The Red Sox chip away and
Harry Hooper ends it with a walk-off

HARRY HOOPER

ON THIS DATE (July 2, 1920) ... With the score 9 to 2 against them, when they went to bat in the sixth inning, the Red Sox chances of beating Washington did not appear to be worth 10 cents on the dollar. They hung on, however, and fought when it hardly seemed worthwhile, and in the 10th inning Harry Hooper drove in the run which gave them a hard-fought victory today at Fenway Park.

Once again the uncertainty of baseball was demonstrated, and the old song about the game not being over until it was over, was proven once again. Washington got 18 hits for a total of 23 bases, 15 of these hits including a home run over the left-field fence by Braggo Roth, were made in the first six innings, while Sam Jones was on the mound. During this time Washington's Eric Erickson had allowed just two hits and one of the two runs was due to an error.

Suddenly everything turned bad for Erickson. He got bumped for four runs in the sixth inning and one in the seventh before he was called out. Manager Clark Griffith trotted in four other pitchers after that, but the Red Sox took them all for a run in each inning, until they put over the deciding run in the 10th. The Sox staged an uphill fight and are entitled to the all around credit that goes to a game fought to the bitter end.

Up 5 to 2, Washington laid on the lumber in the sixth inning. They scored four runs after two were out. Shannon singled to right, Erickson lined out a double down the right-field line and then singles in succession by Judge, Milan and Rice, with a wild throw to first by Sam Jones, made it a 9 to 2 laugher.

But the Red Sox weren't the ones laughing. They countered with four runs of their own in the bottom of the sixth inning, to make the game 9 to 6.

The Sox were not out of the woods, but they got busy and chopped the lead away to nothing over the next three innings. In the seventh, McNally drew a pass and went to second on Menosky's out at first, scoring on Wally Schang's single to center. In the eighth, Kid Foster drew a pass, Everett Scott singled and the bases were full when Bucky Walters was hit by a pitch. Oscar Vitt came in to bat and he brought Foster home with a fly ball to right-center.

Now the score was just 9 to 8 as the Red Sox came up on the bottom of the ninth-inning. Schang was patient and drew a base on balls. He was sacrificed over to second by Stuffy McInnis and scored on a base hit by Foster to tie up the game.

Benn Karr got Washington in the top of the 10th inning and in the bottom half, after one was out, Vitt doubled to center and Hooper brought him across with the winning run on a walkoff base hit.

 

FENWAY PARK

 

BATTER

 

 

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BALLS

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9

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WASHINGTON NATIONALS

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9

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BOSTON RED SOX

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1

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10

12

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W-Benn Karr (2-1)
Jim Shaw (2-6)
Attendance - 3500
 

2B-Shannon (Wash), Erickson (Wash), Hooper (Bost),
Schang (Bost), Walters (Bost), Vitt (Bost)
3B-Foster (Bost)
HR-Roth (Wash)