Today in Tribe History: August 7, 1923
Bob Toth | On 07, Aug 2018
Indians first baseman and right fielder Frank Brower has himself a career day at the plate as Cleveland stomps the Washington Senators, 22-2, at Griffith Stadium.
Brower, the number seven hitter in the Tribe lineup, is a perfect 6-for-6 in six trips to the batter’s box. Reaching base on five singles and a double, he scores three separate times and drives in three more runs. Two other players in the lineup – leadoff hitter Charlie Jamieson and second batter Homer Summa – each have four-hit games at the top of the score card and Indians pitcher George Uhle is 3-for-6 himself with three runs batted in. All players in the starting lineup have at least one hit except for Tris Speaker, who is 0-for-3 with a walk before being replaced by Ray Knode.
The Indians used 26 hits in ousting the Nats. They scored once in the first before an eight-run explosion in the second, ending the start of Washington’s Monroe Mitchell. They plated runs in each inning from the fifth through the ninth, including three runs in the fifth, six runs in the seventh, and two more in the final frame. The Senators put solo runs on the scoreboard off of Uhle in the second and eighth.
The six-hit day for Brower extended his hitting streak to four straight games and was just the third time in his four-year career that he had four or more hits in a game. With the lopsided win, the Indians improved to 57-47, but despite picking up a game in the standings, Speaker’s second place club is 12.5 games behind the New York Yankees at the end of the day.
Also on this date in Tribe history:
1886: Hall of Famer Bill McKechnie is born in Wilkinburg, Pennsylvania. He spent 24 years as a National League manager, winning four pennants and a pair of World Series titles. He was on the coaching staff of the Indians when they won the 1948 championship.