Monday, April 11, 2016

Series 13: Rams take two of three from Flashes

Flashes 22-17, Rams 19-20

Game One: Rams 8, Flashes 3
WP: Perry (6-4)
LP: Grimes (4-5)
HR: Wilson (11)

Game Two: Flashes 8, Rams 6 (11 innings)
WP: Jonnard (2-0)
LP: Ruffing (3-6)
HR: High (1), Hafey (9)

Game Three: Rams 7, Flashes 2
WP: Whitehill (2-4)
LP: V Barnes (3-3)
HR: Fox (2)

Gaylord Perry's complete game was backed by a three-run homer from Hack Wilson in the opener. Perry didn't allow a run until the eighth, when Chick Hafey had a bases-loaded triple, For the Rams, Earle Combs and Wilson scored twice, and Frank Chance and Elmer Flick had a pair of RBIs apiece.

Andy High's pinch-hit three-run homer in the bottom of the 11th won the see-saw second game. Fordham took an early 4-0 lead, with Hafey homering in the second and adding the last of four straight hits in the third off Red Ruffing. But Raymond got three back in the fourth and took a 5-4 lead in the seventh off Jesse Haines, only to see that lead slip away on an error by Del Pratt, playing second base for the injured Nellie Fox. Claude Jonnard threw four innings of one-run relief as the game went into the 11th inning. Ruffing, seeking to wrap up a marathon complete game, retired the first batter of the bottom of the inning holding a 6-5 lead. But then he walked Hank Gowdy and Dave Bancroft. High pinch-hit, and the Rams brought in lefty Ed Wells to face the left-handed High. The Flashes did not replace High with a right-handed hitter, and High rewarded the non-moved with a game-winning homer.

There was no such drama in the finale, although Earl Whitehill and Virgil Barnes had dueling shutouts going through five innings. The Rams broke through for a run in the sixth when Joe Medwick dropped a flyball in left field, and added another in the seventh on Fox's triple. Fox hit a two run homer in the eighth. Fordham chased Whitehill in the bottom of the inning, scoring a pair of runs on doubles by Medwick and Jim Bottomley, but the Rams scored two more in the top of the ninth and Syl  Johnson tossed a scoreless frame to end it.

Pitching availability: Jonnard should sit at least two more games for the Flashes. Ryan worked one inning in the finale. For the Rams, Johnson worked one inning in the finale and Lil Stoner a fraction of an inning.

Projected rotations: Flashes -- Nehf-Grimes-Haines-McQuillan-Barnes-Grimes. Rams: Collins-Perry-Ruffing-Holoway-Whitehill-Perry.

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