August 15, 1948
Cleveland’s Bob Lemon became baseball’s first 16-game winner this season behind an 8-0 complete game shutout of the White Sox on Sunday, completing the series sweep in Chicago.
Lemon (16-10) has shut out the Sox twice this season and has seven total on the year.
He allowed singles in the first and second innings and erased the runners on with a caught stealing and a double play. In the third, he allowed a pair of two-out hits with no damage and, in the fourth, allowed the White Sox to load the bases with two outs before striking out Mike Tresh to end the inning.
The Indians had a runner reach base in the second and third innings, but were unable to advance them home. The run of stranded runners ended in the fourth.
An infield single by Lou Boudreau off of Joe Haynes to second base led off the inning. A groundout by Eddie Robinson to first baseman Tony Lupien moved Boudreau to second. Joe Gordon flied out to the wall in right for the second out, but Larry Doby continued his productive day at the plate with an RBI-single to left, scoring his skipper and giving the Indians a 1-0 lead.
Haynes (5-9) was good on the mound through the first seven innings, allowing just one Cleveland run. That all changed in the eighth.
Still ahead just 1-0, the Indians got a leadoff double to right by Jim Hegan. A groundout to first by Lemon moved Hegan to third. Dale Mitchell, who like Doby and Boudreau had a productive day at the plate, drove in his fourth run of the day with an RBI-single to center to make it 2-0 in favor of Cleveland.
Thurman Tucker pushed Mitchell over to second with a walk and Boudreau singled to right to drive in Tucker with the third run of the game. Robinson knocked in an unearned run of his own as the right fielder Ralph Hodgin dropped his fly ball, allowing Tucker to score from second.
With a comfortable 4-0 lead, the Indians doubled their efforts in the ninth. Hegan doubled to the wall in left center field to lead off his second straight inning. After an out by Lemon, Mitchell tripled to left center, scoring Hegan. Tucker reached on an error at second by Don Kolloway, allowing Mitchell to score. Boudreau tripled in Tucker with his shot to the right field wall, which ended the night for Haynes. Frank Papish, who came on in relief, threw a wild pitch with Robinson at the plate, which allowed Boudreau to score from third with the eighth and final run of the game.
Haynes (5-9) allowed 12 hits in the game in eight and one-third innings of work. He was charged with five earned runs and eight in total.
Lemon retired each of the final 12 batters in order to end the game. He allowed seven hits in his scoreless complete game effort, striking out three and walking one.
With three more hits in the second game, Boudreau finished Sunday with seven hits in ten at bats and pushed his batting average to .361. He drove in three runs on the day.
Second baseman Gordon exited the game in the fourth inning with a minor sprained ankle and was replaced by Johnny Berardino. It was the first game for Berardino since injuring a toe last week against the Detroit Tigers.
While limiting the White Sox to just four runs in the four-game series against them, the Indians pitching staff surrendered 31 hits.
With a pair of wins and now five consecutive victories, the Indians extended their lead in the American League over the New York Yankees, who were swept in a doubleheader against the Philadelphia Athletics, by two full games. The A’s lost no ground with their victories and moved into second place, as the Boston Red Sox fell a game further back and into third place after earning a split in their twinbill with the Washington Senators.
The Indians will return home to Cleveland for six games, beginning Tuesday with the St. Louis Browns in a pair of night games at the Stadium.
Gene Bearden (11-3, 2.56 ERA) will start the opener. He defeated the Browns, 26-3, in his last start and has won three straight decisions. He is 2-0 against St. Louis this season and the Indians are 8-5 overall.