Monday October 6, 1924
The Giants took advantage of some costly Washington errors to take the first game at the Polo Grounds, and claim a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.
The scoring started in the home half of the second inning, when a Bucky Harris error caused a chain reaction that led to two unearned runs scoring in the inning. With one out and a man on first, Travis Jackson hit a ground ball to Ossie Bluege at third, who threw a perfect strike to the manager. Harris, a sure-handed fielder if there was one, dropped the ball allowing both runners to be safe on a potential double-play ball.
The Giants added a run in the third inning, when, for the second time this series, a double-play ball scored George Kelly. The Giants had a 3-0 lead.
It didn’t take long for the Senators to strike back. They managed to load the bases with just one out in the fourth. Ralph Miller, who subbed for Roger Peckinpaugh when he left with a “charley-horse” in the second inning, hit a sacrifice fly to left field to score Sam Rice with the first Washington run of the game. After Muddy Ruel drew a walk to once again load the bases, McGraw yanked starter Hugh McQuillan in favor of Rosy Ryan. Ryan walked the pinch-hitter, Bennie Tate to score the second run of the inning before he coaxed Nemo Leibold to fly out to get out of the inning with a lead.
The Giants extended their lead, however, when Ryan, the pitcher, hit a home run into the upper right-field stands in the home half of the fourth. It was the first home run Ryan had hit in his career, and one of only two that he would retire with. New York went ahead 5-2 when another Washington error, this time charged to Peckinpaugh’s replacement at short stop, led to another unearned run.
A Mule Shirley single in the bottom of the eighth knocked in the third run for Washington, but McGraw’s team quickly answered with a run of their own in the bottom of the inning. The game entered the ninth with New York ahead 6-3.
Things looked good for Harris’ team when his own single to lead off the inning helped Washington load the bases with just one out. McGraw called on Claude Jonnard to get out of the situation, and like Ryan before him, Jonnard walked the first man he faced to force in a Washington run. Unlike Ryan, that ended Jonnard’s day (and his series). McGraw went to Mule Watson to close out the potential rally, and he did so by getting Miller to pop out, and coaxing a ground ball to third off the bat of Ruel to secure the 6-4 win.