August 22, 1948
The Indians now find themselves in a precarious position as a big series with the Red Sox looms.
A ninth-inning rally was stalled as the Tribe dropped a 4-3 decision before more than 57,000 fans in the nightcap of a doubleheader against the White Sox, who have taken three of four from the Tribe in this series. Prior to that, they had beaten the Indians three times in the previous 15 matchups.
With the loss, the Indians’ lead over Boston has been trimmed to half a game. The Red Sox beat the Senators 4-2 on Sunday. Steve Gromek is expected to take the hill for the Tribe in the first game of the series, and Crimson Hose manager “Marse Joe” McCarthy is expected to give the nod to Joe Dobson.
The Indians were in a 4-2 hole going into the ninth when Eddie Robinson singled off White Sox reliever Glen Moulder. Player-manager Lou Boudreau pinch-hit for Joe Tipton, and Wally Judnich drew a walk. Allie Clark, pinch-hitting for starter Gene Bearden, singled to right field to score Bob Lemon, pinch-running for Robinson, and put the potential tying run on third base.
The Indians got on the board first in the second inning, when Thurman Tucker tagged White Sox starter Marino Pieretti for a solo home run to right field, Tucker’s first round-tripper of the year. In the third inning, with the bases loaded, Boudreau grounded into a double play, which scored Gene Bearden and left the bases empty with two outs for Ken Keltner, who hit an infield fly.
In the top of the fifth, with the Indians leading 2-0, Bearden gave up back-to-back singles to Don Kolloway and Tony Lupien, followed by a two-run double to center field by Luke Appling to tie the game at two. The next batter, former Tribesman Pat Seerey, belted a home run to give the White Sox a lead they would not relinquish. It was Seerey’s 16th home run this year for the White Sox. He hit one home run for the Indians before he was dealt to Chicago in June.
Bearden pitched himself out of a jam in the sixth, getting Cass Michaels to ground out with the bases loaded to end another scoring threat. Bearden went the distance, taking the loss and dropping his record to 12-4.
The Indians got together a scoring threat in the second, with runners at first and second with one out, but Dale Mitchell hit a line drive that was snared by Seerey, and Larry Doby hit a fly to Seerey in left field. Pieretti got the win to even his record at 8-8.
Boudreau went hitless in the game, marking the end of his 13-game hitting streak.
Cleveland is idle tomorrow as they will travel to Boston to embark on a three-game series with the Red Sox. The three-game series is the beginning of a six-city, 17-game road trip. It will be their last trip to the east coast, including stops with pennant contenders Boston and New York this week.