Boston Comes Back, Continues to Roll; Red Sox 8, Indians 7

July 30, 1948

Maybe nothing can stop the Boston Red Sox.

Six runs in the first inning by the Cleveland Indians wasn’t enough as Bobby Doerr, Denny Galehouse and company came back to defeat the Tribe by a score of 8-7.

The surging Red Sox remained the hottest team on the planet, having now won 17 of their previous 19 games.  Doerr and Galehouse were the heroes on Friday; the former slamming three hits including a homerun and the latter allowing just one run on two hits in 8.2 innings out of the bullpen.  Doerr doing damage with his bat is nothing new, as the seven time All-Star has been tormenting American League pitchers for years.  Galehouse, on the other hand, turned in quite an impressive performance for an otherwise mediocre veteran.

Galehouse, the former Indian, has pitched 13 seasons of rather unimpressive baseball, posting a sub-.500 record and an ERA upwards of 4.00.  He has bounced around making four stops with three different teams and has been used in multiple roles.  On Friday, however, Galehouse looked like he may have turned a corner and threw his biggest games of the season when his team needed him the most.

Galehouse (4-5, 3.92) came in relief of Red Sox starter Mel Parnell, who did not make it out of the first inning.  Indians starter Gene Bearden also did not fare well, as the rookie southpaw did not make it through the second.

The Red Sox jumped on the board first, as Bearden walked both Dom DiMaggio and Johnny Pesky to start the game.  Ted Williams, fresh off an injury, followed and brought DiMaggio home with a single to right field.  After a strikeout/throw out double play erased both Pesky and Vern Stephens, Doerr started his big day by blasting a two run homer to give Boston a 3-0 advantage.  The Indians fired back immediately, however, sending 11 men to the plate in the bottom half.

The Indians loaded the bases immediately, as a single by Larry Doby, a walk by Allie Clark and an error by Pesky put Parnell in trouble.  Lou Boudreau followed with a walk to give the Tribe their first run, but the single tallies just kept coming from there.

A single run scored on the next three batters, as Joe Gordon hit an RBI groundout, Ken Keltner had an RBI double and Eddie Robinson stroked an RBI single.  Two batters later, Bearden helped his own cause by ripping a two run single to give the Indians a 6-3 lead.  The damage done by the opposing pitcher was enough for Boston manager Joe McCarthy, who brought Galehouse in to stop the bleeding.

The veteran Galehouse certainly did his job.  Galehouse allowed just a double to Robinson and a single to Clark in third to give the Indians their seventh run and was near perfect for the rest of the day.  The only Indians hitter to reach base after the third frame was Wally Judnich, who walked with one out in the bottom of the eighth.

The Red Sox, meanwhile, continued their assault on Bearden and the Indians relief corps.  Bearden allowed a DiMaggio RBI single in the second and Don Black allowed a Williams two-RBI double in the fourth.  Pesky tied the game at 7-7 with a sacrifice fly off of Satchel Paige in the sixth, then Billy Goodman ripped the game winning single off of Ole Satchelfoot in the seventh.

Bright spots for the Indians in defeat came from Robinson, who had two hits including a double, and Keltner, who hit an RBI double and scored two runs.  Steve Gromek also came out of the bullpen to work a perfect ninth inning.

The Indians fell three games behind the front-running Sox with Friday’s loss and now sit in a virtual tie with the New York Yankees for third place.  The Tribe will need to take the next three games if they want to get back into the top spot before Boston leaves town.  Saturday’s game will feature Cleveland starter Bob Feller (10-12, 4.19) matched up against former Indian Joe Dobson (13-6, 2.99).  It is the fifth time this season that the two hurlers will have faced each other.  Feller is coming off of a victory against Philadelphia, but had lost his three previous decisions prior to the victory.

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