KENNEWICK, April 21—The Braves opened their series with Tacoma Friday night winning 11-8 in a razzle-dazzle, weird game, that saw two Tigers on third base at the same time in the eighth inning.
The Tri-City team was trailing 6-2 going into the last of the fifth, but before the Tigers put out the third Brave seven runs crossed the plate. Clint Cameron was the big seige gun when he slammed one of Bob Penner's pitches 350 feet over the right field wall with the bases loaded. It was the first grand slam, four-master in Sanders Field, but it wasn't the first round tripper. That honor went to Wimpy Quinn, Tiger first sacker who lobbed a 375-foot blow over the left center field wall in the first frame.
Artie Wilson opened the fifth with a single for his second straight hit. Al Spaeter drew a free pass, and both runners advanced a base when Penner balked. Vic Bucolla's single scored Wilson and then Jim Warner walked to load the bases. The stage was set, the fans were stomping the stands, and Cameron obliged with a grand slammer. But it wasn't over yet. Neil Bryant reached first on an error and moved to second when Dick Faber sacrificed. Pesut drew a walk and Wilson scored Bryant and Pesut with a double.
Wilson was another hitting star Friday night, getting four for four, three of them doubles.
Jungle Jim Warner pulled both Brave hurlers out of tough spots with sensational running catches. Both times the bases were loaded.
Les Logg, a hometown boy, started the game for the Braves and though he wasn't around at the end got credit for the victory.
Tacoma ........ 122 100 101—8 13 3
Tri-City ........ 200 070 11x—11 13 2
Penner, Kerrigan (5), Loust (7) and Sheets; Logg, Kleasner (7) and Pesut.
WENATCHEE, April 21—Jay Ragni, normally an outfielder-first baseman, made his 1950 start as a pitcher, a winning one, as Wenatchee defeated Victoria 8 to 5 here Friday night.
Wenatchee scored seven runs off Victoria starter Jim Hedgecock before relief hurler Jim Olson came in for the fourth inning. It was the opener of a four-game Western International series here.
Seven hundred and two fans sat in 38-degree temperature to see the game.
Victoria ........... 001 001 300—5 10 0
Wenatchee ...... 241 000 01x—8 15 2
Hedgecock, Olson (4) and Weatherwax; Ragni and Fiscalini.
SALEM, April 21—Pitcher Johnny Burak unfurled a tight three-hit job Friday night as the Salem Senators nosed the Vancouver Capilanos, 2-1.
Burak blanked the Caps until the ninth frame when he gave up a pair of walks, followed by a double steal and a run-scoring fly-out by catcher Earl Motsinger.
Both Salem runs came in the first inning off Vancouver's Kevin King. King's wildness was mainly responsible for the pair. He issue two free passes, hit another batsman, uncorked a wild pitch and then gave up a single to Solon backstop Buster McMillan. King was effective after first. He went out for a pinch-hitter in the eighth and was replaced on the hill by Henry Nygard.
Vancouver ......... 000 000 001—1 3 0
Salem ............... 200 000 00x—2 6 1
King, Nygard (8) and Motsinger; Burak and McMillan.
SPOKANE, April 21— Three Spokane pitchers walked 21 men Friday night and Yakima put enough base hits in the right place to hand the Indians a rude 13 to 5 beating their first in the Western International league.
The Bears did enough damage in the third inning to win the game scoring six runs on five walks, two hits and three errors. Jim Westlake started in with a home run and Herman Wedemeyer wound it up with a two-run triple.
Ward Rockey, a former Washington State college pitching ace, started for Spokane but was lifted in the third. Bill Bradford went all the way for the Bears, scattering nine hits, and fanning seven.
Yakima .......... 006 010 510—13 10 0
Spokane ........ 000 002 003— 5 9 3
Bradford and Tornay; Rockey, Brock (3), Worth (7) and Rossi.
Cap Manager Picks Yakima, Tri-City Teams
VANCOUVER, B.C., April 21—Bob Brown, boss of the Vancouver Capilanos, doesn't think much of the "hestitation" pitch now being introduced into the Western International Baseball league.
"It's nonsense," he said here Friday. "It is not worth a tinker's rap. It won't last."
He said that the American league is not enforcing the one second pause.
Brown, back from looking at the Caps at Tri-City, said the 1950 [unreadable] of the club will do.
He thinks Tri-City and Yakima will be the clubs to beat this season.