Monday, 13 August 2007

Saturday, May 20, 1950

               W  L Pct.
Tacoma ...... 21  7 .750
Salem ....... 17 10 .630
Wenatchee ... 17 10 .586
Yakima ...... 15 13 .536
Tri-City .... 14 17 .452
Spokane ..... 12 17 .414
Vancouver ... 10 17 .370
Victoria ..... 8 21 .276

WENATCHEE, May 20—The Wenatchee Chiefs hit the jackpot for 18 base hits off veteran lefthander Cy Greenlaw here Saturday night to defeat the Tri-City Braves 11-3.
Tri-City scored only in the first inning off Wenatchee lefthander Jay Ragni who posted his fifth win against one defeat. Wenatchee leads the series two games to none.
Ragni had a perfect four for four night at the plate including two doubles and first baseman Hank Sciarra slammed out two triples to lead the Chiefs attack.
Shortstop Neil Bryant's triple in the first inning was the best hit for Tri-City. Some 2,460 delighted Wenatchee fans watched the game. They came to see the ten Tri-City players who were with the Chiefs last year before the franchise was moved to the Tri-City area.
Ragni's win was his fifth in six decisions.
Tri City .......... 300 000 000—3 8 3
Wenatchee ..... 004 500 11x—11 18 1
Greenlaw and McKeegan; Ragni and Fiscalini.

TACOMA, May 20 — Tacoma's Don Carter outpitched Vancouver's George Nicholas Saturday night as the front-running Tigers chalked up their fourth straight victory by defeating the Capilanos 3-0 in the second game of the Western International baseball league series here.
Carter gave up seven hits but kept them well spaced.
Nicholas kept pace for five innings, but in the Tacoma sixth Ronnie Gifford led off with a single, Nicholas uncorked a wild throw on Larry Lee's attempted sacrifice and Glen Stetter doubled both runs across.
Bill Sheets' single, a sacrifice and Carter's one-baser produced the third Tiger tally in the eighth.
Carter mystified all the Capilanos except Reg Clarkson, who collected three hits in four trips to grab batting honors.
Vancouver .......... 000 000 000—0 7 2
Tacoma .............. 000 002 10x—3 8 1
Nicholas and Heisner; Carter and Sheets.

YAKIMA, May 20—Making a strong bid to climb high in the league standings, fourth place Yakima knocked over second place Salem for the second straight time 11-5 Saturday night in a Western International league game here.
The Bears teed off on three Solon pitchers for 11 hits while starter lefty Larry Powell scattered six hits in eight innings to register his second victory of the season.
Salem ........ 001 012 001— 5 8 0
Yakima ...... 003 500 03x—11 11 3
Wyatt, Osborn (6), Lew (8) and Beard; Powell, Bradford (9) and Tornay.

SPOKANE, May 20—Spokane's Indians pinned a second consecutive Western International league defeat, 5 to 3, on the Victoria Athletics here Saturday night.
The Indians, behind the nine-hit pitching of John Conant, led all the way. They picked up a run on Frank Matoh's single in the first and added three in the second and one in the seventh.
Victoria scored one in the fifth on singles by Joe Morjoseph and Al Ronning and a double by Billy Dunn. In the sixth Moore singled and scored on faulty throws by Spokane catcher Joe Rossi and Lee Mohr. Their final tally came in the ninth as Jim Wert and Ronning singled and Rossi let a low pitch get away.
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SPOKANE, [Victoria Colonist, May, 20]—“I’m going to jump out the window in half an hour.” That was the wry comment of Manager Marty Krug late last night after he had watched his Victoria Athletics go down to their 21st defeat in 29 W.I.L. games. The weak-hitting Spokane Indians made it five in a row over the embattled A’s with a 5-3 victory as the breaks again went the other way.
Last night’s setback was the 12th by a margin of two runs or less and the A’s aptitude for losing the close ones has Krug, Business-manager Reg Patterson and club directors in a bit of a tizzy. In only four of the 21 defeats have the Athletics been beaten badly.
A timely base hit, a bit tighter defence, stronger clutch pitching or a break could well have reversed the verdict in the other 17 losses. It wouldn’t take much to make the A’s a winning club but that it needs something is quite evident. Winners take the close ones
One ray of hope last night was the improve pitching of Jake Mooty. The veteran right-hander almost certainly won himself another chance with a display good enough to have won but for two errors and a bad hop on a run-scoring single.
Mooty got away to a rocky start, walking the first three hitters in the first inning. He would have escaped unscathed but for a bad bounce of Frank Matoh’s bounder to K Chorlton. Bushong was out stealing and Mooty struck out dangerous Joe Rossi before Matoh’s lucky hit scored the first Spokane run.
Errors by Chorlton and Jim Moore gave the Indians three unearned runs and the ball game in the second inning. From there, Mooty was the master. He got into only one jam in the following six innings but pitched himself out after Ed Murphy, Sol Israel and Chuck Davis stroked successive singles to load the bags with one out in the eighth.
The A’s scored their first run in the fifth when Bill Dunn doubled with two on, but they could not keep up the rally. A walk and two errors made it 4-2 in the sixth. The Indians got that run back in the seventh on a walk, a stolen base and Leon Mohr’s single. A promising Victoria rally in the ninth ended when Dunn, pinch-hitter Bill Weatherwax and Junior Krug grounded out after Jim Wert and Al Ronning opened with singles and a wild pitch plated Wert.
Junior Krug replaced Edo Vanni when the little outfielder was tossed out for word with base-umpire Jacobs.
Joe Mishasek and Jim Hedgecock probably will get the starting calls in this afternoon’s doubleheader. Aldon Wilkie is not feeling well and may miss a turn, Manager Krug reported. Krug also stated John Marshall is now walking on his injured ankle and should be ready to pitch one of Saturday’s games.
The A’s return home to face Yakima Bears, Tuesday, and then meet Spokane and Vancouver before going on the next road trip.
Victoria ....... 000 011 001—3 9 2
Spokane ...... 130 000 10x—5 10 2
Mooty and Ronning; Conant and Rossi.

SEATTLE, May 20—(UP)—Glenn Stetter of Tacoma raised his average one point to move into first place in the Western International league batting race with a .425, the Howe News Bureau said today.
Nini Tornay, Yakima catcher, dropped 31 points to a .408 for second place, only four points ahead of Gene Thompson of Victoria.
Stetter also took over the lead in runs scored with 25 and Thompson continued to lead in doubles with 13, total bases with 67 and home runs with four.
Neil Bryant, Tri-City shortstop, gained a slim lead in runs batted in with 24 and hits with 39. Third baseman Red Fischer of Tacoma held the lead in triples with four, while Ed Murphy of Spokane had eight stolen bases to head that department.
Salem hurler John Tierney added another victory to his unbroken string of wins to continue to top the pitchers with six triumphs and no losses.
                  AB H RBI  Pct
Stetter, Tac .... 80 34 21 .425
Torney, Yak ..... 71 29 14 .408
Len Neal, Wen ... 37 15  5 .405
Thompson Vic .... 89 36 21 .404
Lee, Tac ........ 25 10  2 .400
Helsner, Van .... 21  8  0 .381
Bryant, T-C .... 109 39 24 .358
Sheets, Tac ..... 68 24  8 .353
Hjelmaa, Wen .... 94 24  8 .353
Chorlton, Vic .. 101 34 20 .337
Greco, Tac ...... 87 29 16 .333
Wilson, T-C ..... 93 31 16 .333
Wasley, Sal ..... 81 27 17 .333
Olsen, T-C ...... 15  5  7 .333
Zurcher Sal ..... 64 21 10 .328
Mead, Van ....... 87 28 19 .322
Bartle, Sal ..... 88 28 10 .318
Catron, Tac ..... 86 27 16 .314
Warner, T-C ..... 94 26 21 .310
Worth, Spo ...... 13  4  0 .308
Fracchia, Wen ... 49 15  1 .306
Cheso, Yak ...... 92 28 20 .304
Cameron, T-C .... 46 14 18 .304
Clarkson, Van ... 92 27 12 .293
Vanni, Vic ...... 58 17 10 .293
Gaviglio, Sal ... 89 26 13 .292
McLean, Van ..... 82 24 15 .293
Cherry, Sal ..... 48 18 10 .292
Buccola, T-C ... 107 31  9 .290
Fischer, Tac .... 31  9  5 .290
Drew, Wen ....... 83 24 10 .289
Murphy, Spo ..... 98 28 13 .286
Brock, Spo ...... 98 28 13 .286
Larry Neal, Wen.. 81 23  9 .284
Gifford, Tac .... 85 24 12 .282
L. Tran, Van .... 32  9  5 .281
Spaeter, T-C ... 108 30  8 .278

By Don Becker, Herald Sports Editor
[from the column of May 21/50]
Game number 23 for our Braves set up a couple of "firsts" for this season. It was the first shutout and also the first time they have only gotten two hits in a game. In fact Wenatchee's 7-0 victory wasn't very far from a perfect game for hurler Don Ferrarese.
Mike Budnick, who went the full route for the Tri-City team, comes to the Braves from the Seattle Rainiers on a "conditional" look. The deal sends Bob Felizzatto to Pittsburgh of the Far West league. So now the Braves have two pitchers in this league, and one, Ken Kleasner, in the Sunset league. ... Felizzatto, by the way, is with Pittsburgh on the same "conditional" look that Budnick came to the Braves on.
Although Mike lost his first effort he pitched a good game. He gave up 10 hits and issued but four free passes. Control and lack of it, which was a big factor in many of our early season losses, is getting better and better with the strengthening of the pitching staff. And this latest move should help Felizzatto quite a bit. He's been on the bench quite a bit here, while with Pittsburgh he'll get a chance to work every four days. Should he come back to the Braves before the season is over its our feeling that you'll see a vastly improved hurler when he takes to the mound.
Occasionally a situation will arise where two umpires are just not enough. Such was the case Thursday night here at Sanders Field. The play was at third base and the base runner had to slide right into Artie Wilson's glove hand, holding the ball. Yet the base-runner was called safe because the umpire calling the play was looking directly at Wilson with the runners body in front of him. Thus he was distinctly unable to see whether Wilson had tagged him or not.
Likewise the same thing can happen..when there is a runner on first and the empire is calling the play from behind, or near the pitcher's mound. Usually they are slightly to the right of the mound and so the runner's body here again blocks their view of what is happening light at the bag. There's no way of getting away from it though unless they use more umpires. . .yet one of these days a game is going to hang on just such a decision.
Further changes for Sanders Field are now under consideration. The screen back of home plate is going to be raised much higher than it now is. This will make a screen on the front of the press box unnecessary for which this column will be deeply grateful. However, that's not the reason they are raising the screen. The real purpose is to prevent the rapid rate of destruction to the baseballs going into the parking lot. They aren't being lost out there. . .but the sharp gravel cuts the covers so much that after one tour into the lot they're usually useless for further league play.
Now comes a postcard, from E.V. Plock of Richland calling our attention to an error that we made the other clay when we said Jim Olsen, in hitting two runs in a single game, tied a major league record for pitchers. Plock points out that on May 13, 1942 Jim Tobin of the Boston Braves hit three aginst the Cubs in Wrigley Field. Upon checking a little further we also found that this record was originally set by Guy J. Hecker of Louisville on Aug. 15, 1886. Several pitchers have hit two in one game.
An error like that makes us feel bad, not that we don't meet our annual quota of bloopers, but we so much wanted Jim Olsen to have a share of a world record that we didn't dig deep enough into the books. And thanks to you Mr. Plock for calling it to our attention. Anyhow, Jim is tied for second in the world record of pitchers hitting four baggers and of that we've now very certain.
Another pitcher by the way that has also hit two in one game is the brother of the Braves manager. Charlie Petersen's brother turned the trick also in a major league park.

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