Sunday, March 28, 2010

Series 7: Ikes sweep Garfields

Ikes 8-8, Garfields 4-12

Pitcher use: Ford, Keefe need three games; Roberts, Galvin need two games. Bunning pitched an inning or less in each game. Wilhelm pitched an inning in finale.

Game One: Ikes 4, Garfield 2, 11 innings
WP: Bunning (3-0)
LP: Clarkson (0-2)
HR: Berra (2), Mathews 2 (3)

Game Two: Ikes 4, Garfields 3
WP: Ford (3-1)
LP: Keefe (1-3)
Save: Wilhelm (4)
HR: Snider (4), Banks (5)


The Garfields continue to struggle to score runs. Willie Mays appears to be past his struggles.

Pud Galvin and Robin Roberts matched each other for regulation distance — and beyond, in Roberts' case — before Eddie Mathews hit a two-run homer off John Clarkson in the bottom of the 11th.

It was Mathews's second home run of the game. He and Yogi Berra went back-to-back off Galvin in the second inning. Galvin allowed just three other hits and three walks.

For his part, Roberts allowed five hits in 10 innings before giving way to Bunning.

Bunning came through in relief in the second game as well, fanning Cap Anson with two on and two out in the eighth to preserve a 4-3 lead for Whitey Ford. Ford had allowed five hits and four walks, but five of those baserunners were bunched together in the Garfields' three-run fourth inning.

Tim Keefe held a 3-1 lead into the fifth, but Ernie Banks hit a solo homer to lead off the frame and Duke Snider hit a two-run dinger with two outs to provide the final margin. Keefe stranded runners in scoring position in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings, but Bunning negated the only threat the Garfields count mount.

Mays entered the series hitting .133 (8 for 60) but went five for eight in the series.

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