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June 27, 2013

Back to their winning ways…

Filed under: Uncategorized — stevemryan @ 1:47 am

This is the fifth Federal League Team to go up against a Major League Team.  Federal League teams are 2-2 against the National League and 1-0 against American League teams.  This match-up was game two in the best-of-three series pitting the Chicago Whalers against the Chicago White Sox.  Since the Whalers had won game one on the road, they played game two on the road.  The Whalers throttled the White Sox 6-0 scoring all six run in the first three innings to sweep the series 2-0.

Jim Scott was not very sharp, unless hitting the fat part of the bat was the goal.  After surrendering 5 runs, 4 earned, in the first two frames Scott was pulled in favor of Red Faber.  Faber allowed one run and was lifted for a pinch-hitter after his one inning of work.  Reb Russell relieved Faber and pitched five strong innings of 1-hit ball while allowing 3 walks and striking out 5.  Wolfgang finished the game for the ChiSox with an uneventful top of the 9th.

Fred Beck was the hitting hero for the Whalers.  He went 2-for-4 with a walk, one RBI and one run scored.  Eight of nine starters either reached base or knocked in a run.  Rankin Johnson completed the 2-hitter with 4 K’s and only 2 walks.

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The new APBA books are easier to read and I like them a lot.  I am not sure if I will buy tabs or cut out the tabs in the book.  I don’t have the steadiest of hands, so I will probably go with the tabs and try to print some labels.  I like the size of the new box as well, but I am not sure it will fit in my backpack like the most recent box does.  Not a big deal since the box is bigger and I can put more team envelopes in it.

I have three more series left to complete the top half of the bracket.  I have two Yankees teams and two Brooklyn teams, but they only face each other once.  Pittsburgh of the 1914 Federal League and the 1914 Cleveland Indians are the other two clubs in the series.  Should be some decent match-ups with closely seeded teams in two of the three series.  The 1916 Brooklyn team is the 4th seed facing the 61st seeded Cleveland Indian team in what could easily be a lop-sided affair.  But then again, in baseball no-one goes undefeated.  The three game series favors the higher seeded team but in a short series anyone can still win.

On a side note, Chas has been working hard in the yard and it looks very good.  We just got a tornado warning, so I hope we still have a house and yard in the morning.  I will cut this short with the warning good until 2:15am.

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