Teddys 28-16, Garfields 18-26
Pitcher use: Garfields season over; McGinnity ought not pitch any potential playoff game.
Game One: Teddys 8, Garfields 2
WP: Waddell (4-4)
LP: Galvin (2-6)
Game Two: Teddys 16, Garfields 7
WP: TF Brown (8-2)
LP: Keefe (4-5)
Save: McGinnity (1)
HR: Thompson (5), Bresnahan (3)
The Teddys left no doubt: They want that Division A title.
They ripped both Garfields starters, Pud Galvin and Tim Keefe, early and put up 24 runs and 33 hits in the two-game sweep.
The Obamas have been eliminated, and the Franklins can win the division with a sweep of its series or force a one-game playoff by taking two of three. Anything less for the Franklins, and the Teddys win the divisional crown.
Rube Waddell continued his stellar mound work of late for the Teddys in the opener. He was scintillating for six innings (three hits and four baserunners) and pitched around trouble in the seventh and eighth. He yielded two runs in the ninth, but by then his mates had racked up eight runs against Galvin, whose defense betrayed him (four unearned runs).
Nap Lajoie and Home Run Baker each had three RBIs in the contest. Eddie Collins, Tris Speaker and Lajoie each scored twice.
Three-Finger Brown needed a lot of help to get his eighth win in the second game, and he got plenty. The Teddys turned five singles and two walks into five first-inning runs, and when Lajoie bopped a two-run double in the second for a 7-0 lead, the game appeared decided.
But the Garfields fought back, with Sam Thompson driving in five runs, to narrow the margin to 8-6 after the top of the sixth inning.
But then the Teddys strung together six singles and a walk against John Clarkson in another five-run inning, and in the seventh Roger Bresnahan's three-run homer gave the Teddys a double-digit lead.
Iron Man McGinnity pitched the final three innings, allowing just an unearned run, for the save.
Thompson was five-for-five in the nightcap, and Jesse Burkett was four-for-five with three runs. Bresnahan drove in five runs and Lajoie three; for the series, Lajoie was six-for-nine with six RBIs and five runs.