THE 1914 "MIRACLE" BRAVES
Luck and good pitching beats the Braves
April 28, 1914 ... The shift in the Braves batting order made no difference in their hitting ability and they were beaten up by the Giants in the first game of the series by a score of 2 to 1. Al Demaree was in the
box for New York, going for his second win of the season. Four singles, two by Evers and one each by Maranville and Schmidt, was all that the Braves could generate. He should have had a shutout, but a wild throw by Bob Bescher, gave the Braves a run.
The Giants were credited with the eight hits off Dick Rudolph, but some of those were all of the scratch variety. Charlie Deal played at third base with a mild muscle pull and the other thirdbaseman, Jack Martin is out with a sore hand. Some of the hits that got by Deal would have been outs
if he was able to move properly. The visitors got all the breaks but there is no way of figuring how the Braves could have won on their merits because they failed to earn a run for their pitcher.
The grounds were slow and slippery from the recent rains and the fielding chances, that were accepted, were comparatively easy. Dick Rudolph started a couple of doubleplays which were about the best fielding of the game.
Giants jumped out to a 1 to 0 lead in the second inning and it was a gift, pure and simple. Larry Doyle, the first batter up, was passed and stole second base. He went to third on Red Murray's out at first base and scored on a wild pitch. In the fourth inning another cheap run was put over.
After George Burns flied out, Art Fletcher hit a ground ball back at Rudolph. Dick could only block the ball and it bounded toward third base. Knowing that Deal had a sore leg, Rudolph went after the ball and Fletcher was safe at first. Doyle's grounder down to Deal, took him long enough to
field so that the runner was safe at first. Then Fred Merkle nit a ball to left that Jim Murray chased after by dropped. Fletcher was able to score and Doyle made it to third, with Merkle taking second. Stock then grounded to second base and Maranville got Doyle at the plate, with Hank Gowdy
making a nice play.
The Braves got their run in the fourth inning. Down 2 to 0, Evers led off with a fine single, but was forced at second by Maranville. Schmidt singled to center and the Rabbit took a chance on trying for third. A good throw would've had him, but Bescher threw the ball away over Milt Stock's
head to let him score.
The Giants made it 3 to 1 in the seventh on singles by Doyle, Murray and Larry McLean. Two doubleplays started by Rudolph in the eighth and ninth innings after base hits, prevented more scoring.