Lemon Leaves Athletics Looking; Indians 10, Athletics 0
Bob Toth | On 09, Dec 2015
June 20, 1948
Cleveland hurler Bob Lemon baffled Philadelphia hitters over nine scoreless innings and aided his own cause with a pair of extra base hits, as the Indians swept the Sunday twin bill from the Athletics with a 10-0 shutout.
Lemon (10-5) becomes the first pitcher in the American League to reach ten wins with his fourth shutout of the year. He is the league leader with 65 strikeouts and ten complete games. He allowed four singles and two walks while striking out ten, his highest single game output since May 25 against Washington.
No Athletics base runners reached third base.
The Indians struck right out of the gate, with each of the first five batters reaching base successfully against Philadelphia starter Phil Marchildon. After a leadoff walk by Dale Mitchell, a double to left field by Larry Doby scored the game’s first run. A walk to Lou Boudreau was followed by an RBI-single to center by Hank Edwards. Boudreau was thrown out on the play trying to advance to third. A Joe Gordon single to left moved Edwards to third, but a foul out and line out ended the inning with a 2-0 advantage for the Indians.
Lemon did not just leave his excellence on the day on the mound. He brought it to the plate as well. With one out in the bottom of the second, he took his counterpart deep into the right field stands, extending the Cleveland lead to 3-0.
The Indians scored again in the third, effectively putting the game out of reach. Boudreau walked and advanced to second on a single to center by Edwards. Gordon dropped a single to center, scoring Boudreau and moving Edwards to second. Ken Keltner fouled out to third before an RBI-single from Eddie Robinson scored Edwards and moved Gordon to third.
With runners on the corners and up 5-0, Jim Hegan hit the ball to first. Ferris Fain, the Athletics first baseman, fielded the ball and threw to the plate, getting the runner Gordon in a rundown between third and home. Robinson alertly moved up to third on the play prior to Gordon being tagged out. Lemon walked to load the bases for Mitchell, who delivered a two-out, two-run single to center to give the Indians a 7-0 lead.
Lemon did not allow a base runner until the top of the fourth, when he walked leadoff hitter Eddie Joost. Later in the inning, he hit Fain with a pitch, leading to his exit early in the game. The A’s did not get their first hit until two outs in the sixth inning.
“Muddy Ruel and Mel Harder worked with me a little yesterday,” Lemon said after the game. “They thought I was letting the ball go a little too soon, so today I held it a little longer before pitching. Then, too, I didn’t work as fast as I usually do.”
The Indians added three final runs in the bottom of the eighth. With Lemon on second after a double and Doby at first after a walk, Johnny Berardino drove both men in with a double to left. Berardino had entered the game in the top half of the inning for skipper Boudreau at shortstop. Hal Peck singled to move Berardino to third, and Gordon drove him in on an error by shortstop Billy DeMars.
Marchildon (5-5) allowed 15 hits and ten earned runs on the evening in throwing a complete game effort for the Athletics. He walked six and struck out one. The Indians had a base runner in all eight innings of the nightcap against him. They had hits in seven of the eight innings in the game.
Right fielder Edwards pulled a muscle in his right led in the third inning, but hopes to be ready for the coming series. Pitcher Bob Muncrief, who was forced out of a game after being hit by a line drive in the game Saturday, will throw tomorrow and is expected to be ready to play again later in the week.
The loss for the Athletics, their third straight to the Indians, drops them into third place in the American League.
The Indians improve to 34-18 with their third straight win and remain atop the American League standings by three and a half games. They will welcome the second-place New York Yankees into town for four games at the Stadium beginning Monday night. Gene Bearden (6-1) will start the opener against Allie Reynolds (7-3) at 8:30 p.m.
“Those were two good ball games today,” skipper Boudreau said after the game, “but this is another important series coming up.”