Sunday, May 24, 2015

Sunday, May 24, 1914 Baltimore at Newark (Double Header) – Game 14 & 15

Baltimore 9 Newark 4 – Babe Ruth Starting Pitcher – Taken out in 4th Inning – 1 for 1 at bat

Baltimore 1 Newark 0 11 Innings – Babe Ruth Starting Pitcher – Complete Game Victory – 1 for 4 at bat

            After pinch hitting and playing the field in yesterday’s doubleheader, Babe Ruth started both games of a doubleheader against the Newark Indians.  In the first game, Babe gave up a run in the first inning.  In the third inning, the Orioles came back with 8 runs to take a big lead, however, Ruth gave up two more in the third.  The Orioles scored one back in the fourth for a 9-3 lead.  Babe was only able to get one man out in the fourth, giving up another run and was pulled from the game.  That ended the scoring for the day, with the Orioles winning 9-4.  Babe got a single in his only at bat.  Since he only pitched 3 1/3 innings, he could not be credited with a victory.

               Having only pitched three and one-third innings to start the double header, Dunn started Ruth in the second game, as well.  Ruth responded with a 1-0, 11 inning complete game shutout.  He gave up 5 hits, striking out one and walking three.  He also hit safely once in four at bats.  Babe increased his record to 5-3.  The two victories gave the Orioles an 18-11 record for the season.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Saturday, May 23, 1914 Baltimore at Rochester (Double Header) – Game 12 & 13

Baltimore 2 Rochester 4 – Babe Ruth Pinch Hitter – 0 for 1 at bat Struck Out

Baltimore 0 Rochester 1 – Babe Ruth Starting Right Fielder – 1 for 4 at bat

            With the Orioles down, 4-2 in the ninth inning in the first game, Babe Ruth pinch hit for the pitcher Russell, and struck out.  The Orioles did not score and lost the game.

               In the second game, Babe started in right field leading off.  This was his first appearance as a position player rather than a pitcher or a pinch hitter.  He had one single in four at bats – it was only one of two base hits for the Orioles in a 1-0 loss.  Babe had one put out as a fielder.  

               Losing both games of the double header, the Orioles overall season record fell to    16-11.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Thursday, May 21, 1914 Baltimore at Rochester – Game 11

Baltimore 8 Buffalo 6 – Babe Ruth Pinch Hitter – 0 for 1 at bat (Fielder’s Choice) Scored

With the Orioles down 6-5 in the eight inning and runners on second and third with one out, Babe pinch hit for the pitcher Danforth.  Babe grounded to the short stop, but the fielder threw home in an attempt to prevent a run from scoring.  The Oriole runner from third was safe at home – tying the game.  Babe was not credited with a hit.   The next batter, Capron, hit the ball back to the pitcher who threw the runner out at the plate for the second out.  The next two batters singled knocking in Ruth and Capron for an 8-6 lead which held for an Orioles victory.  The Birds were now 16-9 for the season and tied with Buffalo for first place.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Wednesday, May 20, 1914 Baltimore at Rochester – Game 10

Baltimore 8 Rochester 7 – Babe Ruth Starting Pitcher – Taken out in 3rd Inning – 0 for 1 at bat

          For the first time in his professional career, Babe did not complete a game that he started as a pitcher.  Babe had a 3-0 lead going into the third inning, but could only manage to get one batter out in the inning and gave up 2 runs on 3 hits, before being relieved.  The Rochester Hustlers went on to score 5 runs in the inning.  But, the Orioles came back to win the game 8-7.  Babe did not factor in the decision.  His record remained 4-3.  Overall, the Orioles were 15-9 for the season.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Saturday, May 16, 1914 Baltimore at Montreal – Game 9

Baltimore 2 Montreal 5 – Babe Ruth Starting Pitcher – Complete Game Loss – 0 for 4 at bat

                Although Babe pitched another complete game against the Montreal Royals, he gave up 5 runs on 10 hits (including 2 doubles) in a 5-2 loss.  He struck out three and walked three.  The Orioles could only muster 2 runs on 6 hits.  Babe went hitless at four at bats.  The loss left Babe with a 4-3 record.  Overall, the Orioles were 12-9 for the season.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Monday, May 11, 1914 Baltimore at Toronto – Game 8

Baltimore 1 Toronto 2 10 Innings – Babe Ruth Starting Pitcher - Complete Game Loss – 0 for 3 at bat

                In regulation play, Babe Ruth held Toronto to only one run, but the Orioles were only able to score one run as well.  Both runs came in the second inning.  After that, no one scored in the next seven innings.  Finally, the Maple Leafs scored with one out in the tenth in a walk off victory.  It was Babe’s second 2-1 complete game loss of the season.   Babe gave up 7 hits, struck out four, walked two and hit one batter.  He went hitless in his three at bats.  His record was now 4-2 and the Orioles season record was 10-8 having lost three games in a row.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Thursday, May 7, 1914 Baltimore at Buffalo – Game 7

Baltimore 5 Buffalo 3 11 Innings – Babe Ruth Starting Pitcher - Complete Game Victory – 1 for 4 at bat

                In the Orioles first road game of the season, Babe Ruth pitched an 11 inning complete game 5-3 victory in Buffalo.  He gave up 3 runs on 9 hits, struck out 2 and walked 6 men.  He had one hit at four at bats.  The Orioles had a 3-1 lead going into the ninth inning, but Babe gave up two runs allowing the Bisons to tie the game.  The Orioles came back in the eleventh scoring twice, and Babe was able to retire Toronto in the bottom half of the eleventh to preserve his fourth victory of the season.  The Orioles season record was 9-5.