Another respectable crowd of people assembled yesterday afternoon at the park, to witness the match game of base ball between the Chicago club, and the Empires. The weather was pleasant, and the ground in a better condition than on Friday. A great deal of interest was manifested in the game by the spectators, especially in the first part of it, where the Empires played in a fine manner, making a number of runs, and fielding admirably. The Chicagos played as well if not better than in the match with the Unions, and particularly, an improvement in their fielding was noticeable. A number of muffs however were made, but we will not here particularize them. Mr. Harris was selected as umpire and gave general satisfaction.
The game was called at 3:15 o'clock. Below we give a sketch of the game.
The first innings opened with the Empires to the bat, Wirth being first striker, and by a good strike reached his base; Barron and Murray followed, each with safe hits, and Wirth came home, making the first tally. Barron and Murray succeeded in reaching home before the side was out; making a total of three runs. King commenced the game for the Chicagos, and was put out by the fielding of Barron and Welsh. Hodes knocked a high one to Spaulding, who held it, and Cuthbert met the same fate by being caught out by Barron. Side out with a whitewash, amidst enthusiastic cheering.
In the second innings Little secured a run by an easy strike and bat throwing of Myerly, and a safe hit by Welsh, but the side were put out before any more runs were made.
The first striker, Tracey, knocked a fly to Barron, which he caught. Craven and Myerly made runs, Flynn was fielded out by Barron and Walsh, and Hoges at second base by Oran and Spalding, 2 runs; score 4 to 4.
Pinkham, at the third innings took his regular position (he had been playing third) and Barron struck him safely to left, making his third base, and was brought home by Murray, who struck a high one to Tracey, which he muffed. Hodes put Fitzgibbons out, and Murray reached the third by a bad throw of Pinkham's, but was put out there by Pinkham and Myerly. One run.
The Chicagos by fine batting succeeded in making five runs which placed them four ahead of the Empires.
Fitzgibbons in the fourth innings made a base; reached third on passed ball of Craver, and was sent in by Oran, who got around to third, and came home on another passed ball of Craven. The other two men were caught out by Wood and Myerly. Two runs. The Chicagos then went in, and gave a splendid exhibition of their batting qualities making eleven runs. The Empires fielded badly in this innings. The score now stood twenty to seven. In the fifth innings the Empires made but one run by Wirth.
In the sixth and seventh innings the Empires, by fine fielding, kept the Chicagos scorer down allowing them but one run in each, but the latter in the eighth innings, again got their work in turn up their scorer to thrity-six. The last innings, by poor batting of the Chicagos, and good playing of the Empires, credited another whitewash for the former, which was as vociferously applauded as the first. And the game was ended.
Chicago again batted heavily. Myerly made the first and only home-run by a tremendous knock to the left field, sending the ball over the fence. They secured eight runs placing the score twenty-eight to eight.
From this time until the end of the game the Empires failed to add another run to their score and the interest in the game began to drag. They were unable to make much impression on Pinkham's pitching, and the fine, sharp fielding of their competitors whitewashed every innings.
-Missouri Republican, May 1, 1870
Also, this is an odd game account and I had trouble following along with it. There were a couple of spots when I was reading it where I just stopped, scratched my head, and was forced to reread a sentence. There are more than a few things in this game account that make little to no sense. Al Spink was not writing for the paper until 1875 but this article has a very Al Spink feel to it. It certainly seems to me that the two accounts of the Chicago games were written by different people.