Game were scheduled for Decoration Day, Wednesday May 30, and Saturday and Sunday, June 2 and 3. On Decoration Day, San Francisco and Oakland squared off at Rec Park, and the Wasps put game out of reach early on. Candy Beville of the Dudes lasted but three innings, and in that time managed to give up 6 runs on 9 hits. Ham Iburg cruised to an 8-3 victory. Ed Pabst, field manager of the Wasps (i.e., captain), led the team in batting, going 2 for 5, with a double and stolen base and scoring three times.
Over at Sacramento, Jay Hughes put together another 3-hit masterpiece, but yielding one run. Jimmy Whalen wound up on the losing side of a 5-1 game.
On Saturday, Jimmy Whalen lost for the second time in a week. He gave up 5 runs in the first inning, and manager George Harper went in himself and pitched a great game the rest of the way, giving up three scattered hits striking out six and not walking a man; however, errors led to three more runs. On the other side of the ledger, Tom Fitzpatrick pitched a decent game up until the ninth, when gave up two runs, and barely held on to the 8-5 win. Sacramento was at Rec Park to face the Oaklands, but as Dizzy Dean used to say: “They shudda stood in bed.” Demon Doyle gave up 12 runs, including 4 in the first inning, which put the game away then and there.All tolled, the Dudes collected 15 hits, led by Doc Moskiman with 4, including a double and triple, and first baseman Ed Hutchinson, who added a home run and a double. Except for giving up 2 runs in the sixth, Mike Steffani sailed to a 12-2 victory.
The first game of the Sunday doubleheader was called with two out in the ninth so the teams could get back across the bay for the afternoon game. Candy Beville and Jay Hughes pitched a 3-3 tie on the Oakland side of the bay. Hen Stultz hit an inside-park home run to left field. At Rec Park in the afternoon, Demon Doyle took another drubbing, giving up 6 runs on10 hits in five innings, before field manager Brick Devereaux had seen enough and replaced him with shortstop Truck Eagan. Jack Drennen colleted 4 hits, and Claude Schmeer 3 for the winners. Doc Moskiman won his first game of the season 10-1, and got 2 hits and scored 2 runs himself. Iburg and Whalen face off at Goodwater Grove in Stockton on Sunday. Ham Iburg started off a bit shaky, allowing 3 runs in the first two innings. But the Pirates came back with 1 in the second and 2 in the third to tie the game at three. It stayed that way until the seventh, when Jimmy Whalen began to tire. In that inning, he gave up a run on 2 hits, making the score 4-3. He repeated the one run on two hits eighth inning, and lost the game 5-3. Catcher Russ Pace of of Stockton carried off the batting honors with three singles in four trips to the plate. After the week’s games, Oakland had closed within two games of the league leading Sacramento club.
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