Franklins 10-7, Crawfords 9-7
Pitcher use update: Grove, Brewer need three games; Vance, Rogan need two. Mathis worked one inning in finale.
Game 1: Franklins 5, Crawfords 4
WP: Hoyt (1-0)
LP: Rogan (1-2)
HR: Ott 2 (3), Wright (5)
Game 2: Franklins 5, Crawfords 2
WP: Grove (2-3)
LP: Brewer (1-2)
HR: Ott (4)
Mel Ott emerged from his season-long power drought to bop three homers in the two-game series, and he hit them when they mattered most.
In the third inning of the series opener, the Franklins right fielder/leadoff man hit a solo shot to tie the game at 2. He hit another in bottom of the ninth with a man on to turn a 4-3 deficit into a 5-4 win. And in the nightcap, Ott's two-run homer in the fourth opened a 5-2 lead and finished the scoring.
Waite Hoyt got the W in the first game with two innings of perfect relief. Bullet Joe Rogan went the distance for the Crawfords, whose bullpen (which has included Rogan) has blown several leads already this season. This time the bullpen stayed out of it, and the starter coughed up the lead.
Paul Waner pinch hit for Franklins starter Dazzy Vance in the seventh, singled and scored. He remained in the game in a double switch with Babe Ruth, and set up Ott's game winner with another single.
Lefty Grove shone bright in the finale, allowing just three singles (all in the third inning). He walked two and struck out five. He also had a hit, a walk and two sacrifice bunts at the plate.