Feller Knocked Around By Sox; White Sox 8, Indians 1
Vince Guerrieri | On 10, Feb 2016
August 22, 1948
Bob Feller’s bad summer continues.
The former Indians ace, once the most feared pitcher in the major leagues, got tagged for five runs, but only three earned, as the Cleveland defense committed three errors behind him and the Tribe dropped the first game of a doubleheader 8-1 to the White Sox. The loss drops Rapid Robert to 12-14.
In the Indians’ eight games previous, the opposition had scored a total of seven runs.
The Indians were holding on to a 1-0 lead in the fourth when former Indian Pat Seerey reached first base after third baseman Ken Keltner kicked a ground ball. Aaron Robinson singled to center field, moving Seerey to third. Robinson then took second after center fielder Larry Doby booted the ball.
Both White Sox runners scored – accounting for Feller’s two unearned runs – on Dave Philley’s single to right field. Philley advanced to second on the throw home, but was picked off, and Feller was able to finish out the inning.
The game got away from Feller and the Indians in the top of the sixth. Philley led off the inning with a double to right field, and scored on Ralph Hodgin’s double to left field. Cass Michaels reached on a ball misplayed by second baseman Joe Gordon, and advanced to second on the throw home to cut down Hodgin at the plate. Joe Haynes singled to score Michaels, and that was it for Feller for the day.
Ed Klieman fared little better on the mound for the Tribe, giving up a leadoff single to Floyd Baker. Tony Lupien walked to load the bases, and Appling singled to score a run and leave the bases drunk. Player-manager Lou Boudreau lifted Klieman for Russ Christopher. Seerey flied out, scoring a run, and Robinson grounded out to Eddie Robinson to end the inning. But the damage was done.
The White Sox tacked on two more in the eighth, as Bob Muncrief – who came on that inning after Christopher was lifted for a pinch-hitter – walked Baker and gave up a single to Lupien. Appling singled to score Baker, and Lupien scored on a flyout by Seerey.
The Indians scored their only run in the first inning, when Boudreau singled to run his hitting streak up to 13 games and score Dale Mitchell, who had led off for the Tribe with a double.
Haynes (6-9) gave the White Sox five and one-third innings, scattering six hits and a walk while only allowing a run and striking out three. Howie Judson worked the final three and two-third innings, allowing two hits and two walks, while striking out two and earning his sixth save of the season.