BY PETE PETERS / Grand National Tribune
The hosts held on for a nip-and-tuck win Monday afternoon as the Philadelphia Athletics topped the Detroit Tigers 3-2 in the opener of the American League championship series at Shibe Park.
Frank Baker recorded three hits, including a double for the Athletics’ lone extra-base knock, and Eddie Collins had two. Charles Bender took the win behind nine innings of 9-hit baseball with three strikeouts.
Philadelphia struck first to take a 1-0 lead in the third inning and untied the game with a run in the sixth. Both times, Detroit answered, posting tallies in the fourth and sixth innings respectively. The final run prompted no such response.
Two walks and a wild pitch set up Philadelphia’s first run, a Bender tally on Baker’s flyout, while three singles and a Topsy Hartsel flyout brought in run number two.
Detroit scored its runs in more traditional ways, getting hits on two straight pitches two separate times. Oscar Stanage and Charley O’Leary each doubled in the fifth, while Stanage’s triple was followed by a pinch-hit Jim Delahanty single in the seventh.
After Stanage, Detroit’s other seven hits came from seven players. Boss Schmidt tripled with two out in the ninth but was stranded 90 feet short of tying the game.
The Athletics loaded the bases with one out in the seventh, getting two infield singles and a walk after starting the inning with a fly ball to left. Danny Murphy drove in the run with a fly ball to center.
Bill Donovan took the loss for Detroit with 8 innings, 7 hits and 3 strikeouts.
Philadelphia will seek to double its advantage Tuesday and send the Tigers back to Detroit with no margin for error in extending the best-of-5 series. Jack Coombs takes the ball for the Mackmen and Ed Summers pitches for Detroit. First pitch is set for 2 p.m. on Tuesday.