THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

MEL PARNELL

BOSTON RED SOX ...
THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
A
SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
Mel Parnell is almost perfect against the Senators

August 13, 1948 ... The Red Sox, behind the brilliant pitching of Mel Parnell, beat the Washington Senators, 6 to 2, in the opener of a four-game series at Griffith Stadium. Parnell, in chalking up his ninth win of the year, pitched seven innings of hitless ball, as he led the Red Sox to their third straight triumph and their second win in six games here this season.

The southpaw had only one bad inning, as he limited the Senators to just four hits and two runs. That was in the seventh inning, when they bunched together three base hits for their first run, after being blanked without a hit for 6 1/3 innings.

In the meantime, the Sox touched Early Wynn for 10 hits, with Dom DiMaggio, Johnny Pesky and Bobby Doerr leading the attack, with two hits each. It was Wynn's 13th loss of the year and his third to the Red Sox.

For 2 2/3 innings it looked as if both pitchers were in an airtight pitching duel. Wynn had retired nine men in order, but Parnell got the game's first hit to center. DiMaggio followed with a double to left and Parnell raced all the way home from first to give the Red Sox a 1 to 0 lead. Parnell also figured in the fourth inning rally. Doerr led off with a single and Stan Spence doubled him to third. Billy Goodman scored Doerr with a sacrifice fly to deep center, sending Spence to third. After Matt Batts had been purposely walked, to load the bases and face Parnell, Mel flied out to left, deep enough for Spence to race in with the third Boston run.

Vern Stephens drove in his 99th RBI with a 405 foot fly ball to centerfield in the fifth that scored Pesky. Both Pesky and Williams had led off the inning with singles.. The Sox shortstop also had a hand in the fifth run of the game in the seventh inning, when catcher Al Evans hit him in the back as he was trying to beat out a ball to first. The wild throw enabled Pesky, who had singled to race in from second base.

The final run, in the eighth-inning, was also helped along by a wild throw from Wynn, as he threw the ball, on Batts' sacrifice bunt, away, after Billy Goodman singled to center. Goodman ended up on third-base and a perfect squeeze bunt by DiMaggio, brought him home.

Parnell in the meantime was rolling along easily, with only three men reaching base on walks during the first six innings. Nobody was able to reach third base, but with one away in the seventh Mark Christman lined a base hit into centerfield for a double. Junior Wooten scored him with a single to center and Al Evans scored Wooton with a double to right.

The Senators had a brief rally in the ninth as Parnell walked Wooten with one out. He was moved to second on a ground ball and then Evans singled to left moving the runner over to third. It ended with Wynn grounding out to Vern Stephens.

The win gave the Red Sox and even season split between the two teams in 10 games.

 

at Griffith Stadium (Washington, D.C.) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

1

2

1

0

1

1

0

 

6

10

0

WASHINGTON SENATORS

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

1

 

2

4

2

W-Mel Parnell (9-6)
L-Early Wynn (7-13)
Attendance 18,000

2B-DiMaggio (Bost), Spence (Bost),
Christman (Wash), Evans (Wash)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 5 0 2 .265  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 4 2 2 .283  

 

Ted Williams lf 4 0 1 .386  

 

Vern Stephens ss 5 0 0 .279  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 5 1 2 .283  

 

Stan Spence rf 4 1 1 .218  

 

Billy Goodman 1b 4 1 1 .300  

 

Matt Batts c 2 0 0 .344  

 

Mel Parnell p 4 1 1 .160  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Mel Parnell 9 4 2 5 1  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Cleveland Indians 64 42 -

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 65 44 1/2

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 63 44 1 1/2

 

 

New York Yankees 60 44 3

 

 

Detroit Tigers 50 55 13 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Browns 43 62 20 1/2

 

 

Washington Senators 43 63 21

 

 

Chicago White Sox 36 70 28