EIGHT-INNING MISCUES BY DETROIT INFIELD GIVES NATS 5-3 VICTORY
By Calvin J. Butterworth
May 12, 1924
WASHINGTON, DC—Another hard-fought contest at Griffith Stadium went to the Senators today, as a taut 3-3 knot quickly unravelled late in the most heinous of ways.
A double from Bennie Tate, single by Bluege and two-run double from Peckinpaugh gave the Nats a 2-0 lead on Collins in the 2nd, but Al Wingo's double leading the 3rd began a double-tally rally for the guests to tie matters. Nat pitcher Ogden then singled in Bluege to put the home squad ahead in the 5th, but these clubs simply can't stay away from each other long. Sam Rice dropped Colins' fly to launch the 7th, and a RIgney single plated him on short notice.
We then repaired to the last of the 8th, where Collins, who had been throwing all afternoon with ample dexterity, retired Harris and Judge before Goslin sliced a single into left. Rice hit a ground single in front of Rigney, but Topper, notorious in this young campaign for heaving balls to points unreached, did the very same and there were suddenly runners at second and third. Tate then singled for the go-ahead strike, and after Dauss relieved a weary and angry Collins, Bluege hit a ball in the hole to the left of Del Pratt at third. He nabbed it but chucked the sphere wide of Heilman at first and another run scored.
To their credit, the Tigers mounted a brave rally in the 9th on a pinch single from Woodall and another plunker by Cobb, but Ogden earned his fourth win by getting the ball-molester Rigney out on a weak grounder.
Cobb was in in mood for discussion later. He had made up for his misadventure on the bases yesterday with a clean steal off Ogden today, but he likes losing about as much as a 6-year-old enjoys brussel sprouts, and passed up President Coolidge's invitation to a White House dinner tonight with complaints of bad indigestion. Mr. Coolidge might be wise to send any future honored missives following a Tiger win.
Whitehill takes his chances against Zachary tomorrow afternoon before the club heads up to Philadelphia for what will hopefully be an easier stay at Shibe Park.
DET 002 000 100 - 3 6 2
WAS 020 010 02x - 5 11 3
Other American League contests:
at YANKEES 5-11-0, WHITE SOX 4-11-1
Yes, three American teams are now within half of a game. A nip-and-tuck affair in the Bronx sees Bob Meusel fill the Bambino's hitting shoes again with a 2-run homer in the 1st, run-scoring double in the 6th and a game-winning single in the 10th. The dangerous Sox pepper Joe Bush with hits from start to finish, but Milt Gaston comes on for New York to halt the flow. Ruth does manage a single in the midst of a game-tieing rally in the 8th, but the big man continues to not perform when expected, and the vocal never let him forget it. One hopes things will remain this way until after the Tigers visit his town.
at ATHLETICS 3-11-1, INDIANS 2-9-1
Cleveland ruins a chance to approach the first division by dropping one at Shibe on a Max Bishop single off Messenger in the last of the 9th. Joe Sewell has been moved all over the Indian lineup but has been an awful slump since the first few weeks of the year, and Speaker needs him as his offensive compliment if the Tribe are to offset their subpar pitching.
at RED SOX 7-12-0, BROWNS 4-11-0
These clubs flip-flop for the third straight day, as Oscar Fuhr gets the win. Poor Dave Danforth drops to 0-6 for the Brownies, as he gets the first two outs in the Boston 5th before giving them seven straight hits and five runs.
|AMERICAN LEAGUE through Monday, May 12|
|Chicago White Sox||16||10||.615||—|
|New York Yankees||16||11||.593||0.5|
|Boston Red Sox||12||14||.462||4|
|St. Louis Browns||12||15||.444||4.5|