Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Series 8: Quakers sweep Rams in three

Quakers 16-8, Rams 11-13

Game One: Quakers 9, Rams 7
WP: Faber (4-2)
LP: Dauss (0-2)
Save: Keen (3)
HR: Greenberg (5)

Game Two: Quakers 11, Rams 8
WP: Kaufmann (3-0)
LP: R Collins (1-3)
Save: Blake (3)
HR: Rizzuto (1), Doby (5)

Game Three: Quakers 6, Rams 4
WP: Wheeler (1-2)
LP: Holloway (3-1)
Save: Keen (4)
HR: Perez 2 (7), Greenberg (6)

The Quakers' big bats boomed in this series as Guilford tightened its grip on first place.

The visiting Quakers opened with a big inning, plating five runs off Red Ruffing in the first inning of the opener. Hank Greenberg had a two-run triple in the frame. But Raymond battled back and tied the game with a three-run eighth against Red Faber, who nevertheless finished the inning. Greenberg then struck again with a two-run homer off Hooks Dauss, and Vic Keen finished the game for the Quakers.

Guilford again put up a crooked number in the first inning of the second game, scoring three runs. The Quakers knocked Rip Collins and Lil Stoner around for 11 runs and carried an 11-2 lead into the ninth. George Milstead relieved Tony Kaufmann and, after getting one out, allowed a walk and four straight hits. Rip Wheeler relieved and got a double play grounder off the back of pinch-hitter Bob Fothergill, but Rabbit Maranville erred. Wheeler retired one man, but then allowed two straight hits, and with the tying run at the plate gave way to Sheriff Blake, who retired Frank Chance to end the game.

The third game opened as a pitchers duel between Elmer Jacobs and Ken Holloway; each threw three scoreless innings to open the game/ Each team scored a run in the fourth, and the Rams scored three in the fifth to take the lead. The Quakers narrowed the margin to 4-2 in the sixth, and in the eighth scored three runs on homers by Greenberg and Tony Perez. They added another run on a ninth-inning homer by Perez. Wheeler, Blake and Keen combined for three scoreless innings of relief to complete the sweep.

Pitcher availability: Blake should sit out the first game of the Quakers' next series. Wheeler may not pitch more than an inning and must sit a game if he does. Keen pitched two-thirds of an inning in the finale. For the Rams, Syl Johnson and Ed Wells each pitched one inning in the finale; if they pitch in the first game of their next series.

Projected rotations: Rams -- Perry-Ruffing-Whitehill-Collins-Perry. Quakers: Lyons-Faber-Aldridge-Kaufmann-Lyons.

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