WORLD CHAMPS AGAIN
Vean Gregg fails to hold
his old teammates
August 27, 1915
Bill Carrigan gave Vean Gregg an opportunity to show up his old teammates, the Cleveland Indians, at League Park, and the result was just the reverse. Gregg couldn't get out of the first inning safely and put a handicap on the Sox that they could
not rally from, losing out 4 to 3. The Sox were unable to take advantage of the opportunities handed to them and went down to a bitter defeat, as back in Detroit, the Tigers were able to beat the Yankees twice. One of the biggest chances the Red Sox failed to capitalize on, came in
the ninth inning. With one out and the bases loaded, Duffy Lewis came to bat against Sam Jones. He hit a weak grounder shortstop Ray Chapman, who turned it into an easy game-ending doubleplay. Errors were also made in the management of the game. In the eighth inning,
with two men on and two out, Carl Mays was allowed to bat while Dick Hoblitzell sat on the bench.
The Sox gave Gregg a fine chance by scoring two runs in the first inning. Harry Hooper led off with a triple, Speaker was hit by a pitch, Lewis was walked and Larry Gardner drove in two men with a base hit. Vean Gregg quickly gave back a run in the
bottom of the first and another in the third to tie the game. Willie Mitchell started the game for Cleveland and pitched a wonderful game after the first inning. The Sox finally got to him in the eighth inning. With one down, Lewis, Gardner and Barry singled to make the
deficit one run. But Barry got thrown out at third and Mays hit a pop up to center, killing the rally. Then the ninth inning doubleplay unfolded to end the game.
Manager Carrigan decided that Joe Wood can not help the team anymore. He pitched his last game a week ago, and still has a sore arm, so he was sent back to Boston.