Walter Johnson halts the Red Sox
June 28, 1916 ...
Ernie Shore looked like the greatest pitcher in the world until the Nationals jumped all over him in the seventh inning at Nationals Park to win the game 6 to 2. Walter Johnson, who had been saved to pitch in this game, was hit hard early
but settled down after the Red Sox jumped into a two run lead.
The Sox were the first to score in the second inning on a single by Larry Gardner, who went to second on a ground out, and scored on Hick Cady's base hit. In the third the Sox scored again on a pass to Harry Hooper, a wild pitch, and an RBI single
by Duffy Lewis to give them a 2-0 lead. The lead looked to be enough because Shore was on his game, having given up only four scattered singles, until the sixth inning when the Nats picked up a run. Then in the seventh it all came apart when four big runs crossed the plate on
multiple hits of Shore and then Carl Mays. Vean Gregg came in to stop the barrage, but the damage was already done.
Heinie Wagner will join the Red Sox as a coach for Bill Carrigan. Wagner was recently released as the manager of the Hartford ball club.