September 6, 1948
The second game of today’s doubleheader in Chicago may be a bit comparative to the Indians season. After a great start, with lots of promise, the game slowly faded into the darkness and despite a 1-0 victory by the Tribe over the Chicago White Sox, it just might not be enough.
The game was called just after 7 p.m. on the south side of Chicago due to darkness, limiting the contest to just one hour and 21 minutes of playing time. The twin bill fell behind due to rain keeping the first game from starting on time, then another 48-minute rain delay in the first inning of that game. Despite the victory, the Boston Red Sox won again in Washington and the Indians completed their 16-game road trip four and a half games in back of first place.
Cleveland threatened to score in the top of the first inning when Larry Doby tripled to right field with two outs, but White Sox starter Randy Gumpert struck out Joe Gordon to kill the rally. In the second inning, Cleveland scored the only run of the game when Ken Keltner and Lou Boudreau singled to start the inning. Boudreau’s base hit moved Keltner to third base. After Eddie Robinson flew out to shallow center field, Jim Hegan flew deep enough to right field for Keltner to touch home. With a 1-0 lead, the Indians would not log another hit in the game.
Feller, meanwhile, was just as tough on Chicago. He allowed just three hits himself. Taffy Wright singled to left field to start the second inning and Don Kolloway did the same to start the third inning. Sacrifice bunts moved each into scoring position, but the White Sox could not score either with two chances in each inning. With the sun setting, Wright singled to left field to start the bottom of the seventh for his second hit.
But after Feller got the next three hitters to fly out, the umpires deemed it too dark to play and called the game. Feller (15-14) earns a shortened complete game, allowing just three hits while shutting out the White Sox. It’s the first time Feller has had a winning record since May 30. While it appears Feller has found his form, it may be too late to help the Tribe this season.
Gumpert (2-6) suffers a tough luck loss. His three hits were in the first two innings, the last two resulting in the only run scored.
Today’s twin bill concludes the Indians last major road trip of the season. They have just a three-game series in Detroit remaining, otherwise the Indians are home for the remainder of their 23 games. The Tribe was just 8-8 on this final trip. They had been 6-5 before losing two of three in St. Louis and splitting today’s doubleheader in Chicago.
Cleveland is idle on Tuesday before opening a three-game series at Municipal Stadium with the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday.
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