Today in Tribe History: May 18, 1955
Bob Toth | On 18, May 2017
Coming off of a 10-3 loss at Fenway Park to Boston the day before, the first place Cleveland Indians return the favor and then some, putting up eleven runs in the fifth inning on the way to a 19-0 dismantling of the Red Sox.
Cleveland used 19 hits to push across 19 runs, more than plenty for Indians starter Herb Score on the mound that day. He would go the distance, allowing just three hits and three walks while striking out nine on the way to his fourth win of the season in the Indians’ American League pennant defense.
The Indians got their first hits and run of the day in the second off of Boston’s Willard Nixon. Dave Pope singled and moved to third on another single from Dave Philley. A fly ball from Sam Dente made it 1-0. They added two more in the fourth after a Larry Doby single, an error on a grounder from Pope, an intentional walk of Philley, and a two-run single from Dente.
Cleveland sent 15 batters to the plate in the fifth and ruined any chances for a second win in the series for Boston. Three straight singles from Al Smith, Bobby Avila, and Vic Wertz made it a 4-0 game. Doby was hit by a pitch to load the bases and Pope scored another run on a sacrifice fly. Philley would triple home both base runners and score himself on an error by the second baseman to make it an 8-0 game. With the bases empty and the rally effectively over, the Indians started another after Dente walked and Nixon was lifted for Russ Kemmerer. Hank Foiles walked before Score bunted into a force at third for the inning’s first out, nine batters in. Smith singled home Foiles and Avila walked to load the bases for Wertz, who cleared the deck with a grand slam. With the game now fully out of hand, Ralph Kiner pinch-hit for Doby and cracked a solo home run to make it 14-0. Pope walked and Kemmerer was replaced by Dick Brodowski, who stopped the bleeding by getting Philley to pop to short to end it after eleven runs scored on seven hits and an error.
The Tribe scored five more in the seventh off of Brodowski as Hank Majeski homered to lead off the inning, Pope delivered an RBI-double, Foiles scored another on a bases loaded single to left, and Smith knocked in two on a bases loaded single, but was retired at second to end the inning.
At the time, the game marked the largest shutout of the Red Sox and the runs were the most scored by the Indians in a shutout.