Wynn Wows Indians to Split Twin Bill; Senators 5, Indians 2
Bob Toth | On 17, Feb 2016
August 29, 1948
Cleveland squandered an early lead and a chance to make up ground in the division, as the Washington Senators took the second game of Sunday’s doubleheader by a 5-2 final.
The loss for the Indians, paired with splits of respective doubleheaders for both Boston and New York, left Cleveland two games in back of the Red Sox and a half-game behind the Yankees.
The Indians jumped on top in the second off of Washington’s Early Wynn.
Ken Keltner, playing for the first time in two games after being spiked on his left wrist against New York on Friday, fouled out to the catcher to start the inning. Larry Doby singled to right and advanced all the way to third base on an error in right by Sherry Robertson. Eddie Robinson doubled Doby home to make it 1-0.
Cleveland made it a 2-0 game in the top of the third. After drawing a one-out walk, Lou Boudreau attempted to steal second. An errant throw into center field from the Washington catcher trying to catch Boudreau in the theft allowed the Tribe skipper to move up to third base. A fly ball to left field by Joe Gordon allowed Boudreau to score the second run of the game in a close play at the plate, with Boudreau evading the tag of Al Evans with a good slide.
Unfortunately for Cleveland, it would be their last run of the day and could come at a cost moving forward this season.
Meanwhile, Don Black was dealing for the Indians. He had allowed just two singles and a double through the first five innings before things unraveled for him in the sixth. Already with two walks on the evening and pitching faster with a strong wind and dark skies on the horizon, he walked the leadoff hitter Robertson and Bud Stewart to follow. The rains came and briefly halted the game.
When play resumed, Boudreau brought in reliever Ed Klieman, who got Mickey Vernon to pop up in foul territory at the plate and then got a fly out to right by Mark Christman. A walk to Eddie Yost loaded the bases, and Boudreau again went to his bullpen, this time calling upon the services of Bob Feller.
In similar fashion to the efforts of the Cleveland bullpen of late, Feller served up a bases-clearing, two-out double to right, giving Washington their first lead on the day. The ball off of the bat of the pinch-hitter Jake Early, crushed to deep right field after Feller got ahead in the count 0-2, seemed to confuse the right fielder Wally Judnich, who circled underneath the ball at the base of the wall but was unable to make a play.
A single by Wynn to left nearly plated another run, but Early was thrown out at the plate by Dale Mitchell trying to score on the play.
Feller was lifted for pinch-hitter Hal Peck in the seventh and replaced by Bob Muncrief on the mound. Muncrief helped to pad the Senators’ lead after walking leadoff hitter Gil Coan. An out later, Robertson singled to center and on the error by Doby, Coan scored and Robertson moved up to second. After moving to third on a groundout, Robertson scored on a single to left by Vernon to give the Senators a 5-2 lead.
Wynn (8-15) went the distance for the Nationals again against the Indians. He allowed just two runs, one of which was earned, on eight hits. He walked two batters in the nightcap.
Klieman (3-1) was dealt the defeat for Cleveland, his first of the season.
Boudreau left the game in the top of the eighth inning for pinch-hitter Thurman Tucker. The All-Star shortstop injured his right thumb sliding into home plate in the third inning with the Indians’ second run of the game. The swelling in the thumb continued to worsen throughout the game to the point he was no longer able to throw a baseball. He was expected to get x-rays on his thumb after the game.
Gordon made his first appearance with the Indians as a shortstop when Johnny Berardino took over for the pinch-hitter Tucker and entered the game at second base.
Monday night, Satchel Paige (5-1, 1.78 ERA) will make his fifth start of the season for the Indians. He is 3-0 as a starter and the Indians are 3-1 in his starts, all in this month. He earned a no-decision in his last start, unable to get out of the third inning against Boston after allowing three runs on five hits.
Ray Scarborough (12-7, 2.59) will oppose for the host Nationals. He has been the strength of the Senators’ pitching staff this season. He is coming off of a win in his last outing against St. Louis on the 25th, when he allowed six runs (one earned) on seven hits in eight innings on the way to a 12-7 win.
Photo: COURTESY of the LESLIE JONES COLLECTION at the BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY