June 7: Cleveland 4, Chicago 1
Corey Kluber hurled a shutout last time out, and followed that up with another impressive outing, limiting Chicago to one run and five hits in seven innings of work. Kluber has three bad starts that have kept his ERA from being overly impressive (4.12), but he has gotten excellent results in eight of his 11 starts.
Luke Appling swatted three of Chicago’s six hits, and Nap Lajoie punched three for Cleveland and scored thrice.
The Cleveland Joe Jackson and Chicago Joe Jackson were understandably shaken up by seeing one another in the same time and place and went a combined o-for-9.
R H BB CHI 000 100 000 - 1 6 4 CLE 101 000 20x - 4 13 3 HR: L. Doby (3) starters IP R ER HR BB SO J. Rigney 7.0 4 4 1 3 2 C. Kluber 7.0 1 1 0 2 3 CHI 27-31, CLE 32-26
June 8: Cleveland 10, Chicago 4
Eddie Cicotte and his White Sox were in control through six and a half innings with a 4-1 lead, but it was like somebody flicked the “on” switch for Cleveland’s bats in the seventh. The first three Naps went walk-single-walk vs. Cicotte, and in came Terry Forster in relief. Pinch-hitting Larry Doby singled in two runs to get Cleveland within a run, and Joe Jackson tripled in two more runs to give Cleveland a 6-4 lead before the seventh inning was done. Chicago reliever Matt Thornton also got lit up in the bottom of the eighth as Cleveland ran up the score. Lajoie had another three-hit game.
R H BB CHI 001 300 000 - 4 10 3 CLE 000 100 54x - 10 11 6 HR: V. Martinez (2) starters IP R ER HR BB SO E. Cicotte 6.0 4 4 0 5 1 S. Coveleski 7.0 4 4 0 2 1 CHI 27-32, CLE 33-26
June 9: Chicago 9, Cleveland 7
The White Sox salvaged the final game, which was an offense-heavy, back-and-forth mess. They built a 4-0 lead in the fourth inning thanks in large part to triples by Sherm Lollar and Eddie Collins, then promptly gave up the lead in the bottom of the fourth. Frank Thomas made a ham-fisted error at first, and Joe Jackson and Lou Boudreau both doubled as Cleveland tied the game at four.
The Sox grabbed a one-run lead back in the fifth, then watched that lead evaporate in the bottom of the seventh when Manny B. Manny sliced a three-run jack.
But Chicago had one more comeback in them, and stormed Bob Feller for four runs in the eighth, three on a bases-loaded triple by Chet Lemon. It was Chicago’s fourth triple of the game. Keith Foulke and Terry Forster hurled the eighth and ninth and were able to make this lead hold up for Chicago.
R H BB CHI 010 310 040 - 9 13 5 CLE 000 400 300 - 7 10 4 HR: M. Ramirez (11) starters IP R ER HR BB SO C. Sale 6.2 6 5 0 4 8 V. Gregg 5.0 5 5 0 3 3 CHI 28-32, CLE 33-27