Saturday, December 11, 2010

Series 17: Teddys sweep Ikes

Teddys 26-16, Ikes 13-28

Pitcher use: Spahn and Mathewson need three games, Alexander, Ford and Lemon need two, Roberts and Brown need one. Newhouser pitched less than one inning in finale.

Game One: Teddys 9, Ikes 4
WP: TF Brown (7-2)
LP: Roberts (1-5)
Save: Rixey (3)

Game Two: Teddys 5, Ikes 3
WP: Alexander (3-6)
LP: Ford (5-5)
Save: Bender (8)
HR: Mathews (11)

Game Three: Teddys 5, Ikes 1
WP: Mathewson (5-4)
LP: Spahn (2-7)
HR: Speaker (4), Mathews (12)

The Teddys took care of business and enter the final series of the schedule just a half game behind the Franklins in Division A.

They knocked Robin Roberts around early in the opener, tagging him for four runs in the first and a pair in each of the second and third innings. Three-Finger Brown was not as sharp as usual, but he was effective enough. Eppa Rixey got the last out with the bases loaded in the ninth inning.

The Ikes led the second game behind Whitey Ford all the way until the Teddys erupted for four runs in the seventh. Roger Bresnahan led off with a single, and Pete Alexander's bunt also went for a hit. Ty Cobb singled home Bresnahan to tie the game at 2. Alex was retired at the plate on Eddie Collins's grounder, but Honus Wagner walked to load the bases  and Tris Speaker singled home Cobb and Collins. Nap Lajoie's grounder plated Wagner, and the Teddys had enough runs to withstand Eddie Mathews' homer in the ninth off Chief Bender.

Christy Mathewson and Warren Spahn put on a good pitchers duel in the finale. Speaker's two-run homer in the fourth (it came with two outs) was the only scoring until after the Ikes pinch-hit for Spahn. The overworked Bob Lemon retired the first two Teddys in the eighth, but Hal Newhouser, brought in to dispose of the lefties at the top of the lineup, failed utterly; two walks and three singles brought in three runs. Mathews again homered in the ninth, too little too late.

Speaker was 6-for-11 in the series with seven RBIs, a home run and a double. Collins was 6-for-11 with four runs scored. Cobb and Lajoie each drove home four runs.

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