Wednesday October 8, 1924
49,271 fans packed the Polo Grounds on what was the coldest day of the series. It was thought that Walter Johnson would bounce back from his game one defeat with a victory in Game 5, but it was not to be. Johnson’s second World Series start turned out worse than his first, and it looked like the book might be closed on the post season career of the best pitcher the game had ever seen.
The game, like the first three, was close most of the way, but the Giants used an eighth inning rally to put some distance between themselves and the Nats.
The Giants broke the scoreless tie in the third, when three straight off of Johnson netted a run, the last of which was an RBI hit by Freddie Lindstrom. Washington evened the score in the fifth, when Ralph Miller, still in the lineup due to Roger Peckinpaugh’s injury, singled home Joe Judge.
For the second time in the series, a Giants’ pitcher hit a home run. This time it was starter Jack Bentley, who, with a man on, took a Johnson pitch into the right-field stands to give New York a 3-1 lead. Unlike Rosy Ryan, Bentley’s power was not particularly surprising, considering that he had hit 11 during the season.
Johnson held the opposition scoreless in the sixth and seventh, while his offense pulled within one thanks to Goose Goslin’s third round-tripper of the series that came in the eighth inning with the bases empty. The home run chased Bentley from the game, who had allowed only two runs on nine Senator hits. Hugh McQuillan came on to retire the Nats in the eighth.
The home half of the eighth was a nightmare for Johnson and his team. The Giants managed to load the bases with no outs, thanks in part to a Johnson error on a sacrifice bunt attempt. Travis Jackson hit a sacrifice fly to left, and one out later McQuillan and Lindstrom hit back-to-back RBI singles to give the home team a 6-2 lead.
McQuillan, despite a one-out walk, retired the Senators pretty easily in the ninth to clinch the victory. The Giants headed back to the nation’s capital needing just one victory to clinch the franchise’s fourth World Series win since the turn of the century.