GIANTS GO UP A GAME IN WORLD’S SERIES
NEW YORK – (Oct. 27, 1889) The New York Giants took a 4 game to 3 lead over the Brooklyn Bridegrooms in the World’s Series with a convincing 10 to 7 win here yesterday.
The Giants battered Brooklyn starting pitcher Tom Lovett, a 17-game winner during the season, in his first appearance in the Series. New York scored eight runs off Lovett in the second-inning before manager Bill McGunnigle ended the pitcher’s misery by bringing in ace Bob Caruthers.
Wet weather held the crowd to under 3,000 people, the smallest at the Polo Grounds for any Saturday game this season. Cannonball Crane was again the pitcher for New York, and he blanked the Bridegrooms in the top of the first inning. In New York’s half of the inning, Mike Slattery reached second on a throwing error by third baseman George Pinkney and scored on Buck Ewing’s single to make the score 1 to 0.
Then in the bottom of the second inning, the roof caved in on Lovett. Jim O’Rourke doubled to left, and Lovett walked the next two batters to load the bases. Mike Tiernan singled to center, batting in two runs. Buck Ewing knocked in another with a single to right. Roger Connor doubled, and Danny Richardson homered over the left field fence. Then O’Rourke slugged another homer, this one over the center field fence. New York was up 9 to 0.
Brooklyn didn’t give up, though. Darby O’Brien opened the third inning with a walk, and Hub Collins slapped a base hit. Crane walked the next two batters, forcing home Brooklyn’s first run. With the bases loaded, Pinkney singled in a second run. An error by shortstop John Montgomery Ward gave the Bridegrooms a third tally, and an infield forceout added another, making the score 9 to 4.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, Brooklyn manager Bill “Gunner” McGunnigle sent Bob Caruthers in to replace the shell-shocked Lovett. Parisian Bob held New York at bay as Brooklyn continued its comeback in the fifth inning. Tom “Oyster” Burns led off with a walk and went to second on a single by Dave “Needles” Foutz. Pop Corkhill walked to load the bases, which were then emptied by George “Germany” Smith, who socked a triple to left field. Smith tried to score on the play, but leftfielder O’Rourke retrieved the ball from beneath the seats and threw the Brooklyn player out at home plate. But the hit narrowed New York’s lead to 9 to 7.
New York finally got to Caruthers for a run in the sixth inning, making the score 10 to 7. Then in the seventh inning, New York manager Jim Mutrie sent his ace Tim Keefe in to replace Crane in the pitcher’s box. New York added another run in the bottom of the inning to make the score 11 to 7. Keefe proceeded to shut down the Bridegrooms without a hit in the final three innings to secure the win for the Giants. Today will be an off day since it is Sunday, and the Series will resume in Brooklyn on Monday.