Jul. 28, 2015
Best Major League Baseball Team Part 41 : '86 White Stockings lead '84 Grays 1-0
In Part 40, the 1886 Chicago White Stockings beat the 1884 Providence Grays 5-1 to take a 1-0 lead in the best two-of-three. This also put Group Foxtrot ahead of Group Echo 2-0 which meant that the White Stockings were one game away from claiming the Mike-Papa Championship, and one win away from propelling Group Foxtrot to the Top as Group 1. Currently, the 1886 Chicago White Stockings were 8-1 and the 1882 Chicago White Stockings were 11-2 which meant that if the 1886 Chicago White Stockings won this game, they would still be short one game and the 1882 Chicago White Stockings would play the 1874 Boston Red Stockings for the Title of Best Pro Baseball Team from 1871 to 1886. The reason it would be the 1882 White Stockings is because teams from the same franchise do not play one another, so the team with the best record would advance. But maybe, the 1884 Providence Grays had something to say about this.
Game 2 started at 12:00 Noon on 5-22-1886 in Providence, Rhode Island. Jocko Flynn entered the game to pitch for the White Stockings. Barney Gilligan grounded out to 2nd Base, and the next two batters were recorded as outs. Dupee Shaw entered the game to pitch for the Grays. Fred Pfeffer drew a walk, but then was caught stealing 2nd. The next two batters were recorded as outs. The game remained scoreless until the Top of the 4th. Barney Gilligan lined a single to Right Field. Three pitches later, Gilligan stole 2nd. Todd Burns booted a routine grounder and Joe Start reached 1st and Gilligan went to 3rd. Paul Hines smoked a line drive single to Right Field and Barney Gilligan came in to score, and a light rain began to fall. Jocko Flynn threw a wild pitch and the runners scooted to 3rd and 2nd. The rain began coming down really hard and the Umpire held up his hands and both teams went into their dugouts.
The rain started at 1:21 P.M. and 2 hours and 33 minutes later, it finally stopped, so after a ten minute warm up, the game resumed at 4:04 P.M. Paul came to bat and it was like the game had not been delayed, because he hit one to Right Center Field that bounced over the wall for a ground-rule double. Joe Start and Paul Hines came in to score to up the tally to 3-0 Grays. Paul Radford was caught stealing 2nd and the other two batters were outs, so the inning was over. The score remained the same until the bottom of the 5th. Tom Burns hit a shallow fly out to Left Center Field, but then Silver Flint came up and hit a solo home run to Right Field that barely cleared the wall which cut the Grays lead to 3-1. The next two batters were outs. The score remained the same until the Top of the 6th. Barney Gilligan hit a fly ball double to Right Field and Joe Start hit a line drive single and Barney Gilligan came home to make the score 4-1. This was the winning run and the Grays went on to win 7-3. The Player of the Game was Dupee Shaw of the Grays for throwing a complete game victory. The series was now tied 1-1 with one deciding game to go. This also cut the Group score to 2-1 Foxtrot. A lot was riding on the deciding Game 3.
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