Sunday, 19 August 2007

Sunday, June 18, 1950

              W  L Pct. GB
Tacoma ..... 35 22 .614 —
Wenatchee .. 33 27 .550 3½
Yakima ..... 33 27 .550 3½
Tri-City ... 33 29 .532 4½
Salem ...... 27 31 .466 8½
Victoria ... 28 33 .459 9
Spokane .... 26 36 .419 11½
Vancouver .. 24 34 .414 11½

TACOMA, June 18 (AP)— The rampant Tri-City Braves took both ends of a a split doubleheader from the front running Tacoma Tigers Saturday 11-5 and 4-2, to register a sweep of the four-game Western International league series and extend their week-long winning streak to seven in a row.
It was the first time all season that the Tacoma club had lost both ends of a twin-bill and the league-leaders were hereby handed their second series defeat in the campaign.
The Braves were outhit in both games, 8-6 in the afternoon, and 11-5 in the nocturnal contest. But four of the Braves blows were homers, two by Jim Warner in the daylight affair and one each by Dick Faber and Clint Cameron Sunday night.
Faber's round - tripper, which came with a mate aboard in the fourth inning, actually decided Sunday night's game, but Cameron provided some insurance when he led off with his circuit smash in the ninth.
Ten walks and five Tiger errors simplified the task for Tri-City in the afternoon, but Tacoma got steady pitching in the night game from Don Carter. His mates kept Gene Roenspie in constant hot water with their 11 hits, including a first-inning homer from Sol Israel, new outfielder obtained from Spokane in a weekend trade for Glenn Stetter. Israel also drove in the other Tacoma run with a seventh-inning single after Ronnie Gifford tripled.
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TACOMA, June 18—There was a "new look" in the Western International league pennant race today. Riding out of the nether depths of the loop came the Tri-City Braves sporting a seven straight victory skein, four of them over the league leading Tacoma Tigers. After taming the tabby cats Friday and Saturday the Braves swept the series Sunday with 11-15 and 4-1 decisions.
The rest of the league was also showing a worried interest in the alarming antics of the rampaging Victoria Athletics who have risen from eighth to sixth on the crest of a four-game streak.
However a glance at the schedule steadied the leagues' monentary fears. Victoria is scheduled into Sanders Field for a three-game series starting Tuesday and the league leaders are hoping their heel snappers will do a standoff, thus momentarily easing off the pressure.
Last season's home run king, Jim Warner, found the range in Sunday's first game by belting a pair out of the park. The Braves grabbed three runs in the first, two in the fifth and running true to form enjoyed a big ninth.
Second baseman Al Spaeter walked and stole second to open the final inning. Wimpy Quinn errored Vic Buccola's scorcher and Spaeter scored the first of the five runs. Mike Catron miscued Warner's blow and Clint Cameron made the bases FOB. A wild pitch sent Buccola across the plate and when Catron bobbled Peterson's liner, two more runs counted Peterson moved to second when Pesut walked and scored from third on Dick Faber's sky-high fly to centerfield.
It was the seventh victory against three losses for Dick Stone who relieved starter Jim Olsen in the fourth.
Spaeter opened the second contest by lashing a long triple and scored when Buccola followed with a single. Dick Faber accounted for the two runs in the fourth by hitting a four-bagger over the right field fence with Jim Warner standing on second.
It was a circuit clout in the ninth via the big, black bat of Cameron that got the fourth and final run for the Braves. Cameron opened with his smash, but that was the end, the three needed outs coming in rapid succession.
Although Gene Roenspie gave up 11 hits, he spaced them out. Sol Israel got a home run off the 5-0 Brave hurler in the first to tie the game up. Israel also accounted for the Tiger run in the seventh when he scored Gifford from third after Gifford had tripled.
First Game
Tri-City ...... 310 020 005—11 6 1
Tacoma ..... 000 400 100— 5 8 5
Olsen, Stone (4) and Pesut; Walden, Loust (1), Kerrigan (5), Anderson (9) and Fischer.
Second Game
Tri-City ...... 100 200 001—4 5 0
Tacoma ..... 100 000 100—2 11 1
Roenspie and McKeegan; Carter and Sheets.

YAKIMA, June 18—Yakima took two games from the Spokane Indians Sunday 7-3 and 9-3 to sweep their five-game Western International league series.
Yakima was outhit in its first game with Spokane but kept out of trouble with three double plays. The Indians, who committed three errors in the opener, fell all apart for five bobbles in the second game to ruin their own cause. Lou Novikoff, with three doubles and a single in the two games, paced the Yakima cause. Catcher Joe Rossi homered for Spokane in the opener.
First Game
Spokane ..... 001 110 0—3 10 3
Yakima ....... 210 310 x—7 8 1
Bishop, Roberts (4) and Rossi; Powell and Tornay
Second Game
Spokane ..... 100 020 000—3 7 5
Yakima ....... 100 141 02x—9 9 0
Conant and Bossi; Domenichelli and Tiesiera.

By DON BECKER, Herald Sports Editor
[from column of June 19/50]

Alan Strange's Indians from Spokane should get a needed lift from that swap of Sol Israel for Glen Stetter of Tacoma, Stetter has been near the top of the league all year in hitting. . .and he can belt that long ball too. The Indians have needed a player like Stetter. Had the trade jelled sooner the Braves might have had to face this hard-hitting outfielder twice. As it turned out we didn't see him at all, which is nice considering his big bat.
Since Len Neal, Wenatchee's only catcher busted a finger at Vancouver the other day the Chiefs are having trouble. If the Oaks don't help them they'll have to go into the open market and ladle out some cash. The Chiefs other backstopper, Jim Fiscillani, was shipped out a month or so ago to a southern league. Their other Neal, shortstop Larry, is also temporarily benched with injuries since he stopped a line drive with his foot.

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