THE LAST ONE FOR 86 YEARS
Ruth's 10th homer is the only hit off Harper
June 28, 1918 ...
Babe Ruth's home run, a terrific clout over the right field wall in the seventh inning, was the only dent, the Red Sox could make in Harry Harper's pitching performance at National Park in Washington. The Nats continued their winning way, staging a rally in the eighth inning, that netted two runs and
a 3 to 2 victory. It was Ruth's 10th home run of the season.
Just four Red Sox base runners, or to be more exact, Babe Ruth three times and Dave Shean, were the only Boston players to get on base. Previous to his homer, Babe was on twice. He bunted when he came up in the second inning, and kept on to second as Val Picinich
threw wild to first. Babe should've had a hit, but the official scorer decreed otherwise.
With two gone in the eighth, Ray Morgan fumbled Ruth's grounder and Babe made it to second base. He moved over to third on a wild pitch, but Stuffy McInnis couldn't bring him home.
Washington got the first run in the fourth inning on two passes, a hit batsman, and Ray Morgan's sacrifice fly.
When the Babe came up in the seventh inning, he decided to take no chances on being pitched around, so he took Harper's first pitch and sent it sailing over the barrier, 10 feet in front of the foul line, to tie the score at one each.
Sox rookie pitcher, King Bader hadn't been in trouble prior to the fourth inning, but his wildness put him in a tight spot in the fifth, which he pulled out of nicely. With one out in the seventh, Clyde Milan singled, then Bader passed Frank Schulte, and he hit Ray
Morgan with a pitch. Milan was held at third as Picinich flied out to Ruth out.
However, Bader was scored on when Joe Judge singled off him in the eight. He then walked Morgan and Doc Lavan followed with a double, sending the two runners over, giving Washington a 3 to 1 lead. Doc Lavan was thrown out trying to make third-base on a ball
that got by Sam Agnew, but the damage had already been done. Shean, Schang, and Ruth went out in the ninth, in order in the final score was Washington three, Boston one.