THE LAST ONE FOR 86 YEARS
Leonard's pitching and
hitting helps the Sox
June 9, 1918 ...
Dutch Leonard won his own game for the Sox today, blanking the Indians 2 to 0 at Dunn Field. He was a deciding factor in both of the runs scored by his team. In the fifth inning his single to left center moved Everett Scott to third, and in a position to score on Harry
Hooper's long sacrifice fly to right. With two outs in the seventh, Wally Schang singled and went to third on Leonard's second safe base hit. Harry Hooper's single through Eddie Miller, scored Schang.
Leonard was just as effective with his pitching as with his bat. Holding the Indians at his mercy in the first three innings, he kept them away from the plate in the next six innings, despite the fact that Cleveland persistently got men as far as second and third.
In the sixth and again in the seventh. The Indians bunched two hits, but failed to score. In the sixth Ray Chapman was retired at the plate when he tried to score on Wambsganss' grounder to Fred Thomas, and in the seventh inning Cleveland could not get a man by second, despite two singles in
The Indians got after umpire Brick Owens for a decision at first base in the eighth inning, one that possibly cost a run. As a result Ray Chapman and Fritz Coumbe were banished from the field. This action enraged the crowd, and when Owen left the field at the end
of the game, several spectators tried throwing things at him. They were unsuccessful though and he was protected by police. Mounted policeman had to be summoned to disperse the crowd, who remained outside at the exit. Owen was forced to remain in the dressing room for an hour
before it was safe enough to permit his departure for his hotel.
Babe Ruth when hitless today. He did not make a hit in either game pitch by Coveleski fanned him twice.
The Indians presented their president, Jim Dunn, with the gold watch prior to the game.