Chicago started out well, making four runs in the first two innings, but were unable to score after that. Donahue puzzled the visitors, who were unable to make more than five hits off his delivery, while Terry was pounded hard by the Browns.
-Sporting Life, May 1, 1897
April 27, 1897. Fourth game of the season. The Browns were 2-2 and two and a half games out of first. They would never see .500 again and would never be closer to first. This was the high-water mark of the season. It was all downhill from here.