Effective pitching on both sides made the game between the Akrons and Browns yesterday anything but a hard-hitting and run-getting exhibition. McGinnis, whom the Ohio lads had used pretty badly when last here, was on deck again, as sound as a dollar, and just itching to get even with somebody. He got more than even. The way he made the gentlemen from Ohio saw air was a caution. The men who had pounded the curve all out of Mac’s delivery when last here, could now do nothing with it, and he smiled upon them as they struck out or popped the ball high in air for the fielder’s benefit. During the game but three clean hits were made off his delivery, two of these being double-baggers to right field. On the other side the same state of affairs prevailed. Mountain, the Akrons’ new man, came up smiling, and at the very outset proved himself a thoroughbred. During the nine innings the Browns secured but three single base hits.
Jack Gleason was the first man to face Mountain, and took a back seat after sawing considerable air. W. Gleason hit the ball hard to right, but Swartwood refused to let it touch the ground. McCaffrey made a base hit, but that did him little good, as a moment later Seward ended the inning with a grounder which McPhee fielded to first. The Browns scored one in their third inning on Levis’ base hit, good running, and W. Gleason’s hit to left which Maskrey caught, but which Levis scored on. In the fourth inning two fumbled grounders by Wise, and a sacrifice hit by Levis gave the Browns three runs. In the last inning Magner scored for the Browns on Percy’s error, and two passed balls by Kemmler. The Akrons in their first five innings failed to get a man across the home-plate, while the Browns during that time played a perfect fielding game. In the Akron half of the sixth inning Stockwell reached first on W. Gleason’s wild throw to McCaffrey. While the Browns were disposing of Mountain and Swartwood, Stockwell reached second. A moment later Wise hit over Seward’s head for two bases and Stockwell came home with Akron’s first run. The next man went out on thhe fly. In the seventh inning the Akrons sent Maskrey to the bat. He hit to W. Gleason, who fumbled the ball and let the runner reach first. McPhee hit to Morgan who threw to W. Gleason at second, forcing Maskrey out. W. Gleason threw to McCaffrey for the double, but too high, and McPhee held first. Piercy then hit to J. Gleason, who sent the ball well to McCaffrey, but Mack dropped it, and before he could gather it again McPhee was on third and Piercey on first. Piercy stole second on the next ball pitched. Morton proved himself the right man in the right place by hitting to left center for a single, bringing in two runs. These were all the runs the Akrons got in the game. The four obtained by the Brown’s at the start really decided the contest. The game to-day will be the fifth these clubs have played. So far the record stands two and two…
-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, September 18, 1881
The Akron pitcher must be Frank Henry Mountain, who pitched in 143 major league games over seven years. In 1881, the 21-year-old Mountain signed with the Detroit League club in late June but was released two months later. It seems he found his way to Akron and joined a very good club. In 1883, Mountain led the AA in losses, as well as hits allowed, earned runs, and walks.
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