Apr 24, 2011

Game 8

April 24, 1911 Philadelphia 5, Boston 1

Philadelphia 0 0 0
3 0 0
1 1 0 -- 5 11 1
Boston 0 0 0
0 0 0
0 1 0 -- 1 4 2

After eight games, the A's finally collect win number two. How do they do it? By turning to the same starter who got them their first win: Eddie Plank. After shutting out Boston in his last game, Plank holds them to one run and four hits today. In acknowledgment of his terrific pitching, his teammates oblige him with some actual offense, scoring five runs for just the second time this season.

Two walks and three hits netted them three runs in the fourth, and that was all the offense they'd need behind Plank's efficient work.

Eddie Collins has his second 3-for-4 game in a row, including a triple and a stolen base today.

Also, it seems to me that the eminent Messrs. Egan and Evans have umpired all 8 games of the season so far. I wonder when they'll start seeing some fresh faces behind home and at first base.

So the A's get out of Boston avoiding the sweep and head back to Philadelphia, still in last place, for a quick four-game home stand against Walter Johnson and the Washington Senators.

It would behoove the 2-6 A's to shed their losing ways and start collecting wins from pitchers not named Eddie Plank, as the series against Washington is followed by a grueling 22-game road trip that will see them spending nearly a month in enemy parks.

But for tomorrow, they can focus on more celebratory moments, as they will be honoring the achievements of the 1910 squad by raising the championship pennant.

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