw to Woodall, who blocked the home slab and tagged Gerber on his upper tunic to end a scoreless 5th.
But Earl Whitehill was laboring by the 7th, and four singles and a deep fly gave St. Louis three runs to make it 5-3. A gaffe by O'Rourke in the 8th cut that to 5-4, and Hooks Dauss strode in to ride the mound for the frightening 9th. Jacobson walked with one out, and Ken Williams came a-walking, a home run threat to be reckoned with at all times. Dauss tossed him a surprising flutterball and Williams beat it into the ground to Blue, who forced Baby Doll at second. Robertson then hit for MacMillan and also grounded to Blue to send the home denizens to the exits with straw boaters over their eyes.
Ed Wells gets the call tomorrow against Dixie Davis, game time 2 p.m.
Other American League contests:
at YANKEES 22-20-3, SENATORS 4-10-0
At least for a day, all the negative poppycock directed at the New Yorkers has been flushed away like April snow. Curly Ogden, 3-0 and nearly unhittable in his first three outings for Washington, scrambles around looking for his senses after just one inning. Dugan, Witt and Ruth open with singles, Meusel walks and Pipp triples in the party for a quick 4-0 lead. The Bambino pulverizes one with Dugan aboard in the next frame, Schang triples in a run and Ward singles him home for an 8-0 cushion. Joe Martina takes over but gets injured in an inning later, and Speece and Zahniser are thrown into the lion cage. Fourteen runs later, the massacre is complete. Ruth homers again to give him five, and Ward ends up driving home seven.
RED SOX 3-8-0 at ATHLETICS 2-6-2
The Bostonians stay tough, winning another tight game at Shibe behind Alex Ferguson and Buster Ross.
WHITE SOX 7-10-1, at INDIANS 4-13-2
Chicago hops back on top by a mere half game after scoring seven runs in the first three innings off the formerly undefeated Coveleski. As wary as I was of the Clevelanders in my pre-campaign assessment, it's hard to imagine them in the pennant pig pile with the queasy pitching staff they possess.
|AMERICAN LEAGUE through Friday, May 2|
|Chicago White Sox||11||6||.647||—|
|New York Yankees||11||7||.611||0.5|
|Boston Red Sox||8||10||.444||3.5|
|St. Louis Browns||7||11||.389||4.5|