THE LAST ONE FOR 86 YEARS
Babe gets five hits, but the Sox tumble into
second place, losing sixth in a row
May 9, 1918 ...
Babe Ruth tried to bat and play first base, and carry the Red Sox to victory over the Nationals on Tuesday and Wednesday. Today he tried a hit and pitch them to the long end of the score. Ruth made five hits in as many times up, including a triple and three doubles, and one more safety than was
made by his colleagues, but the Nationals beat the big left-hander out of a heartbreaking 10 inning game 4 to 3.
The Babe, after doubling off Walter Johnson, who have relieved Doc Ayers, with one down in the 10th, was guilty of a foolish and costly piece of base running. With McInnis at bat, he tried it pilfer third and was cut down, Eddie Ainsmith to Kid Foster.
Howie Shanks and Joe Judge singled in succession, opening Washington's 10th, but the former was held at second. Ruth passed Morgan for the third time, and Foster lifted a sacrifice fly to George Whiteman, which decided the issue.
In the first inning Harry Hooper doubled, was sacrificed to third and scored on Otis Strunk's out. Ruth tripled over Clyde Milan's head, but McInnis grounded out to Joe Judge to end the inning. Washington took the lead in the seventh. Ray Morgan was
passed, but was forced by Foster. Joe Casey singled and then Ayers dropped a Texas leaguer to right. Foster scored on the hit and Casey tallied when Hooper's throw home went into the stands to make it 2 to 1.
Ruth's double with two out led to a run for the Red Sox in the eighth. McInnis was walked purposely, but Whiteman singled Ruth home, tying the score at 2-2. Dick Hoblitzell singled to start the ninth, but was forced by Sam Agnew, who went to third when Doc
Lavan's throw hit him on the head and bounced into the stands. Hooper hit a sacrifice fly to Milan, scoring Wally Schang, who ran for Agnew, giving the Sox a 3-2 lead.
In the bottom of the ninth, Ruth passed Ray Morgan and singles by Foster and Casey filled the sacks. Johnson went to bat for Doc Ayers and his sacrifice fly to Whiteman registered Morgan and sent the game into extra innings.