World Series – Game 3 – Red Sox

Another sterling performance by a Red Sox starter brought the 1946 Red Sox one win away from a World Championship.

Game 3 – Box Score

Joe Dobson pitched a 4 hit, 1 bb, 1 er, complete game for the win. Again, Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle were held in check. The Red Sox had major offensive contributions from Johnny Pesky, Dom DiMaggio and Ted Williams (combined 8-14, 5 runs and 3 RBI).

An interesting pinch hitting decision yielded much success as the Red Sox # 5 hitter, Rudy York, was pinch hit for by Catfish Metkovich who ended up 2-2 with 2 runs and 4 RBI. You normally don’t pinch hit for your # 5 hitter in the top of the 7th with a lead. Regardless, it worked.

Game 4 tonight with the Red Sox staff ace Tex Hughson against Bill Stafford of the 1961 Yankees.

Game Recap:

With his team down two games to none, Ralph Terry found himself in a must win situation. In the top of the first a leadoff walk to Wally Moses and a single by Johnny Pesky set the table. Dom Dimaggio was next and hit the first pitch to the warning track in center allowing Moses to tag and go to third. Ted Williams lofted a single to right scoring Moses for the early 1-0 lead. In the bottom frame, the 1961 Yankees fought back to tie the game. Bobby Richardson singled to start it and went to second on a slow roller to first. Big hitting Roger Maris rolled over the top of one and Bobby Doerr made the play to first for the second out with Richardson going to third. With Richardson leading off third, Joe Dobson balked and Richardson scored the run to tie the game. The score stayed 1-1 until the fifth when Pesky hit a one out single, Dimaggio singled him to third and Ted Williams brought both in with a double into the corner in right. In the top of the sixth the Sox added one more with Hal Wagner singling, moving to second on a walk to Culberson and scoring on a single up the middle by Moses providing the RedSox with a 4-1 lead. With Ralph Terry again getting the ball in the top of the 7th, the RedSox put the game out of reach. Leadoff batter Johnny Pesky singled and went to third on a double to right by Dom Dimaggio. Ted Williams was walked intentionally to load the bases for Rudy York. York was called back in favor of pinch hitter Catfish Metkovich. With an 0-2 count, Metkovich doubled to deep center clearing the bases and taking third on the throw home. That was the end of the night for Terry, perhaps a few batters too long. Hal Wagner hit a sac fly to bring Metkovich in for the fourth run of the inning and eigth overall for the RedSox. In the top of the ninth, Metkovich added a solo homerun to right for the final score of 9-1. Joe Dobson pitched the complete game allowing four hits and lowered his YRRS ERA to 2.73 to go with his 2-0 record.