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Farmer shocks Anson's city slickers

CLEVELAND, Aug. 7, 1890 -- The Spiders tried a new pitcher today, a big farmer named Denton Young from the Canton team, and he easily beat Pop Anson and his Chicago Whites 8-1 in front of 2,000 fans at League Park. The Whites won the second game 7-1.

Young, confusing the city slickers with his fastballs, drops, inshoots and outshoots, gave up only three hits, all of them singles.

The Spiders' 11 hits off Will Hutchison included Jake Virtue's home rum. Old Joe Ardner had a triple and a double, and Chief Zimmer a triple.

After the Spiders' Bobby Gilks began the game by flying out, Ed McKean walked. Hutchison fielded Will Smalley's nasty grounder but overthrew first baseman Anson. Virtue's walk loaded the bases. When catcher Mal Ketteredge tried to catch McKean napping, third baseman Tom Burns muffed the ball, allowing McKean to score. Then shortstop Jimmy Cooney bobbled George Davis' grounder, again loading the bases. Buck West's line single gave the agriculturist a 3-0 lead before he had even begun his day's toil.

In the Chicago fourth, Walter Wilmot walked, stole and took third when Young, trying for a pickoff, threw in the dirt past second baseman Ardner. Burns' single got the Whites within 3-1.

Davis led off the Spider sixth with a double and stopped at third on West's single. Ardner then gave Young a 5-1 lead with a double down the rightfield line.

After McKean walked in the seventh, Virtue hit the next pitch over the centerfielder Wilmot and beat the throw home for a two-run homer.

Zimmer began the eighth with a triple off the leftfield fence. Ardner's hit completed the scoring.

In the second game, the Whites took advantage of Bill Garfield's wildness, and they hit him hard, too. Chicago leftfielder Cliff Carroll made the play of the afternoon, catching West's long, low drive.