Saturday, June 11, 2016

Series 19: Quakers take two of three from Rams

Quakers 35-21; Rams 29-29

Game One: Quakers 4, Rams 3
WP: Faber (10-4)
LP: Whitehill (2-6)
Save: Keen (9)
HR: Carey (5)

Game Two: Rams 11, Quakers 1
WP: Perry (9-5)
LP: Aldridge (3-2)
HR: Schalk (1)

Game Three; Quakers 6, Rams 5
WP: Jacobs (3-1)
LP: Ruffing (5-7)
HR: Perez (13)

The Rams are eliminated from pennant contention.

A second-inning triple by Phil Rizzuto was in the middle of a two-run rally that gave Raymond a 3-1 lead going into the eighth inning behind Earl Whitehill. But Rabbit Maranville led off the top of the eighth with a walk, and Jigger Statz, pinch-hitting for Red Faber, doubled, Max Carey (who had homered in the sixth) singled in Maranville, and that chased Whitehill. Dutch Leonard gave up a run-scoring single to Johnny Evers before striking out Hank Greenberg and getting Larry Doby to ground out on a play in which Carey was thrown out at the plate, But with two outs, Tony Perez singled to score Evers. Rip Wheeler and Vic Keen protected the lead in the final two innings.

The Rams routed the Quakers in the next game, ripping Vic Aldridge for six runs in the opening frame. Ray Schalk hit a grand slam, his first home run of the season, to cap the uprising, which featured four walks. Aldridge surrendered nine runs, seven earned, in four innings. Meanwhile, Gaylord Perry took a shutout into the ninth and ended with a complete-game eight hitter. Hack Wilson scored three runs for the Rams.

Guilford won another close game in the series finale. Elmer Jacobs went the distance for the Quakers, allowing nine hits, Rick Ferrell had a three-run double in the first inning, and Greenberg was 4-for-4 (all singles) with a walk.

Pitcher availability: Guy Bush (four innings of relief in the second game) should sit at least one more for the Quakers, The rest of their bullpen is fully rested. The Rams got complete games in each of the last two games and their bullpen is fully rested.

Projected rotations: Rams -- will finish the season with Collina and Holloway, although I might sub in Lil Stoner for one of those two. Quakers -- finish with Lyons-Faber-Kaufmann-Aldridge.

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