Bob Kennedy starts a triple play in the top of the fifth inning, but it is not enough as the second place Cleveland Indians fall to the first place Detroit Tigers by a 4-1 final.
Indians starter Bob Lemon gave up a first inning grand slam to the Tigers’ Johnny Groth before Cleveland cut into the Detroit lead in the bottom of the fourth on an RBI-groundout from Lemon. Back out on the mound for the fifth, Lemon walked the leadoff man, Jerry Priddy, and Don Kolloway followed with a single to right to Kennedy. The inning’s third batter, George Kell, hit a short line drive to right that looked like it was going to drop in for a base hit. Instead, the charging Kennedy made a shoestring catch and threw to second base where shortstop Ray Boone was able to force Priddy out at second. Boone then threw to first base, where Luke Easter was able to retire Kolloway before he could return safely to the bag.
It was the fourth triple play of the season and the second in the American League. It is the first one for the Indians since May 10, 1948. The Tigers improved to 68-38 with the win and pushed their lead to three and a half games over the 67-44 Indians.
Coincidentally enough, Cleveland Stadium would host baseball’s next triple play just two days later. Dale Mitchell lined out into a triple play with the bases loaded in the second inning, with St. Louis’ third baseman catching the liner, stepping on third to retire Kennedy, and throwing to second to nab Ray Murray for the third out.
Also on this date in Tribe History:
1951 – Al Rosen hits a first inning grand slam to pace Early Wynn to his 13th win of the season and the Indians’ 13th win in a row as Cleveland defeats the St. Louis Browns, 9-4. Rosen’s homer was his 21st of the year and gave him 84 RBI on the season. The Browns’ Ned Garver, who dropped to 14-7, gave up seven first inning runs. The first place Indians improved to 72-39, two and a half games ahead of the New York Yankees.
2002 – Covelli “Coco” Crisp makes his Major League debut with Cleveland, going 0-for-4 but stealing his first base in a 4-3 loss by the Indians to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. The Indians would get a tie-breaking two-run home run in the top of the ninth from Karim Garcia, but Mark Wohlers allowed the walk-off, two-out, three-run home run to Andy Sheets on a 3-2 pitch to lose it.
2014 – Cleveland walks off a winner as Mike Aviles homers to lead off the bottom of the eleventh inning to send the Indians home the victor over the Baltimore Orioles, 2-1. Corey Kluber allowed one run in seven and two-thirds as Bryan Shaw allowed his inherited run to score in the eighth to tie the game. The win moved the third place Indians one game over the .500 mark.