BOSTON RED SOX ...
CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
Bob Lemon knocks out the Sox
August 25, 1948
... The Red Sox were evicted from the American
League penthouse when Bob Lemon shut them out, 9 to 0, at Fenway
Park. Lemon hung up his 17th win and 8th shutout of the season, not
only with his four hit pitching, but with a brilliant display of his
Lemon took command of the game and stopped the
five-game Red Sox winning streak. He gave up half of his four hits in the
opening inning before his teammates were able to score a run. And he hit a ball
off the fence for a double during the four run Indian uprising in the second
inning, that sent starter Denny Galehouse to the bench and settled the issue.
The Indians ripped Galehouse and Dave Ferriss apart. They knocked out 19 base
hits when Larry Doby and manager Lou Boudreau, each had three hits apiece
including a home run each.
A doubleplay allowed Galehouse to survive the opening inning, but he wasn't
so fortunate in the second. With one out, Doby drilled a single to center, going
to third on Eddie Robinson's single to right. Jim Hegan put a dent in the fence
with a single that scored Doby. Lemon's double off the fence brought in
Robinson. A long fly ball out to Dom DiMaggio in center by Dale Mitchell,
brought in Hegan, and Lemon scored when Allie Clarke singled, making it 4 to 0.
That finished Galehouse and his successor Dave Ferriss was no improvement. He
got out of the second inning, but over the rest of the game he was clipped for
12 hits and five runs. A Doby triple, sandwiched between singles from Joe Gordon
and Robinson, produced two Indian runs in the third inning. A pass to Ken
Keltner, a single by Gordon and an infield out were good for a single run in the
fourth. The final two Cleveland runs were produced by home runs. Boudreau
homered into the left-field nets in the sixth inning and Doby knocked one into
the far turn of the right field grandstand in the eighth.
Only three times, the Red Sox managed to put a couple of men on base during
the same inning, but no one got as far as third-base. In the first inning Johnny
Pesky and Ted Williams singled in succession, but Vern Stephens hit into a
doubleplay. With two gone in the seventh, Stan Spence walked and Billy Goodman
beat out a bunt and that was it.
Red Sox pitchers had been hit for 17 runs and 34 hits in two games. The
Indians have hit Sox pitching for 23 home runs this year. Doby has hit five of