June 2, 1948
The impressive scoreless streak of Cleveland starter Bob Lemon ended at 28 innings and the Washington Senators started the Indians’ 14-game road trip through the East Coast on the wrong foot, handing them a 2-1 loss on Wednesday.
Lemon (7-3) was dealt a tough defeat on the night by the Nats, who had just five singles off of the Indians pitcher. He pitched another complete game, his eighth of the season.
After facing the minimum through the first four and two-thirds innings, Lemon gave up a single to left by Gil Coan that split infielders Lou Boudreau and Ken Keltner. Coan, who struck out twice the last time he faced Lemon, stole second and scored on the hardest hit of the night off of the Indians ace. The single to right field by Bud Stewart was juggled by Larry Doby, who did not attempt to throw out the speedy Coan at the plate.
The Indians got the run right back in the top half of the next frame. After a groundout to short by Eddie Robinson, Johnny Berardino singled to left. Indians backstop Jim Hegan then delivered an RBI-double deep to center off of Nats starter Ray Scarborough to tie the game at one run each.
After the back-to-back singles in the fourth, Lemon settled back down and retired seven straight batters before giving up a drag bunt single to Coan in the bottom of the seventh. First baseman Robinson fielded the grounder and tossed to Lemon at first, but umpire Jim Boyer called Coan safe at the bag.
Boudreau argued the call emphatically, but was unable to convince Boyer differently of his decision. Stewart sacrificed Coan to second with a bunt back to the mound. Mickey Vernon grounded out to short, moving Coan up to third. Center fielder Junior Wooten drove Coan home with the Senators’ fourth hit of the night, a tough hop single that bounded over the head of Keltner at third to score the go-ahead run. Another single to left, this time by shortstop Mark Christman, moved Wooten to third base, but Wooten was caught in a run down between third and home on a botched double steal to end the inning.
Scarborough (4-1) gave up just five hits on the night and rarely pitched in trouble. He went the distance and struck out four, allowing one earned run. After the Indians run in the fifth, he did not allow another base runner to reach third base.
The Indians put themselves in a good position in the top of the ninth to tie the game up at Griffith Stadium, but fell short.
Doby led off the inning with a single up the middle past second. Wally Judnich flied out to right for the first out. Boudreau drew a free pass to push Doby to second, but Scarborough got Keltner to ground into a 6-4-3 double play to end the ball game.
Lemon has now allowed two earned runs and 13 hits to the Nats on the season over 27 innings.
The Indians fall to 23-12 with the loss and have dropped two straight. The Senators improve to 19-21 and have won two in a row.