Saturday, January 30, 2010

Series 3: Crawfords take 2 of 3 from X-Giants

Crawfords 5-2; X-Giants 2-6
Pitcher status: Dihigo needs four games, should sit one as position player. Donaldson, Day need three games, Trent and R. Foster need two games, B. Foster needs one. Mathis should be limited to one inning in next game.

Game one: Crawfords 4, X-Giants 2
WP: B. Foster (1-1)
LP: R. Foster (0-2)
HR: R. Foster (1)
Game two: Crawfords 7, X-Giants 3, 10 innings
WP: Streeter (1-0)
LP: Radcliffe (0-1)
HR: Charleston (1)
Game three: X-Giants 6, Crawfords 4
WP: Dihigo (1-1)
LP: Mathis (0-1)
Save: H. Smith (2)
HR: Wright (3), Hughes (1)


The Crawfords' bullpen problems continued, although it cost them only one game.
It wasn't a factor in the first game, as Big Bill Foster outdueled older brother Rube. Bill Foster allowed just three hits, one a homer by Rube. One of the two runs the X-Giants got was unearned.
In the second game, Ted Trent got the start for the Crawfords and left with a 3-2 lead, but Sam Streeter allowed three straight two-out singles in the eighth. The Crawfords won anyway, scoring four times off Double Duty Radcliffe in the 10th. Oscar Charleston capped the rally with a two-run homer.
In the finale for the Crawfords, it was Verdell Mathis who couldn't hold an eight-inning lead. The lefty allowed three runs in relief of Leon Day, wasting Bill Wright's three-RBI game.
The Crawfords have moved Bullet Joe Rogan out of the rotation to take over closing duties. The Mathis and Streeter outings suggest the problem is deeper than that.

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