May 5: Cleveland 5, Boston 3 (10 innings)
This was a great series, starting off with this extra-inning affair. The two teams scratched out single runs back and forth that had them tied 3-3 after nine. Starter Cy Young was still twirling in the 10th, but put Cleveland’s version of Tris Speaker on with a walk. Speaker stole second, and Nap Lajoie singled him home. Boston second baseman Bobby Doerr booted one later in the inning that allowed Lajoie to come around and score an insurance run. Doug Jones pitched the ninth and 10th for Cleveland, allowing a harmless single in each inning and nothing more. Boston’s Tris Speaker spanked five singles in five plate appearances but only managed to come around to score once.
R H BB CLE 110 000 010 2 - 5 12 2 BOS 100 010 100 0 - 3 12 3 HR: none starters IP R ER HR BB SO C. Kluber 6.1 3 3 0 3 4 C. Young 9.1 5 4 0 2 3 CLE 15-13, BOS 19-9
May 6: Cleveland 6, Boston 5
Another tight one that had the Red Sox feeling they’d given it away with some sloppy fielding. Errors by Doerr, Smoky Joe Wood, and Wade Boggs assisted Cleveland in crossing home in the second and third innings.
Cleveland relievers were clutch late in the game. Don Mossi took over from starter Stan Coveleski with a two run lead and runners on second and third and two outs. He induced a groundout from Carl Yastrzemski. Mossi faced the first two batters in the eighth, getting Ted Williams to pop out and then walking Fred Lynn. Bob Feller relieved Mossi, and singles from Jimmie Foxx and Carlton Fisk scored Lynn, getting Boston to within a run with runners on the corners and just one out. Bobby Doerr hit a mid-distance fly to center for the second out, and Jimmie Foxx took a chance on scoring the tying run on the tag-up. Cleveland CF Speaker threw a bullet home to Victor Martinez and Foxx was dead meat at the plate for the inning-ending double play.
In the bottom of the ninth, Wade Boggs reached on a single and Kevin Youkilis came in to pinch run. Youkilis is average to slightly below stealing bases, but tested Victor Martinez’s weak arm and took off for second. V-Mart’s arm looked OK this time and he nailed Youk.
R H BB CLE 112 000 200 - 6 9 6 BOS 002 002 100 - 5 12 2 HR: J. Foxx (2) starters IP R ER HR BB SO S. Coveleski 6.2 4 4 1 1 1 S. Wood 7.0 6 4 0 5 2 CLE 16-13, BOS 19-10
May 7: Boston 2, Cleveland 1
The Fenway faithful wanted to at least avoid a sweep, and the arm of Lefty Grove delivered with an efficient one-run complete game. Vean Gregg was nearly as good for Cleveland, but couldn’t stop the bleeding after his Tris Speaker muffed what should have been the third out in the bottom of the sixth. It didn’t look too bad since there were two out and only a runner on first, but Boston made the Naps pay with a Manny Ramirez single, Jimmie Foxx walk, and Nomar Garciaparra RBI single that ended up being the difference.
R H BB CLE 000 100 000 - 1 5 2 BOS 010 001 00x - 2 6 2 HR: none starters IP R ER HR BB SO V. Gregg 8 2 1 0 2 3 L. Grove 9 1 1 0 2 2 CLE 16-14, BOS 20-10