THE LAST ONE FOR 86 YEARS
Stuffy McInnis beats Philly in the 10th
July 5, 1918 ...
The Red Sox beat the Athletics today 4 to 3 in 10 innings. The game was largely a pitching duel between Babe Ruth and Bob Geary. The ability of the Sox to run the bases assisted their cause and at the end of the third inning, they led 2 to 1. Then until the eighth inning, the game was pretty much a
In the eighth, Frank Truesdale hit one to Red Shannon, who made a nice throw to George Burns at first. Burns got the ball and then dropped it. Truesdale raced over the bag. That gave the Sox an opening and they proceeded to improve upon it. Amos Strunk sacrificed
Truesdale to second, and then stuffy McInnis scored Truesdale on a dandy single to left. That made the score 3 to 1.
In the ninth inning, after the Sox had gone out 1,2,3, Philadelphia started something. Larry Gardner was the first man up but Connie Mack sent Tilly Walker to bat for him. Walker drove a double to right, Cy Perkins walked, and Joe Dugan, drove a clean single to left
scoring a run. Babe Ruth passed Rube Oldring to load the bases, and took a chance on Merlin Kopp. The first pitch hit him, and that forced in Perkins over the plate to tie up the game.
With the game going into extra innings, the Sox lost no time in putting it on ice. Truesdale and Otis Strunk were easy outs, but Geary walked, Ruth and that's where he made a damaging mistake, for Stuffy McInnis drove a long one to right field good for three bases that
The Macks made a futile effort to even up things in the bottom half of the 10th. With one out, Jake Munch singled to right, but he died on base and the game was over, the Red Sox winning 4 to 3.