THE LAST ONE FOR 86 YEARS
Ruth hits another home run and
saves the Sox
from being shut out
by Walter Johnson
May 7, 1918 ...
Babe Ruth did his best to win the ballgame for the Red Sox today, and prevented a shutout. If he had been given a little more help from his mates, it might have been a different story, but as it was his home run over the right field wall in the sixth, with one on,
was of no avail against the Nats, who touched Dutch Leonard out for a matter of 14 hits and won the first game of the series by a score of 7 to 2. It was the Babe's third home run is many games.
Walter Johnson pitched one of his really good games. Only four hits were gathered by the Sox, and one of those was a scratch that, coming just before Ruth's mighty clout, yielded the league leaders their only tally.
Burt Shotton did a piece of highway robbery on Harry Hooper in the fifth that may have prevented the Sox from going on a scoring orgy. Leonard was on for the first time, having singled with one out, when Shotton went from close over the
foul line in right to in front of the scoreboard in deep right center, and deprived Hooper of what looked like a sure three bagger.
Aided by Johnson six passes, the Red Sox were always starting something, but they lacked the finishing touches. In five of the innings, other than their scoring one, they placed the first man up on and into other sessions they got a man
on with only one down. None of them got to third and only four is far as second. Two were shoved along the sacks by sacrifices. Johnson gave a second base on balls to put another there, and Kid Foster's error advanced a runner.
The Nationals bunched their hits on Leonard, massing a quartet of safeties in the fourth and fifth. Johnson, who got three hits, played a big in placing the game to his credit. It was his single that drove in the final two
counters of the four made in the fourth, and in the previous innings. It was his single that put Ainsmith on third to score on a sacrifice fly.