Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Series 11: Obamas take two of three from Kennedys

Obamas 15-12, Kennedys 13-13

Pitcher use: Johnson, Marichal and Niekro need one game; Ryan and Seaver need two; Nichols and Carlton need three.

Game One: Obamas 6, Kennedys 5
WP: Johnson (4-2)
LP: Marichal (1-4)
Save: Walsh (4)
HR: Foxx (8), F. Robinson (10), McCovey (4)

Game Two: Kennedys 6, Obamas 2
WP: Seaver (3-2)
LP: Ryan (2-2)
Save: Fingers (5)
HR: Schmidt (6), Aaron (7), McCovey (5)

Game Three: Obamas 4, Kennedys 0
WP: Nichols (4-1)
LP: Carlton (2-3)
HR: Mantle (9), Schmidt (7)


Game One was essentially decided with a five-run third inning by the Obamas, highlighted by a three-run homer from Jimmie Foxx. One of the runs was unearned.

Other than that inning, Juan Marichal pitched quite well — just three hits in the other five innings. Frank Robinson's eighth-inning homer off Phil Niekro gave the Obamas enough margin to withstand three Kennedy scores in the seventh and eighth innings.

Game Two was dominated by Tom Seaver, who allowed just four hits through eight innings and fanned 11. He weakened in the ninth and needed help from Rollie Fingers, who entered with the bases loaded and one out and escaped with just a run scored. Willie McCovey's two-run homer in the first highlighted a three-run rally.

As good as Seaver was in Game Two, Kid Nichols was in Game Three — a four-hit shutout. Steve Carlton was a hard-luck loser; Mickey Mantle's two-run homer in the first came after Johnny Bench dropped his pop foul, which would have been the third out of the inning. Mike Schmidt hit a two-run homer in the sixth to close the scoring.

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