June 14: Oakland 4, Cleveland 3
Stan Coveleski had a dandy going for Cleveland through 7.2 innings and was enjoying a 3-1 lead. But then Jason Giambi doubled and Al Simmons followed with an RBI single to cut Cleveland’s lead to 3-2. Doug Jones replaced Coveleski and retired Jimmie Foxx to preserve the one-run lead for the Naps.
The narrow lead was handed on to Cody Allen to close out the ninth. After Reggie Jackson grounded-out, Mickey Cochrane worked a walk. Next up was Bert Campaneris and his .301 slugging percentage. Allen challenged Campy, and Campy rose to the occasion by slapping his second homer of the year. The come-from-behind walk-off brought the house down in Oakland.
R H BB CLE 000 021 000 - 3 6 1 OAK 100 000 012 - 4 6 3 HR: B. Campaneris (2) starters IP R ER HR BB SO S. Coveleski 7.2 2 2 0 2 1 C. Bender 8.0 3 3 0 1 3 CLE 34-30, OAK 33-31
June 15: Cleveland 6, Oakland 5
It was Cleveland’s turn for some ninth inning dramatics the next day. Barry Zito started poorly for Oakland, giving up four runs in the first two frames, but had been in a groove ever since and took the mound in the top of the ninth with a 5-4 lead. After Jim Thome led off the ninth with a double, Connie Mack decided it was time for Dennis Eckersley to come in and slam the door. But little Terry Turner came up big with a double of his own, which drove in the tying run. Tris Speaker followed that up with a single (his third hit of the day) and the go-ahead RBI before Eck finally got out of the inning. Vean Gregg finished off a complete game with a perfect bottom of the ninth for Cleveland.
R H BB CLE 310 000 002 - 6 13 1 OAK 030 020 000 - 5 11 3 HR: none starters IP R ER HR BB SO V. Gregg 9.0 5 5 0 3 5 B. Zito 8.0 5 5 0 1 7 CLE 35-30, OAK 33-32
June 16: Oakland 3, Cleveland 2
It was another one-run squeaker in the rubber match, a fine duel between Addie Joss and Rube Waddell. Bert Campaneris was clutch again, claiming the winning RBI in the sixth when he poked a single through the infield to bring Reggie Jackson home from third.
The two leading triples hitters in the league, Joe Jackson and Home Run Baker, each put another triple in the ledger in the game.
League triples leaders:
- Home Run Baker-OAK 13
- Joe Jackson-CLE 12
- Tony Fernandez-TOR 9
- Lou Gehrig-NY 8
Sam Rice-MN 8
Joe Jackson-CHI 8
R H BB CLE 100 000 001 - 2 6 1 OAK 000 102 00x - 3 9 2 HR: none starters IP R ER HR BB SO A. Joss 8.0 3 3 0 2 2 R. Waddell 9.0 2 1 0 1 5 CLE 35-31, OAK 34-32