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  • Writer's pictureKirk Jenkins

It’s Jesse Tannehill vs. Luther Taylor for Game 3 of the (Simulated) 1904 World Series

For Game 3 of the (Simulated) 1904 World Series, the scene has shifted to Boston’s Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds. For the visiting New York Giants, manager John McGraw has named their great hearing-impaired pitcher Luther Taylor. For the Americans, hoping to climb back into this series after two straight losses in New York, Jimmy Collins will be sending Jesse Tannehill.

In contrast to the New York games, the Americans came out of the starting blocks quickly in this one. In the bottom of the first, the Americans plated their first run on a lead-off base hit by Kip Selbach, a two base error by Giants’ catcher Jack Warner, sending men to second and third, a semi-intentional walk to Freddy Parent loading the bases and a sacrifice fly by Americans’ manager Jimmy Collins.

The Americans added two more in the bottom of the third. Kip Selbach led things off with a triple. Candy LaChance then drew a walk and Selbach scored when Freddy Parent reached on Jack Warner’s second error in three innings. One run scored when Buck Freeman forced Parent at second and Jimmy Collins scored the Americans’ third run with another sacrifice fly.

The Giants scored once in the top of the fourth. Jack Dunn got things started with a one-out single. George Browne forced Dunn at second with a ground ball, but Tannehill then walked Dan McGann. Roger Bresnahan scored the run with a sharp single to left.

But what the Americans giveth, the Americans taketh away just as quickly. In the bottom of the fourth, Duke Farrell stroked a long double with one out. After pitcher Jesse Tannehill hit a ground ball with Farrell staying at second, Kip Selbach then scored the run on a sharp single.

For the Giants’ fifth, pitcher Luther Taylor got things started with a one-out single to right. Leadoff man Sam Mertes then singled Taylor to second and Tannehill loaded the bases on a walk to Billy Gilbert. Jack Dunn scored one run when Gilbert was forced out at second, but the Americans couldn’t pull off the double play. George Browne then scored the Giants’ third run with a base hit up the middle.

Both teams mounted mild threats in the seventh. In the Giants’ half, Jack Dunn and George Browne both had solid base hits with two outs, but Tannehill managed to get Dan McGann on a fly ball. In the bottom of the seventh, the Americans had a bases-loaded threat. Kip Selbach had a one-out single. Candy LaChance then doubled Selbach over to third. After Freddy Parent was out on a weak infield ground ball, Taylor intentionally walked Buck Freeman. He then got Jimmy Collins on a line drive right at Giants’ third baseman Jack Dunn.

The Giants took the lead in the top of the eighth. Hall of Famer Roger Bresnahan started things off with a base hit. Bill Dahlen then scored Bresnahan with a long double to right-center. Tannehill nearly wiggled out of the jam, getting Jack Warner on a fly ball and pitcher Luther Taylor on a ground ball, but then Sam Mertes launched a booming two run homer to center that gave the Giants a 6-4 lead.

The Giants added another run in the top of the ninth. George Browne led off with a base hit. He advanced to second when Tannehill uncorked a wild pitch and then advanced to third on Dan McGann’s single. McGann stole second and Roger Bresnahan loaded the bases by drawing a walk. Bill Dahlen then gave the Giants a 7-4 lead with a single that just eluded shortstop Freddy Parent.

Luther Taylor then put the Americans down in order in the bottom of the ninth to give the Giants a commanding 3-0 lead in the Series.

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