THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

BOSTON RED SOX ...
THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
A
SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
Mel Parnell losses a
tough one in Washington

May 27, 1948 ... No game scheduled

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.

 

at Griffith Stadium (Washington) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

 

1

9

0

WASHINGTON SENATORS

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

x

 

2

7

1

W-Ray Scarborough (3-1)
S-Tom Ferrick (4)
L-Mel Parnell (1-2)
Attendance 13,521

2B-Williams (Bost)
3B-Yost (Wash)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Billy Goodman 1b 5 1 1 .296  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 4 0 1 .269  

 

Ted Williams lf 5 0 2 .375  

 

Stan Spence rf 5 0 0 .279  

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 2 0 2 .250  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 3 0 0 .256  

 

Vern Stephens ss 3 0 0 .255  

 

Matt Batts c 4 0 0 .240  

 

Mel Parnell p 3 0 2 .167  

 

Wally Moses ph 1 0 1 .282  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Mel Parnell 8 7 2 2 6  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 23 10 -

 

 

Cleveland Indians 20 9 1

 

 

New York Yankees 18 13 4

 

 

Detroit Tigers 17 18 7

 

 

St. Louis Browns 14 15 7

 

 

Washington Senators 14 19 9

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 13 19 9 1/2

 

 

Chicago White Sox 7 23 14 1/2