THE LAST ONE FOR 86 YEARS
The Sox get bombed by the Nationals
May 8, 1918 ...
Fate was against the Red Sox today with the Nationals making eight runs in the fifth inning and giving the Griffith club, a 14 to 4 victory over the Red Sox.
It was all because Griff saw fit take Eddie Ainsmith from behind the bat at the outset of the fifth and put Joe Casey, a recent addition there. Casey made himself solid when he neatly pegged out Dave Shean in the Red Sox half of the fifth and he made himself even more solid when he delivered a clout
later, that drove the first two runs over the plate and sent the Griffith men on the scoring orgy.
Up to this time, Joe Bush had been sailing along in orthodox fashion, mowing down the Nationals with great regularity and he had a four run lead when the bombardment began. Four hits had been gathered off Bush and he had given a pass before Carl Mays was called up to take over the burden.
Before he could get the side out, for more safeties had been made.
A mixture of three hits and era two passes and some sleepy work by the Red Sox, allowed the Nationals to score 5 more runs in the sixth inning. Weldon Wyckoff pitched the last two innings for the Red Sox.
Jim Shaw was not much of a puzzle to the Red Sox, but only two hits, one in the six and the other in the ninth, were made off Harry Harper in his four innings. None got to second off him and he fanned Fred Thomas, Wally Mayer and Weldon Wyckoff after George
Whiteman had singled in the ninth
Babe Ruth's double and Stuffy McInnis' single gave the Red Sox a run in the second. Singles by Otis Strunk, McInnis and Everett Scott with a passed ball and Shaw's error gave them two in the fourth. Joe Bush's triple and Hooper's sacrifice fly scored their
final counter in the fifth.