Tribe Set Record with Two-Out Magic
Vince Guerrieri | On 09, Jul 2013
This year’s Indians team has become known for its ability to score runs with two outs.
But on July 7, 1923, the Indians set a major league record for some two-out magic, scoring 13 runs against the Red Sox.
The Tribe was holding on to an 11-2 lead in the bottom of the sixth over the Crimson Hose in the first game of a doubleheader at League Park. Catcher Steve O’Neill drew a walk, and pitcher Stan Coveleski hit a fielder’s choice. The Red Sox took out O’Neill at second, and Coveleski was on first base.
Charlie Jamieson singled to right, and Coveleski took second. Joe Connolly filed out to left field, and player-manager Tris Speaker drew a walk to load the bases with two outs. Shortstop Joe Sewell lifted a fly ball to right field, and it appeared that pitcher Lefty O’Doul would get out of the inning without any further trouble.
But Ira Flagstead, who had moved from shortstop to right field in the third inning, muffed the ball for his second error of the game, scoring Coveleski and Jamieson. Sewell was on first and Speaker was on third. Indians second baseman Riggs Stephenson doubled off the right field wall, scoring Speaker. Third baseman Rube Lutzke singled, scoring Speaker. Lutzke took second on a throw to home, but Sewell scored. The Indians had scored four runs. Frank Brower walked, and O’Neill drew his second walk of the inning to load the bases again.
Coveleski singled to drive in Lutzke and Brower. With Coveleski at first and O’Neill at third, Jamieson walked to load the bases again. Connolly hit a two-run single to score Coveleski and O’Neill. Speaker lifted himself for a pinch-hitter, Ray Knode, who drew the sixth walk of the inning, and once again, the bases were juiced as Joe Sewell stepped up to the plate.
This time, he hit a solid single, scoring Connolly and Jamieson. Knode ended up on third, and Sewell stole second as O’Doul faced Stephenson, who doubled to left to score Knode and Sewell. Stephenson tried to take third but was tagged out, mercifully putting an end to the inning.
Although the Indians scored 13 runs in the inning, they did so on just seven hits. The Indians scored in every inning on the way to a 27-3 win that set an American League record for most runs scored by a team in a game. The 13 runs scored in the sixth were one shy of the AL record for runs in an inning.
And that was the first game of a doubleheader. The Indians won the second game 8-5 as well against a shell-shocked Red Sox team.