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  • Writer's pictureKirk Jenkins

Back in Chicago for Game 2, as the New York Cubans Take On the Chicago American Giants

Heading into Game 2, Martin Dihigo is sending Chet Brewer to the hill. American Giants’ manager Bingo DeMoss is answering with Norman Cross.

Scoring got off to a quick start for Game 2. Lazaro Salazar started things off for the Cubans with a lead-off single. After Dave Thomas struck out, Salazar stole second. After Cross got Clyde Spearman on a ground ball, Martin Dihigo scored the first run of the game with a sharp base hit. Jabbo Andrews then added two more with a booming home run over the right field fence.

Cubans’ pitcher Chet Brewer then handed the lead back to the American Giants by starting out wild. Jack Marshall led off with a walk. Lou Dials, the second man up in the inning, followed with another walk. After Brewer struck out Henry McCall, Alex Radcliff singled to right, scoring one. Herman Dunlap walked, loading the bases. Ted Strong then walked, scoring another run. Wilson Redus grounded into a forceout, scoring a fourth run of the inning. Redus then stole second. Subby Byas stroked a single to right, scoring the American Giants’ fifth run of the inning.

The Cubans added two more in the top of the second. Anastasio Santaella started things off with a base hit up the middle. Frank Duncan forced Santaella at second, but Chet Brewer hit a ground ball up the middle which Norman Cross misplayed into a two-base error, sending Duncan around to third. Lazaro Salazar reached on yet another error by Cross, scoring Duncan. Dave Thomas then forced Salazar at second, scoring the Cubans’ fifth run.

Anastasio Santaella led off the second with a line base hit to right. Frank Duncan forced Santaella at second, but pitcher Chet Brewer reached on a two-base error by Chicago pitcher Norman Cross. Lazaro Salazar brought in New York’s fourth run by reaching on another error by Cross, scoring Duncan. Dave Thomas forced out Salazar at second, scoring Chet Brewer. The Cubans took a 6-5 lead on a booming home run in the top of the third to dead center by Martin Dihigo.

Frank Duncan led off the top of the sixth for the Cubans with a double up the left-center field gap. Lazaro Salazar hit a one-out infield single, but it wasn’t deep enough to score Duncan. Dave Thomas walked to load the bases, but after Bingo DeMoss brought in Luther McDonald to pitch, Clyde Spearman grounded out to end the inning.

The American Giants mounted a mild threat in the bottom of the seventh. Jack Marshall led off with a sharp single to left-center. After Lou Dials flew out, Henry McCall hit a double down the left field line, as Marshall came around to third. But Chet Brewer bore down from there, getting Alex Radcliff on a ground ball and Herman Dunlap on a fly ball.

The Cubans added another run in the top of the eighth. With two outs, Lazaro Salazar boomed a double off the left field wall. Dave Thomas singled Salazar in with a sharp base hit up the middle. Clyde Spearman reached on a two base error by Chicago pitcher Luther McDonald, but McDonald got New York manager Martin Dihigo on a weak ground ball to first.

The American Giants mounted another mild threat in the bottom of the eighth. With one out, Nat Rogers drew a walk. Subby Byas singled Rogers over to third, but Brewer got pinch hitter Emmett Wilson on a force out at second and Jack Marshall grounded out to second.

The American Giants got another threat going in the bottom of the ninth. With one out, Henry McCall lined a base hit up the middle. Brewer walked Alex Radcliff. Herman Dunlap then loaded the bases when New York first baseman Dave Thomas bobbled the throw from third baseman Martin Dihigo on a routine ground ball. But Brewer wound up the game on back-to-back ground balls by Ted Strong and pinch hitter Pea Greene.

We’re two games down, and the New York Cubans lead our series, two games to none.

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