Tuesday, 21 August 2007

Saturday, July 1, 1950

W L Pct. GB
Tacoma ..... 42 30 .583 —
Yakima ..... 41 30 .577 ½
Tri-City ... 40 33 .548 2½
Wenatchee .. 40 33 .548 2½
Salem ...... 31 38 .449 9½
Spokane .... 33 41 .446 10
Victoria ... 32 43 .427 11½
Vancouver .. 30 41 .423 11½

VANCOUVER, July 1—A rollicking triple in the bottom half of the eighth inning Saturday night gave Vancouver Capilanos a 6-4 victory over Tacoma Tigers and a 3-2 victory in their five-game Western International League series.
Tacoma won Saturday's first game 5-3 with single runs in the last three innings after taking a verdict Friday night to square the series at two apiece.
Ill-fortune deprived newcomer Dick Alvari, the Seattle Rainier bonus pitcher, of a win in the first game. He gave up four hits and three runs in seven innings and was removed for a pinch hitter. The loss went to his successor, Kevin King.
The Caps’ agile red-head, the double play key at second base, Len Tran, was the home town’s big hero in the night game. Tom Kipp, a southpaw fresh from San Diego, was sailing along on the top end of a 4-1 score when he ran into a spot of control trouble in the eighth inning. He walked two in a row.
Bob Kerrigan, one of the top pitchers in the WIL, was hurried into the fray. Reg Clarkson greeted him with a single and the score was 4-2. Dick Sinovic walked to fill the bases once more.
Still with none out, Len Tran blasted a triple to the centre field fence, 410 feet from home plate, to clear the bases. Tran scored when Bill Brenner hit into double play.
George Nicholas, gunning for his ninth victory, made sure of that in the ninth with two strikeouts and a right field pop fly.
Dick Greco opened the game with a two-run homer for Tacoma.
(First Game)
Tacoma ...... 000 002 111—5-7-1
Vancouver ... 101 000 100—3-8-0
Carter and Sheets; Alvari, King (8), Snyder (9) and Brenner.
(Second game)
Tacoma ....... 201 001 000—4-7-1
Vancouver .... 000 010 05x—6-9-0
Kipp, Kerrigan (8) and Sheets; Nicholas and Brenner.

YAKIMA, July 1—Joe Unfried powered the Wenatchee Chiefs to an 18-7 victory over the Yakima Bears Saturday night squaring their Western International League series at a game apiece.
Yakima got away to a two run lead in the first inning on five walks hy starter Don Ferrarese but the Chiefs came back with a single run in the second, two in the third and five in the fourth off left-hander Larry Powell. Unfried's second double was the climax blow of the big inning, coming in the wake of singles by Larry Neal, Lil Arnerich, Don Fraccia and Bud Hjelmaa and a hit batsman, Jerry Ballard.
The Bears got three runs back in the bottom of the fourth with a double by Bill Andring and triple by Al Jacinto, the big blows, and scored single runs in the fifth and seventh innings, but lefthander Tom Breisinger came on in the seventh and protected Wenatchee's one run lead the rest of the way.
The Bears couldn't keep Unfried off the bases. The Wenatehee rightfielder slammed two doubles, a triple and a single and was safe on an error.
Wenatchee ... 012 500 000-3-13-3
Yakima ...... 200 310 100—7- 9-1
Ferrarase, Dahle (1), Breisinger (7), and Spurgeon; Powell, Bradford (5), Soriano (7) and Tiesiera.

SALEM, July 1—A costly error, after two were out in the first inning, gave the Salem Senators a 7-4 victory over the Tri-City Braves in a Western International League game here Saturday night. The decision evened the series,when Tri-City won the Friday night contest 10-3. The teams play a double-header Sunday.
It was the first loss of the season for Gene Roenspie, who opened on the mound for the Braves. A pair of triples by Bob Cherry and Dick Bartle of the Solons derricked Roenspie in the fifth with Jim Olsen finishing up. Olsen gave up run in the sixth but held Salem in check the rest of the route.
The Braves notched three counters in Hie fifth when Bud Peterson and Neil Bryant put together a pair of doubles. Then Merle Frick and Vic Buccola singled. That ended the Tri-City threat until the seventh when Al Spaeter's single scored the final run of the contest for the Braves.
Salem's Bill Osborn went the full nine for the winners and was in trouble only once when the losers scored their three in the fifth.
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SALEM, July 1 (AP)—A pair of three-run concentrations in the first and fifth innings carried the Salem Senators to a 7-4 victory over Tri-City's Braves Saturday night m a Western International league fracas. The win evened the current series at one game apiece.
Bill Osborn went the pitching route for Salem, giving up nine blows amd suffering his greatest difficulty in the fifth when the Braves put together three runs. That trio came off doubles by Bud Peterson and Neil Bryant and singles by Merle Frick and Vic Buccola. The Braves' other tally arrived in the seventh, Al Spaeter's tingle driving it in.
Meanwhile the Senators copped Tri-City's starting hurler, Al [sic] Roenspie for three in the first inning, all of which were unearned. They came after two were out on an error and three rapid base hits. Triples by Dick Bartle and Bob Cherry sparked the Salems to three more in the fifth. The uprising routed Roenspie in favor
Bill [sic] Olson. The Braves' reliefer was touched for a run in the sixth.
Tri-City ... 000 030 100—4- 9-3
Salem ...... 300 031 00x—7-10-0
Roenspie, Olson (5) and Pesut; Osborn and Beard.

VICTORIA, B. C., July 1—Spokane Indians pummelled out a couple of wins in a Western International league holiday doubleheader here Saturday. They edged Victoria Athletics 6-5 in the first game and swamped them 8-2 in the second.
There were three homers in the two games. John Conant helped himself win his own game with a round-tripper and Frank Matoh smashed another in the first tilt to provide the victory margin Joe Rossi homered in the nightcap.
First Game
Spokane ..... 100 010 121—6-11-0
Victoria ...... 001 101 001—5-10-2
Conant and Rossi; Smith and Ronning.
Second game
Spokane ...... 220 101 030—8-14-1
Victoria ....... 001 000 100—2- 5-4
Rockey and Rossi; Marshall, Propst (9) and Ronning.

By DON BECKER, Herald Sports Editor
[from July 2, 1950]

Umpire Jerry Mathieu and his sidekick Perkins took quite a beating from the fans during the recent series with Wenatehee. Some of those calls they made did look pretty bad. It's hard to argue with a ball or strike count but one or two of those on the bases looked like a Keystone Cop version. But not all the blame should rest on their shoulders. There was one call for instance at third base that Perkins just couldn't see.
Al Spaeter was on the second, Jim Warner on first, when they started a double steal. Spurgeon's throw to Fracchia at third laid the ball down in front of the bag as Spaeter slid in. Perkins called him safe. Here was a case where the umpire from his position couldn't see the play because Spaeter had his view blocked. That was an honest mistake and Fraccia had a right to beef about the call.
Perkins was in his proper position on the field when the play occurred. This isn't the first time we have seen one like that. The same thing happened to Artie Wilson when he was holding doun the hot corner for Tri-City. So that makes one for, and one against us.
And then on the other hand you have some dandys like the one Mathieu called at second the other night. As we recall, it was Spaeter legging it down to second on what looked like would he a sure Wenatchee doubleplay. Larry Neal, Chief shortstop, was taking the relay at second. But instead of taking the ball on the bag, he was completely across it betore the ball arrived. Mathieu called Spaeter out. Everyone was surprised at that call, including the umpire in question.
Apparently what happened was that Mathieu figured it would be like all other such plays of this type, and so he made his decision. Unfortunately he made it too soon. That in a nutshell seems to be the biggest drawback to some of the umpiring we've seen. Instead ot waiting for a play to be fully completed the umpires in many cases make their decision when it's only half-way finished. In 99 times out of 100 their original decision will be correct. But that one time does come, and will continue as long as they play the game. A little more time would be beneficial to the game, the players, the fans, and most important to the feeling toward the men in blue.
Will the Braves have a 20-game winning pitcher this year? That's a good question to look into now that we're at the half-way point.
Lou McCollum, Dick Stone, and Gene Roenspie look to be the best bets. If any of the Brave hurlers are going to reach the 20 mark it will have to be one of these. McCollum with ten victories is the closest. The tall, right handed veteran has been consistently good all season. Only once or twice has Lou gone to the mound without his 'stuff.' Stone is two short, and Roenspie three shy of the required halfway number. Stone got away to a bad start in the early part of the season and first showed his real effectiveness when he won two in one day against Wenatchee. Since then he's been continually improving. As for the league leading Roenspie, had he opened the season with the Braves he might now have 10 victories. He's won his first seven times out and is a good bet to come close to, if not hit, the 20-game victory ring.
If you like longshots Joe Orrell would be your man. He's won and lost six. That's a long way to go but he's the only other member of the staff that could conceivably
do it. The rest just haven't appeared in enough games to have a chance.

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