Garfield 10-17, Hilldale 8-19
Pitcher use: Galvin and Winters need three games, Welch and SJ Williams two games, Young and Redding one game. Radbourn and Powell pitched two innings in finale, Hensley one, Clarkson .6
Game One: Garfields 2, Hilldale 1
WP: Young (2-4)
LP: Redding (1-4)
HR: Thompson (3)
Game Two: Garfields 7, Hilldale 1
WP: Welch (3-2)
LP: SJ Williams (2-5)
Game Three: Hilldale 7, Garfields 6 (10 inn.)
LP: Clarkson (0-3)
WP: Hensley (1-0)
HR: Thompson (4), Stearnes (4), Torriente (1), Poles (1)
Hilldale broke a six-game losing streak with a comeback win the finale, but remains in the cellar of Division B.
Cy Young outdueled Cannonball Dick Redding in a dandy pitching duel in the opener. Sam Thompson took advantage of a Willie Wells error to hit a two-run homer; that was enough of Young.
Young went the distance, scattering two hits and five walks to stake an early claim of pitcher of the series honors. Redding wasn't much worse, allowing six hits and two walks.
The second game turned on another Hilldale error, this one by Turkey Stearnes. His first-inning boot set up a four-run (all unearned) outburst that gave Mickey Welch plenty of cushion.
Smokey Joe Williams allowed five runs in eight innings, but only one was earned. The Garfields stole four bases off him, two of them in the four-run first. Welch scattered seven hits and walked none.
The Garfields had a 5-2 lead in the fourth inning of the finale, but Hilldale chipped away and tied it in the eighth at five. Thompson homered in top of the tenth to put the Garfields on the verge of a sweep, but with two outs in the tenth, John Clarkson hit Wells with a pitch, walked Newt Allen and allowed a game-ending triple to Judy Johnson.
For the series, Thompson was 7-for-13 with two homers, a double, a walk, a steal, five runs and three RBIs.