June 14: New York 7, Chicago 3
Eddie Cicotte has been the model of consistency for Chicago this year. Going into this game, he had pitched between six and nine innings in every start and allowed four or fewer earned runs in each start but one. The New York lineup forced a small bump in Eddie’s steady season as they crossed the plate against him seven times. Babe Ruth, Charlie Keller, and Robinson Cano all tripled and Ruth added his 18th homer to tie teammate Lou Gehrig for the league lead.
Roger Clemens was strong for a third straight outing, reassuring Yanks fans a bit after a rocky start to the year.
R H BB NY 120 001 030 - 7 9 1 CHI 000 002 010 - 3 8 4 HR: B. Ruth (18), C. Lemon (4) starters IP R ER HR BB SO R. Clemens 7.0 2 2 0 3 5 E. Cicotte 7.0 7 7 1 1 2 NY 38-26, CHI 28-36
June 15: Chicago 6, New York 2
Chris Sale was magnificent for the White Sox. Eight innings of one-run, three-hit, one-walk hurling is impressive regardless of the opponent, but Sale did it against the best offense in the league. The one walk was issued to Mickey Mantle leading off the game, and Mantle managed to make his way around to score, but Sale was almost untouchable after that. He needed just 27 Yankees to come to the plate to record his 24 outs for the day.
The Chicago bats were nearly as good as Sale, led by Magglio Ordonez’s three doubles and a Joe Jackson inside-the-park home run.
R H BB NY 100 000 001 - 2 4 1 CHI 010 200 21x - 6 11 3 HR: J. DiMaggio (6), J. Jackson (4) starters IP R ER HR BB SO W. Hoyt 6.0 3 3 0 2 0 C. Sale 8.0 1 1 0 1 6 NY 38-27, CHI 29-36
June 16: Chicago 6, New York 2
Ed Walsh, perhaps inspired by Sale’s performance the day before, also kept the scoring down for the Yankees. He put quite a few more baserunners on than Sale did, but managed to dodge and weave between them to only give up one earned run in a complete game.
Bob Shawkey’s miseries continued and the game got away from him immediately in the bottom of the first. The first four Chicago men reached safely and came around to score, and Paul Konerko twisted the knife later in the inning with a solo round-tripper. Shawkey found his stuff after that, and was actually excellent for the next six innings, but it was too late. His ERA inflated to 6.41, and it’s getting to the point that manager Joe McCarthy might start thinking about giving Herb Pennock and/or Red Ruffing a chance to make some starts in Shawkey’s spot.
Run prevention is becoming a major concern in the Bronx. Here is how the ERAs stand for the rotation after this series (league average is 4.29):
R H BB NY 000 101 000 - 2 7 4 CHI 500 000 01x - 6 11 3 HR: P. Konerko (5) starters IP R ER HR BB SO B. Shawkey 7.2 6 6 1 3 2 E. Walsh 9.0 2 1 0 4 5 NY 38-28, CHI 30-36