By Calvin J. Butterworth
June 18, 1924
As the Tigers approach July with a still-active pennant race pulse in their veins, they must certainly wish they could take the field against the toppling Red Sox day in and day out. With today's 8th inning explosion against Alex Ferguson and Buster Ross, Detroit finished off a 4-game sweep of the beleaguered Bostonians and have now conquered them in seven of the nine meetings thus far.
The game didn't appear to be headed in a victorious direction, however. A single, Pratt error, Harris double and Veach triple put Rip Collins behind 2-0 in the 3rd, and the Tigers could do little with Ferguson, despite his lowly 2-7 mark. But Heilman doubled with one retired in the 3rd and Manush singled him home to cut the deficit to 2-1. Collins got in more trouble in the 5th and 6th as Red Sox filled the bases on both occasions, but the Ripper was able to squeeze free.
O'Rourke struck a rare triple to begin the Detroit 7th, scored on a Rigney fly and the contest was knotted. It was then Cobb's turn to light his club's latest offensive fuse. He crackled a triple into the nether-field to begin the 8th, skipped home on Heilman's line single, and watched merrily as Manush singled to boot out Ferguson. After Bassler forced, Pratt and O'Rourke bonked consecutive doubles, Collins singled, and five runs were on the board quicker than young june bugs.
Collins improved to 9-2 with the complete win, and the boys closed to within six games of the top. The Tigers now welcome in their neighboring Clevelanders for a 4-game set before hitting the high road again for St. Louis.
BOS 002 000 000 - 2 8 0
DET 000 100 15x - 7 13 1
Other American League games today:
at WHITE SOX 6-13-2, SENATORS 4-10-0
The first-place Washingtonians won't be there much longer if they can't figure how to defeat Chicago. With both Hooper and Sheely out of the lineup with hurts, the Sox still pummel Firpo Marberry for four runs on five hits in the bottom of the 1st after Barrett had given the Nats a brief lead with two egregious errors. Ted Blankenship pitches inexplicably well again for his 7th win, despite needing Lyons to come on and throw one pitch for a game-ending double play off Harris' bat.
at INDIANS 6-12-0, YANKEES 3-7-2
Once more, New York fails to capitalize on a Washington slip. Staked to a quick 2-0 advantage after a half inning, Bob Shawkey pitches like a ragamuffin cripple for three innings, giving the Tribe two runs in each frame on eight singles, four walks, two errors of his own making and a Frank Brower homer. And after filling the sacks in the 1st, the Yanks do practically nothing with Sherry Smith the rest of the game, Ruth contributing his usual three hitless at bats.
ATHLETICS 3-6-1, at BROWNS 1-9-2
A sterling pitcher's duel between Rommel and Danforth is settled in the 7th on a 2-run clout from Sammy Hale. Meeker relieves with all stations stuffed in the 9th and finished off the game on a Syl Simon double play ball as the Indians pass the Browns into 6th place. The Mackmen? They are just two games behind New York.
|AMERICAN LEAGUE through Wednesday, June 18|
|Chicago White Sox||38||24||.613||1.5|
|New York Yankees||31||31||.500||8.5|
|St. Louis Browns||26||36||.419||13.5|
|Boston Red Sox||24||37||.393||15|