Monday, January 25, 2010

Series 1: Teddys win two, Franklins one

Teddys 2-1, Franklins 1-2
Pitcher status: Alexander, Rixey and Pennock need one game, Hubbell and Matthewson two, Feller and Waddell three. Dean should not pitch more than an inning in the Franklins next game.
Game 1: Teddys 12, Franklins 3
WP: Alexander (1-0)
LP: Grove (0-1)
HR: None
Game 2: Franklins 4, Teddys 2
WP: Hubbell (1-0)
LP: Mathewson (0-1)
Save: Dean (1)
HR: None
Game 3: Teddys 8, Franklins 7
WP: McGinnity (1-0)
LP: Pennock (0-1)
Save: Rixey (1)
HR: Hartnett (1), Cronin (1)


The bullpens got a workout in this series.
Franklins starters Lefty Grove and Bob Feller combined for 4 1/3 innings. Grove was chased in the first inning of the opener, and Feller was removed with injury after batting in the fourth inning of the finale.
The Teddys jumped on Grove for six hits, three walks and seven runs before Waite Hoyt got the last out. That was plenty for Pete Alexander, who cruised to the complete game 12-3 win.
Ty Cobb had four RBIs; Honus Wagner scored two, drove in two and had a triple and a double; and everybody in the Teddy lineup, including Alexander, had at least a run scored or an RBI.
The second game started as if it would be a slugfest. The Teddys opened with two runs off Carl Hubbell. and the Franklins responded with four off Christy Matthewson. But the two Giants legend settled in after that. The Franklins never again got so much as a man to second against Matty or reliever Eppa Rixey, but the Teddys couldn't dent Hubbell either.
The Teddys did get the first two on in the eighth, but Hubbell induced Tris Speaker to bounce into a double play. And when the Teddys loaded the bases with one out in the ninth, Dizzy Dean came in to get a double play from Cobb to end it.
The finale was a hard-hitting affair. Gabby Hartnett and Joe Cronin hit consecutive homers off Teddys starter Rube Waddell in the second to give the Franklins a 3-0 lead. The Franklins lead 6-3 after the sixth, but the Teddys pounded reliever Herb Pennock for five runs in the seventh.
Joe McGinnity staggered through two-plus innings of relief for the win, with Rixey retiring the last five Franklins for the save.
Teddys catcher Roger Bresnahan was 6 for 12 in the series with four RBIs and a pair of doubles. Wager was 6 for 11 with four runs, four RBIs, a steal, a triple, a double and two walks.
Babe Ruth was held to one single, but he did walk five times.

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