Sunday, March 27, 2016

Series 11: Quakers take two of three form Orators

Quakers 21-12, Orators 17-16

Game One: Quakers 2, Orators 1
WP: Aldridge (3-0)
LP: Davis (0-4)

Game Two: Quakers 6, Orators 5
WP: Jacobs (2-0)
LP: Wingard (1-4)
Save: Keen (5)
HR: Greenberg (8)

Game Three: Orators 6, Quakers 3
WP: Sutton (5-2)
LP: Lyons (5-3)
Save: Vangilder (3)

Guilford took the series despite totalling just four extra-base hits in the three games.

Vic Aldridge threw a five-hit complete game in the opener to outduel Dixie Davis. Neither team scored until the ninth inning, when Rabbit Maranville led off with a walk. Aldridge bunted him to second, and Max Carey singled to put runners on first and third. Johnny Evers singled home Aldridge with Carey taking third, and Hank Greenberg plated Carey with a sac fly. That extra run was needed when Kiki Cuyler and Heine Manush started the bottom of the ninth with base hits; each moved up on a pair of groundouts, but Manush was stranded on third.

Guilford slapped Ernie Wingard around for six runs in the first six innings of the second game, climaxed by Greenberg's two-run homer in the sixth. Elmer Jacobs shut out the Orators through five innings, but Ortonville strung together four hits and a hit batter in the sixth to make it 6-3. Sheriff Blake allowed two runs in the seventh on two walks and a single as the Orators pulled to within a run, but Vic Keen tossed a perfect ninth to nail down the win.

The finale was all Ortonville. The Orators scored a pair of runs in the first inning off Ted Lyons, with Cuyler hitting a triple. Manush was thrown out at the plate by Carey to end the inning as he tried to score from first on Jim O'Rourke's double. Ortonville added three more in the second on three singles and a double. The Quakers couldn't dent Don Sutton until there were two outs in the ninth, when Maranville and pinch-hitter George Grantham hit back-to-back doubles and Carey singled home Grantham. Hub Pruett relieved but got no outs: Evers and Greenberg singled for a run, and Larry Doby walked to fill the bases. Elam Vangilder entered with the tying run on base and popped up Tony Perez, who went hitless for the series.

Pitcher availability: For the Quakers, Sheriff Blake pitched two innings in each of the last two games and should sit at least one game. Guy Bush is still out one game. All other Guilford relievers are fully rested. For the Orators, Vangilder has faced one hitter in each of the last two games; he's available for their next game. Pruett faced three hitters and will be regarded as having pitched an inning. All other Ortonville relievers are fully rested.

Projected rotations: Quakers -- Faber-Kauffman-Aldridge-Lyons-Faber-Jacobs. Orators -- Jenkins-Shocker-Davis-Sutton-Jenkins-Wingard.

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