The 1954 Cleveland Indians finally won a game in this 24-game tournament against the Giants, Dodgers, and Braves. They bumped their record to 1-7 with a 6-3 win over the New York Giants.
Cleveland has not been hitting well at all, having scored only 6 runs in their first 7 games. Apparently, the Giants thought they should give the Indians a helping hand. Three New York pitchers issued the Indians 8 walks, and Whitey Lockman let Indian pitcher Don Mossi’s ground ball roll between his legs with the score tied 3-3 in the 6th. A single by Al Smith and a home run to left center by Bobby Avila put Cleveland up by 3 to stay.
Mossi went all the way for the win, giving up 7 hits and shutting the Giants down over the last 4 innings.
Besides Avila’s game-winning home run, the highlight of the game had to be Al Rosen’s first-inning single to score Al Smith. It put Cleveland in the lead for the first time in the tournament. Hopes were not too high after both Wertz and Westlake popped out, but a steady feed of free passes to first base gave Cleveland opportunities to score throughout the first few innings.
Congratulations to the Indians for their first win. They will have a tough row to hoe being 6 games out with 16 to go, but if things can go this bad this early in the tournament, maybe then can go that good in the last two-thirds.