TIGER MOMENTUM SLOWED BY SHORT-STOP GROTESQUERIES IN 6-4 LOSS
By Calvin J. Butterworth
May 7, 1924
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS—With a chance to gain ground on both Washington and New York, Detroit soiled their silver platters in a most foul manner today at Comiskey Park.
After Cobb drew a free pass from Red Faber to begin the contest, Rigney and Bassler both singled to give the Tigers a quick 1-0 lead and produce visions of more Sox bludgeoning in their heads. But after Heilman plated the second run with a long fly, things went decidedly sour. They left two runners adrift in that frame, then failed to score in the 2nd after filling the sacks with one out. A boot by short-stop Rigney helped Chicago score a run that same inning, and after four Sox singles put the Tigers behind in the 3rd, Hooper's double play grounder was stumbled over again by Rigney, leading to the fourth and fifth tallies. From there the Tigers played as though in a dream state, bouncing into twin killings and leaving further runners stranded whenever possible. Barrett's two shortstop errors for the enemy side led to their other two runs, but Faber proved iron-sided when he needed to be, and the contest was hopelessly lost.
Even more distressing was the foot injury to Lu Blue, who will miss three of the four critical upcoming games at Griffith Stadium. Ed Wells faces Sarge Connally in tomorrow's finale, before the luggage is rolled back on the train. Cobb was unusually quiet after the game, but vowed to reporters his club would rebound in fine style. This one, however, has his doubts.
DET 200 010 100 - 4 10 2
CHI 014 100 00x - 6 11 2
Other American League games:
ATHLETICS 4-8-0, at YANKEES 1-8-0
Boos rain down on the Bambino nonstop, as he whiffs twice in three hitless tries and the Gothamites never combine two hits together against Stan Baumgarten, now 4-1 on the season. Joe Bush pitches adequately, but a Hauser triple and Lamar homer do him in as New York drops to 3-8 at Yankee Stadium.
at RED SOX 3-5-1, SENATORS 1-2-1
After a few days of rampant hit-making, the Nats turn in another drowsy effort, letting Howard Ehmke hypnotize them from start to finish. Ira Flagstead's leadoff homer into the Fenway bleachers off Ogden proves the game-winner.
BROWNS 6-11-0, at INDIANS 0-3-1
In another sleepwalking affair, Cleveland is at the low end of Ernie Wingard's second shutout, as Coveleski gets battered mercilessly by the Brownies. The larger news here is the two-week injury to St. Louis' only home run threat Ken Williams, which should keep them from making any headway in the tough American race.
|AMERICAN LEAGUE through Wednesday, May 7|
|Chicago White Sox||14||8||.636||0.5|
|New York Yankees||12||10||.545||2.5|
|Boston Red Sox||10||12||.455||4.5|
|St. Louis Browns||10||13||.435||5|