WORLD CHAMPS AGAIN
The Red Sox win twice behind
Joe Wood and Dutch Leonard
August 4-5-6, 1915
... Games postponed on account of rain
August 7, 1915
The Red Sox finally got to play some baseball at Fenway Park and took both ends of a doubleheader from the Cleveland Indians. Smoky Joe Wood pitched to his old form in allowing just one hit during the first game and Dutch Leonard, although hit
easily at the start of the second game, settled down in grand style and allowed his teammates to put up the necessary runs to take the second game.
Joe Wood only came close to trouble once in the first game. He started by retiring the first eleven men he faced. In the fourth inning, with two down, he passed three men to load the bases. But then he struck out Elmer Smith to end the inning. In
the sixth he struck out all three batters. The only hit was by Bill Wambsganss on a ground ball to Hal Janvrin, that just simply got by him in the eighth inning. In seven of the nine innings he retired the Indians in order. Guy Morton pitched well for Cleveland,
allowing one run in the second on a walk, a sacrifice, and a single by Larry Gardner. Sam Jones allowed the second Red Sox run in the eighth on a pass, and singles by Tris Speaker and Dick Hoblitzell.
In the second game Dutch Leonard allowed the Indians to score two runs at the start, on a double and a single. That was it for the rest of the game. The Sox came right back with a run in the bottom of the first on a double by Hobby with Hooper on base,
and three more in the third inning. With two men on base, Tris Speaker lined a triple to the right field corner, and scored on a sac fly. Leonard struck out nine men and passed only three.