Well, perhaps the Millers may have been over-confident, facing the striplings of Illinois. Or perhaps it was just a lucky day by a pair of strong-armed young college pitchers. Or or or perhaps the Millers are yet rusty from a long winter’s hibernation? Or perhaps this year’s edition of the Millers just can’t hit a lick.
Time will tell. But yesterday the promising pair of pitching pupils, Pond and Pfeffer, held Watkin’s men to five lowly hits, and the college boys on the whole showed a good deal of verve and ginger in scratching out a narrow 3-2 victory, tallying the winning mark in the bottom of the ninth. The nimble Pfeffer also turned in two fielding gems, snagging a pair of line drives through the box.
Joe Koukalik made good for the Minneapolitans, permitting just three hits in six innings of work, while striking out seven batsmen. I am looking for good things from Koukalik this campaign. Keep your eye on this young man. His arm is like a deadly, missile-hurling device of war.
Converse was “unlucky” in the ninth, but it is said he turned in a creditable effort for a man who’s not yet in playing condition. In the ninth he yielded a double to Pitts, a single to Rothgeb, moving Pitts to third, and then a long out to Byers scored Pitts to carry the day.
Frank McNichol played third for the sore-winged Demontreville, and also garnered two of the Miller’s five hits. Our reporter was impressed by his efforts:
“He played with spirit, and his work, on the whole, was very good.”
Well, in any case, it’s just spring training. These games don’t count.