Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Series 10: Rams sweep three from Black Caps

Black Caps 13-15, Rams 14-16

Game One: Rams 5, Black Caps 4
WP: Dauss (1-2)
LP: Williams (1-3)
HR: H Wilson 2 (8)

Game Two: Rams 7, Black Caps 4
WP: Perry (5-3)
LP: Holland (4-1)
HR: Palm (4)

Game Three: Rams 2, Black Caps 1
WP: Ruffing (3-4)
LP: Streeter (2-1)
Save: Dauss (5)
HR: Rizzuto (2)

Raymond overtook Lincoln Park for third place with the home sweep.

Hack Wilson powered the Rams to the opening win with a pair of two-run homers off Tom Williams, one in the first inning and another in the eighth, Wilson also doubled to got 3-for-4. Earle Combs scored twice. Rip Collins went seven innings of six hit ball for a no-decision. Dutch Leonard was the pitcher of record when the Rams scored three in the eighth, but the win was awarded to Hook Dauss as the more effective reliever.

Raymond thumped Bill Holland for four runs in the first three innings and added three more off Bill Drake to build a 7-0 lead. Spoony Palm hit a grand slam off Gaylord Perry in the eighth to account for the Black Caps' runs. Combs, Joe Sewell and Wilson each scored two runs for the rams; Wilson was 4-for-5. Frank Chance and Phil Rizzuto each drove in three runs,

Red Ruffing outdueled Sam Streeter in the finale. Rizzuto scored both runs for the Rams. He doubled and scored on Nellie Fox's single in the second and homered in the fourth. Ruffing allowed just four hits in the first eight innings but left with the bases loaded and no outs in the ninth. Dauss relieved and gave up a sacrifice fly to Buck O'Neil before retiring Alec Radcliff and Bonnie Serrell to save the game.

Pitcher availability: For the Black Caps, Streeter must sit three games, Holland two, Williams one to relieve and two to start, Drake one to start. McDonald pitched one inning in the finale. For the Rams, Dauss pitched one inning in the finale.

Projected starters: Rams -- Holloway-Whitehill-Perry-Ruffing-Collins. Black Caps -- Mathis-Currie or Cockrell-Drake.

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