August 15, 1948
Cleveland made three early runs stand and Bob Feller went the distance on the mound as the Indians defeated the Chicago White Sox in the first game of Sunday’s doubleheader, 6-2.
The Indians were the recipients of some sloppy and careless baseball in the first inning against Chicago’s Bill Wight. After a pair of fly outs to start the inning, Lou Boudreau tripled to right center field. Wight walked Eddie Robinson and Joe Gordon to load the bases, and Larry Doby unloaded them with a double to left to give the Indians a 3-0 lead. Ken Keltner was walked and both he and Doby advanced a base on a balk by Wight. Catcher Jim Hegan was intentionally walked with first base open and Feller due up next and the move paid off for manager Ted Lyons, as Feller struck out to prevent further damage.
Feller had runners on base all afternoon, but he was able to keep them from crossing home plate.
Chicago had a pair of two-out singles in the first, but could not score. They had two on with one out in the third, but Tony Lupien was caught stealing after a strikeout by Luke Appling to erase the threat.
Feller could not escape trouble in the fifth after a triple by Cass Michaels with one out. Feller got his counterpart to fly out to left, but a single by Ralph Hodgin drove the runner in with Chicago’s first run of the game.
The Indians pushed their lead to 5-1 in the sixth. Hegan doubled to lead off the inning and moved to third on a fielder’s choice sacrifice bunt by Feller, with Feller reaching at first. Dale Mitchell’s single to left scored Hegan and moved Feller to second. A groundout by Allie Clark forced Feller at third, but Boudreau dropped in a single to left to score Mitchell with the fifth run of the day.
The White Sox scored again in the bottom of the frame. Appling doubled to lead off the inning and moved to third on an error by Gordon. Pat Seerey grounded back to Keltner at third, preventing the run from scoring, and Dave Philley popped out to Robinson at first, but Aaron Robinson doubled to center to score Appling and make it a 5-2 game.
A two-out RBI-double by Mitchell in the seventh scored Hegan from second and increased the score to its final 6-2 tally.
Feller had two on with one out in the seventh and two on with two out in the ninth, but again was able to work out of trouble for the win.
Wight (7-13) pitched seven innings for the White Sox before being lifted. He allowed six earned runs on eleven hits. He walked five and struck out four.
Feller (12-13) finished his complete game effort with two runs allowed. He walked one, struck out two, and allowed eleven hits on the game. He stranded ten Sox runners on base. It was the first time in eight games that Feller has completed a start.
Boudreau finished the afternoon with four hits in five at bats to push his season batting average to .358. Mitchell and Doby each had three hits a piece, with Mitchell driving in a pair and Doby knocking in three.
Bob Lemon (15-10, 3.03 ERA) will start the day’s second game for the Indians. His ERA is over three for the first time this season after allowing five earned runs in each of his last two games. Joe Haynes (5-8, 3.75) is expected to start for the White Sox.