THE LAST ONE FOR 86 YEARS
Babe forces in two of the Tigers' runs
June 2, 1918 ...
It was another close an interesting battle between the Red Sox and Tigers today when Everett Scott filed to Archie Yelle in the ninth inning, for the third out, the Red Sox had their tying run on third base and the possible winning run on first.
Eric Erickson, who pitched for the Tigers was in fine form and allowed only five hits, the first one in the fifth inning, and two in the final frame. Babe Ruth was very much out of form and was found for nine hits. He also issued three passes, two of which
eventually forced in runs and the other reached home plate. He swung and missed at the first three pitches he faced in the sixth, but caught the next one squarely on the nose and sealed it, far up into the bleachers for a home run.
Detroit filled the bases in the second inning with nobody out. After Ben Dyer had been nipped at the plate, when Yelle hit to Fred Thomas, Ruth lost control and forced over Frank Walker and Bobby Witt with walks.
The Red Sox got their first run over in the sixth inning on Babe's home run and the next inning, a walk, a steal, and a single gave the Sox another run. Boston's third and last run was put across in the ninth inning after two were out. George Whiteman walked
and took third when Stuffy McInnis got a single into short right. Dick Hoblitzell was sent in to pinch-hit for Fred Thomas and made good with a hot drive through the box scoring Whiteman and put Stuffy McInnis on third. The game ended on Scott's high pop fly out.
The Tigers scored a run in their opening inning on Bush's double and a single. Two more came over in the their half of the second on three hits. With the bags filled, two runners were walked home, when Babe failing to locate the plate. Detroit's fourth and what
proved to be winning run in the fourth inning resulted from a walk, Erickson's right field single, and a groundout by Donie Bush which scored Yelle.