Athletics Take Commanding Lead in Game 2 as Eddie Plank Hangs On
We’re once again in Philadelphia for Game 2 of the (Simulated) 1902 ALCS. Philadelphia manager Connie Mack will be sending his second straight Hall of Famer to the mound: Eddie Plank. St. Louis manager Jimmy McAleer will counter with twenty-game winner Jack Powell.
After yesterday’s gem by Rube Waddell, today both teams immediately started lighting up the scoreboard. In the top of the first, the Browns scored three runs on three straight singles by Dick Padden, Charlie Hemphill and Jesse Burkett, followed by Emmet Heidrick’s bases-clearing double. The Athletics answered with two runs of their own in the bottom of the first when Dave Fultz led off with a single and Socks Seybold sent a two-run homer over the center field fence.
The Athletics tied the game up in the bottom of the second when Ossie Schreckengost led off with a booming triple. After getting two outs without allowing Schreckengost to score, Browns’ pitcher Powell got too fine, giving up walks to Dave Fultz and Lave Cross to load the bases. After two straight hitters picking away at the margins, he found he couldn’t get his control back, walking in the tying run with a free pass to Socks Seybold. The Athletics then took the lead in the bottom of the third on Danny Murphy’s triple and Topsy Hartel’s ground ball out.
The Browns tied the game in the top of the fourth. Bobby Wallace reached on a one-base error by Athletics’ shortstop Monte Cross. Dave Padden doubled, putting two men in scoring position, and Charlie Hemphill brought in the Browns’ fourth run with a scratch hit. The Browns then took a 5-4 lead in the fifth on Emmet Heidrick’s double and Mike Kahoe’s run-scoring hit.
The Athletics took back the lead in the bottom of the sixth. Ossie Schreckengost led off with a single. He then came all the way around to third when Browns’ pitcher Jack Powell tried to pick him off and threw the ball into the first base stands. Monte Cross tied the game, scoring catcher Schreckengost with a base hit. Athletics’ pitcher Eddie Plank reached on a one-base error by Mike Cahoe, moving Cross to scoring position. Lave Cross then gave the Athletics a 6-5 lead with a base hit.
After giving up thirteen hits and five runs through the first six innings, Athletics’ pitcher Eddie Plank got tough with Game Two on the line. The Browns’ only baserunner for the rest of the game was in the top of the eighth when Barry McCormick led off with a base hit. Jack Powell bunted McCormick into scoring position, but Plank then retired the side on a popup and a line out.
A total of 48,616 went home from Philadelphia’s Columbia Park happy as the Athletics grabbed a 2-0 lead in the Series. Things now shift to St. Louis for Game Three with the Browns facing a must-win game.