YANKS EVEN SERIES WITH RARE TIMELY HITS AND EXPERT RELIEF
By Calvin J. Butterworth
June 12, 1924
When Joe Dugan lined the first Ken Holloway pitch of the game over Navin's left field wall, the few New York fans in attendance breathed a sigh of relief. When two walks and three singles followed, they were nearly stricken with enjoyment, because this New York team has been about as reliable as warm weather in January.
Bullet Joe Bush, who stymied the Bengals in Yankee Stadium a few weeks ago, was certainly on shakier ground his time out, and Cobb's lead triple in the 3rd sparked a two-run rally to slice the score in half, only to be halted when Burke grounded into an inning-ending double play. Schang singled home a fifth Yank run in the 4th, and then another four-tally frame in the 5th drove Holloway to cover. Scott and Dugan singled with one out, Combs advanced them, and Ruth powered a fastball down the line for a double, perhaps his first timely hit in a week. Meusel and Pipp followed with singles and the score was 9-2.
Yet with both Rigney and Pratt injured, and catcher Bassler soon to join them, the Tigers rallied to make things worth watching. Doubles from Blue and O'Rourke, a pinch knock from Wingo and single by Cobb made it 9-4, before Manush and Heilman singled to begin the 7th and send Bush packing. Milt Gaston, New York's only marginally talented reliever, got Bassler to hit a sacrifice fly, but after Blue and Burke reached safely, he squirmed out of the fire unscathed.
Similar shenanigans occurred in the 8th. Pipp kicked a Cobb grounder to begin things and Bob Jones doubled Tyrus to third. Manush walked and with Heilman stalking plateward, the day looked grim for New York. But Harry grounded into a quick twin-killing for only one run, and after Bassler was struck with a ball to finish him for five games, Blue popped out to end the frame.
O'Rourke managed a free pass in the 9th with one out, but Fatty Fothergill lived up to his nickname by bouncing into another double play to finish the contest. One can only hope the next game, on Friday the 13th, will reverse the bad luck Detroit had today and keep them from dropping below the Yanks in the standings.
NYY 400 140 000 - 9 17 2
DET 002 002 110 - 6 12 1
Other American League games today:
at WHITE SOX 7-16-1, ATHLETICS 6-8-1 (11 innings)
The only season event more mystifying than New York's drab showing is the consistently ribald play of Chicago. Up 3-1 here with Robertson throwing beautifully, the Mackmen battle back and take the lead 4-3 in the 8th, only to have Roy Elsh pinch-hit a double off Burns minutes later and tie the game. Sox relievers McWeeny and Lyons are in trouble every moment but are bailed out by three double play balls. A pinch 2-run single by Chapman in the 11th still gives the A's the advantage, but Roy Meeker picks the wrong time to pitch his worst relief of the year. Collins, Mostil and Falk all reach with no one out, one run comes home, and then with two outs and all sacks occupied, one Maurice Archdeacon, a slashing speedster who rarely plays, pinch-hits a crushing double to bring home the winning runs and send Comiskey into a frenzy.
SENATORS 6-17-1, at BROWNS 4-9-1
Loser of two straight decisions, the great Walter Johnson has another horrid go of it but comes out the winning end for the ninth time. Nats hitters pummel Dixie Davis for 15 hits in seven innings but just can't score enough to make the game easy.
at INDIANS 14-22-2, RED SOX 9-17-1
If Boston came to town more often, Cleveland might be in the race. Eight different starters have runs batted in and almost all collect at least two hits off Jack Quinn as Coveleski has enough to survive an equally blistering attack from Red Sox bats.
|AMERICAN LEAGUE through Thursday, June 12|
|Chicago White Sox||35||21||.625||1.5|
|New York Yankees||28||28||.500||8.5|
|St. Louis Browns||25||31||.447||11.5|
|Boston Red Sox||24||31||.436||12|