Ikes 10-19, Crawfords 17-12
Pitcher use: Spahn and Foster need three games; Ford and Brewer need two; Bunning needs one. Newhouser pitched two innings in finale, Day one.
Game One: Ikes 9, Crawfords 5
WP: Ford (4-3)
LP: Brewer (1-4)
HR: Mathews 2 (6), Schoendienst (2)
Game Two: Crawfords 8, Ikes 4
WP: B. Foster (5-2)
LP: Spahn (2-4)
HR: Mathews (7), Charleston (7), Wright (6), Lundy (3)
The Ikes batted around in the third inning of the first game and drove Chet Brewer from the hill after four innings. Whitey Ford held the Crawfords in check for six innings, but was roughed up for four runs in the seventh, in part because of an error by Ernie Banks.
Still, the Ikes had a fairly comfortable win, powered by a pair of homers from Eddie Mathews and another from Red Schoendienst. The Ikes also had a pair of triples and three doubles.
The second game went the other way. Both Bill Foster and Warren Spahn were touched for three runs in the first inning. The Ikes added another tally in the second, but the Crawfords banged out another three runs in their half of the frame -- aided by another Banks boot -- and knocked Spahn out after the third inning.
Foster, meanwhile, settled in. The big southpaw allowed just three hits in the next six innings and got a pair of double plays to make it all the easier.
Mathews had three homers and six RBIs for the Ikes. Ray Dandridge went 7-for-9 for the Crawfords with three runs and two RBIs. Oscar Charleston was 6-for-9 with four RBIs, two runs, a homer and a pair of doubles.