The Yankees blank the Red Sox
April 26, 1916
The Red Sox had only one chance of enduring the humiliating 9-0 defeat by the Yankees today. That was to hope for rain before the fifth inning. The Yankees mauled Marty McHale, their former teammate, for five runs in the first inning and the prospects of the Speed Boys catching up
after that, were slim. The weather looked threatening and instead of taking McHale out, manager Bill Carrigan left him in and hoped it would rain, because the skies were growing darker and darker. The Yankees, realizing this, just decided to keep striking out as soon as possible
and to the dismay of the Sox, their half of the fifth inning passed by without a drop of rain. Vean Gregg eventually relieved McHale and he got hit easily too for the New Yorkers had their hitting shoes on. Young Cliff Markle was on the mound for the Yanks, was not giving ground,
and eventually allowed just four scattered hits, in picking up his second win.
Les Nunamaker again was the chief antagonist. His triple in the first inning cleared the bases, and in the seventh inning whacked out a double that sent in two more runs. Although McHale got hit hard in the first inning, he seemed to settle down to
business in the second, third, and fourth innings. But he was bombarded again in the fifth inning so in came Vean Gregg.