Tuesday, 28 August 2007
Monday, August 7, 1950
W L Pct. GB
Yakima ..... 71 44 .617 —
Tacoma ..... 64 46 .582 4½
Wenatchee .. 64 50 .561 6½
Tri-City ... 61 52 .540 9
Victoria ... 50 65 .435 21
Vancouver .. 48 63 .432 21
Salem ...... 47 64 .423 22
Spokane .... 45 66 .403 24
TACOMA, August 7—Tacoma got only five hits off Yakima's Bill Bradford but bunched two of them for the only run of the game as the Tigers defeated the Bears 1-0 tonight in a Western International League encounter.
Wimpy Quinn's single and Jose Bache's were good for a lone tally in the second frame.
Bob Kerrigan gave up only eight blows from the Tacoma mound in twirling his 17th win against six setbacks. The contest was a makeup of an early season rain-out. It cut Yakima's lead to 4 1/2 games over the runner-up Tigers.
Yakima ...... 000 000 000—0-8-2
Tacoma ..... 010 000 00x—1-5-0
Bradford and Tiesiera; Kerrigan and Sheets.
VANCOUVER, [Erwin M. Swangard, Vancouver Province, August 8]—Some weeks ago, when right-hander Sandy Robertson of the Vancouver Capilanos was in the early stages of his Western International Baseball League record-tying victory streak, he told me:
”It’s just a matter of staying in there and trying. Sooner or later, our fellows will start hitting and win the ball game.”
That’s just about the story of his Monday night with over the Salem Senators before a tense crowd of 3200 at Cap Stadium.
But there were two exceptions:
It just wasn’t another win for lanky Sandy but it was his twelfth straight this season, without defeat or relief, and tied the WIL record set in 1948 when Frank Nelson, now with the Pacific Coast League Oakland Acorns, was with Spokane Indians.
It was Sandy himself who did a lot of the “sooner and later” hitting and thus capturing a ball game which for a time appeared in jeopardy.
In fact Sandy, the engineer-pitcher, was in considerable trouble in the first inning when the Senators got to him for three singles and a walk to move into a 2-0 lead.
It would have been 3-0 but Bob Cherry, Salem centre-fielder, raced for home from third base a little too early after catcher Bill Beard skied to Jim Keating in deep right field. He was called out at third.
TO THE RESCUE
The two-punch combination of Dick Sinovic and Keating got Sandy one of those runs back in the second. Dick opened with a double and Jim brought him home with a single.
But two innings later came the weirdest play seen at Cap Stadium for many a moon. Cherry belted a ball out of the park at least 10 feet foul of the left field line. Cherry followed the flight of the ball as he moved to first and then returned to pick up his bat. Umpire Dutch Bergman suddenly motioned fair ball and the rhubarb was on. The off-shot, of course, was that the run counted and Sandy was behind, 3-1.
This time Sinovic and Mead combined to get one back in the Cap fourth inning. Dick singled and Charlie doubled. In between, Keating popped to second baseman Gene Gaviglio. Catcher Bill Heisner struck out and then luck came to Sandy’s aid. Gaviglio fumbled Bob McLean’s easy grounder. Mead scored on a wild pitch. Sandy doubled to send Bob to third, Reg Clarkson singled, scoring McLean.
That was all Sandy needed. Caps scored, of course, another six runs but even without them Sandy was the boss man although he did contribute another two-run single in the sixth. Charlie Mead got himself an honest homer in the seventh with one aboard.
That homer send starting pitcher Bill Osborn to te showers and brought in Caps’ old team mate Bob Costello. Bob gave up one more unearned run.
Tonight caps and Senators go again and big Bob Bruenner, who pitched himself a victory over Wenatchee last week, will be on the mound for the Brenner men.
Salem ............. 200 100 000— 3- 7-3
Vancouver ....... 010 302 31x—10-13 2
Osborn, Costello (7) and Beard Robertson and Heisner.
VICTORIA, B. C., Aug. 7—The Victoria Athletics slugged and walked to 17-10 victory over the Tri-City Braves in the first game of their Western International league series here last night.
The A's jumped on Tri-City starter Gene Roenspie for five runs in the first and Dick Faber, who took the hill at the start of the second gave up the same number before he was relieved bv Nick Pesut. Pesut went the rest of the route giving up seven runs.
In losing their initial game of the series the Braves contributed five errors to help Victoria to their victory. The errors permitted four of the A's runs to cross the plate.
Roenspie got the thumb from plate umpire Jerry Mathieu when the hurler disputed one of Mathieu's calls. Faber who came in to relieve had trouble finding the plate walking four and hitting one of the six men to face him. Before Pesut could retire the bases-loaded A's, five runs had been added to their total.
Merle Frick for Tri City and Gene Thompson for Victoria hit three-run homers, Frick, playing in left field, belted his in the four-run fifth inning. It was the best inning for the Braves who were fighting from behind all night.
Pesut took the hitting honors for the visitors with three for four times, including a double and accounted for two of the runs that were batted in. Al Spaeter and Jim Warner each had a .500 average at, the plate It was a totally different lineup than Tri-City had used all season that was presented here last night. Two pitchers, Frick and Joe Nicholas held down outfield posts, while their regular starting catcher worked nearly all the game on the mound.
After racking up 10 runs in the first two innings the A's came hack in the third for two more and added a big four in the fourth as they romped on the visitors. Although the Braves outhit the winners, walks and boots by their infieldeis and outfielders figured heavily in the scoring The two teams continue their sencs tonight and finish off their meetings for the 1950 season on Wednesday.
Tri-City ....... 001 240 021—10-15-5
Victoria ...... 522 401 00x—17-13-1
Roenspie, Faber (2), Pesut (2) and McKeegan; Propst, Brkich (9) and Ronning.
ONLY GAMES SCHEDULED
'Caps Player Is Named As Coach
CHEHALIS, Wash., August 6—James Robinson, baseball player with the Vancouver Capilanos in the Western International League, is Adna high school's new athletic coach, Edwin L. Bolton, superintendent of the Adna district west of Chehalis, has announced.
Robinson will succeed Robert Eastman, who will devote full time to his duties as grade school principal. He graduated from Seattle University in April and attended Gonzaga University from 1939 to 1941. Previously he attended Bellarmine high in Tacoma. Robinson played professional baseball in 1942 and from 1947 to the present time.
TACOMA, Aug. 8—Glen Stetter, stubby Spokane swatsmith, unlumbered on Yakima and Tri-City pitching for 17 hits in 32 times at bat last week and raised his Western International league-leading willow average a cool 15 points to .369, it was revealed in figures released today from the office of Robert B. Abel, president of the circuit.
Four of Stetter's blows were home runs, giving him a season's total of 12, and he batted in 13 runs for an aggregate of 83 for the campaign.
The diminutive Spokane outfielder was still considerably behind Tacoma's Dick Greco in the latter two departments, however, since the slugging Tiger Gardener had a fair week himself, belting five homers and driving in 16 tallies for totals of 27 and 114, respectively.
Greco had a 14 for 29 weeks at the plate and hoisted his batting mark nine points to .359.
Although he lagged considerably behind the leaders percentage-wise, Tri City's Jim Warner exactly duplicated Stetter's rampage by collecting four homers and 13 other assorted blows in 32 times at bat. Warner batted in 15 runs for a total of 91, just one shy of the runner up in that department, Jim Westlake of Yakima. Reno Cheso of Yakima was fourth win 90.
Joo Rossi of Spokane clouted two homers to regain the runner up spot in the four-master derby with 18, one more than Victoria's Gene Thompson, while Warner was next in line with 15.
AB H RBI AVE
Stetter, Spok. ... 371 137 83 .369
Greco, Tac. ...... 418 150 114 .359
Tornay, Yak. ..... 211 75 36 .356
McCawley, Yak. ... 268 95 52 .354
Vanni, Spok. ..... 350 117 47 .334
Rossi, Spok. ..... 377 124 78 .329
G. Thompson, Vic.. 426 139 88 .326
Warner, T-C. ..... 405 130 91 .321
Cheso, Yak. ...... 417 134 90 .321
Zuvella, Yak. .... 257 82 50 .319
Gifford, Tac. .... 381 121 49 .318
Clarkson, Van. ... 437 138 53 .316
Hjelmaa, Van. .... 393 124 61 .316
Sinovic, Van. .... 323 102 66 .316
Hack, Vic. ....... 169 53 22 .314
Matoh, Spok. ..... 423 132 70 .312