Wednesday, February 2, 2011

LCS, Game 3: Teddys 7, Crawfords 4 (11 innings)

Teddys lead series 2-1

WP: Bender (1-0)
LP: Streeter (0-1)
Save: Joss (1)
HR: Charleston (1), Cobb (2), Wright (1)


The potentially pivotal Game 3 had several turning points, but perhaps none more significant than the injury to Crawfords starter Bullet Joe Rogan.

Rogan had tossed four scoreless frames, allowing just two hits, but he had to depart after striking out to end the bottom of the fourth. Chet Brewer inherited a 4-0 lead, built on a pair of two-run homers (Oscar Charleston in the first inning, Wild Bill Wright in the fourth) and tossed a scoreless frame himself in the fifth.

But Ty Cobb hit a two-run homer in the sixth, and the Teddys added another run when Louis Santop booted Nap Lajoie's nibbler. Brewer and Roosevelt Davis maintained the 4-3 lead into the ninth, but the Teddys tied it on five straight singles -- being held to just one run because two men were thrown out on the bases.

Sam Streeter and Chief Bender kept the game tied at four into the 11th, when the Teddys got a pinch hit single from Bobby Wallace, a single from Cobb, a sac fly from Eddie Collins, a single from Honus Wagner and a game-breaking triple from Tris Speaker. (Wallace, a mere 1-for-15 in the regular season, is 2-for-2 as a pinch hitter in this series.) Addie Joss, who had no saves in the regular season, nailed this one down with a perfect bottom of the 11th.

Three Finger Brown went eight innings, allowing four runs and 10 hits. Cobb was 4-for-6 with three RBIs and two runs.

Addendum: Behind 2-1 in the series, and with their bullpen hard-worked after short starts by Bill Foster and Rogan, and with Ted Trent a poor matchup against the left-handed Teddys, the Crawfords will shorten their rotation to Foster-Leon Day-Rogan and have Trent available in the pen. So Game 4 will match Pete Alexander and Foster.

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