Even Babe Ruth can't save the Red Sox
June 17, 1916 ...
The White Sox whitewashed the Red Sox 5 to 0 at Comiskey Park. Bill Carrigan figured Babe Ruth could win it for him, but the White Sox landed on Babe for 10 hits, four of which did not get out of the infield. Babe did not stand a chance because the
Red Sox batters could not come through in the pinches, especially in the sixth and seventh innings when a hit would have meant a lot. In the seventh Larry Gardner's triple was wasted.
Joe Benz, who has been an easy mark for the Red Sox, held them to three hits while he was out there. He finally got in some trouble in the sixth when Dave Danforth came out of the pen for relief. The Speed Boys were very weak at the plate and only
hit the ball to the outfield for hits on five occasions.
Babe went along well until the fourth inning and until the eighth was fairly effective. The Red Sox made two fast doubleplays, but the main trouble when the White Sox were on base, was that they were hitting the ball to the regions of the field that were
good for hits. Joe Jackson had another big day and Eddie Collins delivered a couple of clutch blows. In the fourth he hit a ball that just squibbed out in the diamond between Ruth and Gardner, and beat Babe's throw to first. He scored on Jack Fournier's triple and
Fournier scored on Jackson's base hit.
Joe Engel, the old Washington pitcher, has been working out with the Red Sox for two days. Tomorrow Carrigan will send him down to Richmond.