KILLER NATS SWARM OVER YANKS, BITE FANS
By C. Jedediah Butterworth
Base Ball Freescriber
August 28, 1924
NEW YORK—So this is a juggernaut.
As my dearly departed Tigers train their way to the far west environs of St. Louis, my flight with Dean C. Smith from Boston arrives early here last night thanks to ferocious tail winds, and it takes me half of this morning to recover the use of my stomach. It then takes the Senators three innings for, me, the other writers and the 20,000 or so Yankee Stadium fans to lose their appetites all over again.
New York's pennant dream succumbed months ago, and now, save for the valiant efforts of one George Herman Ruth, they seem to be playing their shabbiest ball of the campaign. Far more worthy of my venom has been Herb Pennock, the alleged ace of their pitching lineup, who after today's debacle has a perfectly miserable mark of 14-15.
I've grown accustomed to Washington's ways, their unmatched pitching, speed and fielding, and all are on display here. Curly Ogden wins his tenth game in his last eleven outings with a tidy 6-hitter, half of the Yankee hits belonging to the Babe. After Pennock plunks Bluege in the 2nd, Peckinpaugh rifles a triple, scores on a Ruel single and the crowd is instantly morbid.
In the 3rd inning, though, the cemetery opens for business. Judge stains Pennock with a lead double. Goslin walks. McNeely singles. Bluege walks. Peckinpaugh singles. With the infield back to help their way out of the mess, the Yanks give up another when Scott butchers Ruel's little roller for an error. A wild pitch scores yet another, and after a Harris single and two more walks it is 8-0 for the landsliding Senators. A mashed Ruth double and 2-run Pipp single in the last of the 3rd gets the mob somewhat vocal, but it is fleeting. The next four frames offer nothing in the way of scoring or action, and the few Yankee fans who remain in their seats appear to be napping.
Leave it to the Nats, then, to wake them up with another flurry of cold slaps. A McNeely triple in the middle of a four-slice single sandwich adds three in the 8th to finally send Pennock packing, before six consecutive batters reach base off Al Mamaux in the 9th for the final three runs.
New York is actually a respectable 9-10 now against the first-placers, but there is nothing dignified about being drawn and quartered. Joe Bush will take on Zachary tomorrow in the latest local attempt to save face.
WAS 026 000 033 - 14 17 1
NYY 002 000 000 - 2 6 1
Only other American League games played today:
at RED SOX 6-14-1, ATHLETICS 5-11-0
The best game of the day occurs after I leave Boston. Trailing 5-0 to Heimach, the Red Sox score three times in the 7th with the help of a 2-run Flagstead pinch triple, tie the game in the 9th on two-out safeties by Heving, Geygan and Harris, then win it in twelve off Meeker on a Geygan double, Harris walk and Denny Williams single.
WHITE SOX 3-7-0, at INDIANS 2-10-0
Ted Lyons survives a game he has no business winning by coaxing the Tribe into three twin killings. Cleveland's wretched record in one-run affairs drops to 10-29 as a Willie Kamm single off Shaute in the 4th puts Chicago ahead for the duration.
|AMERICAN LEAGUE through Thursday, August 28|
|Chicago White Sox||64||61||.512||14.5|
|New York Yankees||60||64||.484||18|
|St. Louis Browns||61||66||.480||18.5|
|Boston Red Sox||60||66||.476||19|