Tribe Madness: First Energy Region Round 2 results
Our IBI Tribe Madness tournament moves into the second round of the First Energy Region where four players move on and four are eliminated.
#5 OF Albert Belle (1995) vs. #4 SP Guy Morton(1915)
April: Morton 30, Belle 9
Albert hit six April bombs while driving in 14 runs. He jumped out of the gate collecting hits in his first 6 games including a 3-game run in which he went deep. Belle's counterpart the Alabama Blossom dropped his first two decisions 1-5 and 1-3 before winning his next two. In the end, Moose Morton went 2-3 in April with a 2.74 ERA.
May: Morton 96, Belle 81
Albert was slowly raising his average and had gotten it up to .304 on May 10th. The next day, Albert would begin a 15-game hitting streak and raised his average to .335. On the month, Belle hit .382 with 11 homers and 27 RBI. Morgan embarked on a 5-game win streak to start the month giving up only 4 earned runs throughout his 45 innings. His ERA dropped to 1.78 during the streak. His run ended in a 2-3 defeat then he lost his last start 1-6.
June: Morton 132, Belle 105
Moose Morton dropped 5 of 6 decisions in May while posting a 4.01 ERA. His 2-game losing streak from May turned into 5 until Morton tossed a 4-hit shutout with 9 strikeouts to break the streak. With the Alabama Blossom opening the door, Albert picked a poor time to slump through a .250 month, though he did mash 8 balls into the cheap seats.
July: Morton 180, Belle 162
The Alabama Blossom started off July by surrendering only 6 earned runs over 41 innings but was only 3-2 over that span. He then was shelled in a 1-7 loss then dropped a 0-6 decision to finish the month 3-4. Albert found his hitting stroke in July hitting .330 but his six homers matched his season low from April. Belle did finish the month 7-for-15 with 2 homers and a double.
August: Belle 198, Morton 186
On August 12th, Moose Morton only lasted 5 2/3 innings as he gave up 8 runs. The start was Morton's worst and Morton fell to 14-18 on the season. Morton did have a hard luck loss on the 21st giving up 1 run in 8 innings in a 0-1 loss. The single run was courtesy of his opponent, Albert Belle, who drove a 3-2 pitch 419 feet over the center field wall at the Jake. It was one of four hits surrendered by the Alabama Blossom. Albert used that game and the rest of August to take his first lead of the season. He hit .330 in August with 6 homers.
September: Belle 246, Morton 231
Moose opened September with a 6-hit shutout in a 2-0 win. Morton's masterpiece brought him to within 195 to 201. Morton's second start was a 14-4 victory and it was 201 to 204. Morton then threw a three-hitter but lost the start 1-0 but Albert went 7-for-18 with 2 homers (between Morton starts). Morton's deficit grew to 207 to 216. Morton won the next outing 10-5 but gave up a gopher ball to Belle (207 to 224). Morton was then shelled in a 5-0 loss as Belle started to distance himself (210 Morton to 234 Belle). Morton then twirled a brilliant 3-hit shutout to open the door of opportunity back up (216 to 234). Morton's final chance came in a 4-3 win but Moose ran out of time.
Albert Belle: .324/.401/.623/1.023, 49 2B, 1 3B, 44 HR, 116 R, 126 RBI, 2 SB, 8.3 WAR
Guy Morton: 19-20, 2.84 ERA, 317.1 IP, 100 ER, 84 BB, 226 K, 1.34 WHIP, 7.7 WAR
#11 OF Tito Francona (1953) vs. #3 SS Joe Sewell (1923)
April: Sewell 51, Francona 48
Starting in the fourth game of the season, Tito Francona went on a 12-game hitting streak in which he went 28-for-53 with 4 round trippers. During the run, Tito raised his season average from .286 to .478. He finally finished the month at .411 with 5 long balls. Sewell started out on a 14-game hitting streak which included a 6-for-6 day with 3 doubles, 3 runs and 5 RBI. Sewell out hit Tito finishing with a .425 average with 1 homer and 16 RBI.
May: Francona 90, Sewell 84
Sewell slowed down a bit in May hitting .309 but drew 23 walks during the month. His high point was a 5-for-7 game on May 11th as he hit 2 doubles, scored 2 runs and drove in 4. Tito hit in every game in May except one as he pieced together a 25-game hitting streak. For the month, Francona hit .364 with 6 homers.
June: Francona 144, Sewell 91
Tito hit 5 homers in June as he hit .386 in a month which saw him have hitting streaks of 13 (dating back to May 25th) and 15 games. In an 18-12 win on June 8th, Tito went 4-for-6 with 2 homers, 4 runs and 5 RBI. In the meantime, Joe Sewell experienced his worst month of the season hitting just .257. He did score a season best 24 runs but only drove in 7. He did end the month on a 6-game hitting streak.
July: Francona 207, Sewell 135
Joe Sewell hit .321 in July to get back on track. He was especially hot from the 27th to the 30th as he went 9-for-16. Tito hit a season high 8 homers with 23 RBI during a .385 month of July to extend his lead on Sewell. Francona had three four-hit games in July including a 2 double game with 3 RBI's on the 11th.
August: Francona 264, Sewell 174
Tito started the month on an 16-game hitting streak and finished on an 8-gamer as he hit .374 and matched his season high in homers (8). Francona consistently raised his game and distanced himself from Sewell as he approaches an upset win. Joe for his part, hit .325 in August matching a season high in RBI (17) and his 25 free passes were his best.
September: Francona 264, Sewell 207
Joe finished September with his 5th (of six) months hitting over .300. Sewell did put together a 9-for-20 run but Sewell's tournament ended with a 1-for-4 game. It shouldn't surprise that Tito could pull off such a big upset if one takes into account '59 season. In 1959, Tito started out as a part time starter and pinch hitter before grabbing the center field job in June. He then moved to first as Vic Power was moved to second base. Tito would have beatenHarvey Kuenn for the AL batting title if he had enough plate appearances. The Indians finished 5 games behind the Go-Go Sox that year but if Joe Gordon had played Tito more in the first two months of the season.....who knows!
Tito Francona: .383/.435/.628/1.062, 29 2B, 4 3B, 44 HR, 126 R, 147 RBI, 2 SB, 11.0 WAR
Joe Sewell: .323/.439/.435/.874, 38 2B, 4 3B, 4 HR, 101 R, 87 RBI, 2 SB, 6.9 WAR
#7 OF Joe Vosmik (1935) vs. #2 Vean Gregg (1911)
April: Gregg 39, Vosmik 27
Vean Gregg opened by firing a warning shot across the bow of the USS Vosmik by hurling a 2-hit shutout on opening day. Of the two hits, one was by Joe Vosmik. That opening day salvo was followed by two identical 2-3 losses before Gregg's lone stinker (0-6 loss). Joe V. for his part started off on a 7-for-16 string and rolled to a .347 April average but only 11 runs and 8 RBI.
May: Gregg 75, Vosmik 48
Joe V went 9-for-18 with 4 doubles and a homer as he cruised to a .298 May average. Joe hit 2 May homers with a dozen runs and RBI's. Vean's hard luck continued in May losing games 3-4, 0-3 and 2-4 as he ended the month with a 3-7 season record with a 3.64 ERA.
June: Gregg 114, Vosmik 81
Gregg got a win and a no decision in two games where he surrendered only 3 runs. He then dropped 4 straight games as his ERA climbed from 3.35 to 3.70. Joe V. rallied with a 9-game hitting streak to end June as he hit .269 for the month and he scored a season high 13 runs.
July: Gregg 147, Vosmik 111
With a .358 average in July, Joe V scrambled to get back into the contest. He started the month on a season long 12-game hitting streak and finished the month on a 9-for-15 run. Vean won his first 3 games in July and then finished winning his final three for a 6-1 mark. He gave up 10 runs in his six wins but was shelled for 6 runs in his only loss (5 2/3 innings).
August: Gregg 189, Vosmik 156
Vean Gregg twirled a 5-hit shutout in his first August decision but gave up 4 runs in 8 innings in a 3-4 loss his next time out. Gregg then gave up 5 runs in his final 3 August starts (winning 2) to even his season record at 13-13. Heading into the season's final month, Gregg is on a 9-2 run setting up for a race to the end. It's a race because Joe Vosmik just won't go away. He hit .343 in August with a season best 19 RBI. He enters September on a 9-game hit streak and a season average of .322.
September: Gregg 222, Vosmik 171
Joe V finished up with a .274 average with a homer and 15 runs scored. He did enjoy a 9-for-19 streak but just didn't hit enough to take down Gregg.
Joe Vosmik: .313/.394/.451/.844, 35 2B, 13 3B, 7 HR, 74 R, 71 RBI, 7 SB, 5.7 WAR
Vean Gregg: 15-16, 3.18 ERA, 308.1 IP, 109 ER, 139 BB, 220 K, 1.32 WHIP, 7.4 WAR
Next Up: #11 OF Tito Francona (1959) vs. #2 SP Vean Gregg (1911)
#9 SP Bill Bernhard (1902) vs. #1 3B Al Rosen (1953)
April: Rosen 30, Bernhard 21
After a no decision on opening day, Strawberry Bill Bernard tossed a 5-hit shutout to get in the win column. He would return there two more times in April and finished with a 3-1 record and 1.45 ERA. While Strawberry Bill was having success, Al “Flip” Rosen was raking. He hit .306 with 6 homers and 16 RBI including a 10-game hitting streak.
May: Bernhard 72, Rosen 69
Flip Rosen slipped to a .263 May average but did hit 8 bombs. On the 28th, Flip went 2-for-2 with 3 walks. Both hits were homers and he scored 3 runs and had 2 RBI. Strawberry Bill used a 4-game winning streak to take the lead. In his final five starts, Bill surrendered 7 runs in 43 2/3 innings.
June: Bernhard 126, Rosen 96
Strawberry Bill won 3 games including a 6-hit shutout but gave up 5 runs in both his June losses. Bill had a 3-2 record in June with a 2.88 ERA. Flip suffered through a .248 month which is his worst of the year so far. He did drive in a season high 21 runs.
July: Bernhard 153, Rosen 141
Rosen flipped the path he was going over the past two months as he hit .346. His one home run was the lowest total thus far this year. Flip did hit in 11 of his final 12 games to create positive momentum. Strawberry Bill's 2-2 record with a 4.59 ERA were his worst numbers of the year.
August: Bernhard 198, Rosen 186
Strawberry Bill suffered his first losing month of the year (2-4) as he had his second consecutive 4+ ERA. He did set himself up for a September run with a 6-1 victory and enters the finale with a 15-10 record. Flip scored 45 Madness points for an even month as he hit .312 with 6 homers. With 12 points separating the two combatants, September may be a month for the ages.
September: Rosen 270, Bernhard 246
Strawberry Bill opened September going 8 but his lead was lost by the bullpen and Rosen was 0-for-4. Prior to Bill's first start, Flip went 3-for-7 with a homer to jump out to a 210 to 204 lead. Rosen then went 6-for-14 with 3 homers and a seven RBI game but Strawberry Bill countered with 9 1/3 innings to cut the lead to 216 to 213. Strawberry Bill dropped a 3-1 decision and Rosen went 2-for-4 but Bill's effort was enough to take a 225 to 219 lead. Between that start and Strawberry Bill's next start, Rosen again flipped the scoreboard going 10-for-14 and crossed the .300 average for the season for the first time since May 11th. Then Bill went the distance in a 2-4 loss and Bill trailed 231 – 237. Rosen homered in 3 straight games and Bill was shelled for 6 runs in 3 2/3 innings as Flip extended his lead to 252 to 231. Bill dropped a 4-0 decision and Rosen added his 38th homer for a 264-240 lead. Heading into his final start, Rosen's lead was a 270 to 241 but Bill had one more thing to say as he took a 6-4 decision.
Bill Bernhard: 16-14, 3.17 ERA, 314.2 IP, 111 ER, 55 BB, 119 K, 1.18 WHIP, 8.2 WAR
Al Rosen: .308/.384/.544/.928, 21 2B, 3 3B, 40 HR, 113 R, 116 RBI, 2 SB, 9.0 WAR
Next Up: #5 OF Albert Belle (1995) vs. #1 3B Al Rosen (1953)
Also Tito looks like he will be a tough opponent for anyone.