Game One: Black Caps 4, Quakers 2
WP: Holland (1-0)
LP: Lyons (0-1)
Save: McDonald (1)
Game Two: Black Caps 4, Quakers 3
WP: Streeter (1-0)
LP: Faber (0-1)
Save: Currie (1)
HR: Doby (1)
Lincoln Park opened the season with two well-pitched games and a knack for two-out runs.
The Black Caps scored a run in the first inning of the opener on doubles by Vic Harris and Buck O'Neil. The visiting Quakers responded with two runs in the top of the second, but the rally cost them shortstop Rabbit Maranville, who left the game after being hit by a Bill Holland pitch. Joe Tinker doubled to start the rally, and starter Ted Lyons fed it with a bunt single. The Black Caps promptly tied it on Bonnie Serrell's sac fly. The score remained tied at 2 into the fifth, when Sparky Adams, playing short in Maranville's absence, booted Serrell's leadoff grounder. Harris walked, and both runners advanced on a grounder. O'Neil's groundout plated Serrell with the lead run, and Jerry Benjamin singled home Harris. And that was the scoring; Holland left after six innings, and Webster McDonald threw three scoreless frames for the save.
The Quakers scored first in the second and final game of the series. Joe Tinker reached in the third on an error and scored on Hank Greenberg's double. Tony Perez singled home Greenberg for a 2-0 lead. The Black Caps got one back in the bottom of the inning, tied it in the fifth, took the lead in the sixth and expanded the lead to 4-2 in the seventh. Larry Doby homered off Hilton Smith in the eighth to make it 4-3, and Rube Currie pitched the ninth for the save. Sam Streeter went six innings and allowed no earned runs on three hits.
Pitcher status: For the Quakers, Ted Lyons needs two days of rest and Red Faber three. George Milstead pitched two innings in the finale and will need a game off for each inning he pitches in the next game.
For the Black Caps, Holland needs at least two days of rest and Streeter three. McDonald should sit the next game as well. Phil Cockrell, Smith and Currie each pitched one inning and are available to relieve the next game but not start. Projected starters: Bill Drake followed by one of Currie, Cockrell, Tom Williams or Verdell Mathis. If the bullpen is heavily used, Holland can follow.
Projected rotations: For the Quakers, Vic Aldridge-Tony Kaufmann-Lyons-Faber-xxx.
For the Black Caps, preferably Drake-xxx-xxx-Holland.