The Browns take another from the Red Sox
May 19, 1916 ...
The Browns showed Dutch Leonard as little respect as they did to Rube Foster, touching him up for five runs and winning 5 to 1, and deserving it. Boston's attack on Bob Groom was anything but an attack. Groom held the Sox to three hits down to
the final inning, all of which were turned in by Dick Hoblitzell. In the ninth the Red Sox saved face when a wild throw by Del Pratt gave life to Larry Gardner at first base. Gardner scored the Sox only run right after when Pinch Thomas doubled to left-center.
The champions had no punch while the Browns played steady, fielding well, and won on their merits. When the Boston hitters hit line drives, they were right at the Browns' fielders. On the other hand, the Browns did fine work with their bats and
scored in four of the nine innings. Bill Carrigan surely counted on his "ace" to take this game, because up until today he had won every game this season, but Dutch was unsteady and hit easily. The game started off as if it would be a low scoring contest. The first run
was scored in the fifth inning. The only time the Red Sox had gotten to second was on a wild pitch, while St. Louis had three runners left on the corners.
In the fifth inning the visitors got going. Jimmy Austin started with a double to left and scoring on Bert Shotton's base hit after two men were out. The Browns added one more in the sixth on a pass, two bunts, and a sacrifice fly, one more in the
eight and two in the ninth. Meanwhile Groom coasted. He had great command, changed speeds, and had the Sox batters off balance.