Vern Stephens' HR ties the game and
Stan Spence's HR wins it,
as the Sox sweep Washington

VERN STEPHENS HOMERS

ON THIS DATE (August 20, 1948) ... On the wings of Vern Stephens' 24th home run, with two aboard and two outs, in the ninth-inning of the opening game, the Red Sox caught fire at Fenway Park. They pulled out a 5 to 4, 10 inning victory on Stan Spence's walkoff home run and then overwhelmed the Washington Senators, 10 to 4, in the second game.

The first game ended with the Sox emerging from the very brink of defeat, and was a personal triumph for Stephens and Spence, but it was proper justice for Mel Parnell in escaping defeat, and a heartbreaker for Ray Scarborough, the Senators' pitcher, who was but one batter away from a well-deserved 4 to 1 victory.

Scarborough had left ten men on base and had erased pinch hitting Wally Moses and Dom DiMaggio in the home half of the 9th inning. Then things started to happen. Johnny Pesky doubled to the base of the scoreboard in left-center and Ted Williams drew his 90th walk of the season. Up came Vern Stephens and he took Scarborough's first pitch high and far over the left-field net for the home run that tied the game.

Scarborough then retired Bobby Doerr to end the inning, but he was back on the mound before he could catch his breath. Earl Johnson came on to pitch the 10th inning for the Sox, and threw just six pitches to retire three men. Spence led off Sox half of the 10th, and looked at a strike, then fouled off the pitch and then took a ball, before connecting with the next one for the walkoff home run into the visitors bullpen.

The Red Sox first run was scored when DiMaggio doubled and Pesky singled in the seventh. It was the first breakthrough on the effective pitching from Scarborough. Right from the beginning, Parnell appeared insufficiently warmed up, but only one run of the two scored by Washington was earned. He then settled down to pitch brilliant baseball, allowing the Nats hardly anything until Junior Wooten singled to open the ninth. He faced only 25 men in that seventh inning stretch.

Jack Kramer got his 14th win in the second game. DiMaggio did his part to erase a 2-0, Senators lead when he clouted a grand slam home run into left field screen, highlighting a seven run second inning. Williams and Doerr followed with home runs in the fifth inning.

 

F   E   N   W   A   Y     P   A   R   K

 

Game #1

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
 

WASHINGTON SENATORS

3

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

4

5

0

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

3

1

 

5

11

2

 

 

W-Earl Johnson (6-2)
L-Ray Scarborough (11-7)
Attendance - 15,865

 2B-Stephens (Bost), Batts (Bost), Williams (Bost),
 DiMaggio (Bost), Pesky (Bost)

 HR-Stephens (Bost), Spence (Bost)

 

 

F   E   N   W   A   Y     P   A   R   K

 

Game #2

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
 

WASHINGTON SENATORS

1

1

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

 

 

4

9

1

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

0

7

0

1

2

0

0

0

x

 

 

10

9

2

 

 

W-Jack Kramer (14-4)
L-Earl Harrist (4-6)

 2B-Christman (Wash)

 HR-DiMaggio (Bost), Williams (Bost), Doerr (Bost)