Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Series 8: X-Giants take two of three from Hilldale

Hilldale 6-13, X-Giants 10-10

Pitcher use: Mendez needs four games, Radcliffe, S. Jones and Winters need three games, Dihigo and SJ Williams need two games, Redding and Dismukes need one game. Powell pitched two innings in finale, Cooper 1.6.

Game 1: Hilldale 2, X-Giants 1
WP: Redding (1-2)
LP: Dihigo (1-4)

Game 2: X-Giants 5, Hilldale 2
WP: S. Jones (3-1)
LP: SJ Williams (2-3)
Save: H. Smith (5)
HR: Carr (1)

Game 3: X-Giants 3, Hilldale 2 (12 innings)
WP: Radcliffe (1-0)
LP: Dismukes (1-2)
HR: Dixon (2)


Pitching and missed opportunities abounded in this series.

Cannonball Dick Redding, mired in a pitching slump previously, allowed just two hits for Hilldale in the opener. Martin Dihigo allowed nine, two of them to Redding, who scored one of Hilldales' two runs.

The X-Giants put up the one crooked number of the series in the fifth inning of the second game, scoring four times against Smokey Joe Williams out of four singles, a walk, a steal and a sac fly. Slim Jones allowed just four hits, but the last was a two-run pinch-hit homer by Tank Carr in the eighth.

The nightcap went 12 innings, with the X-Giants' Jose Mendez and Double Duty Radcliffe littering the scorecard with stranded runners. Twice Mendez wiggled out of jams when first baseman Ben Taylor nailed runners at the plate. Hilldale led off consecutive innings (the seventh and eighth) with triples and failed to score. Radcliffe ended four of his five innings with a man in scoring position.

Rap Dixon hit a game-tying homer in the seventh and singled home the winning run in the bottom of the 12th. Dihigo had a crucial pinch-hit single in the ninth to keep the game alive for the X-Giants.

Ben Taylor was 7-for-12 for the series.

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