This Week in the California League, August 20—August 26, 1900
Games this week were played in Sacramento and the Bay Area on Saturday and Sunday, August 25 and 26. After the weekend action, the standings remained pretty much as had been the week prior. The real news took place off the field. The day after taking the lead in the batting race, Stockton catcher Russ Pace jumped to the Montana State League, lured away by “filthy lucre.”
As to the games themselves, home club Sacramento defeated San Francisco on Saturday by a 9 to 5 score, Demon Doyle best Ham Iburg.
At Rec Park in San Francisco, Stockton— sans catcher Pace— defeated Oakland. Jimmy Whalen pitched a six-hit shutout. Both Ernie Courtney and Joe McGuckin got a pair of hits for the winners, both doubles by Courtney. Chief Borchers went the whole way in losing 6-zip.
In the morning tilt at Oakland, the Dudes tried out W. E. Farrow, who pitched for San Diego in the Southern California League in 1899, and until the league folded earlier in the 1900 season. Stockton, as I have mention before, only had two pitchers on the staff, and brought back Jimmy Whalen as the Sunday sacrificial lamb. Farrow won the game 5-1.
Oakland won the afternoon game behind the pitching of Doc Moskiman, who after a very slow start, brought his record up to 4 and 7. George Harper gave up 7 runs on 9 hits for the losers. Final Score 7-3.
At Snowflake park in Sacramento, a pitchers battle ensued Sunday afternoon. Former major leaguers Phil Knell and Jay Hughes faced off against one another, and at the end of hostilities only 1 run had been scored off of them. Knell gave up only 3 hits on the way to his 1-0 victory, striking out 4. Hughes gave up the winning run in the seventh inning for another heartbreaking loss. He stuck out 5 men, and only gave up 6 hit, though two of those in the seventh proved costly.
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