Day 6 – Weather and bats both warming up
CHICAGO (Comiskey Park) – Hitters are finding their groove in the Midwest Six as they pounded out 65 hits including 11 round trippers. Nip Winters made a costly mistake late but otherwise pitched well. Indianapolis’s outfield flexed their muscle in a big win. Charles Blackwell makes most of a timely start.
Leon Day(DET) vs. Frank Wickware(CHI)
Juan Padron(KCM) vs. Andy Cooper(PIT)
William Bell(CHI) vs. Garnett Blair(HOM)
Detroit – 3
Kansas City – 4
Win – CannonBall Redding (2-0)
Loss – Nip Winters (1-1)
HR – Wells (1), Moore (1), Oms 2 (4)
SB – Aaron (1)
Oms walkoff winner gets Monarchs even on season
Left fielder Alejandro Oms smashed 2 homeruns and had 3 RBI as the Kansas City Monarchs won a heart-stopping victory over the Detroit Stars, 4 to 3.
Dobie Moore hit a solo shot in the first inning for Kanas City to tie the score at 1-1. Detriot reclaimed the lead in the top of the third inning when a Turkey Stearnes triple plated Jackie Robinson.
Hank Aaron singled and stole second base just prior to Oms hitting his first homer on the day giving the Stars a 3-2 lead in the seventh inning.
Cannonball Redding came in to close things out for the Monarchs in the ninth. Willie Wells greeted him with a solo shot to tie the score once again at three. It was Wells’s first and the third given up by Redding on the young season.
Nip Winters had only given up six hits and had two outs in the ninth when Oms strolled up to the plate. ‘El Caballero’ walloped a long drive into the seats in right field to give the Monarchs the walk-off victory.
The win was credited to Redding(2-0) who went 1 inning allowing 1 run. Winters(1-1) took the loss. He served up 3 homeruns in his 8 and 2/3 innings.
Detroit left 13 men on base for the day
Indianapolis – 12
Pittsburgh – 5
Win – NeedleNose Wright (1-0)
Loss – Ray Brown (0-1)
HR – Wright (4), Charleston (3), W. Brown (1), Suttles (3), D. Radcliffe (1)
SB _ Dixon (1)
ABC’s outfield bats lead way with ten RBI’s
The Indianapolis ABC’s starting outfield decided early that they were not going to allow their team to lose today. Down 2-0 in the third inning, right fielder Wild Bill Wright hit a grand slam off of starter Ray Brown. Oscar Charleston made it back-to-back shots with his third homer of the season and Indianapolis never looked back winning the game 12-5.
Center fielder Cool Papa Bell hit a run-scoring double chasing Brown in the sixth. Two outs later, left fielder Willard Brown hit a three-run tater making the score 11-4. Brown, Bell, and Wright combined to go 7 for 14, 2-2b, 2-hr, 10 rbi’s.
Mule Suttles and Double Duty Radcliffe both homered in a losing effort for the Crawfords.
Needle Nose Wright(1-0) got the win allowing 5 runs in 7 innings. Brown(0-1) was charged with the loss. He was knocked around by Indianapolis, allowing 8 hits and 5 walks in 5 innings.
Buck Leonard continued his hot hitting going 5 for 5 raising his average to .407
Roy Campanella threw out Cool Papa at second on a steal attempt. The prolific base stealer is 0 for 2 on the season.
Chicago – 4
Homestead – 8
Win – Leroy Matlock (1-1)
Loss – Webster McDonald (0-1)
Save – Roosevelt Davis (1)
HR – Gibson (2), Blackwell (1)
Blackwell homers, knocks in four in victory
Charles Blackwell left the yard and had 4 RBI at Comiskey Park where the Homestead Grays beat the Chicago Giants 8 to 4.
Blackwell hit a three-run home run, his first, in the fourth inning scoring Louis Santop and Newt Allen giving the Grays a 5-0 lead.
In the top of the fifth, the Giants tried to climb back into the game. Pitcher Webster McDonald singled home Pop Lloyd to make it 6-1. Chicago looked primed to have a big inning with the bases loaded and sluggers Willie Mays and Josh Gibson coming to the dish. Homestead starter Leroy Matlock whiffed Mays and got Gibson out in front of an off-speed pitch grounding out weakly.
Gibson got revenge in the seventh hitting a two-run bomb and chasing Matlock from the game making the score 6-4.
John Beckwith singled home two more in the eighth to extend the Grays lead back to four at 8-4.
Matlock(1-1) contributed a pedestrian performance to earn the win. He allowed 8 hits and 3 walks in 6 and 2/3 innings. Homestead finished with 15 hits while Chicago ended up with 11.
Roosevelt Davis gained credit for his 1st save. McDonald(0-1) was the loser. He got hammered, allowing 11 hits and 2 walks in 6 innings.