Wednesday, July 01, 2020

100 Years Ago 7/1/1920: Brooklyn Robins Roll to Series Sweep at Polo Grounds

From the desk of: FINGERPRINTS OF THE BUMS

100th Anniversary
BROOKLYN ROBINS
1920 National League Champions

Game #64: Thursday, July 1, 1920 - BR
Brooklyn Dodgers vs. New York Giants
Polo Grounds

Rube Maquard Paints Artful Four-Hitter Against Former Team at Polo Grounds 

Brooklyn scores early and often en route to a three game sweep of the Giants.  Runs batted in from Pete Kilduff, Hi Myers, and Ed Konetchy, give the Robins a prompt first inning lead.  In the third Konecthy drives in his second run of the game, and Otto Miller's single and run batted in gives Brooklyn a 5-0 lead.  With one out in the Giants fourth shortstop Dave Bancroft doubles and scores on a base hit from right fielder Ross Youngs.  New York reliever Jesse Winters walks in Brooklyn's sixth run in the fifth, and two more runs in the sixth give Brooklyn an 8-1 margin of victory.  Rube Marquard comes through with another big start, yielding the one run on just four hits and no walks with three strikeouts.  The still wily southpaw improves to 5-3 and lowers his ERA (2.93) below three for the first time this season.  The Robins are 6 for 17 with runners in scoring positions.  Zack Wheat is 2 for 4 with three runs scored.  Konetchy and Hi Myers each drive in two runs apiece.  After finishing the month of June with a sub par 12-16 record the Robins win their first game in July.  Here's to a more prosperous month ahead ...

  • RECORD: 34-30 (.531)
  • 2nd place; 2.0 GB


Tuesday, June 30, 2020

100 Years Ago Today 6/30/1920: Brooklyn Robins Sweep Twin Bill at Polo Grounds

From the desk of: FINGERPRINTS OF THE BUMS

100th Anniversary
BROOKLYN ROBINS
1920 National League Champions

Game #63: Wednesday, June 30, 1920, GAME ONE - BR
Brooklyn Robins vs. New York Giants
Polo Grounds

Zack Wheat Erupts for Home Run, Five Runs Batted In; Robins Snap Six Game Skid

Few things make Uncle Robbie happier in life like defeating the New York Giants.  As we know resentment for his old team runs deep.  Beating his decades old rival at the Polo Grounds merely sweetens the prize.  Thus in game one the Robins snap a season high six game losing streak with a commanding 7-3 margin of victory at Coogan's Bluff.  Clarence Mitchell, making his eighth appearance of the season but only his fourth start, keeps the New Yorkers at bay surrendering three late runs on eight hits and two walks with three strikeouts through a full nine innings pitched.  He improves to 4-0 with a 3.38 earned run average.  Giants starter Jesse Barnes on this day does not live up to his billing yielding six runs on seven hits including a home run through six innings pitched.  The Robins score one last time in the seventh against reliever Jesse Winters.  Left fielder Zack Wheat leads Brooklyn's efforts at the plate going 2 for 4 with a triple, home run, and five runs batted in.  Meanwhile Tommy Griffith continues silencing the naysayers with a 2 for 4 day, a run scored and one run batted in.  Making his much welcome return to the lineup Ivy Olson also triples and drives in a run.


Game #64: Wednesday, June 30, 1920, GAME TWO - BR
Brooklyn Robins vs. New York Giants
Polo Grounds

Burleigh Grimes Towers Over Giants; Robins Complete Wednesday Sweep at Polo Grounds

The Robins finish what they start, taking game two and sweeping Wednesday's twin bill from the Giants.  A match more to Uncle Robbie's liking, it's a low scoring affair featuring dominant pitching and timely hitting.  New York scores once in the ninth inning ruining the shutout, but can do little else to thwart Burleigh Grimes' ninth victory of the season against five losses with a 2.28 ERA.  Outside of the one late run Grimes hurls a gem limiting the Giants to just five hits and one walk through nine innings complete.  After four scoreless innings Otto Miller in the fifth drives in Brooklyn's first run of the game.  Ed Konetchy drives in a run on a sac-fly in the seventh, then plates his second run with another sac-fly in the ninth.  High Pockets Kelly drives in the Giants lone run in the last half of the frame.  With a pair of victories the Robins lift themselves up from fourth place back into second, but only by a mere percentage point above the Cubs and Cardinals.                                         

  • RECORD: 33-30
  • 2nd place; 3.0 GB

Monday, June 29, 2020

100 Years Ago Today 6/29/1920: Brooklyn Robins Skid Hits Season High Six Games

From the desk of: FINGERPRINTS OF THE BUMS


100th Anniversary
BROOKLYN ROBINS
1920 National League Champions

Game #62: Tuesday, June 29, 1920 - BR
Brooklyn Robins vs. Boston Braves
Braves Field

Robins in Free Fall Heading Into Showdown With Giants at Polo Grounds

Brooklyn's June swoon continues as the Robins lose a season high sixth game in a row, five of which have come against the Boston Braves.  Tuesday's game is ponderously similar to so many others played this month where the competition's poorest arms keep getting rich at the expense of Brooklyn's lineup.  For Uncle Robbie, Zack Wheat's first inning run batted in is not a hopeful harbinger of things to come.  Instead Boston starter Jack Scott puts forth an effort Wilbert Robinson would soon rather forget.  Brooklyn musters twelve hits but go 1 for 12 with runners in scoring position.  Otherwise Scott surrenders just one earned run and one walk through nine complete innings pitched.  Batting leadoff this day Jimmy Johnston goes 3 for 5 with a run scored; Zack Wheat with two hits drives in his 20th run for the season.  Starter Leon Cadore's season record is now even at 5-5 with a 1.99 ERA.  He yields five earned runs on twelve hits and two walks in six innings.  George Mohart follows in relief and surrenders another three runs on five hits in two innings pitched.  Braves shortstop Rabbit Maranville is 3 for 4 with a triple and a run batted in.  Second baseman Charlie Pick and first baseman Walter Holke likewise register three hit apiece.  Jack Scott helps himself with two hits and two runs batted in.  Brooklyn this month has lost at least four games in a row on three separate occasions.  They are now just one game over .500 and 10-16 in June which tomorrow draws to a close.  Out of first place by 3.5 games marks Brooklyn's largest deficit of the season to date.

  • RECORD: 31-30 (.508)
  • 4th place; 3.5 GB

Spring Training Redux and the Precarious Season Ahead with Journalist David Krell on Another Metsian Podcast

From the desk of: HEAD-BUTTING MR. MET


WITH
SAM, RICH, and MIKE


GUEST
JOURNALIST, AUTHOR, EDITOR, PRODUCER

David Krell is the editor of the upcoming anthology The New York Mets in Popular Culture, expected to be published by McFarland and Company in September.  He is also the editor of The New York Yankees in Popular Culture and the author of Our Bums: The Brooklyn Dodgers in History, Memory and Popular Culture.  

David is the chair of the Society for American Baseball Research Northern New Jersey Chapter, also known as the Elysian Fields Chapter.  He has spoken for several years at SABR conferences and the Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture.



SEVENTY-ONE MINUTES



This game is your game, this game is my game, from California, to the New York Island, from our Canadian neighbors, to the Gulf Stream waters, this game is back for all to see.  Okay, please forgive our giddiness, it's just that A Metsian Podcast is thrilled about finally airing a show bereft of labour strife, contentious negotiations, and bargaining for dollars and nonsense.  This evening Sam, Rich, and me, with guest and baseball author David Krell, bring the focus squarely back on the New York Metropolitans baseball club and all matters orange and blue.  #LFGM



Sunday, June 28, 2020

100 Years Ago Today 6/28/1920: Weary Brooklyn Robins Bow to Boston Braves

From the desk of: FINGERPRINTS OF THE BUMS

100th Anniversary
BROOKLYN ROBINS
1920 National League Champions

Game #61: Monday, June 28, 1920 - BR
Brooklyn Robins vs. Boston Braves
Braves Field

Al Mamaux Fans Eleven in Losing Effort as Bats Remain Missing in Action; Zack Wheat Struggles Worsen.

LATEST LOSING STREAK HITS FIVE GAMES

Back in Boston the travel weary Robins are unsurprisingly limited to just two runs on six hits and two walks over nine innings by Braves starter and game winner Hugh McQuillan.  Brooklyn mounts a 2-1 lead on runs batted in by Pete Kilduff in the third, and Ed Konetchy in the fourth, and hold it through the seventh.  But in the Boston eighth inning the Braves set about manufacturing the tying and winning runs in traditional fashion.  Leadoff hitter and center fielder Ray Powell opens the frame with a single hit back through the box.  He is successfully bunted over to second, and left fielder Eddie Eayrs then draws a base on balls.  Right fielder Walton Cruise singles home Powell, and first baseman Walter Holke singles home Eayrs for a 3-2 lead and final margin of victory.  Brooklyn's heart of the order, Zack Wheat, Hi Myers, and Ed Konetchy, are retired quietly in the ninth.  With yet another hitless day at the plate, the 32-year old Zack Wheat is batting a mere .138 (9 for 65) since returning from injury 18 games ago.  And in what is yet another hard luck loss, starter Al Mamaux yields three earned runs on just six hits and four walks, with eleven strikeouts through eight innings.  He is now 5-4 for the season with a 1.91 earned run average.  Uncle Robbie seems agreeably pleased with his pitching of late, but knows the team's hitting is simply not performing up to snuff.  As such the Robins continue preventing themselves over and again throughout the month of June from overtaking the first place Reds whom are presently experiencing their own troubles with a 5-6 record over their last eleven games.

  • RECORD: 31-29 (.516)
  • 3rd place; 2.5 GB


Saturday, June 27, 2020

100 Years Ago Today 6/27/1920: Rival New York Giants Whitewash Brooklyn Robins at Ebbets Field

From the desk of: FINGERPRINTS OF THE BUMS

100th Anniversary
BROOKLYN ROBINS
1920 National League Champions

Game #60: Sunday, June 27, 1920 - BR
New York Giants vs. Brooklyn Robins
Ebbets Field

Robins Slide Continues; Must Travel Back to Boston

Rube Marquard tries his best but on this day it's not good enough when compared with the effort rendered by New York's veteran journeyman Fred Toney, whom limits the lagging Robins to seven hits and no walks with two strikeouts in a complete game shutout performance.  Marquard meanwhile surrenders two earned runs on just four hits and one walk with five strikeout victims.  With two outs in the Giants third, shortstop Dave Bancroft triples home catcher Frank Snyder.  In the top of the six with High Pockets Kelley at the bat, third baseman Frankie Frisch and right fielder Ross Youngs successfully execute a double steal, Youngs takes second base while Frisch swipes home for a 2-0 lead and final margin of Giants victory.  As Zack Wheat goes it seems so go the Robins.  Since returning from injury on June 9 Wheat is batting just .147 with nine hits in 17 games and 61 at-bats.  And since last facing the Giants on June 7 the Robins have gone 5-13, and are 10-14 for the month with four games still left to play in June.  But with no rest for the weary Brooklyn must now board the next train back to Boston for two more games against the Braves beginning tomorrow.

  • RECORD:  31-28 (.525)
  • 3rd place; 1.5 GB

Friday, June 26, 2020

Pandemic Baseball Coming to a Town Near You on Another Metsian Podcast

From the desk of: HEAD-BUTTING MR. MET

WITH 
SAM, RICH, and MIKE


seventy-eight minutes




Sixty Game Season?
It is what it is ... Play Ball !




100 Years Ago Today 6/26/1920: Brooklyn Robins Drop Twin Bill at Braves Field

From the desk of: FINGERPRINTS OF THE BUMS

100th Anniversary
BROOKLYN ROBINS
1920 National League Champions

Game #58: Saturday, June 26, 1920, GAME ONE - BR
Brooklyn Robins vs. Boston Braves
Braves Field

Sherry Smith Loses Pitching Duel to Boston's Joe Oeschger: Bill McCabe Error Proves Costly

One can only fathom Uncle Robbie's sentiments between games of Saturday's double-header after Brooklyn is limited to just three hits by a pedestrian Joe Oeschger whom walks three and strikeouts two through nine scoreless innings pitched.  No doubt having his best season to date Oeschger improves to 5-4 with a 2.48 ERA.  Bill McCabe making his third straight start at shortstop in place of Ivy Olson in the third inning misplays a Joe Sullivan ground ground ball.  Instead of ending the inning the bases are loaded for right fielder Walton Cruise whom singles through the left side plating the game's only run.  To Uncle Robbie's dismay starter Sherry Smith's fine effort is wasted.  He yields no earned runs on nine hits and just one walk through seven innings pitched.  Jimmy Johnston, Tommy Griffith, and catcher Ernie Krueger record Brooklyn's only hits.


Game #59: Saturday, June 26, 1920, GAME TWO - BR
Brooklyn Robins vs. Boston Braves
Braves Field

Braves Pitching Gets Better of Brooklyn, Again

The Robins lose their third straight as Boston completes a sweep of Saturday's twin bill and take the four game series three games to one.  Braves starter Dana Fillingim limits the Robins to a pair of runs, one earned, on six hits and three walks with six strikeouts over nine full innings for his seventh win of the season.  Meanwhile an ineffective Burleigh Grimes loses his fifth of the season after surrendering six runs on eight hits and two walks in only five innings of work.  Rabbit Maranville is one of six different Braves hitters to drive in at least one run; catcher Mickey O'Neil is 2 for 4 with two runs batted in.  Brooklyn's Hi Myers drives in his team leading 30th run for the season and Ed Konetchy knocks in his 20th.  A third straight loss gives Brooklyn a 10-13 record to date in June and Uncle Robbie one giant headache.  After playing back to back double-headers, his team must now hop the next train back to New York where tomorrow they'll host the Giants for one game at Ebbets Field then immediately return to Boston for two more games against the Braves only to rush back to New York for a three game set against the Giants at the Polo Grounds.  Although the Robins remain just 1.5 games out of first, your head would be pounding too.

  • RECORD: 31-27 (.534)
  • 3rd place; 1.5 GB


Thursday, June 25, 2020

100 Years Ago Today 6/25/1920: Brooklyn Robins and Boston Split Friday Twin Bill at Braves Field

From the desk of: FINGERPRINTS OF THE BUMS

100th Anniversary
BROOKLYN ROBINS
1920 National League Champions

Game #56: Friday, June 25, 1920, GAME ONE - BR
Brooklyn Robins vs. Boston Braves
Braves Field

Leon Cadore's Fine Effort Leads Robins to Third Straight

After posting a 6-9 home stand perhaps it's best Brooklyn hit the road.  Arriving in Boston Friday's first game against the Braves makes up a May 4 postponement.  Leon Cadore returns to the scene of his 26-inning effort back on May 1, from which some say he is yet to fully recover.  However on this day he appears just fine surrendering a lone unearned run on seven hits and two walks with three strikeouts through nine complete.  When Braves starter Bill Fillingim walks the bases load in the first inning manager George Stallings yanks him from the box with haste.  With one out Hi Myers lofts a sacrifice fly to center scoring Pete Kilduff from third.  Otherwise reliever Bunny Hearns puts out an early fire.  That is, until Hi Myers drives in Brooklyn's second run in the third.  Afterward runs batted in from Jimmy Johnston, pinch hitter Bernie Neis, and getting a start at shortstop Bill McCabe, round out the scoring in a 5-1 final.  Leon Cadore wins his fifth against four losses with a 1.69 earned run average.


Game #57: Friday, June 25, 1920, GAME TWO - BR
Brooklyn Robins vs. Boston Braves
Braves Field

Boston Gains Split; Jeff Pfeffer Outdone by Braves Jack Scott

Boston strikes back on the strength of starter Jack Scott's right arm outperforming that of trusted Brooklyn hurler Jeff Pfeffer.  Scott yields single runs batted in from Jimmy Johnston and Zack Wheat, but little else.  The Robins manage just six hits, two by Otto Miller, and draw a mere two walks against Jack Scott who wins his sixth decision of the season against three loses.  Boston shortstop Hod Ford is big man on campus going 2 for 4 with a triple and three runs batted in.  Pfeffer's line reads four earned runs on eight hits and three walks with one strikeout.  He falls to 3-8 with a 3.18 ERA.

  • RECORD: 31-25 (.553)
  • 2nd place; 1.5 GB

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

100 Years Ago Today 6/24/1920: Brooklyn Robins Take Two of Three From Pittsburgh Pirates

From the desk of: FINGERPRINTS OF THE BUMS

100th Anniversary
BROOKLYN ROBINS
1920 National League Champions

Game #55: Thursday, June 24, 1920 - BR
Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Brooklyn Robins
Ebbets Field

Battery of Al Mamaux and Otto Miller Power Brooklyn Over Pirates

Low and behold Brooklyn wins two in a row.  The Robins take Thursday's rubber match against Pittsburgh and win the series two games against one.  Making his 17th start of the season Al Mamaux improves to 5-3 with a 1.78 ERA.  He immediately pitches himself into trouble in the first, yielding a run on three hits and two walks.  But then settles in quite well limiting the Pirates to just one more run in the eighth.  Hardly enough for Pittsburgh to overcome a Brooklyn outburst in the fifth.  Two innings earlier Jimmy Johnston ties the game at one with a base hit scoring Pete Kilduff.  After which Brooklyn takes Pirates starter Babe Adams to task.  Zack Wheat doubles home a pair of runs.  Ed Konetchy singles scoring Wheat.  Then with two outs and the bases loaded Otto Miller's base hit drives home two more en route to a 6-2 victory.  Pirates right fielder Billy Southworth and second baseman George Cutshaw join together for six hits in ten combined at-bats but fail to score or deliver a single run.  Brooklyn's Ed Konetchy however is 3 for 3 with a walk, a run scored, one run batted in, and is now batting .307 for the season.  Leading off Pete Kilduff is 2 for 4 with a walk and two runs.  Tommy Griffith being afforded consistent playing time in right field continues winning over Uncle Robbie with another two hits, a run scored, and one run batted in.  The first place Cincinnati Reds defeat the Phillies at Baker Bowl.  Thus Brooklyn who improve to a mere 3-8 in their last eleven games, stand their ground in second place, 1.5 games back of first.

  • RECORD: 30-24 (.555)
  • 2nd place; 1.5 GB

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

100 Years Ago Today 6/23/1920: Rube Marquard Hurls Brooklyn Robins to Victory Over Pirates

From the desk of: FINGERPRINTS OF THE BUMS

100th Anniversary
BROOKLYN ROBINS
1920 National League Champions

Game #54: Wednesday, June 23, 1920 - BR
Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Brooklyn Robins
Ebbets Field

Brooks End Four Game Skid; Even Series With Pirates

The Borough of Brooklyn is forever thankful for Rube Marquard.  Until his next start, that is.  But on this day he is considered brilliant as ever - or at least as brilliant as the Robins and fans at Ebbets Field need him to be.  The great, yes the still great 32-year old southpaw limits the Pirates to a pair of earned runs on eight hits and no walks with six strikeouts through nine innings complete.  After yielding two runs in the first inning to the dismay of the crowd Marquard shuts out Pittsburgh the rest of the way.  Brooklyn on the other hand strikes for five runs on twelve hits and three walks against Pirates starter Hal Carlson.  Zack Wheat and Otto Miller lead the charge with each going three for four with a run batted in respectively.  Jimmy Johnston is 2 for 4 with a walk, triple, and a run batted in.  The Robins snap a four game losing streak, winning for only the second time in their last ten games.  They reclaim second place one-half game ahead of the Chicago Cubs and 1.5 games back of the Cincinnati Reds.

  • RECORD: 29-24 (.547)
  • 2nd place; 1.5 GB

Monday, June 22, 2020

100 Years Ago Today 6/22/1920: Pirates Defeat Brooklyn Robins in Series Opener

From the desk of: FINGERPRINTS OF THE BUMS


100th Anniversary
BROOKLYN ROBINS
1920 National League Champions

Game #53: Tuesday, June 22, 1920 - BR
Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Brooklyn Robins
Ebbets Field

Pittsburgh Pirates Take Series Opener; Add to Brooklyn's Woes

New day, different opponent, same result, the Brooklyn Robins lose another game and drop to 4-9 during this current home stand.  Their latest defeat comes at the hands of the Pittsburgh Pirates, whom climb back above .500 at the Robins expense.  Meanwhile the game marks Brooklyn's fourth straight loss, and the eighth loss in their last nine games.  You might call Tuesday's respective starting pitchers fire starters.  Each is given the hook after just two innings pitched.  Pittsburgh's Elmer Ponder yields three runs on two hits and one walk, while Jeff Pfeffer surrenders four runs on four hits and one walk.  Pittsburgh manager George Gibson summons his ace Wilbur Cooper in for relief.  Wilbert Robinson reciprocates calling upon Burleigh Grimes with two outs in the third.  Brooklyn actually gets the better of Cooper, but the damage had already been done.  The Pirates who strike for 16 hits, lead 7-6 after three innings, and add two more runs in the seventh.  The Robins muster one run in the bottom of the ninth but end the game with runners stranded on the corners.  Cooper surrenders four runs on nine hits and two walks through seven innings for the win.  Burleigh Grimes surrenders two runs, one earned, on seven hits and one walk through 6.1 innings, however Jeff Pfeffer is stuck with the loss.  Hi Myers remains steady going 3 for 5 with a double, two runs scored, and a run batted in.  And the struggling Zack Wheat shows signs of life going 2 for 3 with a run batted in.  The loss drops Brooklyn into third place.  They are now 2.5 games out of first, the furthest they've been out of the top spot so far this season.

  • RECORD: 28-24 (.538)
  • 3rd place; 2.5 GB

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Bridging Generations: A Metsian Podcast Father's Day Special

From the desk of: HEAD-BUTTING MR. MET

with SAM, RICH, and MIKE


ninety minutes




HAPPY FATHER'S DAY

SPANNING GENERATIONS
Talking baseball with 
Baby Boomer, Generation X, and GEN-Z
Commissioners ~ Owners ~ Players ~ Union
Jenrry Mejia ~ Jeff Kent ~ John Franco
I jump on my soapbox, and so much more!


SHOUT OUT TO ALL THE FATHERS PRESENTLY 
SERVING OUR COUNTRY AND STILL IN HARM'S WAY



Saturday, June 20, 2020

100 Years Ago Today 6/20/1920: Brooklyn Robins Drop Second Straight to Chicago Cubs

From the desk of: FINGERPRINTS OF THE BUMS


100th Anniversary
BROOKLYN ROBINS
1920 National League Champions

Game #52: Sunday, June 20, 1920 - BR
Chicago Cubs vs. Brooklyn Robins
Ebbets Field

Brooklyn's June Swoon Continues

Not even Burleigh Grimes can stem the rising tide of defeatism seeping into Brooklyn's locker room.  A despondent albeit large crowd of 20,000 donning in their Sunday best witness the Robins' continuing turn for the worse as the Chicago Cubs take the series finale by a 4-2 final.  It's Brooklyn's third loss in a row and the seventh loss in their last eight games, all contributing to a 7-10 record to date for the month of June.  They are indeed still five games above .500 and in second place, but in truth they're trending the complete other way.  Alas the Robins have been in this situation before.  Uncle Robbie knows it, and there's the rub.  With a roster virtually unchanged from last season Wilbert this season makes Jimmy Johnston his starting third baseman and likewise inserts Pete Kilduff at second.  So far so good.  Kilduff is 2 for 4 with a double, and Johnston drives home Brooklyn's only two runs for the game.  But what more can Wilbert do?  Zack Wheat after another 0 for 4 day sees his average dip to .263 with just two hits in his last 34 at-bats.  Meanwhile Burleigh Grimes is ineffective for a third straight appearance.  He surrenders four runs on eight hits with five walks and two walks through nine.  His record now stands at 8-2 with a rising 2.12 earned run average.  Burleigh's counterpart Hippo Vaughn does what he does best - wins.  The Cubs 32-year old southpaw yields two runs on nine hits and five walks with one strikeout while improving to 9-2 with a 1.38 ERA.

  • RECORD: 28-23
  • 2nd place; 2 GB

Friday, June 19, 2020

100 Years Ago Today 6/19/1920: Cubs Claw Brooklyn Robins in Extra Innings

From the desk of: FINGERPRINTS OF THE BUMS

100th Anniversary
BROOKLYN ROBINS
1920 National League Champions

Game #51: Saturday, June 19, 1920 - BR
Chicago Cubs vs. Brooklyn Robins
Ebbets Field

Despite 4-7 Record During Present Home Stand Fans Continue Packing Ebbets Field Unlike Ever Before;  Another 8,000 Fans Take Saturday Loss in Stride.

After two straight days of rain the clouds over Bedford and Sullivan dissipate and baseball finally resumes play Saturday afternoon at Ebbets Field, although not exactly to Uncle Robbie's great satisfaction.  The visiting Cubs and Robins complete nine innings deadlocked at two runs apiece.  But in the Chicago twelfth and manager Wilbert Robinson looking on starter Al Mamaux commits a cardinal sin by walking leadoff batter Zeb Berry.  Berry is successfully bunted over to second then scores on Freddie Merkle's double to deep right.  But Wilbert Robinson makes no move.  After Mamaux retires third baseman Buck Herzog on a lazy fly to center for out number two Wilbert Robinson watches Chicago catcher Bob O'Farrell strike a Mamaux offering into deep center field for an inside the park home run and an abrupt 5-2 Cubs advantage.  Brooklyn scrapes together one run in the bottom of the frame but nothing more en route to a 5-3 defeat.  Performing like his old pre-war self, the great Grover Cleveland Alexander pitches another dandy.  In his third year with Chicago, Pete Alexander improves to 13-4 with a 2.22 earned run average.  Brooklyn manages just eight hits with Hi Meyers, Ed Konetchy, and Pete Kilduff, accounting for two each.  Meanwhile Zack Wheat since returning from a minor injury remains mired in an awful slump, going just 2 for 30 over his last eight games.  Al Mamaux pitches twelve innings in a losing effort.  Why, is something perhaps we'll never know.  Entering Saturday's action the Robins were coming off three straight days away from the diamond.  In other words Uncle Robbie had a fully rested and available staff.  Now he must contemplate the Robins sixth loss in their last seven games and the seventh in their last nine.  The Robins with a 28-22 record to date have now completed roughly one third of their regular season and to the dismay of naysayers still rank among the first division contenders.  They are indeed off to their best start since winning the pennant four years ago.  But Wilbert knows very well that at this point during each of the last three seasons the Robins have been a sub par team.  As if the onset of summer serves as a foreshadowing of things to come, in June 1916 the Robins post a 14-11 record.  But during the month of June from 1917 through 1919 they post sub par records.  Despite today's loss the second place Robins are still six games above .500 and are just 1.5 games behind the league leading Cincinnati Reds with the Cardinals and fourth place Cubs hot on their tail feathers.  However, June 2020 seems determined once again to become an issue as the Robins today fall to 7-8 this month.

  • RECORD: 28-22 (.560)
  • 2nd place; 1.5 GB