Oakland Outdoes Boston

 

cronin mack
managers Cronin & Mack

August 3: Oakland 8, Boston 4

 

The last time Boston faced Barry Zito, they got no-hit. This time, they got to Zito for seven hits and four runs, but it wasn’t enough.

With two on and two out in the third inning, Boston’s Tris Speaker made a blunder that helped Oakland open the scoring with three unearned runs. The A’s tacked on three earned against Pedro Martinez as well, including a two-run homer from Rickey Henderson. Pedro has hit a little rough patch with homers, having given up five in his last three starts.

                  R  H BB
OAK 003 030 002 - 8 14  0
BOS 000 003 100 - 4  7  3
HR: R. Henderson (5), C. Fisk (13), K. Youkilis (1)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
B. Zito      6.0  4  4  2  2  4  
P. Martinez  6.0  6  3  1  0  3 

OAK 56-50, BOS 61-45

August 4: Boston 4, Oakland 3

This was a fun battle between Rube Waddell and Cy Young as they locked horns for complete games.

Oakland’s lead-off man Rickey Henderson got three singles and two stolen bases, and Boston’s lead-off man Wade Boggs got three singles and a double. Boggs’s OBP improved to .427, second only to Baltimore’s Ken Singleton.

In the bottom of the ninth, with the score tied at three, Bobby Doerr drew a one-out walk. Boggs doubled him to third, Speaker popped up for the second out, Ted Williams walked to load the sacks, and Jimmie Foxx ended the contest with a single.

                  R  H BB
OAK 001 001 100 - 3 10  1
BOS 000 020 101 - 4  9  4

HR: none

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
R. Waddell  8.2  4  4  0  4  6  
C. Young    9.0  3  3  0  1  3 

OAK 56-51, BOS 62-45

August 5: Oakland 9, Boston 2

The rubber match featured some hot Lefty Grove on Lefty Grove action. The real-life Grove had his best years with the Philadelphia A’s (151 ERA+ in nine seasons) before being shipped to Boston (along with Rube Waddell), where he was still quite good (143 ERA+ in eight seasons). The two Groves are following suit in the Rhubarb, with the Oakland version carrying a 3.39 ERA compared to Boston Grove’s 4.00.

But the Oakland version was dramatically better in this one, holding the usually powerful but ice cold Red Sox to just two runs in a complete game. Boston’s Grove got eaten up by the A’s lineup. An Al Simmons three-run dinger capped off a six-run fourth inning that put the game and the series out of reach for Boston.

The Red Sox have now dropped five straight series against Original Division rivals. Their troubles have now gone beyond a mere cold snap. After starting the season with a 40-17 record, they have gone just 22-29 since.

                  R  H BB
OAK 010 610 100 - 9 12  7
BOS 000 011 000 - 2  8  1
HR: A. Simmons (14)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
L. Grove   9.0  2  2  0  1  0  
L. Grove   4.2  8  7  1  6  2 

OAK 57-51, BOS 62-46
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