Jul 21

1938 Senators blow 10 run lead

I’m not 100% sure this is the largest blown lead in Washington baseball history but I know the 12,000 Senator fans at Griffith stadium left the ball park shaking their heads in disgust after watching the Senators waste a 10 run lead.

*June 12, 1938 – In the rubber match of a three game series with Detroit, the Senators absorb a humiliating defeat at the hand of the Tigers. The Sens lose 18-12 in the nation’s capital, but it is not the 18 runs that the Sens give up that is embarrassing. It is the lead that they somehow cannot hold. Washington had an 11-1 lead in the top of the 6th inning when the rains came. After the rain delay, the Tigers roar for 17 runs in the last 4 innings off Bucky Harris‘ men to complete the 3 game sweep.

*This Date in Washington Senators History – Senators blow 11-1 lead – June 12th by Art Audley

Detroit Tigers 18, Washington Senators 12

Day

Game Played on Sunday, June 12, 1938 (D) at Griffith Stadium

DET A    0  0  0    1  0 10    0  0  7  -  18 20  1
WAS A    0  0  7    4  0  0    1  0  0  -  12 15  2
BATTING
Detroit Tigers               AB R H RBI BB SO PO A
Rogell ss                     6   2   3   1       0   0       4   6
White cf                      6   2   3   1       0   1       1   0
Gehringer 2b                  6   3   4   3       0   0       2   9
Greenberg 1b                  4   4   2   2       2   0      14   1
York c                        5   1   1   3       1   1       1   0
Fox rf                        5   2   3   2       0   1       0   0
Laabs lf                      5   2   3   1       0   0       3   0
Christman 3b                  5   1   0   1       0   0       2   2
Poffenberger p                1   0   0   0       0   0       0   1
  Wade p                      1   0   0   0       0   0       0   0
  Piet ph                     1   1   1   0       0   0       0   0
  Coffman p                   1   0   0   0       0   1       0   0
  Bridges p                   0   0   0   0       0   0       0   0
Totals                       46  18  20  14       3   4      27  19
FIELDING - 
DP: 2. Gehringer-Rogell-Greenberg, Greenberg-Christman.
E: White (2).
BATTING - 
2B: Gehringer 2 (8); Fox 2 (13); Laabs (3).
3B: Greenberg (4).
HR: Gehringer (6,6th inning off W. Ferrell 0 on); York (14,6th inning off W.
Ferrell 1 on).
SH: Bridges (1).
Team LOB: 5.
BASERUNNING - 
SB: Gehringer (6).
Washington Senators          AB R H RBI BB SO PO A
Almada cf                     5   1   2   0       1   1       2   0
Lewis 3b                      6   3   2   0       0   0       0   1
Wright rf                     1   0   0   0       1   0       0   0
  Case rf                     4   1   2   0       0   0       2   0
Stone lf                      6   1   1   2       0   0       2   0
Bonura 1b                     3   1   0   0       2   0      11   0
Travis ss                     5   2   3   3       0   0       0   2
Myer 2b                       4   1   4   4       1   0       3   3
R. Ferrell c                  4   1   1   2       1   0       7   1
W. Ferrell p                  1   1   0   0       2   0       0   1
  Kelley p                    0   0   0   0       0   0       0   0
  Appleton p                  2   0   0   0       0   0       0   0
  Krakauskas p                0   0   0   0       0   0       0   0
Totals                       41  12  15  11       8   1      27   8
FIELDING - 
DP: 1. Bonura.
E: Almada (5), Myer (2).
BATTING - 
2B: Travis (11); Myer (6).
3B: Travis (3).
HR: R. Ferrell (1,3rd inning off Poffenberger 1 on).
Team LOB: 10.
PITCHING
Detroit Tigers               IP H R ER BB SO HR BFP
Poffenberger                  3     8  11  11   4   0   1  21
Wade                          2     1   0   0   3   0   0  11
Coffman                       1.2   4   1   1   0   0   0   8
Bridges W(3-3)                2.1   2   0   0   1   1   0   9
Totals                        9    15  12  12   8   1   1  49
Washington Senators           IP H R ER BB SO HR BFP
W. Ferrell                    5.1  12   8   8   1   2   2  27
Kelley                        0     2   2   2   0   0   0   2
Appleton L(3-4)               3     5   8   7   2   2   0  18
Krakauskas                    0.2   1   0   0   0   0   0   3
Totals                        9    20  18  17   3   4   2  50
Umpires: HP - Joe Rue, 1B - Harry Geisel
Time of Game: 2:47   Attendance: 18,000

Team Name                        G    W    L    T   PCT    GB    RS   RA
Cleveland Indians               47   29   18    0  .617     -   269  219
New York Yankees                47   27   19    1  .587   1.5   253  226
Boston Red Sox                  47   26   21    0  .553   3.0   258  210
Washington Senators             52   27   25    0  .519   4.5   269  306
Detroit Tigers                  49   25   24    0  .510   5.0   260  230
Philadelphia Athletics          48   21   26    1  .447   8.0   231  272
Chicago White Sox               43   18   25    0  .419   9.0   194  203
St. Louis Browns                45   15   30    0  .333  13.0   205  273

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