WORLD CHAMPS AGAIN
The Red Sox
outlast the Tigers
in a scrappy slugfest
July 12, 1915
The pitching was erratic and the bats were hot, leading to an all out war between the Sox and the Tigers. The Red Sox won it in extra innings by knocking out three runs in the tenth to drag themselves to a 15-12 win at Navin Field. Detroit used four
pitchers and they all looked good to the Speed Boys of Boston. Dutch Leonard started for Boston and immediately received five runs of support in the first inning. But it didn't help him as he gave back four of them in the second inning, allowing Ty Cobb, Sam Crawford and Bobby Veach
to knock him around. He made way for Rube Foster, Herb Pennock and finally Ray Collins. The Tigers tied the score in the third inning, again in the fifth and finally in the eighth inning. But the Red Sox didn't quit and ultimately walked away with the win.
With the score tied at 5-5 in the fourth inning, the Red Sox put up two runs to get back the lead on a pass to Pinch Thomas, a double by Hal Janvrin and Del Gainor's single. Detroit came back in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game once again on a series of
miscues and fumbles. In the eight inning the Red Sox found themselves down a run and immediately put up four more, only to have Tiger hitters tie it up once again in the bottom of the inning. Finally, the game was pushed to extra innings. In the tenth, Harry Hooper
reached first on another Detroit error, went to second on Janvrin's sac bunt and scored on Tris Speaker's base hit. Speaker then stole second and scored on Gainor's hit. Duffy Lewis singled and a wild throw by Del Baker, trying to get Gainor at third to give the Sox their
third run. Ray Collins was now in the game for the Red Sox and was the only pitcher to have his good stuff. He retired the side on order and the toughest, most hard fought game of the season was finally over.