BOSTON RED SOX ...
CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
Philly gets to Ferriss in the eighth inning
July 3, 1948 ... The
surprising visitors from Philadelphia chalked up their fifth
consecutive win by an 8 to 2 score, at the too friendly Fenway Park.
The A's remained close to the AL roof with their latest success, as
the Red Sox fell another notch behind, in their struggle to get back
in the pennant race.
Dick Fowler held the Sox well in hand by
limiting the team to seven hits. He was involved in a tight pitching battle with
Dave Ferriss for seven innings. His lead was a scanty 2 to 1, until the A's went
on a four-run rampage in the eighth-inning.
Ferriss was very effective in the clutch for seven innings. He was clipped
for two runs in the second inning after two were out. Pete Suder and Fowler
singled in succession and then Eddie Joost doubled off the wall in center to
chase two baserunners home.
The Sox got one back in the fourth when Fowler gave up an opening single to
Ted Williams. After Vern Stephens lined out, Wally Moses doubled to right,
moving Ted over to third. Fowler gave Doerr an intentional pass to load the
bases and then continued his generosity with Billy Goodman, although not on
purpose, to force in Williams. Fowler then disposed of Birdie Tebbetts and
Ferris to prevent any additional damage.
The game went along with Philly leading 2 to 1 until the eighth-inning, when
Ferriss gave up four runs. Mickey McDermott came in and gave up two runs in the
ninth by walking five Philadelphia batters.
Singles by Billy Goodman and Tebbetts in the ninth resulted in the Red Sox
second run. On the bright side was Billy Goodman's batting streak. He connected
for single in his last at bat to extend his streak to 11 games. Ferriss pitched
runless, two-hit ball from the third inning through the seventh, before fading.
Ted Williams went back over the .400 Mark with two hits in three times at bat.
The only time he was retired was in the fifth inning when he tried to push and
hit through the vacated shortstop position, but Eddie Joost made a terrific
player in just nailed him at first.
During batting practice, Earl Johnson was chasing flyballs and sprained his
left ankle. He had the ankle packed in ice and then wrapped up before going over
to Saint Elizabeth's hospital for x-rays.