Sunday, August 22, 2010

Tribe outlasts Pale Hose in 5 game series

Boxscores from series

8/1-8/2 - Comiskey Park
GAME 1 - White Sox 2, Indians 1

Ray_Herbert_CHW Ray Herbert (8 IP/1 ER) outdueled Jim "Mudcat" Grant, who gave up just 2 runs in that same span.  Chicago carried a 2 run lead into the 9th when Hebert tired.  Turk Lown came on to save the day by getting the final 3 outs.  Jimmy Piersall's solo shot in the 9th accounted for Cleveland's lone run.  Hebert was working on a 3 hit shutout to that point.  Cleveland scored 1st when Minnie Minoso singled home Roy Sievers in the bottom of the first.  The winning run was scored in the 5th when Floyd Robinson singled home Luis Aparicio.

GAME 2 - Indians 8, White Sox 4
Cal McLish was not capable of holding a 4-2 lead vs his ex-mates.  McLish gave up sixTito_Francona_CLE runs in 6 innings of work.  His opposing number, Gary "Ding Dong" Bell struggled early, but then righted the ship almost going the distance.  Tito Francona went 3 for 5 with 2 RBI's.  The first 5 batters in Cleveland's lineup had at least 2 hits each.  8th place hitter Vic Power went 3 for 4 himself.  Lost in the shuffle was the combined 7 hits by Chicago's 2nd and 3rd place hitters Roy Sievers and Floyd Robinson.  Al Smith hit a 3 runs shot in the bottom of the 4th off of Bell to provide McLish with that early 4-2 lead.  That would be the last scoring posted by the Chisox.

Willie_Kirkland_CLE8/4-8/5 - Municipal Stadium
GAME 3 - Indians 4, White Sox 1

Billy Pierce and Jim Perry were locked in a 1-1 deadlock until the bottom of the 5th.  A Willie Kirkland 3 run shot took care of that deadlock as Perry was able to cruise the rest of the way to an easy victory.


GAME 4 - White Sox 9, Indians 8
Needing a win to stay alive the Chisox narrowly limped to the finish line.  Up 9-4 headingsherm_lollar_CHW into the bottom of the 8th Chisox reliever Warren Hacker felt philanthropic and let the Tribe have 4 runs to make it a 1 run ballgame.  Thankfully the Pale Hose had stingy Floyd Peters to come on and pitch a scoreless 9th to force a decisive game 5 back home in Comiskey.  An unbelievable 7 homers were hit on the day.  Sherm Lollar, who hit one of those long balls, also had 3 additional hits in a 4 for 5 three RBI day.

8/6 - Comiskey Park
GAME 5 - Indians 5, White Sox 1

Mudcat_Grant_CLE On the heels of a 4 run outburst in the 3rd inning Jim "Mudcat" Grant coasted to victory.  Grant went 8 solid innings allowing just 1 run on 7 hits.  The Tribe dictated the pace of the game when they beat up on Ray Herbert for 4 in the 3rd.  Tito Francona's double scored Piersall to break the ice and Willie Kirkland's single made it 2-0.  Bubba Phillips' 2 run blast would make it 4-0 and take all of the life out of the crowd on 35th street.

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