Monday, January 4, 2016

Series Two: Rams take two of three from Black Caps

Raymond 5-2, Lincoln Park 3-2

Game One: Black Caps 5, Rams 1
WP: Drake (1-0)
LP: Perry (1-1)
Save: Smith (1)
HR: Blackwell (1), Pennington (1)

Game Two: Rams 2, Black Caps 1
WP: Ruffing (1-1)
LP: Williams (0-1)

Game Three; Rams 14, Black Caps 10
WP: Holloway (1-0)
LP: Cockrell (0-1)
HR: Chance (1)

Charles Blackwell's three-run homer off Gaylord Perry in the third inning propelled Lincoln Park to the win in its home debut. Bill Drake allowed one run on six hits in seven innings of work. Art Pennington homered in the eighth for the Black Caps. Hilton Smith worked the final two innings for the save.

Red Ruffing outdueled Tom Williams in the second game, allowing seven hits in the complete game win. Williams allowed two runs on seven hits in seven innings. The Rams scored their runs in the sixth on a one-out double by Joe Sewell. Hack Wilson singled and Frank Chance walked to load the bases. The Black Caps failed to turn the double play on Elmer Flick's fielder's choice grounder, with Sewell scoring on the force play, and Phil Rizutto followed with a base hit to plate Wilson.

Game Three was a slugfest. The Black Caps batted around twice and still lost. Lincoln Park scored four runs in the bottom of the first; Raymond scored four in the top of the second. Starters Phil Cockrell and Ken Holloway stabilized through the fifth inning, but the Rams scored five more in the sixth, highlighted by a two-run home by Chance. The Rams added three more in the seventh and two in the eighth to build a 14-4 lead. The Black Caps scored six in the bottom of the ninth before Dutch Leonard finally got the 27th out. Chance had four RBIs and Sewell three for the winners, and Nellie Fox and Ray Schalk each scored three times. The only starter for either team without a run or RBi was Flick.

Pitcher availability: For the Rams, Leonard should not pitch in the first game of the next series, and Holloway is out for the series. For the Black Caps, Rube Currie worked the final two innings and for each inning he pitches in the next game, he should sit one game. Bill Holland pitched an inning and needs at least one day before starting again. The last three starters for LP were Drake, Williams and Cockrell

Projected rotations; For the Rams, Whitehill-Perry-Ruffing-Collins-Holloway. For the Black Caps, Mathis-Holland-Drake, with Streeter available.

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