Franklins 13-7, Ikes 8-11
Pitcher use: Lemon, Vance need three games; Wynn, Hoyt and Feller need two games; Newhouser, Hubbell and Spahn need one game. Roberts pitched one inning in finale, Wilhelm two.
Game 1: Franklins 5, Ikes 4
WP: Hubbell (4-0)
LP: Spahn (2-2)
HR: Hartnett (2)
Game 2: Franklins 8, Ikes 5
WP: Feller (2-0)
LP: Wynn (0-4)
Save: Hoyt (1)
HR: Musial (1), Gehrig (5),Berra (2)
Game 3: Franklins 5, Ikes 4 (12 innings)
WP: Hoyt (2-0)
LP: Newhouser (0-1)
HR: Musial 2 (3), Ruth (11), Hornsby (1)
A close series on the scoreboard turned into a rout in the standings.
Carl Hubbell yielded three runs in the first inning but only one thereafter in the opener for the Franklins. Warren Spahn had a disastrous third inning: Three triples, a homer and a pair of walks added up to five runs.
Lou Gerhig's three-bagger came with the bases loaded and was followed by Gabby Hartnett's homer. Stan Musial hit a pair of triples himself for the Ikes.
The second game turned on a crucial error by Eddie Mathews in the third. That loaded the bases and kept the inning alive for Gehrig's grand slam. The Ikes got two-run homers from Musial and Yogi Berra, but the Franklins tacked on three more runs in the seventh and eighth, including a fifth unearned run.
Bob Feller fanned eight in seven innings of work.
Bob Lemon turned in eight innings of scoreless relief in the third game after Robin Roberts injured himself in the first inning. Combined with two innings in the first game, that gave Lemon 10 scoreless innings in the series -- impressive enough against the Franklins' imposing lineup, but especially so considering he entered with a 10.28 ERA. He left with a 4.24 ERA.
Musial hit a game-tying homer in the eighth and a go-ahead two-run shot in the 10th, but Hoyt Wilhelm blew a save for the first time, giving up back-to-back homers to Babe Ruth and Rogers Hornsby to open the bottom of 10th.
Dazzy Vance fanned 10 in 9.3 innings. Waite Hoyt wriggled out of a 12th inning jam to set up the winning rally off Hal Newhouser.
For the series, Musial was 7-for-14 with three homers and two triples, five runs and six RBIs. Gehrig was just 2-for-13 but drove home seven runs.