Tribe Madness: Municipal Stadium Region semi-finals results
Our IBI Tribe Madness tournament moves into the semi-finals round of the Municipal Stadium Region where two players move on and two are eliminated.
#11 OF Jim Piersall (1961) vs. #15 Otto Hess (1906)
April: Hess 39, Piersall 8
Jimmy Piersall suffered an 0-fer on opening day at the hands of Otto Hess but then went on a 9-game hitting streak. After the streak Jimmy's average slipped to .282 before finishing the month on a 6-for-13 streak. At the same time Otto won his final three starts to finish at 4-2.
May: Hess 60, Piersall 39
Otto won his first two starts in May to stretch his winning streak to 5 games before suffering a 4-9 loss. Hess then rediscovered his winning ways to go 5-2 in May with a 3.61 ERA. Jimmy bettered his 9-game April streak with an 11-game May run to cut the Hess lead to 60-39. He capped his 11-game streak with a 4-for-5 day with double, triple, 2 runs and an RBI.
June: Hess 105, Piersall 45
Starting the month with a 14-game hitting streak, Jimmy Piersall faded to finish the month with a .265 average with 2 homers. When his streak ended, he was hitting.305 but the rest of the month his average slipped to .288 by the end of June. Hess sandwiched his only loss in June with 2 wins on each side to finish the month at 4-1 with a 2.18 ERA.
July: Hess 141, Piersall 54
Leadoff hitters need to score runs and Piersall scored a season high 18 runs in July. He did this despite whiffing 26 times which was also a season high. Hess dropped two mid-month games 3-4 and 2-5 but then rolled off 3 straight wins.
August: Hess 183, Piersall 90
In a last gasp effort, Jimmy Piersall hit .355 in August. Hess suffered two mid-month losses then won 2 in a row. Hess dropped his final decision 1-3 to finish the month 3-3.
September: Hess 216, Piersall 102
Otto had a 3-game winning streak in September and celebrated his victory with a 4-2 month. With the outcome pretty much decided, Jimmy scored a season best 21 runs and matched his season high in homers (2) but also matched his season low in average.
Jimmy Piersall: .294/.353/.390/.743, 26 2B, 12 3B, 4 HR, 96 R, 59 RBI, 14 SB, 3.4 WAR
Otto Hess: 24-12, 2.93 ERA, 316.2 IP, 103 ER, 98 BB, 191 K, 1.24 WHIP, 7.2 WAR
#4 OF Larry Doby (1952) vs. #1 SP Gaylord Perry (1972)
April: Perry 72, Doby 24
Larry Doby started slowly as he was hitting a paltry .189 after his first 53 at bats. Doby got things rolling with a 4-for-5 day with his fourth homer of the season and slowly raised his April average to .241 with 8 homers. Perry went 4-1 with a 2.44 ERA for the month.
May: Perry 102, Doby 51
Larry Doby hit two solo homers off of Gaylord Perry on May 22nd in a 7-4 ten inning victory. Yet the two bombs were only the fourth and fifth hits that Doby has collected off the '72 Cy Young winner (.116 average). Perry for his part limited the Doby Brothers to only 1.40 earned runs per every nine innings. Perry went 4-2 with a shutout in May as he doubled up on Doby on the scoreboard.
June: Perry 186, Doby 81
Larry Doby got his game going in June with a .296 average but his power numbers slipped to only 6 homers. Doby's good month was dwarfed by Perry's superb 5-1 record with a 1.93 ERA.
July: Perry 204, Doby 123
After splitting his first two decisions in July, Gaylord won four in a row to improve his record to 17-6 on the season. Doby for his part had another solid month as he hit .278 and slugged his 31st homer of the year.
August: Perry 240, Doby 174
With his back against the wall, Larry Doby put together his best month in August. He hit .333 with a 1.025 OPS and 8 homers. As he put up those numbers, Gaylord opened the door for Doby as he hit a wall after winning his 19th game. With four more August starts, Perry picked up 3 no decisions and a loss. Doby's big month allowed him to draw to within 66 Madness Points behind Perry.
September: Perry 285, Doby 228
Larry Doby put up a furious attempt to advance putting up his best month in homers (11), RBI (30), runs (26), walks (18) and OPS (1.087) but he had just buried himself so far behind Perry that he just couldn't catch up. Perry knocked down the wall that he had hit in his first September start. He went 9 giving up only one run in a 2-1 win. Perry followed that up with two other one-run performances winning 10-1 and 3-1 as he coasted to a victory and entry into the Region Championship game.
Larry Doby: .286/.372/.600/.972, 21 2B, 7 3B, 50 HR, 121 R, 149 RBI, 3 SB, 7.6 WAR
Gaylord Perry: 23-9, 2.38 ERA, 329.2 IP, 87 ER, 85 BB, 250 K, 0.99 WHIP, 9.5 WAR
Next Up: #15 Otto Hess (1906) vs. #1 Gaylord Perry (1972)
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