Midwest 6 – League Day 54

North Won Lost Pct.
Pittsburgh 29 25 .537
Indianapolis 28 26 .519
Chicago 27 27 .500
South Won Lost Pct.
Kansas City 27 27 .500
Memphis 26 28 .481
St. Louis 25 29 .463


Indianapolis wins their fifth game in a row behind Hilton Smith and some timely hitting from shortstop Willard Brown (yes, shortstop!). The two other games were decided in extras as Max Manning and Smokey Joe Williams were dealing matching nine inning shutouts and Chicago and Pittsburgh went seventeen innings to decide a winner. Extra inning homers decided both games, read about each games hero’s below.

Memphis(Satchel Paige) @ Indianapolis(Hilton Smith) – Recap | Box
Kansas City(Max Manning) @ St. Louis Stars(Smokey Joe Williams) – Recap | Box
Chicago(Webster McDonald) @ Pittsburgh Crawfords(Slim Jones) – Recap | Box

Memphis Red Sox – 2
Indianapolis ABC’s – 8

Win – Smith (9-5) 
Loss – Paige (9-5)
Save – none
Homeruns – W. Brown(8), H. Johnson(3)

Hilton hits, hurls way past Paige and Memphis

Player of the Game
Hilton Smith pitched a masterful 8 2/3 innings besting Satchel Paige in a battle of aces. He benefited from three double plays turned by his defense. One each in the second, fifth and eighth innings. Hilton also smashed three singles and knocked in two runs. Smith has won three in a row and five of his last six starts.

Turning Point
Willard Brown, who got the start at shortstop(4e36), popped a three run tater off of Satchel in the bottom of a five run third inning. Brown played a flawless shortstop helping turn two double plays in his first start of the season at the position.

Losing Effort
Bullet Joe Rogan went two for three with two runs batted in in the loss for Memphis. Rogan has started 12 of the last 14 games in  center field for the Red Sox.

Odds and Ends
Superman Pennington grounded into two double plays, giving him six on the season. Smith matched his season low in strikeouts with one.

KC Monarchs – 2
St. Louis Stars – 0

Win – Manning(6-9)
Loss – Dihigo(1-3)
Save – Redding(5th)
Homeruns – C.Smith(9th)

Starters get no decisions while pitching nine scoreless.

Player of the Game
Chino Smith went 2 for 4 with 2 rbi’s, hitting the game deciding two run home run off of Martin Dihigo in the top of the tenth inning. It was Chino’s ninth of the season and gives him 53 runs batted in. He also singled in the top of the first of of Smokey Joe Williams.

Turning Point
Martin Dihigo served up the home run to Smith after walking Hurley McNair with one out in the top of the tenth. Dihigo spelled starter Cyclone Williams, who went nine innings walking three and striking out seven.

Losing Effort
Smokey Joe Williams went nine scoreless innings in the losing effort. He gave up nine hits, three walks but only had to get out of one jam thanks to a couple double plays and a caught stealing. Williams lowered his ERA to 4.58.

Odds and Ends
Biz Mackey started at first base for Buck O’Neil who is 2 for 30 against St. Louis this season. Smith is hitting .441 in the clutch on the season (15 for 34). Dihigo’s three losses have all come via the longball in relief.

Chicago Giants – 5
Pittsburgh Crawfords – 2

Win – Donaldson(3-1)
Loss – Cooper(1-1)
Homeruns – C.Torriente(6th), P.Lloyd(2nd)

Donaldson notches win in dominant relief effort

Player of the Game
John Donaldson tossed 7 1/3 scoreless innings to grab his third win of the season. Donaldson gave up only two hits, four walks and struck out three after entering the ball game with two outs in the bottom of the tenth. Donaldson lowered his ERA to 2.23

Turning Point
Cristobal Torriente led off the top of the 17th with a home run, his 6th, off of losing pitcher Andy Cooper.

Losing Effort
Rube Currie pitched four scoreless innings of relief for the Crawfords. He gave up only one hit and struck out one batter.

Odds and Ends
Mule Suttles hit into an inning ending triple play in the first inning. Both teams had runners at third with less than two outs in extra innings and failed to score(Josh Gibson led off the top of the twelfth with a triple). Rap Dixon (RF 1e12) muffed two fly balls in the game, both leading off innings.