Padron(KCM) vs. Blair(HOM)
Day(DET) vs. Cooper(PIT)
Bell(IND) vs. Wickware(CHI)
Day 10 – Doby, Spot and Heavy carry teams to wins
CHICAGO (Comiskey Park) – *Every fifth game day in the Midwest Six teams must start their backup catchers. Larry Doby, Spot Poles and Oscar ‘Heavy’ Johnson all had great days at the plate to carry their teams to victory.
TODAY’S TOP PERFORMERS
Larry Doby – 2 for 5, 2r, 2hr, 5rbi
Oscar Johnson – 4 for 4, 2r, 2-2b, hr, 4rbi
John Beckwith – 3 for 4, 3r, 2b, hr, 2rbi
Spot Poles – 4 for 5, r, 2-3b, 5rbi, sb
Mule Suttles – 2 for 4, r, hr, 3rbi
Jim Jeffries – 3ip, 1h, 0r, 2k
Cannonball Willis – 1.2ip, 0h, 0r
Leroy Matlock – 9ip, 8h, 2r, 1k
Kansas City – 2
Homestead – 8
Win – Leroy Matlock (2-1)
Loss – Ted Trent (0-1)
HR – C. Smith (3), Blackwell (3), Beckwith (3), Doby 2(3)
Doby carries Grays with two homers, 5 rbi’s
Right Fielder Larry Doby hit two home runs and knocked in five to carry the Grays to an 8-2 victory.
Charles Blackwell got things started for Homestead when he led off the bottom of the first with his third home run of the season. Monarchs pitcher Ted Trent then retired the next two batters and looked like we would get out of the inning only giving up the one run. Smoking hot John Beckwith lined a single to center bringing up Doby. Doby smashed a 2-1 pitch to the bleachers in right-center extending the lead to 3-0 Grays.
Chino Smith got Kansas City on the board in the top of the third on a bomb that hit off the front of the upper deck. His third of the season making it 3-1 Grays. Beckwith countered with a two-run shot in the bottom of the third to make it 5-1.
Trent struggled all day long with the combo of Beckwith-Doby. In the fifth they would get him once again as a Beckwith double would put runners at second and third(Jud Wilson) with no outs. Doby then cranked his second homer of the day, a towering drive to right field making it 8-1 Homestead.
Homestead’s starting pitcher, Leroy Matlock, was in command all day. He retired ten of the last eleven batters he faced. He went the distance and lowered his ERA to 2.96.
Jim Jeffries pitched three scoreless innings in relief of Trent for Kansas City. He hasn’t allowed a run yet this season.
Kansas City left nine men on base on the day.
Bot 8th: Bonnie Serrell robbed Newt Allen of a base hit.
Detroit – 7
Pittsburgh – 5
Win – Nip Winters (2-1)
Loss – Ray Brown(0-2)
Save – Cannonball Willis (2)
HR – Suttles (5), Monroe (2)
SB – Poles (2)
Poles ‘Spot’ on in thriller for Stars
Spot Poles went 4 for 5 with two triples and 5 rbi’s leading the Detroit Stars to a 7-5 lead over the Pittsburgh Crawfords.
Mule Suttles got the Crawfords on the board in the bottom of the first inning with a single knocking in Buck Leonard who had tripled with two outs. Detroit stormed back with three of their own in the top of the second. They loaded the bases with two outs bringing up pitcher Nip Winters. Winters singled in a run to tie the score at one. Poles was up next and singled home two more to give the Stars a 3-1 lead.
Poles was in the middle of it again in the top of the sixth when he tripled with two outs and the bases loaded to run the score to 6-2 Detroit.
Winters was cruising along for Detroit until the bottom of the eighth when he walked leadoff hitter Leonard bringing up the always dangerous Suttles. Mule launched his fifth home run of the season making the score 6-4 with nobody out. Nip recovered to strike out Alec Radcliffe bringing up the struggling Bill Monroe. Monroe worked the count to 3-1 before lining a home run to the right-center field seats closing the gap to one run and chasing Winters from the game. Cannonball Willis entered and retired the next two batters leaving the score 6-5 heading to the ninth.
Poles lead off the ninth with his second triple of the game for Detroit. Jackie Robinson followed with a rbi single increasing the Stars lead to 7-5
Willis retired the side in order in the bottom of the ninth to pick up his second save of the season. Ray Brown took the loss for Pittsburgh giving up six runs in six innings. His ERA is now 10.47 on the season.
Detroit was 5 for 17 with RISP, Pittsburgh was 2 for 7 with RISP.
Indianapolis – 3
Chicago – 5
Win – Webster McDonald (1-1)
Loss – Needlenose Wright (1-1)
Save – Bill Jefferson (2)
HR – O. Johnson (2)
SB – Baro (2)
Oscar carries Chicago with four hits, four rbi’s
Oscar ‘Heavy’ Johnson had four hits and four rbi’s to carry the Chicago Giants over the Indianapolis ABC’s in the nightcap by a score of 5-3.
Johnson got the Giants on the board in the bottom of the third. Bernardo Baro led off and reached on an error by Rev Cannady. Baro stole second before Tank Carr was hit by a pitch putting runners on first and second with no outs. Johnson followed with his third double of the season knocking in both runners.
Carr walked with one out in the bottom of the fifth bringing up Johnson for his third at bat of the game. He banged out his second homer of the season giving the Giants a 4-0 lead.
Chicago starter Webster McDonald was coasting until the top of the ninth when he walked Oscar Charleston to lead things off. Ernie Banks followed with a double putting runners and second and third with no outs. Cannady followed with a single scoring Charleston and chasing McDonald. Phil Cockrell entered and issued a walk to Larry Brown to load the bases. Cockrell retired Homerun Johnson on a popout and pinch hitter Willard Brown on a shallow fly and looked like he would get out of the game with no further damage. Then the wheels fell off for Cockrell as back to back bases-loaded walks brought Indy within two runs. Manager Pop Lloyd summoned Bill Jefferson to get the last out. He retired Wild Bill Wright on a liner to Lloyd. Jefferson recorded his second save of the season.
Heavy Johnson raised his league-leading average to .571 in going 4 for 4.