THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 2 ...
A POWERFUL RED SOX TEAM FAILS
IN THE WORLD SERIES ...
The Red Sox get shut out again by St. Louis
June 20, 1946 ... The back pedaling Red Sox couldn't prevent their league lead from diminishing to 6 1/2 games, as the Browns swept the
current series with a 2-0 win behind lefty Sam Zoldak. Except for Joe Dobson, who settled down and struck out nine batters after a shaky start, which saw the Browns get both their runs in the first inning, the Sox looked like a bunch of minor leaguers in their unsuccessful attempt at breaking out of their slump.
They suffered their second straight shutout and fourth of the season. They ran their scoreless innings streak to 24. They set a new seasons losing streak mark for in a row. They lost their second series in succession. Their current collapse stands through seven setbacks in their last eight
Not one Boston batter advanced beyond first base as is Zoldak spread out four hits, three of which were Texas Leaguer's. He walked only two and struck out two, with three doubleplays helping him.
After the first inning, Dobson was almost as hot, but it was too late. Joe started things by walking Chuck Stevens to start the game. Johnny Berardino pushed a hit and run single to right field, and Jeff Heath pushed a half swing glancing single between short and third to score Stevens. Chet
Laabs scorched one down to Mike Higgins which bounced off his foot and bounded high into center field, while Berardino came home and he ran to third. After the first inning, the Browns had their 2-0 lead and that was the scoring. Just two more Browns made it to first base after that, both in
the seventh inning.
Dom DiMaggio worked out lightly before tonight's game with an elastic bandage wrapped around his leg. Leon Culberson pulled a muscle on Tuesday night and also wore an elastic bandage. Ted Williams had a swollen ankle after bouncing a foul ball off it in the same game. After a long massage by
trainer Win Green, Bill Butland threw briskly just before Dobson started to warm up.