Monday, December 6, 2010

Series 17: Hilldale takes two of three from Garfields

Garfields 18-24, Hilldale 15-26

Pitcher use: Redding and Welch need three games, Byrd and Young need two games, Keefe and Winters need one game. Powell pitched two innings in finale, Rusie one.

Game One: Hilldale 4, Garfields 0
WP: Winters (2-5)
LP: Keefe (4-4)

Game Two: Hilldale 6, Garfields 5
WP: Byrd (4-6)
LP: Young (3-5)
Save: Cooper (6)

Game Three: Garfields 4, Hilldale 1
WP: Welch (4-5)
LP: Redding (4-5)
Save: Rusie (4)
HR: Wells (8)


Hilldale got one of the season's best pitching performances in Game One, as Nip Winters spun a nifty two-hitter and faced just one man over the minimum.

Both Garfield hits came off the bat of King Kelly. Winters walked none and fanned only one, but just four outs went to the outfielders.

Hilldale pieced together a pair of two-run rallies off Tim Keefe, one in the second inning and the other in the ninth to give Winters a bit more breathing room

The Garfields jumped on Bill Byrd for two runs in the first inning of the second game, but Hilldale put up three of its own in the second against Cy Young, highlighted by Byrd's two-run single. Hilldale added solo runs in the third and fourth.

Andy Cooper got the last two outs with the tying run in scoring position.

Mickey Welch was solid in the finale for the Garfields, scattering nine hits over eight innings but allowing just one run, on a homer by Willie Wells in the sixth. A Judy Johnson error in the first inning opened the door for two unearned runs off Cannonball Dick Redding; Redding went six innings, allowing just one earned run.

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