S T A N D I N G S
W L Pct GB
Yakima ...... 57 39 .594 —
Tacoma ...... 56 41 .568 2½
Wenatchee ... 55 42 .567 2½
Tri City .... 54 44 .551 4
Salem ....... 40 52 .435 14½
Victoria .... 41 55 .427 16
Spokane ..... 41 56 .423 16½
Vancouver ... 40 55 .421 16½
YAKIMA, July 22 — Southpaw Larry Powell fashioned a two-hitter here Saturday night as the Yakima Bears slugged out a 13-2 victory over the Victoria Athletics.
Working on his third one-hitter in 13 year of major league and coast league baseball, Powell served up a home run fast ball to Gene Thompson with two out and one man aboard in the ninth inning. The other hit came in the second inning when John Hack laced a hump-back single to centre field.
Dave Melton, rookie Yakima shortstop, hit his first home run in a Bear uniform in the second inning and the rest of the way two Victoria pitchers couldn't hold the hard-hitting Western International League pace-setters.
Bill Andering, Al Jacinto and Jim Westlake shared in nine of the 16 hits given up by Ron Smith and Warren Noyes.
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VICTORIA, [Colonist, July 23]—Victoria Athletics went tumbling to their fifth straight defeat at Yakima last night but tempered the bad news with the announcement that outfielder Lou Novikoff had been acquired from the Bears.
Business-Manaager Reg Patterson stated late last night that the former coast and major league slugger would probably accompany the A's home from Yakima tomorrow and that he will likely appear in the line-up tomorrow night, when Victoria hosts the Spokane Indians.
Novikoff's acquisition was made possible by the fineplay of Yakima's young outfielders—Bill Andering, Frank Mascaro, Bill McCawley and Jerry Zuvella. The big fellow, who should find Royal Athletic Park tailored to his straightaway hitting, was battin .286 in the latest Nowe News Bureau average but had batted in 29 runs with his 36 hits.
Victoria .......... 000 000 002—2-2-1
Yakima ........... 013 000 72x—13-16-3
Smith, Noyes (9) and Danielson; Powell and Tiesiera.
KENNEWICK, July 23 [Don Becker, Herald] — Tri-City's Dick Faber smashed a long triple to the wall to score Nick Pesut all the way from first base and defeat Tacoma 9-8 in the double-header at Sanders Field last night. Tacoma won the seven inning opener on a 3-2 count.
The owl game was deadlocked after the seventh inning when the Tigers shelled Brave starter Joe Orrell from the mound. Merle Frick, making his local debut as a hurler turned in a magnificent job turning back Tacoma with two hits and striking out five. Another reliefer, Hunk Anderson for Tacoma, was charged with the loss although he pitched but one inning plus.
A jammed packed crowd of 2,669 swelled the season's total to 59,251. The club seems a cinch to pass the 60,000 mark today when the two teams, finish out their four game series.
Brave manager Charlie Petersen is sending his right-handed ace, Lou McCollum (14-7) to get the series edge for the Tri-City team. Jim Brillheart, pilot of the Tigers had nominated Bob Kerrigan to turn back the Braves and try for a split in this crucial contest.
Both teams had a big inning in the nightcap. The Braves took theirs in the second when they cleated the plate six times on fivp hits. Singles by Faber and Orrell drove in Clint Cameron and Buddy Peterson for the first two. Then Al Spaeter singled to score Bryant. Orrell's double added two more and then Vic Buccola dropped a pitch high over the right field wall for three
more. That gave Tri-City a 6-1 bulge.
Tacoma pecked away at Orrell finally getting two in the fifth and five in the seventh to knot the count. A total of seven hits, including just one extra base blow, a double by Bill Fisher, catcher, accounted for all the scoring and also sent Orrell packing.
Cameron and Peterson teamed up with a double and triple respectively in the Tri-City fifth to get those runs. Warner scored on the double and Cameron had no traffic trouble getting from second to home on Peterson's mid-center field triple.
Tacoma paraded four pitchers to the mound in an effort to get the tie game of the series. Don Carter started and lasted until the opening of the sixth. Brillheart then sent in Gil Loust who worked one full stanza. The luckless Anderson opened the seventh and was derricked after the first man up in the eighth, Nick Pesut, singled. When Pesut scored Anderson got the loss. Kaber slashed his triple off a pitch set up by Mel Knezovich.
LOSES OWN GAME
Joe Nicholas, the Tri-City's submarine pitcher, lost his control in the seventh inning of the opener—and the ball game. He walked Catron, hit Bache and filled the bases by walking Israel. A long fly by Ronnie Gifford to Cameron in right field brought in Catron. The final score 3-2.
Tacoma's other two runs came on homers, Quinn's in the second and Greco's in the fourth.
Nicholas was in a bad hole in the sixth. The bases were loaded but Buddy Peterson, Brave shortstop, saved the day. He leaped high in the air and speared—just on the tip of his fingers, it appeared—Sheets' sizzling drive.
BUCCOLA SPEARS 2
Vic Buccola, Tri-City first sacker, came in for a share of the glory too. He made two well-near impossible catches of foul fly balls.
The Brave's first tally came in the second. With two out, Bryant singled. Two more singles, by Faber and Nicholas, pushed the third baseman across the plate.
Peterson tripled in the fourth inning. McKeegan singled to score him.
Tacoma ......... 010 100 1—3-6-1
Tri-City ......... 010 100 0—2-6-0
Kitt and Sheets; Nicholas and McKeegan.
Tacoma ......... 100 020 500—8-14-1
Tri-City .......... 060 020 01x—9-11-1
Carter, Loust (7), Anderson (7), Knezovich (8) and Fisher; Orrell, Frick (7) and Pesut.
WENATCHEE, July 22—Salem's big Bob Goldstein tripled home the winning run in the eleventh inning here Saturday night to give the Senators a 3-2 win over the Wenatchee Chiefs.
Goldstein's long smash came with Gene Gaviglio on first base with a walk. Both are former Wenatchee players.
Salem .............. 020 000 000 01—3-6-0
Wenatchee ...... 101 000 000 00—2-9-0
Osborne and Beard; Breisinger and Len Neal.
SPOKANE, July 22—Vancouver pounded the Spokane Indians pitcher for 12 hits to win the first game of a double header 9-1 here Saturday night.
It was Rockey's first game since his suspension.
Vancouver's Snyder limited the Indians to four hits.
Rockey held Vancouver to two unearned runs until the sixth inning of the seven inning game. Then a home run by Jim Keating brought in Sinovic and Tran for 3.
In the eighth Vancouver scored four more on three singles, a double and two walks.
Keating also singled in the game, and slammed out a two-run double in the second game, which the Caps won 9-7.
Vancouver scored five runs in the ninth to give reliever Carl Gunnarson the victory.
First game (seven innings)
Vancouver .......... 200 003 4—9 12 0
Spokane ............. 000 010 0— 1 4 3
Snyder and Brenner; Rockey and Rossi.
Vancouver .......... 001 000 035—9 12 3
Spokane ............. 111 300 001—7 16 1
Whyte, Alvari (6), Gunnarson (7) and Heisner, Brenner (?); Curran, Roberts (9), O'Flynn (9) and Courage.
IT BEATS ME
By Jim Tang
[from Victoria Colonist, July 23, 1950]
Thirteen games below .500 and 15 out of the lead as this is written, Victoria Athletics are going to have to move fast—and soon—if they are to wind up with something better than possible leadership of the second division of the W.I.L. How much different it might have been had not the Seattle Rainiers decided to bring in K. Chorlton.
It is seldom that one player can mean as much to a ball club as Chorlton did to the A’s. The fleet Seattle youngster was leading the club at the plate with a .333 average and his 42 runs batted in were more than any of his teammates had at the time of the recall. But those figures don’t tell the whole story.
The A’s lost most of their speed and much of their outfield defence when he left. Chorlton had stolen 17 bases in 19 attempts and was the only one of the A’s who could reasonably be counted on to get into scoring position in the clutch and the only one who could almost always score from first on a double and from second on any hit to the outfield. In the outfield, hardly a game passed that he didn’t cut off an extra-base hit with one of his many great catches. He was saving as many runs as he was batting in.
Look at the record. After a disastrous start, the A’s had won 20 out of 30 games and were definitely on the move when Chorlton was recalled. Since then they have won 13 and lost 21 and are only two games better off than their season’s lowest mark. Eleven of those 21 losses have been by one run. There can be little doubt but that the A’s would have been in the thick of the pennant scramble with Chorlton. His hitting, speed and defensive play could easily have reversed the result in those one-run losses.
No blame can be attached to the Seattle club for his recall. At the time the Rainiers were trying to get started and they ran into a situation where they needed immediate outfield protection, and their young farmhand was the logical, and probably the only player they could get. But they can, perhaps, be blamed for keeping him when their outfield troubles cleared up. Chorlton is not yet ready for Coast League pitching and he is seeing but little action. He should be back in the W.I.L.—in Victoria—where regular play will develop his fine potential. His immediate value to Seattle is hardly worth the risk of future loss incurred by having him sit on the bench.