BOSTON RED SOX ...
CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
Denny Galehouse baffles the Yankees
August 11, 1948
... Manager Joe McCarthy pitched Denny
Galehouse and the veteran right-hander set down the Yankees with
eight scattered hits for a 5 to 2 triumph, giving the Red Sox their
second straight victory over New York at the Stadium. Dave Ferriss
was originally scheduled to hurl in the morning, but McCarthy
switched to Galehouse. He didn't let his manager down and chalked up
his fifth victory of the season.
The Yankees got to Galehouse for
runs in the first and third innings, but after that he was invincible, striking
out three and walking only one. In the last six innings he was in only one jam,
and thanks to some brilliant fielding by Dom DiMaggio, he pitched himself out of
it very nicely.
In the meantime, his teammates led by Johnny Pesky, who knocked out a double
and a triple, and Ted Williams, who slammed his 19th home run, pounded out 12
hits against Allie Reynolds and two other pitchers. Reynolds, who had previously
beat the Red Sox twice, was charged with his sixth defeat and the first by
Boston this year.
A pair of two run innings in the fifth and seventh, sewed up the decision of
the Sox. There were behind 2 to 1, with Reynolds moving along nicely, when Pesky
lined a triple to right-center between Tommy Henrich and Joe DiMaggio, to open
the fifth. Ted Williams drew a walk and then Vern Stephens made a great bid for
a home run, as Charlie Keller raced all the way back to the fence to make a
backhanded stab in the clutch. After the catch, Pesky was able to trot home
easily to even the score. The RBI for Stephens brought his season's total to 98,
keeping him in the lead of the American League. Williams however, was next cut
down at the plate on a fielder's choice after Bobby Doerr had singled in the
third. But Billy Goodman brought Bobby home from second base to put the Red Sox
out in front 3 to 2.
In the seventh inning, Williams led off with his home run just inside the
left-field foul line. It was his third home run of the year to left-field, with
the other two coming in Boston in Cleveland. Reynolds succeeded in getting out
the next two batters, before he walked Spence and Goodman. Matt Batts then
bounced a single off his glove, that went into centerfield, getting Spence home
and sending Goodman over to third. When Reynolds walked Galehouse, Frank Miller
came in to relieve him and ended the rally, but the Sox were up 5 to 2.
Galehouse, who had been more valuable to the Sox as relief pitcher, permitted
only one man to reach over the last three innings. He retired the last seven men
he faced in order.