Gettel Gets Blasted in Cleveland Return; Indians 14, White Sox 1

July 8, 1948

Thursday afternoon, the Indians showed Al Gettel with all too much certainty why he was dealt from their Tribe to the bottom dwelling Chicago White Sox.

Cleveland knocked out 15 hits and scored 14 runs, mostly at Gettel’s expense, while embarrassing him and the Chicago White Sox, 14-1. Every Tribe starter scored at least one run. The Tribe punished Gettel and his current team, as manager Ted Lyons left Gettel on the mound into the seventh inning to be battered around.

Dale Mitchell, Hank Edwards and Joe Gordon, who had three hits apiece, paced the Tribe. Lou Boudreau drove in three runs, Ken Keltner four and Jim Hegan had a career day, driving in five runs on the way to the Indians biggest day of the 1948 season, offensively.

Little doubt in the outcome of the game remained after the first inning when the Tribe tattooed Gettel and the White Sox for five runs. Mitchell started the afternoon with a double to right field and Johnny Berardino walked. After Edwards flew out to center field, Boudreau singled to right field, bring home both runners and giving the Indians an early 2-0 lead.

Gordon singled to left to put runners on the corners with just one out. Keltner walked to load the bases and it appeared the Tribe might not score any more after Wally Judnich struck out. But Hegan doubled to the left center field wall, bringing all three base runners around to score and give the Indians a 5-0 lead after just one inning.

Hegan tallied his fourth and fifth RBI of the game by the third inning when he hit a two-run home run to left field to extend the score to 7-0. His fifth home run of the season capped off a huge day for the weak hitting catcher who raised his batting average to .211 with his two hits today.

Gettel was left to flail in the stiff breeze blowing in off the lake this afternoon. Despite trailing by seven, Gettel remained on the mound into the bottom of the seventh inning. The Tribe finally forced the White Sox to go to their bullpen, however, when they tallied six more runs in the frame. Boudreau singled home Edwards to start the scoring, and after Gordon reached on error, Keltner brought all three home with a home run into the seats in left field.

His 20th home run of the season made it 11-0 Cleveland and finally ended Gettel’s day. The slugging third baseman could be in line to replace George Kell in the American League’s starting lineup for next week’s All-Star Game. Kell twisted his ankle in their game today and is deemed day-to-day.

Glen Moulder replaced Gettel and did not do any better, allowing two more runs in the inning when he coughed up doubles to Gene Bearden and Mitchell in succession. Each drove in an unearned run, the product of Don Kolloway’s error earlier in the inning.

Bearden – the beneficiary of the Tribe’s offensive outburst – didn’t need all the runs. He allowed just four hits in the first seven innings while toiling a shutout. He did lose the scoreless masterpiece in the top of the eighth inning when Luke Appling and Cass Michaels started the inning with singles to put runners on the corners. Jack Wallaesa pinch-hit for Moulder and grounded into a double play, allowing Appling to score and make the game 13-1.

Orval Grove pitched the bottom of the eighth inning and gave the Tribe their final run. Gordon doubled with one out and moved to third on a passed ball with Keltner at the plate. His fly ball to left field was deep enough to score Gordon and give Keltner his fourth RBI of the afternoon.

Bearden (7-3) had his best outing in nearly a month, scattering eight hits over nine innings and allowing just one run. His knuckleball remained in the strike zone as he only walked one and struck out one. Gettel (2-5) meanwhile allowed eleven runs – only ten earned – on 12 hits and four walks. The two home runs were a result of five of his eleven runs.

Boudreau did make a leaping grab on a line drive by Pat Seerey in the seventh inning. Old Shufflefoot went to his right and leapt before landing on his ankle awkwardly. He finished the inning and hit in the six-run seventh, but up 13 runs he excused himself from the lineup. Bob Kennedy played first base for the final two innings with Berardino sliding over to play shortstop.

Today’s victory catapults the Tribe a full game ahead of the Philadelphia Athletics in the standings and keeps them three and a half games ahead of the New York Yankees.

Friday night, Bob Lemon (12-6, 2.35) looks to retake his sole possession of the league lead in wins and strikeouts when he matches up with the St. Louis Browns. Lemon is currently tied with Detroit’s Hal Newhouser for the league lead with 12 wins and is four strikeouts behind teammate Bob Feller. He’ll be opposed by the Brownies’ Fred Sanford (6-8, 4.11).

The three-game series against St. Louis is the Tribe’s final series before the All-Star break.


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