Saturday, 11 August 2007
Saturday, April 29, 1950
W L Pct. GB
Wenatchee ... 8 4 .677 —
Tacoma ...... 8 4 .677 —
Yakima ...... 7 4 .636 ½
Spokane ..... 6 5 .545 1½
Salem ....... 7 6 .538 1½
Tri-City .... 5 7 .417 3
Vancouver ... 4 8 .333 4
Victoria .... 3 10 .231 5½
TACOMA, Apr. 29—The Tacoma Tigers took the second straight game of their Western International league series from Tri-City Saturday night, beating the Columbia Basin crew 7-1.
Ten walks and a couple of wild pitches by two Tri-City pitchers helped the Tacoma attack. Pitcher Don Carter of the Tigers, on the other hand, did not allow two hits in any inning and issued no walks. Tri-City's only run, in the second, was unearned, coming on an error, an infield single by Artie Wilson and two infield outs.
Tacoma tied it up in the third without a hit on a walk, sacrifice, wild pitch and an infield out.
The Tigers got the first hits of the game—four of them—in the third and scored four runs. Three walks were issued in the inning,
Dick Greco tripled and Wimpy Quinn, Bill Sheets and Carter belted singles.
Tri-City ........ 010 000 000—1 6 1
Tacoma ........ 001 400 02x—7 6 2
Logg, Stone (4) and McKeegan; Carter and Sheets.
VANCOUVER [Daily Province, May 1]—The best item to have around on a baseball team is known as a “stopper”. He’s a pitcher that can step into the line of fire and quiet the booming bats of the opposition.
Such a man is Salem’s John Tierney. His efficacious six-hit stint on the mound Saturday night turned an otherwise disastrous day into one of rejoicing.
The Senators started off in the afternoon in rather glum fashion. Bill Brenner’s Capilanos battered two Salem pitchers for 16 hits and an equal total of runs.
Bob Costello eased in with his first victory of the Western International League season, surviving a shaky start when Brenner threatened to call for help.
It might have been much worse for the Senators had the Caps not banged into four double-plays. Ken Wyatt started for Salem and lasted three and a third innings. John Burak relieved after Wyatt stopped a line-drive with his pitching hand.
Burak should have stayed home. He walked eight, allowed 11 hits and 11 earned runs. Costello, meanwhile, settled down and coasted in with the 16-6 victory.
Brenner started rookie Paul Spurlock in the night-cap. Provocative Paul responded in a manner not befitting a pitcher.
He gave up three hits in seven innings. But this scheduled performance was overshadowed by his leniency with bases on balls.
In seven innings, Spurlock walked 10 men, four of them scoring. It only went to prove what Brenner says all along: give the rookies more work and they will best any team in the league.
Bob Snyder pitched the last two innings. The eighth was uneventful, but came the ninth inning and Robert was being hit—hard.
Three safeties, one a home run to Bob Cherry, scored a trio of runs, putting the ball game beyond recovery.
Salem .......... 033 000 200— 8 9 2
Vancouver .... 012 724 00x—16 16 1
Wyatt, Burak (3) and Beard; Costello and Brenner.
Salem .......... 200 001 103—7 6 0
Vancouver .... 000 000 000—0 6 2
John Tierney and Frank McMillan; Paul Spurlock, Bob Snyder and Earl Motsinger.
VICTORIA [Colonist, Apr. 30]—Victoria Athletics, who should have the pitching to put together a winning streak, are still unable to put two victories together. They got their third chance of the season at Royal Athletic Park yesterday afternoon when Wenatchee defences crumbled in the eighth inning to give the A’s a 7-4 triumph, but the Chiefs came back with a 16-hit attack against three of Victoria’s expensive mound staff to pound out a convincing 13-3 win under the lights.
Attendance took an upswing with 2,100 paid and an estimated 2,000 youngsters on hand in the afternoon, and 1,800 paying customers watching the evening rout.
Outfielder Jim Thompson and Jim Hedgecock, veteran W.I.L. southpaw, shared Victoria honors in the first game. Hedgecock cvame on in the second inning after the Chiefs ad scored four runs off starter Joe Mishasek and pitched scoreless baseball the rest of the way. Thompson put his club back in the game with two home runs, the first hit out of the park this season. He smacked one in the third inning with two aboard, and then squared it in the fifth when he lined a low pitch into Pembroke Street.
Meanwhile, Hedgecock was pitching his way out of several bad jams. He whiffed Morley Bockman and Len Neal with runners on third and second in the fifth, forced Jim Daniels to ground into a double play with two men on in the sixth, stopped a scoring chance in the seventh with another double-play pitch, and then wormed out of it in the ninth after walking the first two batters.
STILL NO SACRIFICES
The A’s also were messing up scoring opportunities and almost lost it because of their inability to lay down a sacrifice bunt. Al Smith’s failure to advance his runner in the sixth, when two hits brought southpaw Dave Dahle to the relief of starter Al Treichel cost a run which would have won the game. Bill Weatherwax, who made his first home start behind the plate, popped up on a similar attempt in the eighth. It was the fourth and fifth times in a row sacrifice attempts have failed.
Dahle walked Al Smith to open the eighth but had two out when Buddy Hjelmaa let Junior Krug’s bounder through his legs to leave men on first and third. Walt Pocekay, apparently thrown off by the approach of centre fielder Joe Unfried, then dropped Bill Dunn’s long fly to left-centre and Smith and Krug both scored. The play on Krug at the plate was close and started an argument which ended with Rupe Thompson, Wenatchee manager, taking an early shower. K. Chorlton’s single then plated the third run of the inning which a bloop hit into right.
The second game was over in the first inning when the Chiefs landed on Ron Smith for five runs. After getting Al Drew out on an easy bounder to the mound, Smith was tagged for four successive singles, which scored two runs. He walked Don Fracchia to load the bags, took Bob Goldstein on an infield fly and appeared to be almost out of it when he got two quick strikes on Jim Fiscalini. The Wenatchee catcher then broke up the game by banging a fat curve for a base-clearing double.
EASY FOR BREISINGER
While the Chiefs were fattening their bat marks, Tom Breisinger, still another of their hard-throwing left-handers, was having no trouble holding the losers in check. Too many weak spots in the Victoria batting order made it easy for him each time there was a semblance of a rally.
Edo Vanni, still slightly dizzy after his beaning on Friday night, missed both games but is expected to be ready for the Tuesday game at Salem. Al Ronning played the afternoon game in right field while Bob Haddock took over an outfield spot in the series finale.
Wenatchee ......... 130 000 000—4 9 3
Victoria .............. 003 010 03x—7 7 2
Treichel, Dahle (6) and Neal; Mishasek, Hedgecock (2) and Weatherwax.
Wenatchee ......... 501 013 030—13 16 0
Victoria .............. 002 001 000— 3 6 2
Breisinger and Fiscalini; Smith, Olson, Blankenship and Ronning.
YAKIMA, April 29—Yakima Bears, defending W.I.L. champions, moved up to threaten, only a half game off the pace, with a 5-4 win over the slumping Spokane Indians on Saturday night.
The Bears pushed over the winning tally in the twelfth inning.
Spokane ........ 020 001 100 000—4 11 4
Yakima .......... 120 000 010 001—5 10 2
Rockey and Rossi; Larner and Tiesiera.
VANCOUVER, April 29—Vancouver Capilanos of the Western International Baseball League last week got outfielder Jim Keating on option from the Seattle Rainiers of the Pacific Coast League. Keating will report to the Caps tomorrow.
TACOMA, April 30—In official W.I.L. averages released yesterday for games through April 23, Glen Stetter of Tacoma boasted the best plate mark with 11 hits in 20 trips for a .550 gait. In the .400 bracket were: Buddy Hjelmaa, Wenatchee, .464; Dick Bartle, Salem, .440 and Jim Robinson, Vancouver, .424. Clint Cameron of Tri-City led in runs batted in with nine, while Robinson and Hjelmaa shared the lead in total bases with 20 each.