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This Week in the California League, October 22—October 28, 1900
Games this week were played on Saturday and Sunday, October 27 and 28.
Russ Pace finally dropped off the leaders’ boards this week. Pace, who jumped to Montana State League, had been leading the league in hitting since September. In the pennant race, San Francisco inched back against league leading Sacramento to finish the week 3 games back.
Saturday saw a full complement of games, with Oakland taking on San Francisco at Rec Park, and Sacramento playing Stockton in the state capital.
At San Francisco on Saturday, Chief Borchers faced off against Ham Iburg. Both teams scored in the first two innings, and remained that way until the fifth, when Oakland went ahead 3-2. Then the following inning, with men on 2nd and 3rd, Jimmy Sullivan went up bat and hit a clean single, bringing the two runners, and that made the score 4-3. Borchers didn’t give up a hit the rest of the game, but the damage was done, and his record fell to 11-14.
At Sacramento, Youngy Johnson could not find the plate for Stockton, issuing nine passes to first base, and couple that with a home run to catcher Matt Stanley, and the 7-2 score stood in the Gilt Edge’s favor. Demon Doyle notched the win. The game was called after eight innings.
On Sunday at the state capital, the two interior clubs played eleven innings before a winner could be determined. Jay Hughes and George Harper went at it for eight innings, with game standing at 4-4. At that point, George Babbitt took over from Harper. In the eleventh inning, Jay Hughes tired, giving up three runs to put the win in the Stockton column.
At Oakland on Sunday morning, the hometown pitcher, Doc Moskiman, gave up 7 runs on 11 hits, while the Wasps’ Tom Fitzpatrick gave up 4 run on 6 hits. Oakland actually led going into the seventh by a 3-1 margin, but Moskiman gave up 2 in that inning, and 4 more in the following frame to put the game away for good. Red Held, who later would become an umpire of some note, hit a home run for the losing Dudes.
In the nightcap at Rec, the two Saturday pitchers came back to face one another with the result reversed. Chief Borchers prevailed over Ham Iburg 7-5 in a sloppily played game, 20 hits and 12 errors. Ham Iburg’s record fell to 21-20.