THE 1914 "MIRACLE" BRAVES
Otto Hess takes advantage of Cubs'
mistakes in a Braves win
May 22, 1914 ... The Boston Braves got three hits, but good pitching by Otto Hess and misplays by the Cubs, enabled them shut out the West Siders by a score of 2 to 0 in Chicago. Hess
held the Cubs to four hits, two of which were bunched in the seventh inning, but failed to produce a run. With two men on base and only one out, Hess applied the brakes. He struck out Bill Sweeney and Red Corriden to get out of the jam.
Hippo Vaughn, who held the Braves to three hits, was himself responsible for one of the Boston runs. In the seventh inning, after Jim Murray hit one to the centerfield fence for three bases, Vaughn let loose with a wild pitch and Murray scampered home. Hess then scored another run after
Roger Bresnahan made a wild throw to give him life in the sixth inning.
The Braves infield put up a great defense. Rabbit Maranville and Johnny Evers handled a total of 17 chances between them without missing a beat. Maranville threw out seven men at first and Evers threw out six. Each one had two putouts. The pair also got two of the three hits that the Braves
produced off Vaughn.
Nobody got the first base and not a hit was made, until the fourth inning. Johnny Evers knocked one over Zimmerman's head for a single, but was forced at second by Maranville. Leslie Mann then forced out the Braves shortstop. Mann stole second base, but Jim Murray then grounded out.
With one down in the sixth inning, Hess chopped one in front of the plate and was safe at first when Bresnahan made a wild throw. Evers sacrificed and Maranville cracked a single to center field that scored Hess, to make it 1 to 0. Murray opened the seventh with a triple and held third as
Butch Schmidt grounded out. Vaughn could not locate the plate with Jack Martin at bat and passed him. The big Cubs pitcher continued with his wildness, as he let loose with a pitch that got by Bresnahan, allowing Murray to score the second run.
The Cubs bunched two hits in the seventh inning but were unable to score. Evers got around to third with two outs in the eighth but he too was left on base.