BURNS BURIES BENGAL BATS WITH 5-HIT BLANKING
By Calvin J. Butterworth
July 14, 1924
PHILADELPHIA—It being Bastille Day, our Detroit boys should have been ready to storm the fences of Shibe Park, lumber weapons held aloft. But they re-enacted the wrong Dickens novel and instead became a band of Marley's ghosts, for against the usually generous offerings of Dennis Burns, they were as dead as doornails.
They had runners on base in every frame but one, yet failed to score. Mack's men did their best to help the Tiger cause, flubbing three balls to kick off three grand opportunities, but just as rapidly we grounded into twin killings, four all told, and staggered back out to the field with heads dropped like hanging victims.
The real tragedy is that the pathetic showing wasted a rare Ed Wells pitching gem, as he held the Athletics to just six hits, three bunched together in the 2nd for all the Philadelphia runs.
Cobb blamed the state of Pennsylvania afterward for disrupting his club's rhythm with their "infernal, pansy-ass blue laws," though the ball mastery of Burns seemed more at fault here. What irritated this reporter was returning to my press perch this morning to find my typewriter and three ink pens absconded with. The Shibe Park security detail is rather lacking, and is surely as inefficient as the store personnel I encountered at Strawbridge and Clothier's yesterday while trying to locate a certain hat for my wife. The sooner we depart for Boston, the better.
DET 000 000 000 - 0 5 1
PHA 020 000 00x - 2 6 3
Other American League games today:
at SENATORS 8-17-3, INDIANS 7-16-2 (11 innings)
The new Washington losing streak lasts one day, as the Tribe and Nats turn in perhaps the most compelling spectacle of the campaign. (Odd, but there have been quite a rash of these at Griffith Stadium.) The Big Train takes a 3-1 lead into the 8th but cannot contain it, as a monstrous Bluege error helps Cleveland score three times for a 4-3 lead. It is 5-3 in the last of the 9th when Peckinpaugh singles, Ruel doubles and Johnson singles in both runs. Bud Messenger replaces Shaute and gets the Indians out of the jam and we go to the 10th. McNulty leads with a double, Lutzke bunts him to third and pinch-batter Homer Summa raps a single off a tired Johnson to put the Tribe back ahead 6-5. Dewey Metivier comes on and Bennie Tate re-ties the game with a scoring fly. In the 11th, three singles off Alan Russell put Cleveland ahead 7-6. But we know this is not the end. Harris leads with a single, Leibold walks, Judge singles in Harris to tie the game and Goslin—yes, that incredible Goose—singles for the winner.
WHITE SOX 9-16-2, at RED SOX 6-10-2
Chicago hits like the Chicagoans of old, going up 5-2, falling behind 6-5 and roaring back to win the game in the 8th on a 3-run Mostil blow off Buster Ross.
BROWNS 12-17-1, at YANKEES 3-10-1
And unfortunately, the Yanks revert to their horrible play of recent months, as Waite Hoyt gives the Brownies two doubles, a walk and three singles in succession in the very first inning and is out of the game after six so Milt Gaston and Cliff Markle can then give St. Louis eight runs in the 7th to complete the abomination. Ruth manages to homer in his third straight game, knocking out a meaningless solo shot in the last of the 7th the moment the game is decided.
|AMERICAN LEAGUE through Monday, July 14|
|New York Yankees||45||41||.523||12|
|Chicago White Sox||45||41||.523||12|
|St. Louis Browns||42||46||.477||16|
|Boston Red Sox||36||50||.419||21|