The Red Sox blow the lead,
but in the 9th inning of the first game,
 come from behind to win it and
eventually sweep a doubleheader

HERB PENNOCK

ON THIS DATE (July 14, 1920) ... The Red Sox won both games of the doubleheader with the Detroit Tigers, the first one 6 to 5 and in the second 4 to 0. The ninth inning of the opening game was full of all kinds of thrills. The Red Sox apparently had the game sewed up, 3 to 1 at the end of the eighth-inning, but before the visitors were retired in the ninth, it was 5 to 3 against them.

Joe Bush and Doc Ayers were pitted up against each other in the first game and Joe Bush pitched as good as he ever has. Only two hits were made off him in the first eight innings, but three were made off Ayers in the first six.

The Tigers were the first to score and the Red Sox worked it into a tie in the third. The deadlock went to the seventh inning, when Wally Schang led off with a double and Stuffy McInnis beat out a bunt. Kid Foster was hit by a pitch ball and after Everett Scott flied out to right, Tim Hendryx banged one off Ayers' leg allowing Schang to score. McInnis took third and then scored on Joe Bush's sacrifice fly, making it 3 to 1.

The Tigers had been sent down practically in order after the first inning, up until the ninth and were two runs down when they came to bat. When they were done it was 5 to 3 in favor of Detroit.

In the bottom of the ninth, Stuffy McInnis, Kid Foster and Everett Scott, the first three men up, hit safely. One run was forced over the plate when Tim Hendryx walked and the tying and winning runs came in when Donie Bush threw wild to first base, in trying to complete a doubleplay on a ground ball by Benn Karr, who was pinch hitting Pennock. The final score was 6 to 5 in a thrilling comeback by the Sox.

Pennock then followed on in the second game and was brilliant, winning 4 to 0, as the Tigers had to send up a patched up team. The Tigers could do nothing against the Red Sox southpaw, making only four hits and failing to score at all. Oscar Stanage, who cracked out a double, was the only one to see second base.  Everett Scott has now played in 601 consecutive game for the Red Sox.

 

FENWAY PARK

 

BATTER

 

 

0
STRIKES

0
BALLS

0
OUTS

 
 
 

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C

GAME #1

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
     

DETROIT TIGERS

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

   

5

4

1

 
     

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

1

0

0

0

2

0

3

   

6

9

3

 

 

W-Herb Pennock (9-8)
L-Howard Ehmke (4-12)
Attendance - 8000

2B-Schang (Bost)

 

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C

GAME #2

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
     

DETROIT TIGERS

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

   

0

4

2

 
     

BOSTON RED SOX

0

1

0

0

2

0

0

1

x

   

4

11

1

 

 

W-Herb Pennock (10-8)
L-Red Oldham (5-8)

2B-Stanage (Det), Schang (Bost), McInnis (Bost),
Scott (2)(Bost), Walters (Bost)