Sunday, January 16, 2011

Series 18: Ikes take two of three from Obamas

Obamas 25-19, Ikes 15-29

Pitcher use: Season over for both teams

Game One: Ikes 9, Obamas 5
WP: Wynn (3-7)
LP: Ryan (4-3)
HR: Mays 3 (9), Musial (9), Foxx (11), F. Robinson (13)

Game Two: Obamas 10, Ikes 9 (11 innings)
WP: Willis (1-1)
LP: Wilhelm (0-1)
HR: Doerr (1), Berra (4), Mathews (13), Snider (8), Mantle 2 (15), Foxx (12), Hamilton (3), Musial (10), Mays (10)

Game Three: Ikes 5, Obamas 2
WP: Ford (6-5)
LP: Plank (4-5)
Save: Wilhelm (7)
HR: Mays (11), Williams (9), Mantle 2 (17), Musial (11), Campanella (3)


The two teams combined for 22 home runs -- slightly more than seven per game -- in the season-ending series. Willie Mays hit five, three of them in the first game; Mickey Mantle went deep four times, twice in each of the last two games; Stan Musial homered in each game.

Amid all the long balls, Series 18 brought the demise of the Obamas' slim playoff ambitions.

The lowly Ikes put four runs on the board before Nolan Ryan could get an out in the opener; the outburst featured Mays' three-run homer. The Obamas made it 4-2 after six, but Mays hit another three-run shot, this off Jack Chesbro, in the seventh, and in the ninth Musial and Mays hit solo shots off Lefty Gomez. Mays had seven RBIs.

Early Wynn went the distance, giving up five runs on seven hits.

Neither starter in the second game was effective. Kid Nichols allowed five runs in the top of the first for the Obamas -- Musial and Duke Snider hit back-to-back shots to open the game -- but the Obamas tied it at five in the second.

Nichols departed after four innings down 7-6. Chesbro went four innings of one-run ball (a homer by Eddie Mathews), which gave his mates a chance to tie it against Ikes starter Robin Roberts. Mays homered off Vick Willis in the ninth to put the Ikes but 9-8, but Hal Newhouser gave up a walk, a double and a sac fly, and in the bottom of the 11th, Jimmie Foxx hit a walk-off bomb off Hoyt Wilhelm.

Obama starter Eddie Plank kept the streak of early crooked numbers going in the finale; Ted Williams and Mays hit back-to-back homers in the first. Whitey Ford was sharp for the Ikes, allowing just seven hits and two runs in 8.6 innings, striking out nine. Wilhelm entered with two out and the bases loaded in the ninth to get Jackie Robinson on a grounder  to end the game and the teams' seasons.

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