Tuesday, September 22, 2009

1909 Pennant Race Update: Tuesday, Sept. 21, 1909

At Louisville's Eclipse Park
Game 1
Louisville Colonels.....2
St. Paul Saints.....1
Both clubs mustered only four hits each in a classic pitcher's duel, as the Colonels maintained their surge in the standings. A recent arrival (9/14), center-fielder Ernie Diehl, belted a home run, no easy task at Eclipse Park. Louisville's two-run first held for pitcher Bill Hogg; Charlie Chech was the loser.

Game 2
Louisville Colonels.....3
St. Paul Saints.....2
A three-run rally in the seventh frame sealed the tilt for the Colonels as they completed the sweep against the Saints in another very close game. Orville Kilroy was the loser as Gene Packard the winner in this abbreviated affair, as darkness descended. The Colonels gain a half-game on Milwaukee and Minneapolis.

At Toledo's Swayne Field
Milwaukee Brewers.....6
Toledo Mud Hens.....1
With the win the Brewers lost only a half-game to the sizzling Colonels. Posting three in the first and two in the third put the game out of reach from the outset, Tom Dougherty the winner, Frank Owen the loser. Sixteen hits erupted from Brewer bats, nine off Owen in three innings. The Milwaukee offense featured two doubles by third-baseman Harry "Pep" Clark and a triple by center-fielder Amos Strunk.

At Columbus' Neil Park
Minneapolis Millers.....2
Columbus Senators.....1
The Millers scored their pair in the first frame and pitcher Nick Altrock held the locals to one tally in the fifth on four hits. Bill "Duke" Kenworthy took the loss for the Senators. Five Columbus errors, three by second-baseman John Cullen, gave Kenworthy fits.

The Louisville Colonels continue their charge up Pennant Hill, but remain in third-place, one percentage point behind the Millers. The Brewers are atop the standings with a record of 88-72 (.555), two games in front of the Millers.

And that's your update for games played Tuesday, Sept. 21, 1909, one hundred years ago today in the American Association!

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