Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Series 5: X-Giants take 2 of 3 from Homestead

X-Giants 6-7, Homestead 9-4

Pitcher use: Dihigo needs four games (and one as position player); Paige and Donaldson three games; R. Foster and Manning two games; W. Bell and R. Brown one game. Matlock pitched less than an inning, Radcliffe one inning in finale.

Game One: X-Giants 29, Homestead 1
WP: R. Foster (1-1)
LP: R. Brown (2-1)
HR: Dixon (1), CP Bell (1), Radcliffe (1), R. Foster (1), J Gibson (5)
Game Two: X-Giants 4, Homestead 2
WP: Donaldson (1-1)
LP: Manning (1-1)
HR: J. Gibson (6)
Game Three: Homestead 5, X-Giants 4
WP: Paige (2-1)
LP: Dihigo(1-2)
Save: W. Bell (2)
HR: C. Smith (4), Suttles (4)


The previously punchless X-Giants had an astounding first game. They had scored 27 runs in the first four series (10 games) combined; they scored 29 in their 11th game.
The X-Giants batted around in each of the first four innings.
They scored four runs in the first off Ray Brown, highlighted by Rap Dixon's three-run homer.
They scored five more in the second, all off Brown, who did not retire a batter in the frame.
They scored seven runs in the third off Frank Wickware, with Double Duty Radcliffe — getting his first start of the season behind the plate — cranking a grand slam.
They further pummeled Wickware for seven more runs in the fourth inning,
After taking a few innings off, they clanged William Bell for four more runs in the ninth, with Rube Foster hitting a three-run dinger.
Pop Lloyd went 6-for-7 with four runs scored. Dixon was 4-for-6 with a homer and triple, scored five times and drove in seven. Ben Taylor was 5-for-5 with two walks, three runs and four RBIs. Radcliffe had five RBIs. Everybody in the X-Giants lineup scored at least twice except Foster.
Lost in the flurry of runs was a fine pitching performance by Foster, who allowed seven hits , walked two and fanned 11.
John Donaldson was almost as impressive in Game 2 for the X-Giants. He threw an eight-hitter and pitched out of two early jams. Biz Mackey drove in two runs for the X-Giants.
The third game belonged to Satchel Paige and Chino Smith for seven innings. Smith hit a two-run homer in the first off Martin Dihigo and triggered the three-run sixth with a lead-off double. Paige allowed just four harmless singles through seven but weakened in the eighth. Leroy Matlock entered to get Pete Hill and Lloyd; William Bell struggled through the ninth to get the save.

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