Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Series 5: Obamas sweep Ikes

Obamas 8-4, Ikes 6-6

Pitcher use: Ford and Plank need three games, Nichols and Roberts two games, Bunning, Ryan and Wynn one game each. Newhouser, Gomez and Willis each worked less than an inning in the finale.

Game One: Obamas 11, Ikes 1
WP: Ryan (1-1)
LP: Wynn (0-2)
HR: F. Robinson 2 (5)

Game Two: Obamas 8, Ikes 6
WP: Nichols (2-1)
LP: Roberts (0-2)
Save: Walsh (2)
HR: Foxx (3), F. Robinson (6), Musial (2), Banks (4), Berra (1)

Game Three: Obamas 8, Ikes 6
WP: Plank (3-0)
LP: Ford (2-1)
Save: Gomez (1)
HR: Schoendienst (1), Mantle (3), F. Robinson (7), Lombardi (3)

It was a grand slam of a series, with a bases loaded homer in each of the three games.

Frank Robinson's long-ball barrage — the Obamas right fielder hammered four homers in the series and drove in eight runs— highlighted the three-game sweep of the Ikes.

Or maybe it was the 14-strikeout performance of Obamas starter Nolan Ryan, who tossed an eight-hitter in the series opener while Robinson drove in six runs, four of them with a first-inning grand slam.

Ryan himself — a notoriously poor hitter — went 2-for4 with a double and RBI as the Obamas chased Early Wynn early and then squeezed four more runs off Bob Lemon.

The Ikes led game two after four innings 2-0, but Jimmy Foxx hit a grand slam in the fifth after Bobby Doerr's error kept the inning alive. The Ikes moved back in front 6-5, but the Obamas added three more runs in an ugly eighth inning that started with an error by Eddie Mathews and included a run-scoring error by Duke Snider. The Ikes committed four errors in the game, resulting in six unearned runs.

The Obamas grabbed a 7-2 lead in the finale before Red Schoendienst hit a grand slam of his own in the bottom of the sixth. But the Ikes could muster nothing more off Eddie Plank and relievers Vic Willis and Lefty Gomez.

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