BOSTON RED SOX ...
CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
tough one in Washington
May 27, 1948 ... No
May 28, 1948 ... Neither
the pitching of Mel Parnell or a blazing rally in the ninth-inning,
that filled the bases with two men out, could rescue the Red Sox from
a 2 to 1 defeat at the hands of pitcher Ray Scarborough and the
Washington Senators before 13,500 people. A seventh-inning single by
pinch-hitter Early Wynn, that sent Carden Gillenwater home from
second base, broke a 1 to 1 tie.
But what pulled the spectators out
of their seats at Griffith Stadium, was the Red Sox rally in the ninth-inning.
With one man out, manager Joe McCarthy sent Wally Moses in to pinch-hit for
Parnell against Tom Ferrick. Moses responded with a single to center and then
Johnny Pesky poked a single to left. Ted Williams hit an easy ground ball to
shortstop Johnny Sullivan, who had an easy force out at second, but slipped and
fell as he turned to the bag and Williams got a gift base hit, that loaded the
bases. Up came Stan Spence and he went to a three and one count and then twice
fouled off pitches. With the runners on the move Spence lifted a fly ball to
right that Tom McBride gathered in for the game saving final out.
The Sox went out in front in the fourth inning when Billy Goodman singled to
left, took second on Pesky's walk and scored when Spence hit a hard grounder
that the starting shortstop, Sam Meeks, fumbled for an error. They went into the
sixth inning with Mel Parnell boasting a string of 14 consecutive scoreless
innings against Washington, but Eddie Yost led off with a triple to center and
scored on Gil Coan's fly the left-field that tied the score.
It was the first time the Senators have beat the Red Sox this year as the Sox
and won their three previous game. The defeat but the Red Sox into seventh place
with only the Chicago White Sox behind them.