August 30, 1948
Lots of early run support gave Indians Satchel Paige plenty of room to pitch, as Cleveland walloped Washington, 10-1, on Monday evening to earn a series win.
Paige (6-1), making his fifth start of the season for the Indians, was solid. He went the distance, keeping the ball out of a battered Cleveland bullpen for at least a day. He issued one walk with seven hits and allowed just one Senators player to cross home plate successfully. Washington logged just three of those hits prior to the eighth inning. He struck out five batters and lowered his season ERA to 1.66.
The Indians got to right-hander Ray Scarborough (12-8) right out of the gate, but he faced just three batters in the first inning before leaving the ball game with a pulled right leg muscle. After getting Dale Mitchell to ground out to second, Wally Judnich doubled to right and Lou Boudreau walked. Mickey Haefner relieved Scarborough.
Joe Gordon drew a walk to load the bases and Ken Keltner pushed a run across with a groundout to third. The throw retired the runner at second for the inning’s second out, but Judnich scored to give Cleveland a 1-0 tally. A walk to Larry Doby reloaded the bases, and Eddie Robinson drove two in as first baseman Mickey Vernon could not cleanly field his ground ball near the foul line, giving the Indians a 3-0 lead.
Cleveland added another run in the third. Gordon sent a one-out double to right. After the second out of the inning and Doby was hit by a pitch on his back, Robinson again drove runs in, this time with a two-out, two-run double off of the wall in right field. The Indians now led the Senators, 5-0.
The Indians pushed the lead to seven runs in the fourth with some two-out magic. Judnich worked a walk and advanced to third on a single to right by Boudreau. With runners on the corners, Gordon sent a triple to deep center field, scoring both runners.
Doby added a run in the sixth with a two-out RBI-double to right field, scoring Boudreau from third after his one-out single. Catcher Jim Hegan delivered a two-out, two-run triple to deep left in the eighth to score Keltner and Doby to give the Indians a ten-run advantage.
Washington scored their lone run in the bottom of the eighth. Eddie Yost and Al Evans reached on consecutive singles to start the inning and one batter later, Yost scored on a single to right by Gil Coan.
Boudreau started, played, and had a pair of hits despite a swollen right hand sustained in yesterday’s nightcap of the doubleheader. He lifted himself when the game got out of hand for the Nats. When three balls came to him at short on the evening, the Indians manager threw with only four fingers.
Paige pitched through what was described to be gastric pains, especially throughout the eighth inning, his worst inning of the night.
Boston was idle on the evening, so the win cut the deficit for Cleveland in the American League to one and one-half games. The Indians still trail the New York Yankees for second place by one-half game.
The Indians will head to Shibe Park in Philadelphia to begin a series with the fourth-place Athletics starting Tuesday. Gene Bearden (12-6, 2.89 ERA) is expected to be the Indians starter for the opener.
Photo: AP Photo/George Brace