The Red Sox set back the Nationals
May 30, 1916
The Red Sox had two big third innings in their afternoon and morning holiday doubleheader games against the first place Washington Nationals. In both games the runs were produced so early that both wins turned out to be games that gave Bill Carrigan's troops
much confidence. The Sox did their winning behind Ernie Shore in the morning, and late in the game Rube Foster came in to close out and got out of trouble twice. Foster saved the day by starting a doubleplay with the bases full in the eighth, and in the ninth got out of a bad
situation after having issued a pass, threw a wild pitch and gave up two hits to allow the tying run on to be sitting on third base with the bases loaded. The Sox made 11 hits, six of which were doubles. The four runs in the third were made on Shore's double, Hooper being hit
by a pitch, McNally's drive to right, a wild pitch, George McBride's fumble of Tilly Walker's grounder, and a hit to center by Larry Gardner.
In the afternoon Dutch Leonard went the distance and came close to having a shutout, but for a couple of Texas League base hits. The Sox played two fine defensive games. Dutch gave up seven scattered hits except in the sixth inning when he was hit up for
two runs, which the Sox got right back in their half of the sixth. The Sox got out to a quick one run lead on Hooper's walk, McNally's infield hit, a pass to Hobby, and another infield hit by Walker. In the third the real damage was done and when the dust settled the Sox had a
A few drops of rain kept the attendance down in the morning, but the skies cleared in the afternoon and a fine holiday crowd made their way to the park. Mike McNally was the star of the day, subbing for Jack Barry. He made good on all fifteen chances with
some spectacular glove work and collected four hits on his day of work.