Pitcher use: Wynn and Feller need three games; Hubbell and Spahn need two games; Ford and Grove need one game. Covaleski pitched one inning in finale, Newhouser and Wilhelm less than one.
Game One: Franklins 3, Ikes 2
WP: Grove (3-3)
LP: Ford (3-2)
Save: Dean (3)
HR: Mathews (4)
Game Two: Franklins 7, Ikes 2
WP: Hubbell (5-0)
LP: Spahn (2-3)
HR: Ruth 2 (13), Ott (2)
Game Three: Ikes 13, Franklins 12
WP: Wynn (1-4)
LP: Feller (2-1)
Save: Wilhelm (5)
HR: Ott (3), Hornsby (2), Gehrig (6), Dickey (2), Banks 2 (7), Snider (5), Wynn (1), Williams (3), Mays 2 (2)
The Franklins ran their winning streak to nine before losing a Home Run Derby of a finale (11 dingers)— but the streak ended hard, as the Franklins scored six times in the top of the ninth before falling a run short.
The first game was a taut pitchers duel, with Lefty Grove outlasting Whitey Ford. Eddie Mathews put the Ikes up 2-0 with a homer in the fourth, but the Franklins scored on sac flies in the fifth and sixth to knot it up. A two-single in the ninth by Paul Waner, making his first start of the season, put the Franklins up for the first time, and Dizzy Dean survived a leadoff hit and and an error to put the Ikes away.
The top of the order powered the Franklins in the second game. Babe Ruth homered twice, doubled and drew two walks; he scored three runs and drove in three. Joe DiMaggio and Mel Ott also scored twice. Carl Hubbell got three double plays and went the distance for his fifth win.
Gme Thre was a slugfest. Early Wynn picked up the win by minimizing the damage for eight innings; the Franklins scored in six of the innings, but never more than one. Bob Feller allowed no earned runs through the first five innings, but he did give up a three-run homer to Duke Snide after a Pie Traynor error, and he allowed four more homers in the sixth and seventh innings.
Stan Covaleski allowed another four runs in the eighth, with put the Ikes up 13-6. But Hal Newhouser walked six and allowed three hits; he left with the bases loaded, six runs in and two outs. Bill Dickey, who had homered earlier in the inning, popped up to end it.
Wynn and Newhouser walked 12 men. Ernie baks was 4-for-4 with two homers and a double, three runs and two RBIS; Willie Mays drove home four with his two homers (his first two of season), and Ted Williams had a three-run shot off Covaleski. Lou Gehrig and Dickey had three RBIs each for the Ikes.
For the series, Banks was 7-for-12; Ruth was 3-for-6 with seven walks and six runs scored.