Garfields 14-20, X-Giants 16-18
Pitcher use: Jones needs four games, Welch and Dihigo need three games, Young and Donaldson need two games, Keefe and H. Smith need one. Clarkson pitched one inning in finale.
Game One: Garfields 4, X-Giants 3 (10 innings)
WP: Spalding (1-2)
LP: Mendez (3-1)
Game Two: Garfields 10, X-Giants 9 (11 innings)
WP: Rusie (1-0)
LP: H. Smith (0-2)
HR: Dixon, J. Collins (2)
Game Three: X-Giants 5, Garfields 2
WP: Jones (5-1)
LP: Welch (3-4)
HR: Anson (2)
The X-Giants scored the most runs in the series, but the Garfields won the most games.
John Donaldson took a 3-2 lead into the bottom of the ninth in the opener, but George Davis singled home the tying run with two outs. Jose Mendez, making a surprise relief appearance in the 10th, surrendered a single to King Kelly, stole second and advanced on a pair of fly balls.
Pivotal to the outcome was a two-base error by Rap Dixon in the second inning, the two-out muff was followed by a two-run single by Hugh Duffy.
Donaldson allowed just five hits in the no-decision.
The high-scoring second game turned on a two-out rally in the ninth against Hilton Smith. The X-Giants closer retired the first two batters, but then came single, single, double and single to knot the score at 9. The winning run in the 11th scored on another error by Dixon.
Dixon did help the cause with a 5-for-6 performance at the plate, including a double and a home run.
He swung the big bat for the X-Giants in the finale. His three-run double in the sixth off Mickey Welch gave Slim Jones the runs he needed. Jones, like Donaldson, went nine innings and allowed just five hits.