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Jack Tighe League Recaps

Post by larrysiegfried20 » Thu Dec 13, 2018 2:41 pm

Washington takes game one of three from Cleveland 5-3

Washington began a three game series in Cleveland against one of the two teams currently challenging them for first place and thanks to six stolen bases and some stout relief pitching at the end of the game came away with a big win.

Washington has thrived because its offense lead the league in six different categories. The Senators are number one in the league in batting average (.288), hits (189), RBI (78),OBP (.369), OPS (.785), and stolen bases (30) and are second in walks with 70.

Billy Cross started for Cleveland (7IP 7H 3R/3ER 5BB/3SO) and he outpitched the Washington starter Ernie Stratton (6.2IP 10 H 5R.5ER 1BB/4SO). Neither figured in the decision. Washington's bullpen won the day by pitching three and two thirds scoreless innings. Bill Hall, Alan Fox and Eddie Bell (save number five) held Cleveland's offense while Washington rallied for the win.

Cleveland took a 2-0 lead in the first inning when Stratton walked Scott Cline who stole second base (4th) and scored on a triple by Xavier Kruetzer. Kruetzer came in on a single by Dizzy Benton. Stratton retired the next batters to provent any further damage.

Washington rallied in the top of the fifth to tie the game 2-2.

Stratton singled to right field to start the inning. Danny Mullins followed with a single to left field sending Stratton to third base. Mullijns stole second base (6). One out later Mike Wi

Williams tied the game with a base hit to center field.

Washington took a 3-2 lead in the top of the seventh inning.

Bob Machado walked and stole second. Mike Williams singled in Machado.

Cleveland was undeterred and powered their way into a 5-2 lead thanks to a solo homerun by Earl Meyer (1st) and Dizzy Benton followed with the second of the inning off Stratton (3rd of the season in 27.2 innings pitched) this one with one man on base.

Washington was not finished. In the eighth inning they respoonded with four runs to nail down the win thanks to wildness by closer Eddie Adair.

The lead-off batter, Mark Meers, walked and stole second (4th). Adair walkedthe next three batters as well, Tony Lee, pinch hitter Ray Ridzik (Mark Pfiefer pinch ran for him), and Danny Mueller to force in a run. Bob Machado singled in two runs and Mike Williams hit a sacrifice fly off releiver Nixie Robello to finish the scoring.

Bell then close out the game walking one batter.

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