It occurred to me that since I post the Fungoes games first in these, due to the which-game-I-play schedule I set last article, if I post if I’ve managed this Fungoes game, it will spoil the result of the Cashmen game. So you’ll find out at the end.
Mungo League Semifinal (mgd.?)
Paternal Fungoes 3
Filial Fungoes 7
FFS wins 4-2
A five-run second inning took all the fight out of Paternal.
Thus went the game, and thus went the series.
Early Wynn threw a complete game five-hitter as Filial’s 7-3 win propelled them into the Harmonic Series.
The game was 1-1 entering the bottom of the second when the wheels fell off for Johnny Antonelli and Paternal. Frenchy Bordagaray walked and Rocky Bridges singled before Wynn bunted them over a base. Stan Hack promptly brought both men home with a two-run single, series MVP Lou Boudreau singled to put runners on the corners, and Augie Galan doubled in Hack to knock Antonelli out of the game. Virgil Trucks entered to face Bobby Estalella, who brought in the final two runs of the inning with another single. Trucks induced two quick groundouts on two pitches, but the inning was beyond reach.
Paternal’s offense was quiet throughout, not scoring any earned runs until the eighth when Roy Campanella hit a two-run single. But Wynn stayed in the game and stayed dominant, making it through the rest of the eighth and pitching a hitless ninth, ending the contest by getting pinch hitter Hal Trosky to swing at strike three.
Cashman League Semifinal (mgd.)
Paternal Cashmen 3
Filial Cashmen 6
Series tied 3-3
Once again, one big inning decided the game.
Trailing 3-2, Filial put together a four-run seventh inning to spoil Tom Seaver’s day and knot the series at 3-all with a 6-3 win.
Seaver had pitched six strong innings before Filial’s crooked number, and helped his own cause at the plate, breaking a 1-1 tie with a fifth-inning home run.
That tie came after the teams traded single runs in the first inning. Rod Carew hit the second pitch of the game over the fence to give Paternal a quick lead, but in the bottom of the frame, Jackie Robinson doubled, moved to third on Stan Musial’s single, and scored on a wild pitch.
Both Seaver and Grover Cleveland Alexander kept their opponent scoreless until Seaver’s 439-foot home run. Paternal extended their lead in the sixth when Henry Aaron singled home Ted Williams.
But Filial was not ready to cede the series. After halving their deficit in the sixth when Musial reached on an error and came around on a pair of groundouts, Filial hammered Seaver in the seventh. With one out, Phil Rizzuto singled and Roy Campanella doubled him to third. Rusty Staub hit for Alexander and sent a fly ball to right deep enough to tie the game. After Robinson singled Campanella over to third, Musial and George Brett hit consecutive triples, bringing three runners home and sending Seaver to the dugout.
Although reliever Ken Johnson surrendered a single to Williams on his second pitch, he set down the next six men to record a two-inning save.
(By this result, the Fungoes game was purely simulated.)