The Sox and Browns split ...
Del Pratt's walk-off homer wins the first game
for the Red Sox
July 8, 1922 ...
The Red Sox and St. Louis Browns split a doubleheader with the
Red Sox winning the first game 2 to 1, and the visitors winning the
second, 10 to 6. Del Pratt, the Red Sox captain, drove in the winning
run for the Red Sox in the ninth inning of the first game and slugged
a home run with one on, in the second game, getting four hits in his
nine chances at bat.
The opening game was a pitcher's battle
between Rip Collins and Elam Van Gilder. Van Gilder allowed only four hits to
the Red Sox. The Sox first run was a result of a two base throwing error by
thirdbaseman Frank Ellerbee. Ellerbee, after fielding Pratt's ground ball, threw
wide of first base, allowing Pratt to get to second. He went to third on a
sacrifice by Joe Dugan and then scored on a sacrifice fly by John Collins.
The Browns tied the score in the sixth inning, when George Sisler, the first
man up, drew a pass, promptly stole second and scored on a base hit by Ken
Williams. The Browns could do nothing against Collins after this until the
ninth-inning. Then Marty McManus, the first man up, doubled against the
scoreboard and went to third on Jacobsen's sacrifice fly. He tried to score
after Mike Menosky made the catch on another fly ball by Hank Severeid, but
Mike's great throw to the plate, cut McManus down.
The winning run came on a base hit by George Burns and a triple by Pratt in
the ninth-inning. After Menosky had flied out Burns lined a single to left and
then Pratt sent the ball sailing over Jacobsen's head in right-center, easily
allowing Burns to jog home with the winning run.
The second game went wrong early for the Red Sox. The Browns scored three
runs in the first inning and another three runs in the fourth, putting across
three additional runs in the fifth and sixth innings. The score was 9 to 0 when
the Red Sox finally scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth, the result of a
base hit and a two run homer by Pratt. The Sox added four more runs over the
next two innings but couldn't catch the Browns, losing 10 to 6.