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HBWRL Season 15

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(Defs Can't) Stop the Madness!!

Madness 4, Defenestrators 0:
With Charlton Heston in attendance, chanting various movie slogans, the Marshall Madness (7-0) continued to shock the HBWRL with their 7th straight win, this time over the JC-leading Ballston Defenestrators (5-2). The Madness opened up a three game lead in the SC, while Ballston's lead over Picadilly is now just one-half game. The Madness struck early and late, with two runs each in the 1st and 8th innings, against Defs starter Rube Waddell. Warren Spahn pitched 8.1 shutout innings, and Dolph Luque augmented his 3-0 record with a save, for the Madness. Waddell and newly acquired Defs reliever Eppa Rixey were also dominant, save for the 1st and 8th innings. Neither team was able to get an extra-base hit; the Defs advanced a runners as far as third base only twice.

The Circus Freaks can regain 1st place in the JC with a win over the Reps by at least five runs. A Reps win would put them just one game back in the wildcard race, behind the Circus Freaks and Red Dawgs.

Hits: Madness 15, Defenestrators 7
Extra-Base Hits: None

Winning pitcher: Spahn (2-0)
Losing pitcher: Waddell (2-1)
Save: Luque (1)

Stolen base: Paul Molitor

Powers 6, Titans 3:
The Karas Powers (2-5) won their 2nd straight game after a five game losing streak, defeating the Tri-City Titans (1-6), 6-3. Leading 3-1, the Powers got three insurance runs in the top of the 9th inning against Titans reliever Kevin Brown. They nearly needed all of them. Powers starter Addie Joss was one out away from a complete game when Chuck Klein dropped a routine fly ball. That led to two unearned runs, and brought George Sisler to the plate as the tying run, before Steve Carlton relieved Joss and recorded the final out. In his Powers debut, C Roy Campanella went 2-5 with a run scored, and an RBI. The player he replaced, Mickey Cochrane, was hitting under .200 at the time of the trade. Despite the win and six run performance, the Powers have just one homerun through seven games.

Hits: Powers 18,Titans 9
Extra-Base Hits: 1-1

Winning pitcher: Joss
Losing pitcher: Eddie Cicotte
Save: Carlton

Homerun: Hack Wilson
Double: Amos Otis
Error: Klein

Red Dawgs 4, Upper-Deckers 0:
The Myers Red Dawgs (4-3) continued their momentum from last year's World Series, and good pitching from their last game, with a 4-0 win over the Burke Upper-Deckers (2-5). It was Burke's third straight loss. Wilbur Cooper pitched a five hit shutout for the Dawgs, who also won 4-0 in his last outing. He pitched 6.2 shutout innings against the Powers in the game, meaning he now has 15.2 scoreless-innings streak. Al Rosen homered for the 2nd straight game for the Red Dawgs, a feat accomplished by teammate Bobby Bonds earlier in the season. That provided the only run against Burke starter Walter Johnson through eight innings. But Johnson was chased, and rookie J.R. Richard allowed two inherited runners (plus one of his own) to score, leading to the 4-0 final margin. The Dawgs have allowed only eight hits in their last two games, for a H/IP of 0.44. Opponents are batting .129 against the Dawgs during that timespan. Burke's Lou Brock managed just one hit, as his league leading average slipped to near the .600 mark.

Hits: Red Dawgs 15, Upper-Deckers 5
Extra-Base Hits: Red Dawgs 1, Upper-Deckers 0

Winning pitcher: W. Cooper (2-1)
Losing pitcher: W. Johnson (1-2)

Homerun: Rosen
Stolen base: Brock

Circus Freaks Tossed Out of JC Leaders' Window; Expansion Teams Hold First

Defenestrators 6, Circus Freaks 3:
Harry Heilmann's two run single put his team ahead for good, and outgoing reliever Greg Maddux earned his 2nd save in as many games, as the Ballston Defenestrators (5-1) took over 1st place in the JC with a 6-3 win over the Picadilly Circus Freaks (4-2). The Circus Freaks led 2-0, and 2-1 in the 5th, when Heilmann's two run single made it 3-2 Ballston. A costly error by Barry Larkin in the 7th inning led to two unearned runs and gave Ballston a 5-2 lead. Defs C Johnny Bench answered Freaks 1B Frank Chance's 8th inning RBI single with an RBI single of his own, for the final 6-3 margin.

The result avenged an earlier 5-2 defeat for Ballston at the hands of Picadilly; it is the Defs' only loss of the year. The Circus Freaks have dropped two of three since a 3-0 start. Ballston and their expansion brethren, the Marshall Madness, lead the HBWRL's two leagues, with a combined record of 11-1 entering interleague play. "I hope it's clear now that anyone who dares to disagree with any ludicrous proposition made by the office of the Defs GM is ludicrous themselves," declared a confident G.J. Cal III, Esq. "Otherwise they are in the position of saying 'yes' to one thing and 'no' to another, which of course is inconsistent."

Hits: Circus Freaks 17, Defenestrators 14
Extra-Base Hits: None

Winning pitcher: Grover Cleveland "Pete" Alexander (1-1)
Losing pitcher: Whitey Ford (1-1)
Save: Maddux (2)

Titans Survive Late Inning Collapse

Titans 6, Upper-Deckers 3:
For the 3rd consecutive game, the Tri-City Titans (1-5) were dramatically outscored in the late innings. But this time they entered the 7th with a 6-0 lead, and hung on to upset the Burke Upper-Deckers (2-4), 6-3. The result avenged a 13-8 loss to Burke earlier in the season. The Titans had led 6-2 in that game. They also led 2-0 in their 6-2 loss to the Circus Freaks, and 2-1 in their 3-2 loss to the Defenestrators. All of those leads were lost in the 7th inning or later. Also for the 3rd game in a row, reliever Don Gullett appeared for the Titans, this time pitching a perfect 9th inning to save the game for bean-balling starter Carl Mays. After six innings, the Titans led 6-0 and had outhit Burke 14-1--Burke's only hit coming from the league's leading hitter, Lou Brock. Burke then outscored the Titans 3-0, and outhit them 9-3, to make the final score respectable, although Brock finished at 1-5. Burke almost did more than that. With two out in the bottom of the 8th, "Sweet" Billy Williams batted with the bases loaded and two out. His long drive--likely a game-winner if it cleared the wall, was caught by Al Simmons just shy of the warning track. Mays walked a batter to start the 9th before Gullett retired the side.

Hits: Titans 17, Upper-Deckers 10
Extra-Base Hits: Upper-Deckers 1, Titans 0

Winning pitcher: C. Mays
Losing pitcher: Chief Bender
Save: Gullett

Double: Arky Vaughan
Stolen bases: George Sisler 2, Jackie Robinson

Game of Firsts for Powers

Powers 3, Reps 0:
Ed Reulbach (1st on the all-time wins list) tossed a shutout, and Rogers Hornsby gave the Karas Powers (1-5) their first homer of the season, leading them to a 3-0 win over the Minneapolis Reps (2-4). It was the Powers' first win of the season, prompting Powers GM to take time from his constant campaining for Gore/Lieberman and proclaim the Powers as "the best 1-5 team ever?? as long as they don't date any aviators??" He then engaged in a discussion of the top 10 shows currently on tv, the correlation between the stock market and the NFL Tennessee Titans' performance; and, above all, how the 5th Commandment requires us not to watch Ally McBeal. Reps GM Kevin C., understandably more downbeat, simply defenestrated, as the Reps--already hitting a league low .274--were held to just six hits by Reulbach.

Hits: Powers 7, Reps 6
Extra-Base Hits: 2-2

Winning pitcher: Reulbach
Losing pitcher: Hippo Vaughn

Homerun: Hornsby
Doubles: Honus Wagner, Ted Williams, Lou Gehrig
Stolen bases: Wagner, Eddie Collins
Caught stealing: Collins
Error: Hornsby

Circus Freaks Rally to Maintain 1st Place

Circus Freaks 6, Titans 2:
Trailing 2-0 through six innings, the Picadilly Circus Freaks (4-1) rallied for six unanswered runs to defeat the Tri-City Titans (0-5) and stay ahead of the Defenestrators by tiebreaker for 1st place in the JC. Titans starter Bob Gibson had a four hit shutout through six innings, but a two run single by Ty Cobb tied the game at 2-2 in the 7th. The wheels came off for the Titans in the 8th, when neither Gibson nor reliever Don Gullett could stop the Circus Freaks offense. Frank Thomas, who went 4-4 on the day, put Picadilly ahead for good with an RBI single. After George Brett did the same and made it 4-2, Barry Larkin plated two, capping a four run 8th inning, giving the Circus Freaks the win. The Titans have led in the 7th inning or later in each of their last two losses. The result concludes Week 6.

Hits: Circus Freaks 12, Titans 10
Extra-Base Hits: 1-1

Winning pitcher: Juan Marichal
Losing pitcher: Gibson

Doubles: Brett, Joe Sewell
Caught stealing: Larkin

Defs Toss Deckers Out a Window

Defenestrators 3, Upper-Deckers 1:
Sandy Koufax pitched six strong innings, and Greg Maddux earned a save in likely his last apperance as a Defenestrator, as Ballston (4-1) took a 1/2 game lead in the JC with a 3-1 win over Burke (2-3). Burke had scored 21 runs in their previous two games, but the now trail the Defenestrators by two games in the standings; and perhaps more importantly, by two in the head-to-head series. Burke's Lou Brock, the league's leading hitter, went 3-4, but it was not enough, as the three hitters behind him (Arky Vaughan, Ken Griffey, Jr., and Mark McGwire) went a combined 1-13. Johnny Mize drove in a pair of runs for the Defenestrators. Maddux was sent to the Reps in a deal that will bring Eppa Rixey to Ballston. The trade will be effective after Week 6's games.

Hits: Defenestrators 13, Upper-Deckers 10
Extra-Base Hits: Defenestrators 1, Upper-Deckers 0

Winning pitcher: Koufax (2-0)
Losing pitcher: Young (0-2)
Save: Maddux (2)

Double: Paul Molitor
Stolen base: Frank Baker
Caught stealing: Brock, Vaughan

Dawgs Blank Powers 4-0, to 0-4

Red Dawgs 4, Powers 0:
Barry and Bobby Bonds each had RBIs, and rookie Al > Rosen hit a two run homer, as the Myers Red Dawgs (2-2) defeated the Karas Powers (0-4), 4-0. Pitchers Wilbur Cooper, who finally showed some of his form from last season, and Hal Newhouser combined on the shutout. Neither allowed an extra-base hit. The Powers' Carl Hubbell, in a rare "slot one" start, was perfect through three innings, but allowed runs in each of the 6th, 7th, and 8th. Roger Clemens warmed in the Powers' bullpen but never entered the game. The Powers, the defending ERA champions, have allowed at least four earned runs in each of their first four games.

Hits: Powers 9, Red Dawgs 8
Extra-Base Hits: Red Dawgs 2, Powers 0

Winning pitcher: W. Cooper (1-1)
Losing pitcher: Hubbell (0-1)
Save: Newhouser (1)

Madness in a Marathon

Madness 6, Powers 1 (15 innings):
Mickey Mantle's three run double opened the floodgates for a five run 15th inning, as the Marshall Madness (5-0) stayed perfect and kept the Karas Powers (0-5) winless in a thrilling game. Starting pitchers Addie Joss (Powers) and Lefty Grove (Madness) each allowed just one run in nine or more innings of work, but neither figured in the decision. Both teams got good relief pitching as well. Eppa Rixey pitched 3.2 shutout innings for the Powers, while Early Wynn and Dolph Luque combined for six shutout innings for the Madness; although Luque had to pitch out of trouble frequently. The Powers had the winning run at third base with less than two out in both the 10th and 11th innings, but Luque got two strikeouts and a double play to keep his team in it. Luke Appling--who was 0-6 prior to a critical 15th inning at-bat, Mantle, and Joe DiMaggio finally got to Powers reliever Urban Shocker in the 15th. Three of the Madness' five wins have come in the 9th or extra innings; three of the five Powers' losses have come by one run or in extra innings. The Maids/Madness had never started 5-0; the Stickpins/Powers had never started 0-5.

Hits: Powers 14, Madness 13
Extra-Base Hits: 3-3

Winning pitcher: Luque
Losing pitcher: Shocker

Doubles: Mantle, Carl Yastrzemski, Pete Rose, Rogers Hornsby, Amos Otis,
Fred Clarke
Caught stealing: Clarke
Errors: Honus Wagner 2

Stick With Stocks

Red Dawgs 9, Reps 2:
...And stay away from Bonds. That's what opposing pitchers are saying, after the Myers Red Dawgs' (3-2) Bobby Bonds homered in his 2nd consecutive game, giving his team a 9-2 rout of the Minneapolis Reps (2-3). Son Barry also had a big game, going 2-5 and scoring twice. Ted Williams' two run homer provided the Reps' only offense, as the rest of the team managed no runs on seven hits. Meanwhile, Reps starter Mordecai "Three Finger" Brown was shelled for nine earned runs and 16 hits in six innings, prompting Reps GM Kevin C. to say "when we're done with him, he'll have two fingers." The Dawgs now have sole possession of 2nd place in the SC.

Hits: Red Dawgs 16, Reps 8
Extra-Base Hits: 3-3

Winning pitcher: Eddie Plank
Losing pitcher: M. Brown

Homeruns: Bo. Bonds, T. Williams, Bill Terry
Doubles: Edd Roush, Richie Allen
Stolen base: Ray Chapman
Caught stealing: Maury Wills
Error: Tris Speaker

Pie's Error Sinks Titans

Defenestrators 3, Titans 2:
The Ballston Defenestrators (3-1) capitalized on 9th inning error by Pie Traynor of the Tri-City Titans (0-4) to take a dramatic 3-2 win on the road. The win gives them a share of 1st place in the JC, although the Circus Freaks still hold the position by tiebreaker. Ballston, dominated the game through six innings--outhitting the Titans 10-2--but managed only one run during that time. As Ballson starter Rube Waddell fatigued in the 7th inning, Charlie Gehringer's two run single gave the Titans the lead. The Defenestrators tied it at 2-2 in the 9th, and the game could well have gone to extra innings. But Titans 3B Pie Traynor booted Johnny Mize's line drive, allowing Rickey Henderson to score, and giving Ballston a 3-2 lead in the top of the 9th. Greg Maddux pitched a perfect bottom of the 9th to seal the Ballston win.

Hits: Defenestrators 14, Titans 8
Extra-Base Hits: Defenestrators 1, Titans 0

Winning pitcher: Rich "Goose" Gossage
Losing pitcher: Don Gullett
Save: Maddux

Double: Mize
Stolen base: Henderson
Caught stealing: Hack Wilson
Error: Traynor

Burke With a Vengance

Upper-Deckers 8, Circus Freaks 0:
The highly touted offense of the Burke Upper-Deckers (2-2) finally came to life, scoring 21 runs over two games and today defeating the Picadilly Circus Freaks (3-1), 8-0, to avenge a 3-1 loss earlier in the season. Walter Johnson pitched eight shutout innings and fanned six for Burke, but the decisive blow came when Ken Griffey, Jr. hit a grand slam off of Circus Freaks starter Christy Mathewson in the 3rd, capping a six run inning. And the league's leading batter, Burke's Lou Brock, continued to flirt with .800, going 4-5 with two runs scored, an RBI, and a stolen base. Burke had scored only five runs in their first two games; Picadilly had allowed only four runs through their first three. "This evens things up a bit," said Burke GM Mark H., apparently referring to a table leg that he had just cut, to make it even with the other three.

Hits: Upper-Deckers 11, Circus Freaks 6
Extra-Base Hits: Upper-Deckers 2, Circus Freaks 0

Winning pitcher: W. Johnson
Losing pitcher: Mathewson

Homerun: Griffey
Double: Brock
Stolen bases: Frank Chance 2, Brock, Ty Cobb
Caught stealing: Chance 2, Cobb
Errors: Arky Vaughan, Frankie Frisch

Circus Freaks Take 1st Place in JC

Circus Freaks 5, Defenestrators 2:
In a tightly contested game, the Picadilly Circus Freaks (3-0) got two insurance runs the 9th inning to seal a win over the Ballston Defenestrators (2-1) at Yankee Stadium. It was the first loss of the year for an expansion team, and gave Picadilly sole possession of first place in the Junior Circuit. The Defenestrators (whose fan base is rapidly depleting due to a literal interpretation of their name) struck first, with an RBI single by Rickey Henderson. That came off of Circus Freaks starter Whitey Ford, and prompted Defenestrators GM G.J. Cal, III, Esq. to proclaim, "we may defenestrate, but not because we're afraid of the Circus Freaks."

But Frank Chance's two run single in the 4th made it 2-1 Circus Freaks, a lead they would never lose. Frank Thomas' solo shot for the Freaks was matched by one for Ernie Banks in the bottom of the 8th, making it 3-2. But Stan Musial showed he was the man, icing the victory with a two run blast off of David Cone in the 9th. It was Cone's HBWRL debut. The Freaks' George Brett, who entered the game leading the league in most offensive categories, managed only one hit in five at-bats against Ballston starter Grover Cleveland "Pete" Alexander and Cone.

Hits: Defenestrators 14, Circus Freaks 13
Extra-Base Hits: Circus Freaks 2, Defenestrators 1

Winning pitcher: Ford
Losing pitcher: Alexander
Save: Bob Lemon

Homeruns: Thomas, Musial, Banks
Stolen base: Chance
Caught stealing: Ty Cobb
Error: Tony Lazzeri

Deckers Outslug Titans

Upper-Deckers 13, Titans 8:
The Burke Upper-Deckers (1-2) overcame a grand slam by Bill Dickey and an early 5-2 deficit to defeat the Tri-City Titans (0-3), 13-8. Two, two run doubles--one by Yogi Berra and one by Lou Brock--helped Burke erase the deficit. Burke led 8-7 when Arky Vaughan's three run homer put the game out of reach, at 11-7. Both starting pitchers were ineffective, but Chief Bender, who allowed eight earned runs in seven innings of work, managed a win. Titans starter Carl Mays, already ineffective, was further victimized when Don Gullett allowed two of Mays' inherited runners to score on the Vaughan homer. It was easily the highest scoring game of the season thus far; and the only time we can recall that a team got a grand slam, but didn't win the game.

Hits: Upper-Deckers 24, Titans 20
Extra-Base Hits: Upper-Deckers 3, Titans 2

Winning pitcher: Bender
Losing pitcher: C. Mays

Homeruns: Dickey, Vaughan, Billy Williams
Doubles: Dickey, Berra
Stolen base: George Sisler
Error: Jackie Robinson
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