By Calvin J. Butterworth
May 29, 1924
Surely this cannot go on, this wasteland of bat ash, this evaporating sea of a once-liquid offense. For when a veteran pitcher as consistently poor as David C. Danforth renders every Tiger in the lineup impotent, including His Royal Cobbness, it is high time a voodoo doctor was summoned.
Mr Danforth came into this series finale with St. Louis sporting a 1-7 mark, having allowed 89 hits in 56 innings. The Tigers went out and managed but four, all singles. Meanwhile, the usually reliable Ed Wells was positively Danforthian, serving triples to Gerber, Williams and McManus, and was abducted from the hill before the sun had set on the 5th inning.
For their part, Detroit mustered two runs after a lone Browns tally in the 1st with three walks and two singles, but the cupboard went dry thereafter. Singles from Manush and Rigney in the 3rd and 9th were the only nicks in Danforth's masterpiece, as the portsider retired 15 straight at one juncture. Cobb's pitiful 0-for-4 showing gave him no room to scold others in the club house later, where he locked himself in his office away from the teeming press horde.
The Tigers will train down to Cleveland tomorrow to play two holiday games against a team going through a phase more horrific than their own, so perhaps things will turn. The Indians are a mere 4-10 in their League Park games and Speaker is laid up throughout the weekend.
STL 102 020 000 - 5 10 0
DET 200 000 000 - 2 4 0
Other American League contests today:
at SENATORS 7-12-2, YANKEES 3-8-0
The irrepressible Goslin gives Washington a 2-1 lead with a long homer in the 3rd, and it proves to be his ninth game-winning blow of the season, tops in either league. With Zachary twirling a gem, the Nats make Hoyt run for cover with five straight hits and a walk before an out is made in the 5th, as the Yanks drop two of three in D.C. New York now returns to the Bronx for two Decoration Day tilts with the hot Athletics, while the Nats head up to Fenway Park to do the same with Boston.
RED SOX 6-14-1, at ATHLETICS 5-12-0
In a very tight battle, the Bostons hose down the Elephants behind Ehmke, beating Baumgartner and his 6-2 record in the process. Hauser and Simmons homer for Philadelphia to no avail.
WHITE SOX 6-8-3, at INDIANS 4-10-0 (10 innings)
If Chicago can't lose this one, they may not lose another. They make three large gaffes afield, Red Faber is off his game, the Indians put runners aboard at every juncture in the final six innings yet cannot plate one of them. Coveleski pitches well for the homestanders, but is lifted for a pinch-hitter in the 9th, and it is a fatal choice. Bud Messenger plunks Mostil with one out in the 10th, Falk homers and Hooper and Sheely walk before Mr. Messenger is telegrammed as far away as possible. The Tribe fills the sacks with two outs in their frame-half, only to have Fewster weakly pop up. Chicago will spend their holiday in Sportsman's Park, a place they've had even more success.
|AMERICAN LEAGUE through Thursday, May 29|
|Chicago White Sox||27||15||.643||—|
|New York Yankees||24||19||.558||3.5|
|St. Louis Browns||19||23||.452||8|
|Boston Red Sox||18||24||.429||9|