Wednesday, 29 August 2007
Thursday, August 10, 1950
W L Pct GB
Yakima ..... 71 47 .602 —
Tacoma ..... 67 46 .593 1½
Wenatchee .. 66 51 .564 4½
Tri-City ... 64 52 .552 6
Vancouver .. 50 64 .439 19
Victoria ... 51 68 .429 20½
Salem ...... 48 67 .417 22½
Spokane .... 46 68 .404 24
TACOMA, Aug. 10—The league-leading Yakima Bears were handed their fourth loss in a row, as the Tacoma Tigers shut them out tonight, 6-0.
Tonight's victory was decided in the first inning when three walks, Dick Greco's double, Dick Wenner's single and an infield out chased over three Tacoma tallies. Wimpy Quinn homered in the seventh.
Bob Kerrigan gained his second-shut victory in four days over Yakima.
With less than a month before Sept. 10 closing date, Tacoma's challengers appeared to have both a psychological and schedule advantage over Yakima's 1949 titlists. The two clubs meet once more—a three-game set opening in Yakima Aug. 29.
Other than that, Tacoma plays only five more games against first division foes. All are with Wenatchee in Tacoma. Yakima not only must toss off the effect of its recent skid, but must play Wenatchee and Tri-City each seven times, in addition to its Tacoma series.
Yakima ...... 000 000 000—0 7 0
Tacoma ..... 300 100 20x—6 11 0
Larner, Savarese (7) and Tiesiera; Kerrigan and Sheets.
SPOKANE, Aug. 10—Wenatchee's Al Treichel and the Indians' Jim Holder dueled scorelessly for 12 innings tonight before the Chiefs broke open the game in the 13th and picked up a 5-2 victory over Spokane.
Both clubs scored one in the 13th and then Wenatchee lowered the boom for five hits and four runs in the 14th. Holder had given up only three hits when he faced Jay Ragni to open to the fatal 14th.
Treichel was hit safely 14 times and walked ten men but scattered the hits enough to keep out of serious trouble most of the way.
Wenatchee ........ 000 000 000 14—5 8 0
Spokane ............. 000 000 000 11—2 14 1
Treichel and Neal, Billings (13); Holder and Rossi.
VANCOUVER, Aug. 10—Tri-City remained six games off the pace with a 6-5 edge over Vancouver on Thursday night.
Tri-City pushed over its one-run edge against Vancouver with three in the ninth. Jim Warner's drive down the third base-line was the payoff blow—in more ways than one. Even Warner thought it was foul and didn't run until umpire Dutchy Bergmann ordered him to. A similar decision by Bergmann last Monday night prompted Vancouver manager Bill Brenner to ask league president Robert Abel to transfer the arbiter elsewhere,
As a rsult, Bergmann will be officiating at the Yakima-Wenatchee series in Yakima today.
Tri-City ........ 000 300 003—6-13-4
Vancouver .... 012 010 001—5-12-1
McCollum, Olsen (9) and Pesut; Snyder, Gunnarson (9) and Heisner.
VICTORIA, Aug. 10—Victoria's John Marshall tried an iron man stunt against Salem and was halfway successful.
After winning the seven-inning opener, 12-3, he got no decision after starting the second game that Salem won 4-3 in the 12th inning on Mel Wasley's two-out homer. He was relieved by Ron Smith in the tenth.
Marshall ran into tough competition from John Burak in the night game. Burak went the distance, scattering ten hits over nine innings but allowing the tying run in the ninth. Bill Dunn singled with one out and Al Ronning just failed to clear the fence left-centre which fell for a single. Dunn went to third and Hal Danielson batred for Marshall. Danielson fly to Al Drew in right. Dunn, for some reason, started for home, but had to go back and tag up. He just barely beat the throw to the plate.
Smith then came in and lost his second game in two nights when he tried to give an intentional walk to Wasley, but didn't keep the ball far enough away.
Marty Krug Jr. led off the Victoria 12th with a single and went to second as Lou Novoikoff grounded out. Gene Thompson banged a line drive at shortstop Wally Scott and Krug was doubled off first.
Novikoff and Thompson lef the A's in the first game. Novikoff batted in four runs with a single and a bases-loaded double, while Thompson connected for his 21st home run with two men on in the fourth.
Marshall worked easily in both games, pitching only six innings in the first when manager Marty Krug let Johnny Brkich finish up. Brkich set the side down in order in the seventh, whiffing Al Drew and Al Spaeter.
Only two of the runs off Marshall were earned and he had a total of 10 strikeouts in the 15 innings he worked.
Salem ......... 010 020 0—3-7-3
Victoria ...... 104 340 x—12-11-2
Costello, Lew (4) and Beard; Marshall, Brikich (7) and Ronning.
Salem ........ 000 020 010 001—4-12-0
Victoria ...... 020 000 001 000—3-10-1
Burak and Allison, Beard (11); Marshall, Smith (10) and Ronning.
Chief's Catcher Hurt
WENATCHEE, Wash., (UP) — Larry Neal, Wenatchee's regular catcher, will be out of action for at least two weeks as a result of injuries he suffered at a team picnic Monday, it was disclosed yesterday.
Neal suffered a broken rib, a head cut and bruises.
Utility infielder Hank Sciarra also was sidelined when he stepped on a nail at the same picnic.
Left fielder Walt Pocekay is playing third base in the juggled Wenatchee infield.
Tri-City Braves Recall Michelson
KENNEWICK, Aug. 11—Kenny Michelson, Pasco, will report back to his home club, the Tri-City Braves early next week.
Dick Richards, general manager of the Tri-City team, in making the announcement added that Michelson would probably make his first mound appearance in an exhibition game against the Walla Walla Bears, Aug. 21, against Gene Conley, signed yesterday to a pro contract by the Boston Braves.
Michelson, who was signed by Tri-City at the start of the current season, has been pitching for Marysville of the Far West Class D league where he has compiled a very commendable record.
Richards said that Michelson would probably take his regular turn with the Braves pitching staff for the balance of the season provided he was able to fit into the class B Western International type of baseball.
"But we feel confident that Ken will be able to turn in a fine a job here as he has been doing down there," the club general manager said.
The matching of Michelson and Conley in the Aug. 21 game promises a record breaking attendance. The two boys were keen rivals throughout their respective high school careers and a duel between them always brought out a large crowd. Now with both athletes playing and signed to professional contracts experts are predicting a new record for Sanders Field.
Michelson was one of the greatest athletes ever coming out of Pasco high school. He lettered four years in baseball and football. He interrupted his college career last spring to sign a contract with Tri-City.
WESTERN INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE LEADERS
including games of Wednesday, August 9
AB H RBI HR Ave.
Stetter, Spok. ... 376 140 82 12 .372
Greco, Tac. ...... 431 153 115 27 .355
Vanni, Spol. ..... 357 118 48 3 .350
McCawley, Yak. ... 283 97 52 4 .343
Rossi, Spok. ..... 383 126 81 17 .329
Home runs—Greco (Tacoma) 27, G. Thompson (Victoria) 19, Rossi (Spokane) 17, Warner (Tri-City) 15, Mead (Vancouver) 13.
Runs batting in—Greco (Tacoma) 115, Warner (Tri-City) 93, Westlake (Yakima) 92, Cheso (Yakima) 91, Quinn (Tacoma) 88, Mead (Vancouver) 88.
Pitching—Robertson (Vancouver) 12-0, Greenlaw (Tri-City) 8-2, Kerrigan (Tacoma) 17-6, Ragni (Wenatchee) 15-7, Olsen (Tri-City) 8-4.