Wednesday, February 2, 2011

LCS, Game 2: Crawfords 10, Teddys 8

Series even at one game apiece.

WP: Day (1-0)
LP: McGinnity (0-1)
Save: Streeter (1)
HR: Cobb (1), Beckwith (1)

It was a game of base hits, runs and crooked numbers. While the Teddys kept it close, the Crawfords led almost the entire game.

The key segment came in the fourth and fifth innings. The Crawfords rang up four runs against Rube Waddell in the top half of the fourth, aided by a Nap Lajoie error and a pair of stolen bases by Oscar Charleston and Bill Wright. John Beckwith and Sammy T. Hughes each contributed two-RBI hits. The Teddys responded with three runs in the bottom of the inning, tying the score at 5.

In the process, Sam Crawford was injured. Since Shoeless Joe Jackson was going to have to replace him in the outfield anyway, he was used to pinch-hit for Waddell (and got a RBI single). With Crawford's spot due third in the fifth, the Teddys opted to send Iron Man McGinnity, their weakest reliever, out for the top half of the inning.

It didn't work. Beckwith hit a three-run homer, and the Teddys never caught up. They came close repeatedly; Hughes twice robbed Ty Cobb of hits with men in scoring position.

Leon Day, back in the starting rotation for the Crawfords after spending much of the season in the bullpen, wasn't all that effective; he allowed seven runs, all earned, on 13 hits in 6.6 innings. Sam Streeter got the last seven outs for the save, allowing a run in the ninth.

Beckwith had five RBIs and three runs scored for the Crawfords, and Hughes drove in three. For the Teddys, Roger Bresnahan was 3-for-3 with a walk and a HBP.

No comments:

Post a Comment