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tournament diary, round 1: slaughter v mccarver

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"slaughter," indeed; this is perhaps the biggest mismatch of the tournament. mccarver's lineup (per pinto's toy) projects to score only 4.5 runs a game, while slaughter's projects to tally 6.2; mccarver's expected w-l as derived from those figures (pythagoreanally) is 56-106, a .345 winning pct. which means he's got about a 10 percent chance at winning 4 out of 7.

this is the first real intragenerational matchup of the tournament ---- the opponents debuted 20 years apart. even so, they only missed playing together for st louis by 6 years (slaughter left after '53, mccarver got his first callup in '59), and their careers did overlap by a few weeks late in 1959 --- mccarver's first year, slaughter's last (he was with milwaukee at the end). as far as i know, they never appeared in uniform on the same field.

as always, stats and updates at cardinal70's tournament page. click "read more" for the lineups and summaries.

a quick explanation re the mccarver lineup: the #9 hitter (mccarver xx) is a composite built out of his partial stl seasons of 1959, 1960, 1961, and 1974, plus about 125 career average plate appearances.

mccarver '73 slaughter '48
mccarver '67 slaughter '49
mccarver '63 slaughter '40
mccarver '64 slaughter '42
mccarver '65 slaughter '41
mccarver '68 slaughter '46
mccarver '69 slaughter '52
mccarver '66 slaughter '39
mccarver 'xx slaughter '53

GAME 1
the mccarvers are game; they swipe a base (!) in the top of the first, plate a run in the 2d on a pair of doubles; 11 of their last 23 batters reach base safely. by that point, unfortunately, the contest is already lost; the slaughter gang scores in each of the first four innings and piles up 20 baserunners in the first seven innings en route to an 11-1 lead. slaughters take the early lead in the set.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
mccarver 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 10 0
slaughter 2 1 1 1 0 2 4 0 x 11 12 1

H/AB: mccarver 10/38, slaughter 12/35
2B: mccarver 3, slaughter 2 3B: slaughter 1 HR: slaughter 1
BB: mccarver 4, slaughter 9 SO: mccarver 5, slaughter 6
SB: mccarver 1 SF: mccarver, slaughter

GAME 2
the tims get only one hit first time through the order, but it's a homer; they add a second run on a two-out single (a potential third gets nailed at the plate), and another run in the 4th makes it 3-0 mccarver. . . . . alas, they will only go 1 for 16 the rest of the way with no walks. slaughter '39 starts the comeback with a sacks-jammed walk to make it 3-1, and then . . . . nothing. two scratch singles; that's all. the slaughters never even get the tying run on base, and the mccarvers draw even in the series 1-1.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
mccarver 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 5 0
slaughter 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 1

H/AB: mccarver 5/31, slaughter 5/31
2B: mccarver 1, slaughter 2 HR: mccarver 1
BB: mccarver 3, slaughter 4 SO: mccarver 5, slaughter 3
CS: mccarver 1

GAME 3
slaughter reclaims the initiative with an early 4-0 lead, but the mccarvers bounce right back --- a four-run rally in the bottom of the 2d knots the score. they have their chances to move ahead --- three walks in the 3d inning, a leadoff double in the 5th --- but it's still 4-4 when the slaughters come up in the 6th. a single, a walk, a double and it's 6-4 enoses; three more hits and it's 8-4. the tims stay loose --- what's to lose? --- and pull within 9-6 in the 8th inning, then put the first two guys on in the bottom of the 9th to bring the tying run to the plate. . . . . nothing doing. the slaughters hang on, take a 2-1 lead in the series.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
slaughter 1 3 0 0 0 4 0 1 0 9 18 0
mccarver 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 6 11 1

H/AB: slaughter 18/45, mccarver 11/38
2B: slaughter 2, mccarver 2 HR: slaughter 1
BB: slaughter 4, mccarver 9 SO: slaughter 3, mccarver 3
CS: mccarver 1

GAME 4
two of the first three slaughters to bat in the 2d reach via error; all four of the runs that ensue are unearned. so, too, are both of the runs team enos puts across in the fourth with the help of another two errors. even the three-run rally in the 5th comes partially gift-wrapped --- another error, another unearned run. take away the miscues, and the mccarvers tie the series back up 2 to 2; instead they fall 10-6, and the series is pretty much over.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
slaughter 0 4 0 2 3 1 0 0 0 10 12 0
mccarver 0 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 2 6 14 5

H/AB: slaughter 12/43, mccarver 14/39
2B: slaughter 4, mccarver 4 3B: slaughter 1 HR: slaughter 1
BB: slaughter 5, mccarver 2 SO: slaughter 1, mccarver 1

GAME 5
down 3 games to 1 and still loose, the mccarvers pounce out to a 5-0 lead, with 9 hits in the first 3 innings. as they did in game 2, they sit on their lead and literally stop hitting; the last 18 tims go down in order. the enoses get back two in the 4th and another in the 5th, but it's still 5-3 tims in the top of the 9th. slaughters '39 and '53 both reach base with nobody out, bringing up the top of the order; after a force, slaughter '49 walks to load `em up with only one out. but slaughter '40 strikes out, and '42 raps into a groundball out --- an uncharacteristic failure to convert. the mccarvers have a 2d win, and the series has a chance to get really interesting.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
slaughter 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 3 8 0
mccarver 2 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 9 0

H/AB: slaughter 8/34, mccarver 9/31
2B: slaughter 2, mccarver 1 3B: slaughter 1 HR: mccarver 1
BB: slaughter 6, mccarver 1 SO: slaughter 1, mccarver 4
CS: slaughter 1, mccarver 1

GAME 6
the slaughters are pissed. enos '40, who fanned with the sacks jammed in the 9th inning of game 5, hits a two-run blast in the 1st; enos '49, who got stranded (as the potential go-ahead run) in that failed game 5 rally, launches a three-run shot a few innings later. it's 8-2 slaughters after 5, and the mccarvers' last gasp --- they load 'em with nobody out in the 7th --- yields nothing more than a harmless sac fly. in the end, the series plays out per the numbers --- a .333 winning pct for mccarver, .667 for slaughter. round two will pit slaughter vs chick hafey.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
mccarver 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 6 0
slaughter 2 1 0 3 2 0 0 0 0 8 9 0

H/AB: mccarver 6/32, slaughter 9/33
2B: mccarver 2, slaughter 3 3B: slaughter 1 HR: mccarver 1, slaughter 3
BB: mccarver 3, slaughter 5 SO: mccarver 1, slaughter 2
SF: mccarver