Cubs Drop Game Three

The Tigers bounced back in Game Three at West Side Grounds in Chicago behind a complete game by George Mullin. The Tigers’ right-hander was 17-13 in the regular season with 26 complete games. Jack “the Giant Killer” Pfiester took the hill for Frank Chance, the 12-game winner in 1908 led the NL in ERA in 1907, 1.15, and was 9th in the NL with a 2.00 ERA in 1908. Pfiester received his nickname because of his dominance of John McGraw’s New York Giants, 15-5 lifetime record. Pfiester gave up 8 runs, 7 earned, on 10 hits in 8 innings in the Game Three loss.

Ty Cobb led the way in Game Three for the Tigers. Cobb was 4-for-5 with a double, 2 RBI’s and 5 total bases. The Tigers won 8-3 despite committing 4 errors. The Cubs hit into three double plays and were caught stealing three times by Tigers’ catcher Ira Thomas….

Game Three – West Side Grounds, Chicago

Monday, October 12, 1908

  • Cubs Manger – Frank Chance
  • Tigers Manger – Hughie Jennings

Tigers Starting Lineup

  • Matty McIntyre – LF
  • Charley O’Leary – SS
  • Sam Crawford – CF
  • Ty Cobb – RF
  • Claude Rossman – 1B
  • Germany Schaefer – 2B
  • Ira Thomas – C
  • Bill Coughlin – 3B
  • George Mullin – P

Cubs Starting Lineup

  • Jimmy Sheckard – LF
  • Johnny Evers – 2B
  • Frank Schulte – RF
  • Frank Chance – 1B
  • Harry Steinfeldt – 3B
  • Solly Hofman – CF
  • Joe Tinker – SS
  • Johnny Kling – C
  • Jack Pfiester – P

Top of the 1st

Jack Pfiester retired Matty McIntyre on a groundout to Johnny Evers to start the game. Charley O’Leary reached on an error by Harry Steinfeldt at 3rd….a misplayed line drive. Sam Crawford sacrificed O’Leary to 3rd and Ty Cobb followed with a single to center to score O’Leary to give the Tigers the early lead. Claude Rossman grounded out to 3rd to end the inning.

The Tigers scored 1 run on 1 hit and an error. The run Pfiester gave up was unearned.

Bottom of the 1st

Jimmy Sheckard struck out to start the bottom of the 1st inning. George Mullin retired Johnny Evers on a foul out to left field. Frank Schulte then reached on a 2-out single to left. With Frank Chance at the plate, Ira Thomas threw out Schulte attempting to steal 2nd to end the inning.

1-0 Tigers, after 1

Top of the 2nd

The Tigers did not get the ball out of the infield and went down in order. Pfiester retired Germany Schaefer on a ground out to 3rd, Thomas grounded out to 2nd and Coughlin grounded out to 2nd in his first at bat of the series to end the inning.

Bottom of the 2nd

George Mullin retired the Cubs in order. Chance popped out to 2nd base then both Steinfeldt and Hofman struck out to end the inning.

1-0 Tigers, after 2

Top of the 3rd

Pfiester retired the Tigers in order for the second consecutive inning. Mullin grounded out to 3rd, McIntyre popped out to Frank Chance at 1st base and Charley O’Leary fouled out to Johnny Kling to end the inning.

Bottom of the 3rd

Joe Tinker led off the 3rd with a single to right center. Ira Thomas threw out Tinker trying to steal 2nd with Kling at the plate. Kling ended up grounding out to 1st for the second out of the inning. Mullin then struck out Pfiester to end the inning.

1-0 Tigers, after 3

Top of the 4th

Sam Crawford led off the 4th with a single to center. Ty Cobb then grounded into a 4-6 force. Rossman then popped out to Johnny Evers and he doubled off Cobb at 1st base to end the inning.

Bottom of the 4th

The Cubs took the lead in the 4th. After Sheckard struck out to start the inning, Johnny Evers walked. Ira Thomas appeared to pick off Evers from 1st base but Claude Rossman could not handle the throw at 1st, Evers advanced to 2nd on the error and scored on a single to center by Frank Chance. With the game tied at 1, Chance stole 2nd with Steinfeldt at the plate. Steinfeldt then reached on a throwing error by 3rd baseman Bill Coughlin. Frank Chance scored to give the Cubs the lead and Steinfeldt advanced to 2nd on the error. Solly Hofman then tripled to left to score Chance. Joe Tinker grounded out to short to end the inning.

The Cubs scored 3 runs on 2 hits and 3 Tigers errors.

3-1 Cubs, after 4

Top of the 5th

Jack Pfiester retired the Tigers in order once again without a ball leaving the infield. Schaefer popped out to short, Thomas grounded out to short and Coughlin struck out to end the inning.

Bottom of the 5th

Johnny Kling reached on an error by Charley O’Leary to start the 5th. Pfiester could not get the bunt down and struck out when he fouled off his 3rd bunt attempt. Jimmy Sheckard then grounded into a 4-3 double play to end the inning.

3-1 Cubs, after 5

Top of the 6th

The Tigers big 5-run 6th inning started with a walk to the pitcher….Pfiester walked Mullin and then gave up a single to Matty McIntyre. O’Leary then reached on an attempted sacrifice bunt back to the mound. With the bases loaded and no outs, Sam Crawford singled to center to score Mullin and reload the bases. Ty Cobb followed with an infield single to short….McIntyre scored to tie the game. Rossman singled to right to give the Tigers the lead. Both O’Leary and Crawford scored. Germany Schaefer hit what appeared to be a sacrifice fly to center but Solly Hofman threw out Ty Cobb at the plate. Ira Thomas then doubled to right center to plate Rossman with the 5th run of the inning. Coughlin grounded out to 2nd to end the inning.

The Tigers scored 5 runs on 5 hits.

Bottom of the 6th

With his team down 6-3, Johnny Evers grounded out to 3rd to start the inning. Frank Schulte then grounded back to the mound for the second out. Chance followed with a single to left. Chance stole 2nd but Steinfeldt struck out to end the inning.

6-3 Tigers, after 6

Top of the 7th

George Mullin popped out to short to start the 7th but Pfiester walked McIntyre and then retired Charley O’Leary on a sacrifice bunt to Frank Chance. McIntyre advanced to 2nd. Sam Crawford flied out to center to end the inning.

Bottom of the 7th

Solly Hofman single to right to start the Cubs 7th inning. Mullin then struck out Joe Tinker and Johnny Kling hit into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning.

6-3 Tigers, after 7

Top of the 8th

The Tigers broke the game open in the 8th. With his team up 6-3, Ty Cobb doubled to left off of Jack Pfiester to start the inning. Rossman reached on a bunt single, Cobb advanced to 3rd. Germany Schaefer followed with a fly out to right, Frank Schulte threw home and kept Cobb from scoring but Rossman advanced to 2nd on the throw. Pfiester walked Ira Thomas to load the bases with 1 out. Bill Coughlin hit a sacrifice fly to left, Cobb tagged and scored the Tigers 7th run of the game. George Mullin then singled to right to score Rossman, Thomas advanced to 3rd. Matty McIntyre grounded out to Harry Steinfeldt at 3rd to end the inning.

The Tigers scored 2 runs on 3 hits.

Bottom of the 8th

Del Howard pinch-hit for Jack Pfiester to start the 8th and grounded out to 2nd. Sheckard grounded out to 2nd as well and Johnny Evers flied out to center to end the inning.

8-3, Tigers after 8

Top of the 9th

Game One starter, Ed Reulbach started the 9th for Frank Chance and the inning ended with a very rare play by modern standards. Reulbach retired O’Leary on a pop fly to Chance at 1st base to start the inning. Crawford flied out to center for the second out but Cobb reached on a single to left and promptly stole 2nd and 3rd with Rossman at the plate. Reulbach ended up walking Rossman. With Germany Schaefer at the plate Rossman stole 2nd. The inning ended when Ty Cobb was thrown out trying to steal home.

Bottom of the 9th

George Mullin completed the game by retiring 3 of the 4 batters he faced in the 9th. Schulte and Chance both flied out to center. Harry Steinfeldt singled to left with 2 outs and stole 2nd but Solly Hofman grounded out to short to end the inning and the game.

Final from Game Three – Cubs 3, Tigers 8

  • WP – George Mullin
  • LP – Jack Pfiester
  • Time of Game – 2:10
  • Attendance: 14,543

Game Four Pitching match-up, Mordecai “Three Finger” Brown against Ed Summers

Sources: Baseball-Reference.com and Retrosheet.org

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