This Week in the California League, August 26—September 2, 1900
The pennant race tightened a bit more this week, with the San Francisco Wasps pulling to within 3½ games of the league leading Sacramento Gilt Edge club. The two clubs faced off in the Bay Area. Oakland and Stockton played a two-game set at Goodwater Grove.
On Saturday, September 1, the Wasps clobbered the Gilt Edge at Rec Park in San Francisco 9-0. Ham Iburg pitched the shutout over Demon Doyle. Doyle had but one bad inning, the fourth, were he lost the game by yielding 6 runs. On the slugging side of the ledger, Manager-first baseman Ed Pabst led the Wasps with 4 hits, including 2 triples and a double, in 4 times at bat. George Hildebrand contributed 3 hits to the cause.
At Stockton, Oakland prevailed 5-4 over the home club. Whalen taking his 14th loss, and Doc Moskiman bringing his record up to 5-7.
Sunday at Oakland had Sacramento coming back 8-5 in a game called in the 9th so that the clubs could catch the ferry back to San Francisco for the second game. Brick Devereaux, a spot starter, bested former National League Phil Knell 8-5. Tom Fitzpatrick who came in to relieve Knell after four innings, hit a home run for the losers. Truck Egan led the winners, going 3 for 4 with a triple.
The San Francisco game turned out to be 6-5 affaire, but began as a blowout. Jay Hughes had given up 6 runs by the end of the fourth inning, but gave up one 1 hit the rest of the way. Ham Iburg, who had pitched magnificent ball the day before won his second game of the weekend, but ran out of gas in the later innings, barely pulling out the 6-5 decision.
To close out the weekend, George Harper pitched like his old self, beating Oakland 7-1. Chief Borchers, for the Dudes, had his record fall to 4-10. Borchers, however, didn’t pitch that badly. The score stood at 1-all after seven inning. Then the roof fell in, as he gave up 3-runs in both the eighth and ninth innings.
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