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Sox Century: July 6, 1917

White Sox drop series finale in Detroit after struggling in clutch again

Ty Cobb in 1917.
Bain News Service / Library of Congress

For the second straight game, the White Sox couldn’t find a clutch hit until it was too late.

For the first time in weeks, the White Sox fell out of first place, by percentage points if not games behind the Boston Red Sox.

The Sox dropped the series finale to the Tigers 4-1 despite outhitting them 12-10. Hooks Dauss quintessentially scattered those 12 hits over nine innings. The key? He only walked one batter. He kept forcing the Sox to make the action happen themselves, and they only had a limited supply of it.

Dauss didn’t record a single 1-2-3 inning. The White Sox had two one and nobody out in the first, second and fourth innings — the last one only for seconds, as Chick Gandil was thrown out trying to go to third on Ray Schalk’s single — but couldn’t capitalize.

The Sox finally broke through on the scoreboard in the eighth inning after trailing 4-0, but it wasn’t exactly a success. They had the bases loaded and nobody out after two singles and an error, but Swede Risberg popped out to the catcher, Schalk grounded into a run-scoring fielder’s choice, and pinch-hitting Eddie Murphy popped out.

The Tigers had the opposite fortune, scoring more runners (four) than they stranded (three). The White Sox helped clear the bases in the fourth inning when Ossie Vitt cashed himself in by singling, stealing second, taking third when Ray Schalk’s throw went into center field, and coming home when Happy Felsch’s throw bounced past third base and into the home dugout.

Bobby Veach was the other big part of it. He opened the scoring by tripling in the second off Red Faber and coming home on Harry Heilman’s single. After Vitt raised a ruckus in the fourth, Veach resumed the rally by doubling, after which Heilman doubled and George Burns tripled to extend Detroit’s lead to 4-0.

Despite the Tigers having a successful day at the plate, Ty Cobb couldn’t get involved. He went 0-for-4, snapping his hitting streak at 35 games.

Record: 47-26 | Box score