Saturday, October 30, 2010

Series 12: Franklins sweep Homestead

Franklins 18-11, Homestead 16-12

Pitcher use: Grove and Manning need three games, Vance and R. Brown two. Wickware pitched two innings in finale.

Game One: Franklins 11, Homestead 10
WP: Vance (2-3)
LP: R. Brown (3-4)
HR: Gehrig (7), Cronin (4), Suttles 2 (7), OH Johnson (3)
Save: Dean (4)

Game Two: Franklins 12, Homestead 3
WP: Grove (4-4)
LP: Manning (2-3)
HR: Hornsby 3 (5), Ott (2), Ruth (14), Smith (8), J. Gibson (12)


This series figured to be a slugfest, and it largely lived up to its billing.

Ray Brown entered Game One with an ERA of 11.13 for Homestead, gave up 10 runs in eight innings, and had his ERA rise to 11.15. And, had reliever Harry Salmon not given up a homer to Lou Gehrig, Brown would have gotten a no-decision.

The Franklins scored two runs apiece in the second, fourth and fifth innings and held a 10-3 lead going into the bottom of the eighth. But reliever Waite Hoyt faced seven men in the eighth and got just one out. Dizzy Dean had to coax a double-play ball from Tubby Scales to keep the score at 10-8.

Gehrig's blast widened the margin to three, but with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Jud Wilson singled, Mule Suttles homered and Hurley McNair tripled to make it 11-10 with the tying run on third before Heavy Johnson flew out to right field.

Dazzy Vance allowed eight hits in seven innings,walking one and striking out five. Ray Brown allowed 14 hits and two walks.

Lefty Grove held the potent Homesteaders in check in the finale, scattering eight hits. Max Manning, who had allowed 11 earned runs total on the season, was battered for four runs before getting an out and eight runs in the first two innings. Rogers Hornsby homered in his first three at-bats, and Mel Ott was 5-for-6 with a homer and two doubles.

Of the nine men in the Franklin lineup, only Gehrig and Grove went hitless; the other seven all had at least two hits.

For the series, Hornsby was 5-for-10 with the three homers and nine RBIs. Ott was 7-for-10 with five runs scored.

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