May 5, 2011

Game 17 - One Game Over .500

May 5, 1911
Philadelphia 9, Washington 0

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It was another big win for the A's, and their second shutout of the season to boot. And who pitched this gem, but the same author of the season's first whitewashing: Eddie Plank (9 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5K). Steambot Bill Otey got things started for the Senators, but a rash of As across the plate led to his replacement by Bob Groom, who fared little better.

The White Elephants, now at 9-8, find themselves a winning team for the first time this year. They've also leapfrogged into the first division and a tie with the White Sox for third place. They're still 7 games back from the Tigers, who have yet to lose their third game. If today's cartoon (not to mention game results) is any indication, they're starting to look like a championship team again.

Connie Mack wasn't there to enjoy the win, as he was back in Philly recuperating from pleurisy. Harry Davis served as manager pro tempore, with Mack scheduled to meet the team in Washington in time for their trip out West.

Tomorrow they once again have a chance to sweep the Nats, and Walter Johnson will once again be the man standing in their way.

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