Midwest 6 – Game Day 7

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Flash Bremer(DET) vs. Dave Brown(CHI)
Bill Byrd(KCM) vs. Chet Brewer(PIT)
Big Bill Foster(CHI) vs. Rube Foster(HOM)

Day 7 – Detroit pitching keeps them on top

CHICAGO (Comiskey Park) – Leon Day pitched a complete game for the Detroit Stars keeping them in first place. Campy hits a couple of bombs and Garnett Blair had a strong eight-inning performance, while Wild Bill Wright homered for the third straight day.

Roy Campanella – 2 for 4, 2hr, 2r, 4rbi
Jackie Robinson – 2 for 3, hr, r, 4rbi
Hank Aaron – 4 for 4, 3b, hr, 2r,  rbi
Charles Blackwell – 3 for 5, 3b, hr, 2r, 2rbi

Leon Day – 9ip, 4h, 1r, 2bb, 3k
Garnett Blair – 8ip, 8h, 1er, 3bb, 2k
Porter Charleston – 2ip, 1h, 0r, 1k

Detroit – 8
Chicago – 1

Win – Leon Day (2-0)
Loss – Frank Wickware (1-1)
HR – Robinson (2), Carr (1)
SB – Poles 3(4)

Day tosses complete game four-hit gem

Leon Day went 9 strong innings at Comiskey Park where the Detroit Stars beat the Chicago Giants 8 to 1.

The game was a pitchers duel into the top of the ninth when the Detroit bats exploded for seven runs. Spoony Palm was intentionally walked to load the bases after a Ben Taylor single and Martin Dihigo double. Bingo Demoss calmly lined a two-run single to end Frank Wickware’s day with no outs in the ninth. Phil Cockrell entered and retired the first two batters he faced before Jackie Robinson added to the lead with a three-run homer to make it 6-1 Stars.

Tank Carr hit a home run in the third for Chicago’s only run. Day was in command the entire game striking out three and walking two.

Day(2-0) lowered his ERA to 1.59 in the victory. The losing pitcher was Wickware(1-1). He allowed 5 runs and 9 hits in 8 innings.

Spot Poles swiped three bases on the day giving him the league lead with four.

Turkey Stearnes was a homer shy of the cycle on the day while Detroit hit for the cycle in four at-bats in the ninth. Robinson homered, Willie Wells doubled, Stearnes tripled and Taylor singled to pull off the feat.

Kansas City – 4
Pittsburgh – 5

Win – Porter Charleston (1-0)
Loss – Harry Salmon (0-1)
HR – Aaron (2), Campanella 2(2)
SB – McNair (1)

Campanella’s big day helps lift Crawfords

Roy Campanella
knocked 2 homeruns and had 4 RBI as the Pittsburgh Crawfords defeated the Kansas City Monarchs in 10 innings by the score of 5 to 4 at Comiskey Park.

Juan Padron struggled in the first inning for the second straight start as the first two Pittsburgh batters reached base. Padron regained his composure and retired the next two hitters and looked like he would get out of the inning unscathed. Up next, Campanella continued his clutch hitting and rifled a three-run homer into the left-field bleachers for a 3-0 lead.

Andy Cooper was cruising until the seventh inning when two straight hits put runners at second and third with no outs. Bonnie Serrell was the next hitter and slashed a base hit into left-center plating two and knotting the score at three chasing Cooper from the game.

Relief pitcher Harry Salmon entered in the ninth for the Monarchs clasping to a 4-3 lead. The first man he would face was Campanella. Campy worked the count to 2-2 before getting a pitch he could drive and sending it deep into the bleachers to tie the game once again at four.

The score was knotted at 4 after nine innings. Pittsburgh came out the victor in the 10th inning. Sam Bankhead was hit by a pitch. Pete Hill stepped up to the plate and he lined a base-hit. Rap Dixon then grounded into a double play. Buck Leonard was up next and he slapped a single giving Pittsburgh the victory and sending the 28,187 home-town fans home happy. Despite losing, Kansas City out-hit Pittsburgh 11 to 8.

The victory went to Porter Charleston(1-0) who went 2 innings, allowing no runs. Salmon(0-1) was given the loss in relief. He allowed 3 hits and no walks in 1 and 2/3 innings.

KC starter Padron retired twelve straight batters at one point.

Indianapolis – 5
Homestead – 7

Win – Garnett Blair (1-1)
Loss – William Bell (0-2)
Save – Bullet Joe Rogan (1)
HR – Wright (5), Blackwell (2), Beckwith (1), Santop (1)

Garnett Blair goes eight strong, holds on to win

Garnett Blair
pitched a solid eight innings of baseball to pick up his first victory of the season. He escaped an early jam in the third with second and third and no outs but did not give up a run as he effectively changed speeds to keep hitters off balance.

Homestead got on the board in the bottom of the third thanks to a Charles Blackwell solo homerun. Indy took the lead in the top of the sixth thanks to back to back rbi singles by Ernie Banks and Quincy Trouppe.

Homestead came right back in the bottom of the sixth with four runs thanks to two-run homers by John Beckwith and Loius Santop.  Indy quickly responded in the top of the seventh plating two runs on Wild Bill Wright’s fifth homer of the season. Wright has homered in three straight games and leads the league.

Homestead tacked on two runs in the bottom of the eighth to go into the ninth with a 7-4 lead. Manager Rube Foster called on Bullet Joe Rogan to come in and close out the game for the Grays. Rogan got the first out but ran into trouble after that giving up a single to Wright and a double to Oscar Charleston putting runners on second and third with one out. Willard Brown followed with a sacrifice fly to close the gap to 7-5 bringing up Rev Cannady as the tying run. Cannady turned on an inside fastball and sent a long drive down the leftfield line towards the wall. Jimmy Lyons raced hard and lunged at the last second pulling in the drive and preserving the win for the Grays.

Blair(1-1) gave Homestead a solid outing. He went 8 innings allowing 8 hits and 3 walks dropping his ERA from 3.52 to 2.30.

Rogan earned his 1st save. William Bell(0-2) was the loser. He allowed 3 homeruns in 5 and 1/3 innings of work.


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