Monday, August 9, 2010

Series 11: Teddys sweep Ikes

Ikes 9-18, Teddys 16-11

Pitcher use: Roberts and Waddell need three games, Wynn and Mathewson need two games, Spahn and Alexander need one game. Lemon pitched one inning in finale.

Game One: Teddys 5, Ikes 3
WP: Rixey (2-0)
LP: Lemon (0-2)
HR: Jackson (1), Banks (10)

Game Two: Teddys 6, Ikes 4
WP: Mathewson (2-3)
LP: Wynn (1-5)
Save: Bender (4)
HR: Williams (5), Speaker (2)

Game Three: Teddys 7, Ikes 4
WP: Waddell (2-2)
LP: Roberts (0-3)


The fast-sinking Ikes have now lost five in a row, while the Teddys are pushing toward the top of Division A.

The Ikes jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first game against Pete Alexander, as Ernie Bakes drilled his 10th homer of the season in the second inning. Warren Spahn held that lead into the seventh, when Shoeless Joe Jackson tied it with a pinch-hit three-run homer.

Eppa Rixey faced just nine men in his three innings of relief, and the Teddys scored twice in the top of the ninth against Bob Lemon, with Honus Wagner contributing a two-run single.

The Teddys never trailed in Game Two, plating two runs in the first inning and three more (one unearned) in the third. Tris Speaker had four RBIs, and Eddie Collins was never retired (3-for-3 with two walks and a run scored.)

Christy Mathewson hit a rough patch in the fourth, when Ted Williams' homer highlighted a three-run rally, but Big Six steadied until the ninth, when the Ikes loaded the bases with no outs. Chief Bender entered and induced a double play grounder from Duke Snider to blunt the rally and then popped up Williams to end it.

Game Three was an affair of crooked numbers and zeros. Robin Roberts was tagged for four runs in the first and three more in the seventh, while Rube Waddell allowed three runs in the first himself (two unearned). Three of the four runs the Ikes scored came in on errors.

For the series, Ty Cobb was 8-for-15 with two doubles and two runs scored. Speaker had six RBIs. Collins was 6-for-11 with three runs.

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