THE LAST ONE FOR 86 YEARS
Cleveland pounds out a 14-7 win
June 7, 1918 ...
Although Boston threw six pitchers into the fray today, they were beaten by the Indians, in spite of the lead of four runs in the first inning. Ordinarily, a margin of four runs would be sufficient, but the Indians had their batting gloves and their base running shoes on, and the victory
was theirs by a score of 14-7.
Dutch Leonard, who pitched a no-hitter against Detroit his last time out. Joe Bush, Babe Ruth, Victor Molyneaux, Sam Jones and Dick McCabe were employed by manager Ed Barrow in his effort to keep the Indians on their reservation, but for once they were not to be
so restrained. Gathering fourteen hits for a total of nineteen bases, they also worked eleven passes and stole seven bases. In the seventh inning they worked a double steal, and then a triple theft. Braggo Roth slid across the plate safely with what then was the go-ahead run, but
they added six more runs in the eighth inning.
Peculiar as it may seem, Babe Ruth, who practically worked the entire game in left field, was charged with the defeat. When the Sox forged to the front in the seventh inning, after having been trailing for three innings, Ruth warmed up quickly and was sent into
pitch. He passed two of the Indian batters and the other player to face him, sacrificed. He left with the tying and winning runs on base and therefore became the losing pitcher of the game when they scored.
Until that inning. Not a hit had been registered off Dutch Leonard for fourteen innings, going back to the no-hitter. He had permitted only six Indians to face them in the first two innings, and then he lost control and his effectiveness. He left with the bases
filled for Joe Bush to dispose of, and Joe Bush let them all score and fill them up again. Manager Ed Barrow took Bush out for a pinch-hitter in the seventh.
Joe wood led the Indians with a double and two singles. Tris speaker had two doubles.
Dick Hoblitzell received orders to report to Fort Oglethorpe in Georgia. He will leave the team Sunday and take up duty as a lieutenant in the Dental Corps of the Army.