Monday, 20 August 2007

Sunday, June 25, 1950

              W  L Pct. GB
Tacoma ..... 39 25 .609 —
Wenatchee .. 38 29 .567 2½
Yakima ..... 37 29 .561 3
Tri-City ... 36 31 .537 4½
Salem ...... 30 34 .469 9
Spokane .... 30 38 .441 11
Victoria ... 29 39 .426 12
Vancouver .. 25 39 .403 14

SPOKANE, June 25—Spokane's Indians edged the Tri-City Braves 7 to 6 Sunday night to sweep a Western International league split double-header.
The Indians took the first tilt 8 to 4.
Lou McCollum, Brave starter in the afternoon game here, served up a home run ball that practically wrote the story of that game. With the bases loaded in the Spokane first, big Joe Rossi, Indian backstop, smacked one out of the park. McCollum was derricked in third when Glen Stetter doubled to score Leon Mohr. A pair of singles by Frank Matoh and Chuck Davis drove in two more for the winners.
Jim Olsen, who checked in at the mound for McCollum, did all the scoring for the Braves. He hit his third home run of the season scoring Al Spaeter in front of him in the fifth, and his double in the eighth drove in Neil Bryant and Spaeter. Olson gave up but three hits in the five innings he worked.
The Brave out hit the Indians 14 to 10 in the nightcap. Spokane's new double-play combination, Chuck Davis to Leon Mohr to Norm Grabar, clicked in the top of the ninth to end the game with a seventh Tri-City run not counting.
Spokane scored its runs in the first four innings—three in the first, two in tie second and fourth —while the Braves registered three in the third, two in the eighth and one in the ninth.
First Game
Tri City ...... 000 020 000— 4 9 3
Spokane ..... 403 000 01x— 8 11 0
McCollum, Olsen (3) and Pesut; Holder and Beard.
Second Game
Tri-City ....... 003 000 021— 6 14 1
Spokane ...... 320 200 00x— 7 10 2
Stone, Felizzatto (2) and Pesut; Bishop and Rossi.

SALEM, June 25—Salem's Senators put all their punch into a five-run first inning here Sunday night to take the second game of a Western International league doubleheader, 6-3, and gain an even split in their four game series with the Yakima Bears. Yakima won the opener, 2-0.
First Game
Yakima ...... 000 000 000—2 7 1
Salem ......... 000 000 000—0 6 2
Domenichelli and Tiesiera; McNulty and Beard.
Second Game
Yakima ....... 000 012 0—3 9 3
Salem .......... 500 010 x—6 7 0
Dickey and Tiesiera; Tierney and Beard.

TACOMA, June 25 — Tacoma's front-running Tigers took both ends of a Western International league baseball doubleheader from the last-place Vancouver Capilanos here Sunday, 11-6 and 3-2, to register a sweep of their four-game series.
A five-run seventh inning broke up the opener, the Tigers bunching three hits, two walks and a Vancouver error in erasing a 6-all tie. Dick Greco homered for the winners.
Bob Kerrigan, Tiger hurler, notched his 12th win against three defeats in hurling 2 2/3 innings of hitless relief ball in the second game.
First Game
Vancouver ..... 100 320 000—6 13 2
Tacoma .......... 303 000 50x—11 11 1
Snyder, Costello (7), Owen (8) and Brenner, Heisner (8); Walden, Carter (5) and Fischer.
Second Game
Vancouver ..... 110 000 00—2 7 0
Tacoma .......... 010 010 01—3 10 1
Alvari, Bruenner (8) and Heisner; Loust, Kerrigan (6) and Sheets.

WENATCHEE, June 25—The Wenatchee Chiefs shut out the Victoria Athletics in the second game of a Western International League doubleheader Sunday, 5-0.
Righthander Joe Blankenship scattered seven hits for the win.
It gave Wenatchee a sweep of the twin-bill and also a sweep of the four-game series.
Lefthander Jim Propst walked the first three men up for Wenatchee in the first and third baseman Don Fracchia cleaned the sacks with a double.
Wenatchee won the opening game 8-7 in two innings of overtime play in a scheduled seven-inning contest. Reliefer Tom Breisinger won his own game, tripling with two away in the ninth and scoring as Lil Arnerich crossed up Victoria with a base hit bunt.
First Game
Victoria .......... 011 041 000—7 12 2
Wenatchee ..... 005 200 001—8 12 1
Mishasek and Weatherwax; Treichel, Dahle (6), Breisinger (8) and Spurgeon.
Second Game
Victoria ........... 000 000 000—0 7 0
Wenatchee ...... 310 000 10x—5 6 0
Propst, Noyes (1) and Weatherwax; Blankenship and Spurgeon.

Indians Sign Clown For Hurling Job
SPOKANE, June 25—The Spokane Indians have signed a former clown—but it's not because they find anything to laugh about in their present hold on sixth place in the Western International league.
The new acquisition is A. Murry O'Flynn, who in addition to biding a comedian, is something of a curve ball artist. He played with the Indians prior to the war, posting a 12-6 record in 1940 and gave with the laughs during the 1948 and 1949 season.
Manager Alan Strange said O'Flynn would replace Bob Roberts, a righthanded relief pitcher who has been placed on the inactive list because of the flu.


SAN FRANCISCO, June 26. (U.P.)—Fans, at the Los Angeles-Oakland baseball sideshow yesterday were served the choicest dish of rhubarb pie yet seen this season in the
Pacific Coast league. At Emeryville Park things were going well for tall, grey-eyed Bob Muncrief. Of course the Angels had dropped the opener to the Oaks 11 to 1, but this nightcap was a different thing.
The 34-year-old righthander, who has seen his share of major league play, had a 5 to:4 lead-,'going into the bottom half of the sixth, and if the old arm held out, Muncrief would collect his l0th win.
Not Disastrous
But George Metkovich tripled to send home Mel Duezabou and Artie Wilson with the tieing and leading runs. That was bad, but not disastrous, because the lead had been switching back and forth all afternoon, Muncrief threw the next-pitch and then heard the most-hated word in the umpire vocabulary, "Balk!" Muncrief objected mildly. He had committed only two this balk-batty season, and this one just wasn't another, he said. But with calm authority Umpire Pat Orr sent Metkovich home to score.
Secure In the Oakland dugout, Metkovich was suddenly confronted with greetings from Umps Bill Doran and Ed Runge. Back to third, they ordered. "That there wasn't no balk." Back to third went weary George.
Metkovich wanted to get back to the dugout hideaway, so on the next pitch he stole home-ward, Muncrief whipped the ball to Catcher Rube Novotney, who tagged George out.
Two Solemn Nods
"Balk!" Plate Umpire Doran screamed. He glanced at the stone countenances of Orr and Runge They nodded solemnly. So again Metkovlch's score flashed on the boards.
Swarms of Seraphs clustered around the firm gentlemen in the tight plack suits. Cries of anguish from Angelic throats. Tears fell on cherubic Cheeks. Surely, the gentlemen were joking.
But with the solidity of silent redwoods, the umpires stood unmoved.
It was a balk. With the starch gone from their wings, the Angels folded and Oakland won the second game, 7 to 5.
WILFan note: This wasn't the first time Metkovich, who played for the '56 Vancouver Mounties, won a game on a balk. See this blog's listing for July 31st.

By DON BECKER, Herald Sports Editor
[from column of June 26/50]

When you haven't a .300 hitter on the team and you manage to win 11 out of 12 games, as the Braves have going into Sunday, then it's time to admit that the pitchers are carrying their full share of the load. . .and perhaps a bit more.
On the other hand if you happened to check the linescore of some of the Tacoma games last week you might have noticed that one Dick Greco was listed as a pitcher. Why? Well, it could be that Jim Brillheart's Tigers were no longer able to go the full route. And if you checked those same linescores a bit more closely you'd have seen the same names pitching with as much as one or two dlays rest.
Pitching is 95 percent of baseball and any time a manager for any reason starts to force his throwers to work out of turn, something happens and usually it's pretty bad. But that is what was happening at Tacoma. Pitchers like Bob Kerrigan were starting one day and two days later were relieving. It just couldn't go on, and it didn t. The Tigers fell apart like the one-hoss shay.
Yet it wasn't too long ago the wolves were howling when Braves pilot Charlie Peterson refused to pull a pitcher even when it was apparent that the man was in serious trouble. But had Peterson listened to those wild calls where would the Braves be today? It's a good bet they wouldn't be where they are now.
Here's a concrete example of what we mean. Not too long ago Pete looked over his staff and found only Joe Orrell on the ready list. Yet it wasn't the Bullet's turn and Pete refused to ask the veteran to pitch out of turn. The result. The following night Orrell went out and turned in one of his best performances of the season.
It's only been because Petersen was strong enough to withstand the blasts from the stands that the Braves are getting the pitching they are. We say all this because there was a lot dinned into our ears when the Braves were losing. At that time we took the matter up with Petersen and we're happy to say that things have turned out the way he said they would. “I won't hurt my pitchers” he said then, “if I start forcing them we're never going to win. But as soon as we get and of some sore arms we'll get our share.” Should we say. . .he told you so.

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