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  • Writer's pictureKirk Jenkins

Simulated 1919 World Series Game 4: White Sox Tie Series at 2 in 11-Inning Thriller

With our simulated 1919 World Series standing at Cincinnati two games to one, the Series resumed on simulated Saturday, October 4 at Chicago’s old Comiskey Park. The pitching matchup for Game 4 is Cincinnati’s Jimmy Ring versus the White Sox’ starter from Game 1, Eddie Cicotte.

Cincinnati drew first blood in the top of the second. With two outs, Sherry Magee walked and sole second. Ivey Wingo was intentionally walked, but pitcher Jimmy Ring crossed up the strategy with a run scoring single. The teams traded runs in the fourth – in the top of the inning, Larry Kopf singled and stole second, Sherry Magee walked and Ivey Wingo singled in the run. But in the bottom of the fourth, the White Sox answered with a double by Buck Weaver and a run-scoring single by Shano Collins. The White Sox tied the game in the bottom of the sixth on a towering home run by Joe Jackson.

The White Sox took the lead in the bottom of the seventh. With one out, Swede Risberg walked, catcher Ray Schalk singled him over to second and the runners advanced on a passed ball with Eddie Cicotte hitting. The run then scored on Cicotte’s fly out. The White Sox extended their lead to 5-2 in the bottom of the eighth, seeming to put the game out of reach. Eddie Collins led off with a walk and Buck Weaver singled him to third. After Weaver stole second, Joe Jackson drove in both runs, and Cincinnati manager Pat Moran finally pulled pitcher Jimmy Ring. Rube Bressler set down the White Sox in order without further damage.

With only three outs to go to the win, it all came apart for the White Sox in the top of the ninth. Jake Daubert led off for Cincinnati with a double. After Heinie Groh flew out, Edd Roush scored the Reds’ third run with a double. Greasy Neale singled, bringing the Reds to within one, and that was it for Eddie Cicotte, as the computer brought in Dickie Kerr (again). But after a harmless pop out by Larry Kopf, Sherry Magee tied the game with a long triple. The White Sox replaced Kerr with Joe Benz, who shut the Reds down on Ivey Wingo’s line out.

The bottom of the ninth and the tenth passed quietly, but the Reds mounted a threat in the top of the eleventh. Heinie Groh reached base on an error by shortstop Swede Risberg and Edd Roush bunted him to second. Greasy Neale singled him to third, but the Reds failed to convert the run when Larry Kopf popped out and Sherry Magee lined out.

Shano Collins led off the bottom of the eleventh with a base hit. After Chick Gandil popped out, Swede Risberg singled and catcher Ray Schalk loaded the bases when the Reds issued him an intentional walk. White Sox manager Kid Gleason then sent up Fred McMullin to pinch for Joe Benz, and McMullin won the game with a double.

So four games into the simulated 1919 World Series, we’re all tied – White Sox 2, Reds 2.

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