After Blowing a Five Run
Lead, the Sox
win this game with a walk-off in extra innings
July 19, 1931
... After seeing a five run lead wiped out, the Red Sox
fought a stubborn battle at Braves Field and finally defeated the
Cleveland Indians, 6 to 5 in 12 innings.
Earl Webb clicked
off his 42nd double and Jack Rothrock drove in the winning run. But
most of the credit belongs to Wilcy Moore, who took over when the
Indians drove Jack Russell out of the game, and except for an error
would have saved the game for Russell.
The misplay helped Cleveland tie up the score. After that, Moore
allowed only four scattered hits in the 6 2/3 innings he worked.
The Sox were leading 5-0 going into the sixth inning. Jack Russell
gave up two singles and two doubles, that put the Indians within a
run. That's when Moore got the ball and got the Sox out of that
After giving up a double to Dick Porter in the seventh, who went to
third on a sacrifice, Moore passed Earl Averill. Ed Morgan then hit a
grounder to Bobby Reeves, the Sox secondbaseman. Everything was
perfect for the doubleplay that would have ended the inning. But
Reeves started to make the force at second himself, running over to
the base, thinking there were two outs. Shortstop Hal Rhyne was
already there ready to take the throw. Reeves was almost at the bag
when Rhyne yelled to him to throw him the ball. Reeves realized what
was going on and panicked, making a quick throw over Rhyne's head.
That lapse of attention allowed Porter to score the tying run.
Moore then held the Indians down for the next six innings. In the
12th, Moore led off and drilled a single to center. He went to second
on an infield single by Rabbit Warstler. Al Van Camp went in to run
for him and was forced at third by Rhyne's grounder. In attempting to
complete the doubleplay however, thirdbaseman Willie Kamm made a wild
throw that ended up in the Sox dugout. This brought up Jack Rothrock
with only one out. The Cleveland outfielders then moved in, hoping to
cut off the possible run at the plate. But Rothrock hit a line drive
over Earl Averill's head in center, and Warstler jogged home with the