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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

ChiSox Sweep Jays Twice

GAME ONEThe White Sox won 6-4 in the opener of back-to-back double dippers. Lamar Johnson (8) homered among his 3 hits. He also scored 3 runs. Ken Kravec (11-11) pitched 8 1/3 innings to even his record.

GAME TWO – The ChiSox swept the first of the DHs with a 11-3 whuppin’ on the Blue Jays. Mike “Spanky” Squires banged out 4 hits. All 9 Sox in the lineup had at least one base knock in an 18-hit team attack.

GAME THREE – New day, new double header, but same result. Chicago wins 10-3. Junior Moore led the way with 4 hits. Greg Pryor added 3. Ross Baumgarten (5-13) went nine for the W. The Jays got all their runs on a 3-run blast from Roy Howell (16).

GAME FOUR – Call Stats, Inc. to figure up the records! Chicago closed out their second consecutive DH sweep with a 21-3 thrashing of the Blue Jays. The Pale Hose had 22 hits total with Alan Bannister going 5-for-6 with 4 runs scored and 4 RBI. Chet Lemon drove in 5 with just two hits.

Interesting Notes

** – the major league record for most team runs scored in a DH is 43 by Boston in 1894. Texas holds the modern mark with 39 against Baltimore in 2007.

** - I could not find MLB info on sweeping DHs on consecutive days

** - In real life, both clubs split each day's DH

**  - DH notes of interest from Wikipedia
The home-and-home doubleheader, where each team hosts one game, is extremely rare, as it requires the teams' home ballparks to be in close geographical proximity. During the 20th century and before the advent of interleague play in 1997, only one instance was recorded in Major League Baseball—a Labor Day special event involving the New York Giants and Brooklyn Superbas.
·         September 7, 1903
·         Game 1: Washington Park (II): Giants 6, Superbas 4
·         Game 2: Polo Grounds (III): Superbas 3, Giants 0
This is the only home-and-home doubleheader known to have been part of the original major league season schedule.[8][1]
Since interleague play began, the New York Mets and the New York Yankees have on three occasions played home-and-home doubleheaders. Each occasion was due to a rainout during the first series of the season. During the second series of the season, a makeup game was scheduled at the ballpark of the opposing team as part of a day-night doubleheader.
·         July 8, 2000[8]
·         Game 1: Shea Stadium: Yankees 4, Mets 2
·         Game 2: Yankee Stadium (I): Yankees 4, Mets 2 (June 11 makeup)
·         June 28, 2003
·         Game 1: Yankee Stadium (I): Yankees 7, Mets 1
·         Game 2: Shea Stadium: Yankees 9, Mets 8 (June 21 makeup)
·         June 27, 2008
·         Game 1: Yankee Stadium (I): Mets 15, Yankees 6 (May 16 makeup)
·         Game 2: Shea Stadium: Yankees 9, Mets 0
On September 13, 1951, the St. Louis Cardinals hosted a double header against two different teams. The first game was a 6-4 win against the New York Giants. The second game resulted in a 2-0 loss to the Boston Braves.[9]
On September 25, 2000, the Cleveland Indians also hosted a doubleheader against two different teams. The September 10 game against the Chicago White Sox in Cleveland had been rained out. With no common days off for the remainder of the season and both teams in a post-season race, the teams agreed to play a day game in Cleveland on the same day that the Indians were to host the Minnesota Twins for a night game. The Indians defeated the White Sox 9-2 in the first game while the Twins defeated the Indians 4-3 in the second.[10]
On July 23, 2013, the Cincinnati Reds and the San Francisco Giants played a unique doubleheader in which the Reds were the designated home team for Game 2 even though the game was held at AT&T Park, the Giants ballpark. Since the last game of a 4 game series in Cincinnati got rained out earlier in the year and both the Giants and the Reds had a game the next day, it was not possible to reschedule the game the day after, so the game spilled over into what should have been a 3 game series in San Francisco. MLB decided to preserve what should have been the Reds' home field advantage by making them the designated home team for that game. San Francisco prevailed in an ugly 5-3 victory.

** - Finally, the only triple header in the modern era was between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds on October 2, 1920[7] (Cincinnati won two of the three).

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