Today in Tribe History: October 11, 1948
Bob Toth | On 11, Oct 2015
The Cleveland Indians are champions of the baseball world for the second time in club history as they hold on to defeat the Boston Braves by a 4-3 final at Braves Field.
Bob Lemon earns his second win of the series with seven and one-third innings of work on the mound. Boston’s Bill Voiselle is tagged with the loss despite the quality start on the mound. He allowed three runs on seven hits over seven innings but left trailing.
Lou Boudreau gives the Indians the lead in the top of the third. Dale Mitchell leads off with a double to left and, after a fly out by Larry Doby, Boudreau doubles Mitchell home with a shot to right. The Braves will strike back against Lemon in the bottom of the fourth, as Bob Elliott reaches on a single and moves to second two batters later on a walk from Bill Salkeld. Mike McCormick’s single to center scores Elliott to tie the game at one. After a walk to Eddie Stanky to load the bases, Lemon retires his counterpart Voiselle on a grounder to second.
Joe Gordon will tip the score back in Cleveland’s favor in the sixth with a leadoff homer. Thurman Tucker walks and moves to third with one out on a single from Eddie Robinson and Jim Hegan grounds into a fielder’s choice that scores Tucker to give the Indians a 3-1 lead.
Future Hall of Famer Warren Spahn replaced Voiselle on the mound for the eighth inning and after retiring Gordon, gives up three straight singles to Ken Keltner, Tucker, and Robinson, the latter of which knocks in Keltner with an important fourth run. Lemon will continue his work in the bottom of the inning but loads the bases around a line out and departs for Gene Bearden, the rookie left-handed knuckleballer. Bearden allows a sacrifice fly to pinch-hitter Clint Conatser and an RBI-double to pinch-hitter Phil Masi to make it a 4-3 game with two standing in scoring position. With the pressure on, Bearden gets McCormick to ground back to the mound to end the inning and the last viable Braves threat.
Spahn strikes out the side in the top of the ninth, but Bearden faces the minimum in the ninth to end it. A leadoff walk from Stanky is erased on a double play pop up and Tommy Holmes is retired on a fly to left to end it.
The Indians missed a chance to win the World Series at home in Cleveland the previous day with Bob Feller on the mound, but the Tribe allowed six runs in the seventh of an 11-5 loss.