HBC Final Round: Semi-Finals

Semi-Final #1

2004 Cardinals 2, 1904 Giants 0

Matt Morris and Christy Mathewson engaged in an epic pitcher’s duel, and the 2004 Cardinals supplied just enough offense to defeat the 1904 Giants and earn a spot in the HBC Finals.

The game was scoreless after seven innings with only five hits sprinkled between the teams (3 for the Giants, 2 for the Cardinals). The deadlock was finally broken in the top of the eighth inning when Reggie Sanders took a 3-1 Mathewson pitch over the left field wall for a 1-0 lead.

The Cardinals added one more run in the ninth, and Matt Morris retired 14 of the last 15 Giant’s batters to cruise to the 2-0 victory. Christy Mathewson impressed with 17 strikeouts in the complete game loss, his third loss of the tournament. Here are the pitching lines:

Cardinals INN H R ER BB K PCH STR BF HR IW
Morris W 2-0 9.0 3 0 0 1 2 114 76 29 0 0

Giants INN H R ER BB K PCH STR BF HR IW
Mathewson L 0-3 9.0 5 2 2 1 17 142 91 33 1 1

Semi-Final #2

1927 Yankees 6, 1995 Indians 0

In the second shutout of the day, the Yankees remained undefeated in the HBC behind a two hit shutout hurled by Waite Hoyt. Murderer’s Row got off to an early start with a solo shot by Tony Lazzeri in the second inning off of Charles Nagy. Babe Ruth connected with a two-run homerun in the third, and the Great Bambino knocked in two more runs with a single in the third. Yankee catcher Pat Collins wrapped up the scoring in the eighth with a solo homerun of his own off of Indians reliever Jason Grimsley.

Waite Hoyt did not allow a hit until the top of the fourth inning, and allowed the powerful Indians offense only two singles in nine innings, earning his third win of the tournament, and his second shutout.

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