Tribe Washed Out in Gotham

The Indians lead the league in many offensive categories, but they also lead the league in rainouts. Wednesday evening was their fifth rainout of the season when the game was finally halted after two delays in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Indians fans might be happy with Mother Nature’s decision to cut the wig-wammers’ evening short as they were trailing 3-1 in the fourth inning. The Yankees took a quick lead in the first inning when Joe DiMaggio hit a three-run home run off Tribe starter Gene Bearden. It was the only hit Bearden allowed all evening between the delays.

After two delays of one hour and 32 minutes and 30 minutes and most of the 62,832 fans in attendance headed for home, the first night game of the season in Yankee Stadium was washed out. The crowd was the second largest crowd of the season behind just the Tribe’s opening day crowd of 73,163.

It rained for 45 minutes before the game even began, drenching the field before the two delays during the game. The two clubs took the field with no batting practice and just about five minutes of pregame infield drills. All pregame ceremonies, which had included a performance by Al Schact — the baseball clown — were cancelled.

The rain does wash out Ed Lopat’s start, as he will not be able to start again tomorrow. Lopat has beat the Indians 13 times in 15 career starts.

Philadelphia extended its winning streak to 10 games by defeating St. Louis, 8-4 to extend their lead in the standings over both the Indians and Yankees by a half game.

The two teams plan to meet again tomorrow afternoon with Bob Feller (3-2) taking the mound for the Indians and the Yankess countering with second year right-hander Vic Raschi (1-1). Raschi allowed just one run on four hits in 7.1 innings of work in a 9-1 victory on Sunday over the Detroit Tigers. Feller can become the Tribe’s first pitcher to win four games. He will be on his customary three days rest for this start. Feller pitched 9.2 innings on Sunday on just two days rest.

Photo: Retroballparks.blogspot.com

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