Tuesday, 21 August 2007

Sunday, July 2, 1950

               W  L Pct. GB
Tacoma ...... 42 30 .583 —
Yakima ...... 42 31 .575 ½
Tri-City .... 41 34 .547 2½
Wenatchee ... 41 34 .547 2½
Salem ....... 32 39 .451 9½.
Spokane ..... 33 41 .446 10
Victoria .... 32 43 .427 11½
Vancouver ... 30 41 .423 11½

YAKIMA, July 2—Long and lanky Al Treichel kept Wenatchee in a third place tie with Tri-City by subdueing Yakima 9-1 with a three-hit job in the second of two games here Sunday.
The Bears edged out a 5-4 decision over the Chiefs in the seven inning opener.
First Game
Wenatchee ....... 210 000 1—4 11 5
Yakima ............. 101 012 x—5 6 1
Ragni and Spurgeon; Larner, Soriano (7) and Tornay.
Second Game
Wenatchee ....... 006 003 000—9 10 2
Yakima ............. 000 001 000—1 3 2
Treichel and Spurgeon; Savarese, Powell (3) and Tornay.

SALEM, July 2—Tri-City's Braves rapped out 17 hits here Sunday night to take the second game of a Western International league doubleheader from the Salem Senators, 9-5. Salem won the opener 1-0. The two teams split the series 2 and 2.
Dick Faber, Neal Bryant and Tri-City hurler Dick Stone each had three hits for the winners.
Fifteen of the hit total came off Senator starter John Tierney who gave way to Ralph Lineberger in the eighth. Four Salem errors and Tierney's wildness contributed to the Braves' margin.
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SALEM, Ore., July 2—Playing pennant-prescribed .500 percentage baseball on the road, the Tri-City Braves split a pair of Western International League contests here Sunday. The Solons won the opener, 1-0 behind the three hit pitching of Ray McNulty, but the Braves hopped all over starter John Tierney in the nightcap for a total of 17 hits, and a resounding 9-5 victory. Joe Orrell was the loser in the opener and it was Dick Stone's ninth victory in the owl game.
Although Orrell only gave up six hits in losing the first game it was a single with a bad hop off Al Spaeter's shoulder that decided the tight contest in the ninth. Originally billed as a seven-inning affair it went two extra innings. It was a blow off third baseman Wayne Peterson's hat that took a bad bounce as Spaeter attempted to field it. The ball went high and caught the Brave second baseman on the shoulder, letting the deciding run score in the bottom of the ninth.
Tuesday the Braves open a four and a half game series with Yakima here at Sanders Field. The half game is the result of the contest called by curfew on May 6. Four innings of that game will be played July 6.
Cy Greenlaw with a 2-0 record over Yakima, and a 3-3 count for the season, looked to be the starter in the first game of the big holiday double-header. Lou McCollum (10-7) would probably start the nightcap, Brave manager, Charlie Petersen said.
Four triples sparked the nightcap decision for the Tri-City team, Vic Buccola, and Dick Stone got one apiece, and lusty Dick Faber collected a pair. Faber's mighty slaps accounted for four of the Brave runs.
The Tri-City team copped one counter in the top of the first and were never headed the rest of the route. Trailing 9-2, the Salem team made a desperate bid in the ninth but fell short, garnering only three runs.
First Game
Tri City ...... 000 000 000—0 3 1
Salem ......... 000 000 001—1 6 2
Orrell and Pesut; McNulty and Beard.
Second Game
Tri-City ....... 100 001 340—9 17 0
Salem ........... 000 001 103 — 5 8 4
Stone and Pesut; Tierney, Lineberger (8) and Beard.


By DON BECKER, Herald Sports Editor
[from July 3/50]

Based strictly on past performances the pitcher to against the Yakima Bears when they open their (our and a half game series here tomorrow would be Cy Greenlaw. Cy holds two victories over the Bears while every other member of the Brave staff that has faced Yakima has come off the mound shaking their head. . .with a loss. If it's a case of the Bears being unable to hit left handed pitching then Tri-City would be able to take advantage of it twice. Besides Cy, Charlie Petersen also has Bob Felizzatto who pours them in from the port side.
Glancing over the season records to date it apppars that some pitchers don't have to do more than throw their glove on the mound to beat some teams. . .and some just can't win against others. Joe Orrell is an example. The Bullet holds three wins over Victoria, and has dropped the same number to Wenatchee.
Lou McCollum has yet to lose to Vancouver (3-0) or Salem (2-0) on the other hand his record against Yakima is (0-2). Dick Stone, more than any other, seems to have Wenatchee's number. Of the five times he's walked to the hill, he came back with a victory in his pocket four trips. And he has a perfect record (3-0) against Salem. But pitching schedules can't be juggled to meet situation? such as these. And any attempt to do so might well result in disaster, with everyone working out of turn.
It doesn't mean a thing to the Braves when they are at bat with two out. . .unfortunately it doesn't mean a thing when they are in the field either. Saturday night's game was lost in that first inning when three unearned runs scored against Gene Roenspie after a critical error. A check of the records would show more than one game that has been lost that way. . .and many visitor runs that have been counted, in exactly the same situation. By the same token the Braves bats have come to life many times after two were out to win ball games. It's all very well to say that it evens itself out, but they don't pay off at the pennant office on 'evening up'. There were those who were willing to discount those early season losses. "Wait till the team gets rolling," they said. That's wrong. Every game counts whether it's the last one of the season or the first. They all go into the records.
The day of the bunt seems to be a thing of the past in the Brave wigwam. There havp been several attempted bunts that never came off, but aside from Sunday's games the last successful Bravo sacrifice bunt was June 17 when Joe Orrell, a pitcher, dumped one against Tacoma. The good bunt is still a big part of the game, in fact games have been won and lost on them. We've seen several efforts made at Sanders Field lately, but none of them came off.
Common practice when a team takes batting practice is to lay down the first one or two and then hit away. Unfortunately the batting practice pitcher knows this too and consciously, or not, slows up on those first two. Thus the batter doesn't get the type ot pitching then that he should for good practice at bunting. It isn't just the Braves that haven't been bunting. The entire league seems to have a minimum of hitters that can't lay one down. But in the Wenatchee series we saw four attempts that resulted in two pop-outs. That's not good.

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