“DIARY OF A WINNER”

THE 1914 "MIRACLE" BRAVES
Braves' errors lose this one for them

May 15, 1914 ... The Boston Braves rallied for the third game of the series today, determined to get revenge for their defeats. Manager Stallings again shook up the batting order and sent a new pitcher, Dick Crutcher, against the Reds. Crutcher lasted only five innings and gave way to Paul Strand.

The game ended with a score of 4 to 2 in favor of the Reds. It was a badly played game on both sides of the field. Rabbit Maranville was charged with no fewer than four errors, three of them in one inning, the seventh. In that inning Herbie Moran, the Reds right fielder, reached first, second and third on bad plays, although he was nabbed on base a moment later.

Reds starter, Earl Yingling, pitched good ball until the last inning, when he let down and permitted the Braves a chance to get back in the game. The first hit off Yingling came in the fourth inning when Jim Murray, with two men out, singled to center. On Butch Schmidt's bunt, Murray overran second and got thrown out.

The Reds got two runs in the fourth on a pass to Armando Marsans, a sacrifice, Frits Von Koinitz's double and Bert Niehoff's single. In the sixth inning, with Paul Strand pitching, one more run was scored. Marsans got his second hit, was sacrificed to second, stole third and came in when Von Koinitz singles, making it 3 to 0. In the eighth, Groh was hit by a pitch, went to second on a passed ball and to third on a sacrifice. Then Dick Hoblitzell hit a ball to Maranville, who made a bad throw to the plate that allowed Groh to score the fourth run.

In the ninth-inning, with a lead of four runs to overcome, the tribe started a rally and succeeded in saving themselves from a shutout. Murray reached first on Heinie Groh's error and went to third on Schmidt's single. Jack Martin scored both runners a moment later, on a base hit to left field, but the next two men both flew out to end the threat.

 

at Redland Field (Cincinnati) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

 

2

6

6

CINCINNATI REDS

0

0

0

2

0

1

0

1

x

 

4

10

2

W-Earl Yingling (4-2)
L-Dick Crutcher (1-3)
Attendance – 2800

2B-Von Koinitz (Cin)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Johnny Evers 2b 2 0 0 .268  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 4 0 0 .179  

 

Les Mann cf 4 0 0 .154  

 

Jim Murray lf 4 1 1 .167  

 

Butch Schmidt 1b 4 1 2 .288  

 

Jack Martin 3b 4 0 2 .176  

 

Hank Gowdy c 3 0 1 .341  

 

Joe Connolly rf 0 0 0 .244  

 

Charley Deal ph 1 0 0 .265  

 

Wilson Collins rf 2 0 0 .263  

 

Clarence Kraft ph 1 0 0 .333  

 

Bert Whaling c 1 0 0 .261  

 

Dick Crutcher p 1 0 0 .333  

 

Oscar Dugey ph 1 0 0 .125  

 

Paul Strand p 1 0 0 .000  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Dick Crutcher 5 7 2 1 1  
  Paul Strand 3 3 1 0 2  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1914 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 15 6 -

 

 

New York Giants 11 6 2

 

 

Brooklyn Robins 10 8 3 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 10 8 3 1/2

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 13 11 3 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 11 15 6 1/2

 

 

Chicago Cubs 10 14 6 1/2

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

3 15 10 1/2