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  • Writer's pictureKirk Jenkins

It’s Eddie Plank versus Deacon Phillippe in Game 2 as the Pirates Lead Series 1-0

We’re back in Pittsburgh for Game 2 of the (Simulated) 1902 World Series. Fred Clarke is sending Deacon Phillippe to the mound for the Pirates, and Connie Mack nominates Eddie Plank.

The Athletics scored twice in the top of the first to take an early lead. Lave Cross hit a one-out single, and scored on Socks Seybold’s long double. After a line out, Danny Murphy scored Seybold when Murphy reached on Wid Conroy’s error. In the bottom of the first, the Pirates suffered a serious loss of offensive firepower when manager Fred Clarke went down with a serious injury. He’s expected to miss the rest of the Series. Clarke replaced himself in left field with Bill Miller.

The Pirates pulled to within one in the bottom of the second on some small ball, piecing together a single by Tommy Leach, a walk to Jack O’Connor and a force out at second with Kitty Bransfield at the plate. Claude Ritchey then scored the run with a ground out, the Athletics choosing to take the out at first.

The Athletics broke the game open in the top of the fifth on some clutch hitting. Dave Fultz hit a two-out single. Lave Cross then scored the Athletics’ third run with a triple off the left field wall. Socks Seybold scored the Athletics’ fourth run with a base hit and promptly stole second. Harry Davis brought Seybold in with a base hit and then he stole second. After Danny Murphy was intentionally walked, Topsy Hartsel brought in the fourth run of the inning, scoring Davis with a base hit.

The Pirates came back in the bottom of the fifth, pulling closer with a three-spot. Claude Ritchey led things off with a single. Wid Conroy and Pittsburgh pitcher Deacon Phillippe followed with back-to-back doubles. Eddie Plank then got Ginger Beaumont and Brian Miller, but Honus Wagner scored the Pirates’ third run of the inning with a line-drive base hit.

The Pirates threatened briefly in the bottom of the eighth when Kitty Bransfield hit a long two-out triple, but Eddie Plank bore down and got Claude Ritchey on a fly ball to center.

The Athletics wrapped things up in the top of the ninth. With one out, Dave Fultz lined a base hit and stole second. Lave Cross singled Fultz home and then he stole second too. Pittsburgh pitcher Deacon Phillippe nearly extricated himself, getting Socks Seybold on a ground ball for the second out, but Harry Davis then made it 9-4 with a booming two-run homer.

The Pirates mounted a minor threat in the bottom of the ninth as pinch hitter Mike Hopkins opened up with a base hit and came around to third on a single by Ginger Beaumont. But Brian Miller then wound things up, grounding into a 6-4-3 double play to end the game.

So two games down in the (Simulated) 1902 World Series, and things are all tied up – one game all.

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