After spending the last several days as Boston’s guest, the Athletics returned the favor by hosting the first of a pair in Philadelphia and came out on top in seven innings, 6-1. The A’s batsmen pummeled Boston starter Fred Mitchell early, getting a run in the first with a Harry Davis RBI double. In the second, with two out and Harry Smith on second, Chick Fraser singled to bring him in. Fraser advanced to third on a Dave Fultz single and scored on a Davis base hit.
Boston manager Jimmy Manning had already seen enough by this point and brought in reliever Frank Morrisey to make his major league debut on the mound. Morrisey promptly launched a wild pitch that moved Davis and Fultz up to second and third, respectively, and Lave Cross brought both of them in with a base hit to end the inning’s damage with the score at 5-0. They got another in the fifth to close the home side’s scoring.
Fraser pitched an outstanding game, giving up just two hits over the first five innings. The Bostons touched him for a couple of hits and a run in the sixth and threatened again in the seventh, but a double play started by Nap Lajoie put an end to it.
In the bottom half of the inning, the A’s were looking to add to their lead with one out and Cross on second when the skies, which had been lowering all game, finally broke. The field had been pretty soggy to begin with, due to previous rains, and when they began anew umpire Tommy Connolly called it a day.
With John McPherson there and gone, following a poor showing up in Boston, Connie Mack acquired 29-year-old left-hander Lewis “Snake” Wiltse from the Pirates in the National League. Wiltse had kicked around in the minors for a few years and made his major league debut earlier this season with Pittsburgh. In seven games with the Bucs, he went 1-4, with an ERA of 4.26, gave up 13 walks, and struck out 10 in 44.1 innings. Mack planned to start him against Boston on the 15th.
A few days ago, a story appeared that said Mack had signed a shortstop, Phenomenal Smith, out of the Virginia-North Carolina League, and apparently the rumor also add that he had signed Wilmington pitcher Cy Voorhees, as well. Today, Mack said he knew nothing about either signing.
Davis had three hits, including his double.
Fraser gave up five hits in seven innings, walked one, and struck out one.
Larry went 0-for-3, was hit by a pitch, and scored a run. (.424/.461/.633)
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