July 25: Cleveland 8, New York 7
Cleveland jumped Waite Hoyt for a quick 6-0 lead. Tris Speaker, Nap Lajoie, Albert Belle, Larry Doby, and Terry Turner each chipped in two hits to a balanced attack for Cleveland.
The Naps’ bullpen almost let the game slip away after starter Vean Gregg passed along an 8-3 lead heading into the eighth. Doug Jones got just one out before giving up back-to-back ding-dongs to Yogi Berra and Mickey Mantle that cut the score to 8-6. Then Cody Allen walked the first three Yank batters to start the bottom of the ninth. Johnny Allen came in and induced three groundouts while only allowing one inherited runner to score to clean up Cody’s mess and escape with a narrow win for Cleveland.
R H BB CLE 310 200 200 - 8 12 6 NY 000 102 031 - 7 11 9 HR: N. Lajoie (2), L. Doby (8), M. Mantle (16), Y. Berra (7) starters IP R ER HR BB SO V. Gregg 7.0 3 3 0 6 3 W. Hoyt 4.0 6 4 1 2 1 CLE 46-51, NY 52-45
July 26: Cleveland 7, New York 6
This time it was New York grabbing an early lead and they sent Addie Joss to the showers down five runs after four innings. Bob Feller took over the final five frames and was quite good, and the Cleveland offense got on the board after Yogi Berra started the top of the fifth with an error.
New York handed a 5-3 lead to David Robertson in the eighth. Albert Belle and Jim Thome welcomed him to the game with back-to-back bombs to tie it up and Robertson was out of the game before he knew what hit him. In came Mariano Rivera, who allowed Cleveland’s go-ahead run in the same frame on doubles by Lou Boudreau and Speaker. Rivera then gave up a dong to Belle in the ninth that went down as the winning run after the Yanks scratched across a run in the bottom of the ninth.
Belle had a career day with two doubles and two dingers. In the one plate appearance he didn’t get a hit, he still drove in a run on a fielder’s choice.
New York wasted four-hit games by Charlie Keller and recent call-up Don Mattingly.
R H BB CLE 000 030 031 - 7 11 5 NY 021 200 001 - 6 15 2 HR: A. Belle-2 (7), J. Thome (24), D. Mattingly (1) starters IP R ER HR BB SO A. Joss 4.0 5 5 1 0 2 L. Gomez 7.0 3 0 0 4 5 CLE 47-51, NY 52-46
July 27: New York 5, Cleveland 2
The Yankee pitchers put together a rare decent game in the finale as Ray Caldwell, Sparky Lyle, and Rivera combined to allow one earned run to Cleveland.
Lou Gehrig had a quiet series for a change. Two singles were all the offense he generated, and his wOBA dropped from .446 to .435, still best in the league by a wide margin.
R H BB CLE 000 001 001 - 2 12 3 NY 010 301 00x - 5 7 8 HR: C. Keller (13) starters IP R ER HR BB SO S. McDowell 7.0 5 5 1 7 7 R. Caldwell 6.1 1 1 0 1 2 CLE 47-52, NY 53-46