In Wednesday’s night clinching game, The Yankees went into the ninth inning holding just a one run lead. In scoring the extra two runs, they didn’t by any means put the game away, but they were way closer.. Then after some minor trouble in the ninth, the Yankees were off the ALCS.
Like on Wednesday night, things got a little too close for the Yankees when they were on the verge of clinching the 1936 World Series. Then the top of the ninth happened.
After going up 3-1, the Yankees lost game five of the 1936 World Series to the Giants in Yankee Stadium. The potential series-winning run was stranded at second base in the ninth, and the Giants then scored in the tenth. That made the series 3-2, and it shifted back to the Polo Grounds for game six and a potential game seven.
Lefty Gomez got the start for the Yankees in game six, and quickly fell behind. Four of the first five Giants’ batters reached base, and the only out came on a sacrifice bunt. A Mel Ott double put the Giants up 2-0.
The Yankees answered back in the second, scoring two runs to tie the game. Over the course of the next couple innings, the Yankees took control of the game. They scored another run in the third. They picked up two more in the fourth, with Gomez making up for the first inning by driving home a run.
However, the Giants began to eat back into the lead later in the game. Ott hit a home run in the fifth. Gomez was forced out of the game after allowing another run in the seventh. After all that, the lead was down to one run.
A Tony Lazzeri single gave the Yankees an insurance run in the top of the eighth, but reliever Johnny Murphy gave that run right back on a Jo-Jo Moore home run.
Going into the top of the ninth, the lead was once again sitting at just one run. The Yankees were up, but the Giants would have one last chance against a pitcher they just tagged for a home run. Then the top of the ninth happened.
The heart of the Yankees’ order was due up as they looked to add some insurance in the ninth. They delivered. Joe DiMaggio and Lou Gehrig started the inning with singles. Then the Giants melted down.
Bill Dickey grounded into what should have been an out. DiMaggio was on third and attempted to score on the grounder. Giants’ catcher Harry Danning couldn’t handle the throw from pitcher Dick Coffman, allowing DiMaggio to score, Gehrig to go to third, and Dickey to go to second.
The Giants opted to intentionally walk George Selkirk to load the bases, only for Jake Powell to single home two runs. The next couple at bats went walk, single, walk, groundout, and single. Even the groundout scored a run. The inning ended after that, but what was a one run deficit for the Giants was now eight runs.
Murphy, who himself picked up an RBI in the inning, came back out to pitch the ninth. The Giants, who presumably would have been demoralized, quickly went down in order. The Yankees closed out the game and the championship with one of the most deceiving eight-run wins you’ll find.