Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Series 7: Teddys sweep Homestead

Homestead 10-7, Teddys 8-8

Pitcher use: Paige, TF Brown need three games; Waddell, Manning need two games; McGinnity needs one. Matlock pitched less than an inning in both games. Joss pitched two innings in finale.

Game One: Teddys 5, Homestead 4
WP: Rixey (1-0)
LP: Matlock (1-1)

Game Two: Teddys 3, Homestead 2,10 innings
WP: Joss (2-0)
LP: Matlock (1-2)
HR: J Gibson (8)


Lefty specialist Leroy Matlock wasn't the only bullpenner to have a rough series, but it was his name that has the "L" attached.

The Homestead southpaw hadn't been charged with a run all season, but the lefty-dominated Teddys did a number on him in the ninth innings of both games.

Game One opened as a pitchers duel between Rube Waddell and Max Manning. Homestead got two in the first, but the Teddys got one back in the bottom of the inning and took a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the sixth. Homestead tied it in the top of the eight, building a two-run rally on a single by Josh Gibson and a double by Jud Wilson. Chief Bender relieved Waddell, but Mule Suttles greeted him with an RBI single -- and further damage was negated when Tris Speaker threw out Wilson at home.

The Teddys promptly reclaimed the lead off Manning with a two-out rally of their own -- double, walk, single, walk. The inning ended with Bender allowed to hit for himself.

But Bender broke. A leadoff homer by Willard Brown knotted the score again. When Heavy Johnson and Dobie Moore singled, Bender was pulled for Eppa Rixey. Rixey got pinch-hitter Jimmy Lyons on a sac bunt, then fanned Tubby Scales and Chino Smith to strand runners on third and second.

In came Matlock. Consecutive singles by Ty Cobb, Eddie Collins and Honus Wagner came immediately, and the Teddys had the win.

Game Two pitted Three Finger Brown and Satchel Paige. Gibson homered in the fourth; the Teddys tied it in the eighth on singles by Brown, Cobb and Collins. A weary Paige worked out of that jam and worked the ninth as well before giving way to a pinch-hitter in the 10th.

While pinch-hitter Hurley McNair didn't play a role in the run, Homestead took the lead on a Smith double. In again came Matlock.

This time he retired Cobb and Collins. But Wagner doubled, moved to third when Tubby Scales erred on Tris Speaker's grounder, and scored on Shoeless Joe Jackson's pinch-hit single. Sam Crawford then plated Speaker with another single, and the unearned runs again made a loser of Matlock and Homestead.

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