Chicago Cubs 1929: July 15-28When the Chicago Cubs (47-28, .627) began play on Monday, July 15, 1929, they sat in second place in the National League standings and trailed the Pittsburgh Pirates (51-26, .662) by three games. Following the conclusion of play on Sunday, July 28, the two teams flipped places in the standings. Chicago held a 2 -game lead.
Due to a rainout on May 3, the Cubs played a doubleheader against the Philadelphia Phillies at the Baker Bowl. Chicago won both halves of the twin bill. Despite surrendering six runs on 15 hits, Guy Bush pitched a complete-game and improved his record to 12-1. Cubs center fielder, Hack Wilson, finished the first game batting 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI. Norm McMillan was 3-for-5 with a lone run batted in. Chicago won the first game, 9-6. In the second game, the Cubs grabbed a five-run lead during the first inning. Though the Phillies would rally late, the Cubs hung on to win the game, 7-6. Sheriff Blake lasted 7 2/3 innings and improved his record to 6-10. Right fielder, Cliff Heathcote, hit his first home run of the season. Charlie Grimm ended the game 1-for-4 with two RBI.
On Tuesday, July 16, the Phillies rallied before 3,000 fans to edge the Cubs, 6-5. Pat Malone was tagged with his sixth loss of the year. Chuck Klein, the Phillies' right fielder, finished 2-for-4 with three RBI. The Cubs closed out the four-game series with vengeance by clubbing the Phillies, 16-3. The real damage was done when they plated five runs in the fourth and six in the ninth. Rogers Hornsby and Grimm both homered. Hornsby finished the day 3-for-5 with four runs batted in. Heathcote and Charlie Root each knocked in three runs. Root scattered 11 hits and allowed three runs as he improved his record to 9-3.
Next stop: Brooklyn's Ebbets Field. The Cubs and Robins held a four-game series between July 18 and July 21. Chicago continued its winning ways with an 11-7 win thanks to a seven-run first inning. Hal Carlson only lasted five innings, but he picked up his fifth win of the season. Wilson ended the game 1-for-4 with two RBI, and catcher Zack Taylor was 2-for-4 with two runs batted in. Rain on Friday forced a Saturday doubleheader. Once again, the Cubs claimed both. After falling behind, 4-0, in the first inning, Chicago eventually sent the sixth and winning run across the plate in the top of the 10th inning. Grimm singled to right field and drove home Kiki Cuyler to win the game, 6-5. During the second game, the Cubs' four-run third inning was more than enough. Heathcote and Hornsby each contributed two hits, but Grimm's double plated two runs. Del Bissonette doubled off of Blake in the home half of the sixth to drive home Wally Gilbert. The Cubs won, 4-1.
On July 21, the Cubs failed to complete the sweep as the Robins scored three and limited Chicago to just one run. Hornsby's solo home run was the North Sider's lone tally. Malone's record dropped to 12-7.
Following an off day on July 22, the Cubs welcomed the New York Giants to Wrigley Field for a three-game set. On July 23, Root limited the Giants to four hits and no runs as his record improved to 10-3. On July 24, the Cubs dominated the Giants save for the seven-run sixth inning that made the game close. Play-by-play accounts for that game do not exist, but the Cubs managed a four-run seventh to ultimately win the game. Wilson and Hornsby each homered, but Wilson finished 2-for-3 with four RBI. Mike Cvengros, the Cubs' fourth of five pitchers that day, earned his second win of the season. On July 25, the needed another late rally to defeat the Giants. Trailing 5-2 heading into the bottom of the seventh, the Cubs scored two in the home half of the seventh and four in the eighth. The Cubs won, 8-5.
After the Giants left town, the Cubs welcomed the Phillies to Wrigley Field. The would sweep the four-game series in dramatic fashion. On July 26, trailing 7-0 heading into the bottom of the third inning, the Cubs answered with five runs and another six in the fourth inning. The Cubs won hang on to win, 13-10. On July 27, the two teams played a doubleheader. During the first game, all of the offense arrived in the late innings. Hornsby was 2-for-4 with three RBI. Grimm contributed two and Taylor one more. The Cubs extended their winning streak with a 6-1 victory. During the second game, the Cubs outlasted the Phillies by winning, 10-7. Starting pitcher, Root, finished his day at the plate 3-for-4 with four RBI. Wilson slugged his 27th home run of the season. The Cubs completed the sweep with a 7-2 victory. Six of the seven runs came in the home half of the third frame. Riggs Stephenson added his ninth home run of the season and ended the game 2-for-4 with three RBI. Hornsby and Wilson each knocked home two runs.