1930: Nats Take Lead in AL

Monday July 7, 1930

Alvin “General” Crowder pitched Washington to an 8-1 win over Boston, putting the Nats in first place in the American League.

The team had been in first place in the league most of the first two months of the season, but had been chasing Philadelphia since a loss to the A’s on May 31 dropped Washington to second place.

Crowder allowed eight scattered hits to the Sox, five of which were singles (the remaining three doubles).

Washington took a 1-0 lead after the top of the first inning and never looked back. Joe Cronin went 3-for-4, and every man in the Washington lineup had at least one hit except for Crowder and lead-off-man Buddy Myer. Washington had 13 hits in all.

Washington held on to first place until a July 13th loss to Detroit. By the 24th they were five games back and, though they held on to second place, finished the season eight games behind Philadelphia.

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