The Sox lose twice to the Browns
August 29, 1916 ...
The fans at Fenway Park saw superbly played games played against the Red Sox by the St. Louis Browns, who won both ends of a doubleheader. The Champions were outplayed at every point. The Sox pitchers were not bad, but their mistakes cost them.
Dutch Leonard started the first game and had nothing. Babe Ruth took over and was wild, and his fumble of a little grounder gave St. Louis three runs. The Sox turned four doubleplays in the first game with Everett Scott shining defensively, as did the
Browns' shortstop, Del Pratt. The Browns jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the first inning on a hit batsman and a wild pitch by Leonard. In the third inning, the Sox captured the lead with three runs on two passes and base hits by Harry Hooper and Duffy Lewis. In the sixth
the Browns worked Ruth for two walks and then he fumbled a ball to load the bases. With Carl Mays pitching, Armando Marsans knocked in all the baserunners, scoring the runs that St. Louis would need for the win.
The Browns runners ran the bases as they pleased in the second game, with Ernie Shore paying little attention to first base and Hick Cady throwing the ball into the ground on throws to second base. The Browns put across two runs in the first inning, one in
the fourth and four runs in the seventh, before the Red Sox could score.
Both Dave Davenport and Bob Groom pitched great games for the Browns, in contrast to the Red Sox pitchers. The Sox lost Jack Barry after being hit in the hand with a pitch in game one.