July 12: Cleveland 12, Chicago 3
The Cleveland offense has been the fourth most potent in the league (after Boston, Baltimore, and New York), and they showed off what they’re capable of in this one. Sox starter Johnny Rigney was wild and got knocked around for six runs in 3.1 innings before getting the hook in favor of Ted Lyons. Lyons didn’t have the answers either, and gave up six more runs, including a three-run bomb by Larry Doby.
Cleveland’s Tris Speaker, Nap Lajoie, and Joe Jackson each reached base safely four times in the game. Speaker swatted his first ya-ya of the season, and Stan Coveleski tamed the Chicago bats in a complete game.
R H BB CLE 201 330 030 - 12 15 6 CHI 110 001 000 - 3 8 1 HR: T. Speaker (1), L. Doby (5), starters IP R ER HR BB SO S. Coveleski 9.0 3 2 0 1 0 J. Rigney 3.1 6 6 0 5 3 CLE 42-43, CHI 43-42
July 13: Chicago 7, Cleveland 6
Corey Kluber and Chris Sale, a couple of contemporary starters, faced off in the second game of the series. Surprisingly, it looks like the real Kluber and Sale have only faced each other in a game once, May 18, 2015 in Chicago. Kluber allowed one run in nine innings, Sale allowed one run in eight innings, and the Sox won it 2-1 in the 10th.
But the Strat versions of both pitchers had a rough outing in this one, both getting touched for five earned in seven innings’ work. Sale managed to give up just six homers in the season’s first half, but regressed hard in this one when he gave up three solo jobs.
Two errors by Manny Ramirez in right field figured into two crucial unearned runs for Chicago.
R H BB CLE 100 013 010 - 6 8 3 CHI 012 020 110 - 7 10 6 HR: M. Ramirez (15), A. Belle-2 (4), T. Hafner (11), R. Ventura (4) starters IP R ER HR BB SO C. Kluber 7.0 6 5 1 5 6 C. Sale 7.0 5 5 3 1 6 CLE 42-44, CHI 44-42
July 14: Chicago 5, Cleveland 4
The Naps mounted one heckuva two-out rally in the sixth inning. With no one on base, Cleveland strung together five straight safeties that were capped off by a Lou Boudreau triple to score all four of their runs for the game. They carried a 4-2 lead into the bottom of the ninth with Cody Allen on the hill to close it out.
But Luke Appling started with a single, Allen plunked Sherm Lollar, and then walked Robin Ventura to load the bases with no outs. Doug Jones relieved Allen, and his first batter, Eddie Collins, slapped a single to drive in one and cut Cleveland’s lead to one. Up next, Minnie Minoso drove in the tying run with a sac fly. A Joe Jackson fielder’s choice pushed Ventura to third, and Frank Thomas cranked a single to walk off a great comeback victory for the Sox.
R H BB CLE 000 004 000 - 4 6 3 CHI 001 001 003 - 5 10 3 HR: none starters IP R ER HR BB SO V. Gregg 7.1 2 1 0 1 7 E. Cicotte 9.0 4 4 0 3 4 CLE 42-45, CHI 45-42