Sunday, January 3, 2016

Series 2: Quakers take two of three from Flashes

Quakers 2-3, Flashes 4-2

Game One: Flashes 7, Quakers 6 (10 innings)
WP: Dean (1-0)
LP: Wheeler (0-1)
HR: Doby (2), Gowdy (1), Greenberg (1)

Game Two: Quakers 7, Flashes 4
WP: Kaufmann (1-0)
LP: Grimes (1-1)
Save: Keen (1)

Game Three: Quakers 7, Flashes 4
WP: Lyons (1-1)
LP: Haines (1-1)
HR: Doby (3)

There were fireworks aplenty in the closing innings of the opener at the Polo Grounds. Fordham held a 4-0 lead after five innings, knocking Vic Aldridge out of the box, while Art Nehf allowed just one run on four hits in eight innings. The Flashes added a run by pinch-hitting for Nehf in the eighth and turned a 5-1 lead over to Jack Bentley in the ninth. But Bentley walked Larry Doby and Tony Perez to open the frame. One out later, Rick Ferrell loaded the bases with an infield single, and then Rabbit Maranville tripled home three runs. Pinch-hitter Sparky Adams brought home Maranville with a fly ball, and the game was tied at five.

Reliever Rip Wheeler spun a one-two-three bottom of the ninth for Guilford, and Wayland Dean entered for Fordham. Doby promptly homered to put the Quakers up 5-4. Wheeler couldn't hold the lead, however; Hank Gowdy homered in the bottom of the 10th to retie the score, and Dave Bancroft later scored on Fred Lindstrom's singled for the walk-off win.

The following games were less dramatic. Guilford scored six runs off Burleigh Grimes in the fourth inning of the second game, the biggest blow being a two-run single by Johnny Evers. Tony Kaufmann scattered 11 hits in eight innings for the win and drove in a pair of runs himself,

Fordham scored three runs in the first two innings of the finale off Ted Lyons, then got nothing off Sunday Ted in the next five innings, Meanwhile the Quakers scored five runs off Jesse Haines. Max Carey went 3-for-4 with a run, two RBIs and a stolen base, while Joe Tinker stole two bases,

Pitcher availability: Claude Jonnard worked two innings of relief for the Flashes in the finale and should be limited to one inning in their next game. Sheriff Blake pitched one inning, no restrictions on him for the next game, but there will be following that if he pitches.

Projected rotations: Flashes will go McQuillan-Barnes-Grimes-Haines-Nehf in their next five games. Quakers will go Faber-Aldridge (short rest)-Keen (if he doesn't relieve in the first two)-Lyons-Faber. If Keen relieves in the first game, push Aldridge back a game and use Elmer Jacobs first.

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