Friday night's contest saw the Louisville nine felled by the Knights of Charlotte by a tally of eight runs to three. Riggleman's base-balling men broke out with a run in the first frame thanks to a blast over the hedgrerow from third-bagger H. Rodriguez, while the young hurler Y. Pino kept the Knights off the ledger for the first two innings. The Charlotte club knocked Mr. Pino around in the third, and put four in the can. Pino arched his back, furrowed his brow, and provided two more clean innings, but the Venezuelan slabster was beat like an Irish street urchin in the sixth, and Manager Riggleman was compelled to remove the beleaguered Pino after three more runs were secured by the Knights. The Bats had little else to say at the dish, no doubt dismayed by the poor efforts of their starter, and other than the mighty crack in the first, a two-sacker from the throbbing and veiny mitts of M. Hessman provided the only other moment of excitement on offense, leaving the Louisville rooters searching for solace in strong spirits and horse racing. The lustful C. Phillip Abraham Miller took the evening off after ravishing the womenfolk of Jefferson County like a hungry lion hunting his prey.
The Pensacola club was victorious last evening, dispatching the Braves of Mississippi by a score of seven to six. The Braves were in the ketchup early, as D. Lohman led off the match with an impressive salvo that sailed long and high into the thick Gulf air. In a most fruitful third frame, the Wahoos batsmen plated three runs on a pair of soup bones from Messrs. Mattair and Marquez. The robust German, D. Lutz, no doubt strengthened by braunshweiger and hearty ales, had two safe-hits in four tries. On the pitching slab for DeShields's club was J. Smith, who made the pill dart and dance, fanning five batsmen in 6 innings while yielding only one run. After Mr. Smith was dispatched, the soft bats of the Braves became rigid, and the men from Mississippi came storming back. T. Bell was brought on with two outs in the eighth, and the bases decorated with Braves. After uncorking the apple to the backstop to allow the sixth run to score, Bell was able to secure next four outs, much to the delight of the 5,000 plus faithful in attendance.
The Friday night match in Visalia saw the Bakersfield club win a duel of hurlers, two runs to nil. The men of the flame sent M. Dennhardt to the mound, and his combination of fasts, slows and curves had the Visalia nine confounded, as he managed five scoreless innings. The contest's only run production occurred in the fourth frame when K. Waldrop drove in J. Silviero on a one-sacker, which was followed by a two-base hit from J. Duran. Word from the wire has E. Muhammad, a Turk, still recovering from injury.
Friday's tilt between the White Caps of West Michigan and the Dragons of Dayton was full of rough and tumble baseballing, with the Dragons coming out on top, five to three. I. Guillon, who made many a Dayton crank peevish when the season was young, strode to the pitch in the first inning with a one-run lead, but promptly gave up a run to tie the game. The West Michiganers were vexed for the next four innings, before Guillon surrendered a second notch in the sixth on a home run. But all was well, as D. Pigott lashed one over the fence in the top half of the frame with S. Mejias-Brean, a man who has most assuredly spent many an evening resting on a donkey's breakfast, occupying first base, which would prove to be all the scoring the Dayton nine would need.
The Billings club, comprised of young men with much pride and even more aspirations in their heart, fell to the beer makers of Helena, Montana nothings to threes. The young southpaw A. Garrett, who also plays Dr. Naismith's game, took the hump for the Mustangs, and aside from a rough second round where he allowed the match's only three scores, gave his team a pleasant five inning effort. P. Ervin reached base thrice in four attempts, collecting a three-sacker, a single and a base on balls.
In Arizona, the Red men faced off against the Mariners and were thrashed by a final score of seven plus three to four. These fresh-faced boys toil in obscurity, braving the heat and the dust with the hopes of one day playing before frenzied crowds of raucous rooters in this great country's finest cities. The Red bases were more crowded than an Irish tenement house, as the young Mariners tallied 18 safe-hits in the contest. These dejected scamps have suffered six losses in just their first eight contests.