Franklins 21-13; Teddys 21-13
Pitcher use: Hubbell and Mathewson need three games, Grove and Alexander need two, Vance and Brown one. Bender and Rixey each pitched less than one inning in finale, one inning in previous game.
Game One: Franklins 7, Teddys 1
WP: Vance (3-3)
LP: Brown (5-2)
HR: Hornsby (6)
Game Two: Teddys 8, Franklins 7
WP: Rixey (3-0)
LP: Pennock (0-3)
Save: Bender (6)
HR: Ruth (17)
Game Three: Teddys 7, Franklins 5
WP: Mathewson (4-3)
LP: Hubbell (7-1)
Save: Bender (7)
The Teddys' relentless base-hit attack woke up late in the second game, and their ability to string base-hits together resulted in a dead heat atop Division A.
The first game was dominated by the Franklins. Dazzy Vance threw a three-hitter at the Teddys, and the Franklins chipped away at Three-Finger Brown for four runs in seven innings, then salted the game away against Addie Joss.
The Franklins were just as dominant in the second game -- until the eighth inning. Lefty Grove carried a 7-1 lead into that frame, scattering eight hits in seven innings. Meanwhile, the Franklins racked Pete Alexander for five runs in the first three innings and greeted Iron Man McGinnity with two more tallies in the sixth. Babe Ruth homered and scored three runs; Lou Gehrig had three RBIs.
But everything changed in the bottom of the eighth. The first five men to face Grove singled. With six left-handed hitters due up, the Franklins bypassed closer Dizzy Dean for lefty Herb Pennock, and the curveball specialist continued to flounder. He faced six men, three of whom reached and two of whom scored.
The seven-run outburst gave the Teddys the lead, and Chief Bender made it stand up. The Teddys bullpen (McGinnity, Eppa Rixey and Bender) retired the last 10 Franklins to bat.
George Sisler had two doubles and two runs scored in as many at-bats. No Teddy had more than one RBI.
The third game pitted legendary Giants screwballers Carl Hubbell and Christy Mathewson. The Teddys put up three runs in the first and held a 4-0 lead into the fourth, when the Franklins scored five runs. The inning was highlighted by Gabby Hartnett's two-run double and Pie Traynor's two-run triple.
But Matty gave up just one hit in the next four innings, and the Teddys chipped away at Hubbell for single runs in the fifth, seventh and eighth innings.
The Teddys turned to Rixey in the ninth, but after he retired Gehrig to start the inning, Arky Vaughn and Hartnett singled. Bender relieved and got a double play out of Traynor to end it.