Cleveland Mounts Big Comeback To Win Series Against Texas

Larry_Doby_1953July 31: Cleveland 4, Texas 3

Dingers from John Romano and Larry Doby helped Cleveland stake out a 4-0 lead that they carried into the top of the eighth. In that frame, Mike Hargrove drove an extremely unlikely three-run homer against Addie Joss to get the Texans within a run, but Joss gave up no more in his complete game.

                  R H BB
TEX 000 000 030 - 3 8  0
CLE 002 200 00x - 4 6  3
HR: M. Hargrove (8), L. Doby (10),
J. Romano (8)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
N. Ryan    7.0  4  4  2  3  5  
A. Joss    9.0  3  3  1  0  2 

TEX 45-59, CLE 49-54

August 1: Texas 7, Cleveland 5

The Rangers poured on the baserunners all afternoon in a balanced attack and beat up on Sam McDowell for all seven of their runs.

                  R  H BB
TEX 000 223 000 - 7 11  7
CLE 000 001 400 - 5  7  5

HR: A. Rodriguez (23), I. Kinsler (4), M. Ramirez (17)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
F. Jenkins   6.1  4  4  1  2  3  
S. McDowell  5.2  7  7  2  6  5 

TEX 46-59, CLE 49-55

August 2: Cleveland 10, Texas 7

The Rangers were set up beautifully to take the rubber match after snatching a 6-0 lead right out of the gate. Third baseman Al Rosen made an error in the first to go along with Texas’s seven hits. Cleveland starter Stan Coveleski got just one out before getting the hook.

CC Sabathia came on in long relief in just his third appearance of the season. CC was good good and yielded just one run in 6.2 innings.

Charlie Hough had the knuckler working for four no-hit innings, but it deserted him in a big way in the fifth inning. He got the first batter of the fifth out on a screaming line drive that Rosen caught in self-defense, and then Julio Franco erred at second base, and things completely fell apart for Hough and Texas. With the knuckler coming in straight, Hough served up some batting practice to his last seven batters faced:

Lou Boudreau singles
Al Rosen walks
John Romano strikes out
Tris Speaker singles
Nap Lajoie triples
Jim Thome homers
Larry Doby homers

And all of a sudden Cleveland had stormed from behind 0-6 to ahead 7-6. Because of Franco’s error, all seven runs went in the books as unearned against Hough.

Doby’s homer was his sixth in his last nine games.

Cleveland took four of the six games between the teams for the season.

                   R  H BB
TEX 600 000 100 -  7 12  3
CLE 000 073 00x - 10  9  6

HR: J. Thome (25), L. Doby (11)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
C. Hough      4.2  7  0  2  2  5  
S. Coveleski  0.1  6  5  0  0  1 

TEX 46-60, CLE 50-55
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