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Brief Red Sox game ends quickly with little resolved

Sox and Senators in 0-0 tie when rain ends contest

Editor’s note: The game on April 14, 1928, lasted only 50 minutes, one of the shortest games in Red Sox history.

Neither the Red Sox nor the Senators could score in five innings at Fenway Park yesterday. Play was suspended at the beginning of the sixth inning on account of rain, and half an hour later the game was called.

It began to rain lightly shortly after the game started, thus making good a threat that hung all day and kept the attendance to 3,000.

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Herbert Bradley, a graduate of the University of Kansas, whom the Red Sox bought from the Topeka club in 1926 and last season sent to the Waterbury club under and optional agreement, showed up surprisingly well. He allowed only two hits and showed his nerve and stamina when a misplay by one of his teammates put him in a hole and, apparently, nullified his splendid work.

It looked as if the misplay were going to beat him, as it left runners on third and first with none out and there was good reason to believe that one run would win the ball game.

Bradley shows nerve

Without a sign of impatience, Bradley stuck to his knitting and most emphatically proved himself “a go through guy.” He pitched himself out of this hole and smeared the only chance the Senators had to score against him.

Incidentally, it might be mentioned there was some “inside baseball” and splendid cooperation in the crisis.

The situation developed in this way:

In the fifth Tate led off with a double to right center and Bluege grounded to Rothrock, who threw to third to cut out Tate, which should have been easy, but Meyer muffed the ball, thus leaving runners on third and first and none out.

Bradley pulled up a notch in his belt and, with splendid control, began to work on Gillis, finally causing the latter to pop to Regan. Then “Bucky” Harris came to bat, calling in his coaches for a conference and deciding on a play.

Harris took a vicious swing at a high one, indicating that he was going to try to score the run with a single or a long fly. This gesture didn’t fool the Red Sox. As Bradley started to pitch the next ball Tate made a break for the plate, showing that the “squeeze play” was on and that Harris would try to sacrifice. Bradley and Berry “were on.”

The Boston pitcher shot the ball so close to “Bucky’s” head that he dropped his bat and backed away, making no attempt to block the ball, which landed in Berry’s mitt, and Tate, who was legging it for the plate, was trapped midway between third and home and finally run down, Bradley getting the putout. Bluege made third during the play on Tate.

Harris was still at bat, but there were two out. Brassley passed him and then struck out Gaston. Fine work all around.

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