KENNEWICK, Wash., May 26—Pitcher Johnny Burak's two-run error gave the Tri-City Braves a 3 to 1 victory over Salem Friday night in the first game of a Western International league series.
Burak, who allowed only four hits, threw away the ball game in the fifth inning.
With his Senators leading 1-0, he walked Nick Pesut and Artie Wilson to start the fifth. Then Vic Buccola hit a sacrifice bunt back to the mound and Burak, trying to catch Pesut at third, threw wild into right field and two runs scored.
Jim Warner's double with Dick Fabor aboard brought the Braves another run in the eighth, though it wasn't needed.
Salem ...... 010 000 000—1 12 1
Tri-City .... 000 020 01x—3 4 0
Burak and Beard; Orrell and Pesut.
WENATCHEE, May 26—Righthander Gil Loust pitched a five-hit game here Friday night to lead the Tacoma Tigers to a 6-1 win over the Wenatchee Chiefs.
Loust was in trouble only in the ninth inning when two walks and a single loaded the bases for Wenatchee. Mel Knezovich came in to get the final out of the game.
Big Dick Greco cracked a 387-foot home run for the Tigers and he and Wimpy Quinn each knocked in two runs to head the Tacoma attack.
Tacoma ........... 101 110 011—6 9 3
Wenatchee ...... 100 000 000—1 5 1
Loust, Knezovich (9) and Sheets; Breisinger and Len Neal.
VICTORIA, May 26—Victoria Athletics saw their winning streak end after four games Friday night when they tossed away a well-pitched game by Jim Hedgecock, Spokane Indians, rallying to even the series with a 5-3 triumph.
Only one of the runs off Hedgecock was earned as his mates came up with costly boots. Third baseman Joe Kronberg, who made four brilliant fielding plays earlier in the game was the goat, as was the rulebook.
With the game tied 3-3 going into the ninth, shorstop Chuck Davis of the Indians tapped a ball to the left of the mound, but when Kronberg heaved the ball over first baseman Jim Wert's head, Davis circled the sacks with the winning run.
Davis benefitted from a change in a ground rule at Royal Athletic Park made just before the game. Previously, a runner was limited to two bases on an overthrow at first. It was revised to allow the runner to take as many bases as he could.
Spokane ..... 010 100 012—5 11 2
Victoria ...... 010 200 000—3 10 2
Rockey and Rossi; Hedgecock and Ronning.
Yakima at Vancouver, postponed, rain.
Buddy Peterson Goes to Tri-City
KENNEWICK, May 26 The Tri-City Baseball Club today announced the outright purchase of Carl (Buddy) Peterson from Denver of the Western League. The 24-year-old righthanded infielder has been hitting at a .354 clip and was leading the Western League with six home runs.
Suspension Will End on Monday
WENATCHEE, May 26 Western International League president Robert B. Abel said today the suspension of Wenatchee Chiefs manager Tommy Thompson will be lifted Monday.
He said several fined will be handed Wenatchee players for their actions in a game here last Sunday.
Following the contest fans mobbed Umpire Doc Regele who called several crucial decisions that went against Wenatchee. Abel said he would announce the fines later.
Abel suspended Thompson “for his conduct and the conduct of his players” in the Sunday game. Tri-City won the contest 8-7.