“DIARY OF A WINNER”

BUTCH SCHMIDT

THE 1914 "MIRACLE" BRAVES
The Braves win behind Lefty Tyler ... The Giants lose

August 19, 1914 ... Today the Braves beat the Cincinnati Reds by a 3 to 2 score, making it three out of four here and six wins in seven starts so far on the road trip. The road trip here was somewhat different from the first road trip to Cincinnati last May, where the Braves lost four straight.

Lefty Tyler and Red Ames continued their battle from last week which was a struggle the 13 innings back home and resulted in a draw, with neither pitcher being scored upon. There was another contest of endurance today and had Ames not been in the hole from the very start, it might've been different, but an error of omission followed by a more glaring one in comparison, with a hit and a passed ball in between, spoiled Ames' game in the very first inning.

With one out Johnny Evers waited out Ames and was rewarded with a base on balls. Then Joe Connolly plunked a grounder at Bert Niehoff who apparently did not know how fast Joe can run down the baseline. Niehoff took a look to see if he had a chance with Evers at second and that was fatal, for it delayed his throw to first just long enough for Joe to beat out the hit. Connolly and Evers then pulled off a double steal, aided by a short passed ball that Tommy Clarke dropped and lost sight of. Butch Schmidt followed with a low liner to left which bounded by George Twombly and allowed both Evers and Connolly to score, making it 2 to 0. Evers probably would have scored, but Connolly may have not, if the ball had not gotten by Twombly.

The Braves worked over another run in the fifth inning. Evers waited out Ames for his third pass of the game. Connolly then hit one back to the pitcher and Herzog muffed the throw on an attempt to force Evers at second. Von Kolnitz then made a bad throw to first after fielding Rabbit Maranville's grounder and the ball got away from Bill Kellogg. Evers tried to score on the play but was out at the plate, allowing the Rabbit to run around to third base, where he scored after Schmidt bounced the ball over Ames' head. That made it 3 to 0.

Tyler had a good margin, and not withstanding what happened, Ames proceeded to pitch almost perfect ball thereafter. The first run that had been scored on Tyler in more than 27 innings was put over by the Reds in the fifth inning. Although Tyler gave up eight hits but most of them were infield hits which normally may have been outs. Three of the four were by Kellogg, who is been filling in for Fritz Mollwitz since he was hurt.

Although the Braves won the game, they did not win by much to spare, for the bases were full in the ninth-inning of a one run game when the last out was made. Herzog used all his pinch hitters in the eighth-inning, when the Reds got within a run, and then he came to the ninth, with two outs, the bases full and he's had to send pitcher Pete Schneider up in place of Pete Fahrer, not a good hitting pitcher. A fly out to Joe Connolly was the best that Schneider could deliver and the game ended in the favor of the Braves.

The weather was extremely hot and the attendance was around 2300. The Cincinnati fans, like most of those encountered thus far in other cities, are happy to see the great fight the Braves are making. The Braves did not take any money out of town with them, because the attendance did not pay the expenses of the trip.

The Pirates beat the Giants to help out the Braves quite a bit, cutting the Giants lead to only two games. The Pirates beat the Giants by a 5 to 1 score in Pittsburgh.  The Pirates scored three runs in the second inning on two hits, a base on balls, a single and a sacrifice fly. New York got a run in the third inning and Pittsburgh made two more in the fourth on singles by Bob Coleman and Wilbur Cooper, an infield out and a double.

 

at Redland Field (Cincinnati) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

2

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

 

3

6

1

CINCINNATI REDS

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

1

0

 

2

8

4

W-Lefty Tyler (12-9)
L-Red Ames (13-15)
Attendance – 2300

2B-Herzog (Cinci)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Possum Whitted rf 5 0 0 .179  

 

Johnny Evers 2b 2 1 1 .303  

 

Joe Connolly lf 3 2 1 .292  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 4 0 0 .243  

 

Butch Schmidt 1b 4 0 2 .271  

 

Red Smith 3b 4 0 0 .240  

 

Les Mann cf 4 0 1 .235  

 

Hank Gowdy c 3 0 0 .246  

 

Lefty Tyler p 3 0 1 .225  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Lefty Tyler 9 8 1 2 3  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1914 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

New York Giants 59 45 -

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

57 47 2

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 59 52 3 1/2

 

 

Chicago Cubs 56 52 5

 

 

Brooklyn Robins 49 56 10 1/2

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 49 56 10 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 48 57 11 1/2

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 48 60 13