Game 2 of the Simulated 1919 World Series (With Fewer Gamblers) – Reds Still Take a 2-0 Lead
Welcome to Game 2 of the Simulated 1919 World Series, Now With Fewer Gamblers – again, at Cincinnati’s Redland Field. This time, Lefty Williams – another of the alleged Black Sox – is taking on Harry “Slim” Sallee.
The story of this game is simple – unlike the real-life version, pitchers dominated. The White Sox mildly threatened in the top of the first with two one-out singles by Eddie Collins and Buck Weaver, but a pop out and a ground out ended that threat. The Reds threatened in the bottom of the second when Larry Kopf singled and Rube Bressler and Bill Rariden walked, but Slim Sallee and Morrie Rath quickly ended that threat. In the top of the third, Shano Collins and Eddie Collins led off with singles, but Sallee quickly set down the threat: pop out, line out, ground out. Bill Rariden led off the bottom of the seventh for Cincinnati with a base hit but was immediately picked off by Lefty Williams.
Then came the bottom of the eighth. Jake Daubert led off with a base hit. Larry Kopf followed with a base hit, advancing Daubert, and then Edd Roush drove in the first run with a single. Kid Gleason brought in Red Faber to face Greasy Neale, and he shut down the Reds – fly out to Neale, ground out to Larry Kopf and pop out to Rube Bressler.
The top of the ninth went quickly. Chick Gandil began things by grounding out. Swede Risberg singled, but Ray Schalk ended the game by lining into a double play to end the game.
So real world, Cincinnati led two games to none. And simulated world . . . Cincinnati leads, two games to none. So – what will Game 3 bring?