Tris Speaker bats down the Red Sox
July 25, 1916 ...
The Red Sox had many chances today to get a running start on their western trip and their lack of timely hitting landed them on the short side of a 5 to 4 loss against the Indians. The Indians pitcher, Jim Bagby was hit safely 11 times while Babe Ruth,
who held the Indians to three hits in seven innings, looked good with his team moving along with a 3-2 lead.
In the eighth however, the Champions saw the game get away from them before there was anybody out. The Babe passed Jack Graney and fielded a bunt beautifully by Bill Wambsgnass only to see Wamby collide with Dick Hoblitzell at first base and knock the
ball loose. Tris Speaker who had scored one run and driven in another, then punched his third hit into right field to Graney with Wamby going to third. Rube Foster now came in to try and save the game, but uncorked a wild pitch over the head of Pinch Thomas to let in the
next run. And a moment later, Braggo Roth singled to score Speaker.
The Sox had a chance to come back and win it in the ninth inning, with Harry Hooper singling to to right and a pass to Olaf Henriksen. Duffy Lewis worked a nice sacrifice bunt and Hooper scored on a ground out. Tilly Walker came up with a chance to
bring the runner in from third to tie the score, but Bagby struck him out to end the game. The Sox could have won this game. They left eight men on base, with three on second and two left on third.