THE 1914 "MIRACLE" BRAVES
The Reds beat the Braves,
but the Giants also lose
August 18, 1914
... The Braves were snagged by the Cincinnati Reds
today and beaten by a score of 3 to 1 at Redland Field in Cincinnati.
The rotation of the winning triumvirate, Dick Rudolph, Bill James and
Lefty Tyler was interrupted because manager Stallings one to give
Tyler another day's rest after his last two outings where he pitched
close games and worked many innings. Therefore Dick Crutcher was put
in to pick up the workload. He pitched six innings and only two hits
were made off him. Paul Strand came in and pitched the last two
innings without giving up and hit.
only two hits were made off Crutcher, one of them was fatal. He passed Bill
Kellogg after he had him in the hole for two strikes and no balls in the third
inning. Tommy Clarke came up next and lined one to right. The third man up, Phil
Douglas, sacrificed Clarke to second base and Kellogg to third. Herbie Moran
then hit a hot one over third, on which Red Smith made a phenomenal one-handed
stop. He then made a quick throw to the plate to cut off Kellogg who had headed
home. But the ball hit him in the leg and caromed off to the grandstand,
permitting Clarke to follow Kellogg over the plate and give Cincinnati a 2 to 0
lead. It was just one of those unfortunate things that sometimes prove so
Another miscue happened in the fourth inning.
Possum Whitted was playing in right field in place of Josh Devore and made a
mess in trying to catch Bert Niehoff's fly ball. The ball bounded away from
Possum and by the time he got it, Niehoff was rounding third in heading home.
The throw was off-line and the third Cincinnati run was scored.
While the Braves cannot be expected to win every
game, it was to bad they were not able to win this one. While none the runs made
by the Reds were earned, the run made by the Braves in the seventh inning was a
result of two doubles off the bats of Red Smith and Hank Gowdy.
The team regrets the loss of the game, especially
because the Pirates beat the Giants by a score of 3 to 1. Poor handling of
ground balls by Bob Bescher gave Babe Adams a home run in the third and McCarthy
a triple in the fifth. He scored on a single by Max Carey. Ed Konetchy's double
and Jim Kelly's single gave the Pirates the third run in the eighth. The Giants
scored in the eighth on singles by Bescher, Larry Doyle and George Burns.