WILLIAMS & HUGHSON
THE CURSE OF
THE BAMBINO, PART 4
FALLING SHORT AT THE END AGAIN
Sox win on Ted
May 28, 1949 ... Tex
Hughson protected a one run margin for 4 1/3 innings, that was gained
on Ted Williams' 10th home run of the year, for a 5 to 4 win over the
Washington Senators. Hughson allowed only three hits in gaining his
second victory of the year.
Jack Kramer started for the Sox, making
his first attempt in nearly two weeks. He lasted less than five innings, giving
up four runs, nine hits, walking four and hitting a batter. The Red Sox gave him
a 4 to 0 lead in the third inning.
Dom DiMaggio doubled off the left centerfield wall after Kramer had reached
on a hit. Johnny Pesky nearly decapitated starting pitcher Ray Scarborough with
a line drive past his ear that scored both baserunners. Williams singled Pesky
to third and was held at second, with Pesky scoring, when Vern Stephens singled
Scarborough was yanked in favor of Dick Welteroth, who got Doerr on a tapper
back to him, that put Williams on third. Ted scored when Billy Goodman flew a
sacrifice fly to center, for the fourth Red Sox run.
In the top of the fifth, Washington knocked Kramer out of the game, scoring
four runs on four hits and two walks. Al Kozar, Sherry Robertson and Vollmer all
singled, accounting for the first run. Eddie Robinson flew out to left to score
Robertson with a sacrifice fly. With two outs, Kramer couldn't find the plate
and walked both Yost and Dente. A two run single to left by the weak hitting Al
Evans, produced a tie game and the end of Kramer's day. Hughson came in and got
Welteroth on a groundout.
Williams homered quickly to open up the fifth inning and put the Sox back in
the lead. The drive came on the first pitch and landed flush against the
Senators bullpen wall, ultimately deciding the game for the Sox. It was Ted's
fourth home run at Fenway Park so far this year.
Hughson had to protect the one run lead in the ninth when the Senators loaded
the bases with one out. Sherry Robertson doubled off the right field grandstand
wall to start the rally. Clyde Vollmer dropped a ball in between Al Zarilla,
Doerr and Goodman in right, that moved Robertson over to third, as Vollmer slid
into second with a double. Hughson then walked Eddie Robinson to set up the
potential double-play and the bases were full.
Washington needed only a long fly ball to tie up the game. But Hughson got
the dangerous Eddie Yost on strikes for the second out on four pitches. He then
got Sam Dente to ground out to Goodman to end the game.