Yanks’ Three Homers Sends Feller, Tribe to Another Loss; Yankees 4, Indians 0

June 24, 1948

While he pitched better than some of his recent starts, Bob Feller’s struggles continued as he allowed three home runs to the Yankees in a 4-0 loss.

The loss for the Tribe ends the four-game series against the Yankees with Cleveland dropping three of the four contests. That matches the three wins in four games the Tribe took from New York a week and a half ago in the Bronx. It also cuts the Tribe’s lead in the American League standings to just one and a half games.

Feller (6-8) seemed in control and his former self for much of the game. He allowed only five hits and struck out eight in his nine innings of work. However, three of the five hits were home runs.

New York took the lead and never looked back in the top of the fourth inning. Tommy Henrich, last night’s Tribe villain, walked to start the inning. After Feller retired Yogi Berra on a fly ball and struck out Joe DiMaggio, he gave up a two-run homer to George McQuinn. It was McQuinn’s eighth homer of the season and landed in the right field seats.

The longest of the three bombs came an inning later when Johnny Lindell, playing for the injured Charlie Keller, hit a laser that cleared the fence in left center field and landed at the base of the 435-foot sign where the bleachers begin. Lindell’s clout made it 3-0 Yankees and was his ninth of the season.

The Yankees tacked on one more in the top of the ninth when DiMaggio sent his 17th homer of the season to the left field seats off of Feller. His homer gave the Yankees a 4-0 lead and tied him with Ken Keltner for the American League lead in round-trippers. It was also DiMaggio’s fifth home run of the season against the Indians. He hit two against Feller during his three-homer effort the last time New York came to town on May 23.

Feller continues to struggle, dropping his third of his last four decisions. While he only allowed five hits in this afternoon’s game, the long ball continues to plague him this season. DiMaggio’s homer in the ninth inning is already the 12th homer Feller has allowed this season.

Meanwhile, Yankees’ hurler Vic Raschi held the Tribe in complete control this afternoon. He rebounded nicely from his last start against Cleveland when he did not make it out of the second inning at Yankee Stadium on June 11. Raschi (9-1) scattered six hits and three walks while shutting out the Indians. He’s now second in the league in wins for the season.

Only in the bottom of the fourth inning did the Indians have a serious rally when Lou Boudreau singled to start the inning and Eddie Robinson and Hank Edwards each walked to load the bases with no one out. Raschi settled in and struck out Joe Gordon and Keltner before getting Jim Hegan to pop out to first base, leaving the bases loaded.

Boudreau and Robinson each had two of the Tribe’s six hits for the day. Boudreau extended his hitting streak to 13 games and upped his batting average to .371.

Despite losing three of four games and relinquishing four and a half games to the Yankees since June 12, Indians manager Boudreau remains positive. Cleveland has just a one and a half game lead on New York as they leave town.

“We’re still on top,” Boudreau pointed out. “When we’re chasing someone else is the time to start worrying.”

Tomorrow night the Indians open a four-game series with the Washington Senators. Four games against a second division team may be just what the Tribe needs after eleven in a row against Boston, Philadelphia and New York.

Bob Lemon (10-5, 2.66) will take the mound trying to extend the Tribe’s lead again. Lemon is coming off a fine four-hit shutout performance on Sunday against the Athletics. The Nats will counter with right-hander Early Wynn (5-8, 4.88) in the first game of the series. Wynn has lost back-to-back games on June 19 and 20. He started the first and lost the second in relief.

Boudreau’s pitching plan for the weekend is Lemon tomorrow evening, followed by Bob Muncrief on Saturday and Gene Bearden and Sam Zoldak for the Sunday doubleheader. Feller will not throw until the team reaches Detroit on Tuesday.

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