Manager Mike Higgins and second baseman Gene Mauch met at the top step of the dugout at 1 o’clock yesterday after the Red Sox had taken their practice swings.
Said Higgins: “I want 10 runs today and air tight defense.”
Said Mauch: “Well, I don’t know. I’ve just gone 0 for 23 against Bob Porterfield in batting practice. It looks like one of those days.”
At 4:20, two hours and 20 minutes after the Red Sox took the field against the Indians at Fenway Park, the score read Red Sox 11 – Cleveland 0. And the defense was air tight. One more run than Higgins wanted.
And Mauch, who was getting ready to send his bat back to Japan after the way he was hitting the ball in the workout, starting something that will have the ball club in the Red Book next season.
With one out in the fourth, Mauch hit a home run into the net off Calvin Coolidge McLish, the Cleveland right hander.
The next hitter, Ted Williams, hit a long home run into the right centerfield bleachers, about 15 rows high.
Jackie Jensen might have kept the barrage going. But he never took the bat off his shoulder and walked on a 3-2 pitch.
Then Dick Gernert came up and whaled one of Cal’s succulent pitches over everything in left field.
Then Frank Malzone stepped to the plate and cracked one of Cal’s serves into the left field net.
Then what do you think happened?
Natch! Manager Kerby Farrell of the Indians came out of the Cleveland dugout and yanked Cal before McLish could suffer a shock.
Brewer in Charge
In 1940, the Red Sox hit four homers in an inning – against the Philadelphia Athletics. The hitters that day were: Williams, Jimmy Foxx, Joe Cronin and Jim Tabor.
In 1950, the Detroit Tigers matched the feat with Dizzy Trought, Jerry Priddy, Vic Wertz (now of the Indians) and Walter “Hoot” Evers smacking the runs.
The record in the National League is five.
This shutout was hurled by Tom Brewer, his sixth win of the year and fourth consecutive complete game and victory for the Red Sox.
In their 11-game home stay, the Red Sox won four games and lost seven. Brewer won three of the games.
Yesterday Brewer pitched a four-hitter and only two balls were hit well off him. The first hitter of the game, Jim Busby, hit a long fly to centerfield.
Great Catch by Jensen
In the eighth, Jensen, who hadn’t joined the home run parade, took a home run away from Gene Woodling, when the right fielder reached into the seats and grabbed Woodling’s smash in the webbing of his glove.
The Red Sox scored their first run in the opening inning. Gernert doubled to left after walks to Mauch and Williams by southpaw Bud Daley. Daley is Herb Score’s replacement and if Score is the fastest pitcher in the A.L., Daley is the slowest.
In the fourth, Daley was sinned against by his team. Sammy White’s grounder went through second baseman George Strickland. Shortstop Chico Carrasquel had a double-play on Brewer’s liner. But after dropping the ball intentionally, Chico fed poorly to Strickland and only White was erased.
Chico couldn’t get Billy Consolo’s grounder out of his glove, for a single, and then Mauch doubled to center for two runs.
Three more runs were scored in the seventh off Dick Tomanck on two hits, an intentional walk to Williams despite the lop-sided score, and an error by Wertz.