WORLD CHAMPS AGAIN
The Red Sox blow a 6-0 lead to the Tigers
July 30, 1915
Behind the great one-hit pitching of Dutch Leonard and some good hitting, the Sox had a 6-0 lead after five innings. But they play nine innings in the American League. The Red Sox stopped hitting, were easy outs until the end, and the Tigers came alive and
pounded Leonard. They scored three times in the sixth inning, two in the seventh and two in the ninth to steal what was given to them, 7 to 6. The Sox pulled off some great plays in the field and then some costly ones. Harry Hooper made a great running catch in the
seventh inning with men on the bases and Duffy Lewis made a dumb throw trying to get a man at second base who he had no chance of catching. His wild throw rolled into the Red Sox dugout allowing in the of the runs scored in the sixth. In the ninth the Sox still led 6-5.
Joe Wood was now on the mound and had no command. He walked Ossie Vitt with one out. Donie Bush laid down a beautiful sacrifice bunt, which Joe hurried to get and threw off-balance into right field, allowing Bush to go to second and Vitt to third. With Ty Cobb up, Joe
threw the ball past Thomas and it rolled to the backstop, allowing Vitt to score the tying run. Cobb then hit a weal grounder to Gardner at third who went after Bush at the plate. Thomas did a great job blocking him from scoring but the umpire called him safe with the go-ahead
run. Bernie Boland came in for Detroit to close it out and got the Sox went in order in their half of the ninth.