Today in Tribe History: October 8, 1948
Bob Toth | On 08, Oct 2016
The city of Cleveland hosts a World Series game for the first time since 1920, as the Indians play the Boston Braves in Game 3 at Cleveland Stadium. A crowd of 70,306 is treated to a pitching display from rookie left-hander Gene Bearden, who blanks the Braves on five hits in a complete game 2-0 shutout.
The win gives the advantage in the series back to the Indians, two games to one.
Bearden, the knuckleballing hero of the tie-breaker game between the Indians and the Boston Red Sox just four days earlier, throws his fifth straight complete game, three of which are shutouts. The rookie aids his own cause at the plate, doubling with one out in the bottom of the third and coming around to score two batters later on a grounder from Larry Doby. Dale Mitchell, who had walked after Bearden’s hit, is forced out at second, but an error on the attempt to nab Doby at first allows the Indians’ lefty to score with the unearned run.
Bearden allowed five hits and struck out four in his complete game effort. Vern Bickford took the loss for Boston, allowing two runs on four hits in three and one-third innings. He walked five and struck out one.