May 19, 2011

Game 28 - A New Low

May 19, 1911
Philadelphia 8, Detroit 9

The A's get some offense going, clubbing 19 hits against a trio of Tiger hurlers (including 4 by Collins - guess his ankle is feeling better). But this is the fifth game in a row in which they've allowed six runs or more. That's not the way to win games in the deadball era, and today, they let Detroit get one man too many across the plate. The Tigers collected just 8 hits, but the 4 errors, 4 walks, and 2 HBP by the A's helped turn them into 9 runs.

Let's turn things over to Sporting Life to see how things went down and get a casualty report:

“Stanage’s home run in the eighth won the game. Lively was hit on the head by a pitched ball in the second and was forced to retire after pitching the third inning. Coombs, who collapsed in the first inning of the game, was not overcome by the heat, as generally believed, but was struck on the side of the head by a ball thrown by first baseman Davis, of the Athletics. Coombs was but three or four feet from Davis, when the latter threw hurriedly to the plate in an attempt to prevent Bush from scoring. The ball was deflected only slightly and no one in the press box saw it strike Coombs. Lefty Russell, who relieved Coombs, allowed seven hits.”

Yikes, two pitchers suffering head injuries in the first two innings. Of course, head injuries in sports are a big story these days, but there was very little knowledge about either the short- or long-term effects of concussions back then. At least both pitchers were removed from the game eventually.

Mack and his White Elephants have now dropped six games in a row and have fallen back into the second division. They're twelve games out of first, the farthest they've been all season. Here are the standings:

Team Name                 G    W    L    T   PCT    GB    RS   RA
Detroit Tigers 32 27 5 0 .844 - 194 124
Chicago White Sox 30 16 13 1 .552 9.5 168 124
Boston Red Sox 30 16 14 0 .533 10.0 157 134
New York Highlanders 28 14 14 0 .500 11.0 110 138
PHILADELPHIA ATHLETICS 28 13 15 0 .464 12.0 158 140
Cleveland Naps 33 14 18 1 .438 13.0 153 159
Washington Senators 28 10 18 0 .357 15.0 95 168
St. Louis Browns 31 9 22 0 .290 17.5 130 178

Spoiler Alert From the Future: This will be the longest losing streak of the season for the A's, and it will be the most games out of first they'll fall. Seems like a good time for a turnaround to me, don't you think?

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