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From August 26 through September 3, 1914, Boston essentially matched the New York Giants, as both teams travelled the entire period.
The Standings thru August 25:
New York Giants
St. Louis Cardinals
The Braves finished their series in Chicago by losing 1-0, as the Cubs’ Larry Cheney tossed a one-hitter. Moving to St. Louis the next day, Boston dropped its second game in a row, a ten-inning nailbiter, matching its longest losing streak since July 4.
The Braves faced St. Louis for three more games in the next two days, a Saturday doubleheader followed by another game on Sunday. And they showed their mettle. Indicative of how Boston’s season had turned, Bill James tossed a four-hit shutout in the first game, and then the Braves scored four in the 8th to capture the second game 6-4 of the doubleheader. They won the final game of the series 2-0 on a one-hitter by Lefty Tyler.
They then moved to Philadelphia and swept another double-header on September 2, running their winning streak to five, before finally dropping another game on September 3.
There were no player moves during this stretch, but Stallings moved a slumping Rabbit Maranville from cleanup to 7th in the lineup. Maranville responded by going 10-for-31 with two doubles and a triple. The combination of Larry Gilbert and whomever Stallings chose to play right field took over the clean-up position in the lineup.
Meanwhile, Christy Mathewson did his utmost in keeping the Giants even with Boston, recording three of New York’s six victories. The Giants spent the entire period on the road (assuming one considers Brooklyn a true road game). The 6-3 mark doesn’t include an 11-inning tie played at Pittsburgh.