Sunday, 12 August 2007

Thursday, May 11, 1950

Team           W  L Pct. GB
Tacoma ...... 15  6 .714 —
Salem ....... 13  7 .650 1½
Yakima ...... 12  9 .571 2
Wenatchee ... 12  9 .571 2
Spokane ...... 9 12 .429 6
Vancouver .... 8 12 .400 6½
Tri-City ..... 9 14 .391 7
Victoria ..... 6 15 .268 9

VANCOUVER, May 12—Skidding under the impact of their third straight loss, the Tri-City Braves dropped to seventh in the standings as Vancouver Capilanos won a 24-hit affair 11-10 last night. The Braves came within one run of tieing up the game in the ninth, but Capilano hurler, Carl Gunnarson forced Neil Bryant to fly out to deep center to choke off the rally.
Dick Stone started for the Braves but was sent packing in the seventh as Vancouver found the range with a six hit outburst. Bob Felizzatto came in to relieve Stone. It was Stone's second loss against as many victories.
Clint Cameron made his re-appearance in the Brave line up last night, his first since Saturday when he played in a seven inning game against Yakima. The Yakima game was Cameron's first since April 22 when he was benched with injuries. He has appeared briefly as a pinch hitter in several other games.
The Tri-City Braves today announced the purchase of pitcher Jim Olson from the Victoria Athletics. Olson's 1950 record was immediately unavailable, but the husky right hander won 11 and lost 11 while pitching for Salem last year.
Olson was purchased outright by the Braves and may go to the mound tonight in the second game of the current series with Vancouver. Charlie Petersen indicated either Olson, Cy Greenlaw, (1-1) or Lou McCollum (3-3) would start. Olson's 1949 pitching record can be found in the sports column “On the Inside” in today's issue.
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VANCOUVER, May 11, (CP)—A five-run rally in the top of the ninth didn't last long enough for the Tri-City Braves, who dropped an 11-10 decision to the Vancouver Capilanos in the first game of a four-tilt Western International baseball league series.
Starter George Nicholas was shelled early in the near fatal inning after yielding five runs but was creditted with the victory. Starter Dick Stone went out for Tri-City in the seventh inning when the Caps scored six runs. Caps outhit the visitors, 11-10.
Tri-City ......... 102 000 115—10 10 2
Vancouver ..... 030 010 61x—11 11 2
Stone, Felizzatto (7) and Pesut; Nicholas, Bruner (9), Gunnarson (9), King (9) and Brenner.

SALEM, May 11—Salem's Senators collected five runs in the second inning Thursday night and went on to whip the Yakima Bearsm 8-4, to take a clean sweep of their series.
Johnny Burak went the route on the mound for the Solons, giving up eight blows, most damaging of which was Rene Cheso's two-run homer in the ninth inning. The Bears picked one up in the second off hits by Dick Steinhauer, Jim Westlake and Nino Tornay and got another in the seventh when Tornay singled behind a walk.
Salem's five in the second came at the expense of Bill Bradford. Bradford issued four walks during the frame and yielded three hits. The Solons also got one in the fifth and two unearned tallies in the eighth.
Bradford and his successors gave up a total of ten walks.
Yakima ..... 010 000 102—4 8 2
Salem ...... 050 010 02x—8 7 0
Bradford, Rial (5), Powell (7) and Tornay; Burak and McMillan.

WENATCHEE, May 11—Spokane took advantage of six Wenatchee errors here Thursday night to win their league game 5 to 2.
The victory gave the Indians the series two games to one. It was the second loss in a row for Wenatchee, the first time this season the Chiefs had dropped two concessive [sic] games.
Righthander Dick Bishop scattered 12 hits for the win. Only one Spokane run was earned.
Walt Pocekay hit a 370-foot home run over the right field fence for Wenatchee in the eighth for the longest hit of the night. Frank Matoh and Norm Grabar hit doubles for Spokane.
Spokane .......... 202 010 000—5 8 1
Wenatchee ...... 000 000 011—2 12 6
Bishop and Rossi; Treichel, Blankenship (9) and Len Neal.

VICTORIA, [Victoria Colonist, May 12]—Two balls that weren’t hit especially hard enough and several that were too well tagged last night deprived Victoria Athetics of their third straight win. The league-leading Tacoma Tigers rallied for two runs in the ninth inning then shoved across three more in the tenth to take the first game of the four-game series, 3-1. About 1,200 fans sat in on the season’s first extra-inning game.
Seeing his first action in almost two weeks, Joe Mishasek at least left the reassuring impression that he is ready as he lost a tough on when he weakened in the latter part of the tense battle.
Leading 3-1, going into the last inning and with a three-hitter in his grasp, he saw hopes of a second win shattered when three singles and a wild pitch around a pair of infield outs sent in the tying runs. Both outs came with a chance for a possible double play but none was possible as both balls were hit back to the box too slowly.
Dick Greco led off with a single and went to second as Wimpy Quinn topped a ball towards Mishasek. Pesky Glen Stetter, hitless in three previous swings, then drove in the first run with a single. He went to second as pinch-hitter Red Fisher [sic] also dribbled to the pitcher and to third on a wild pitch. Mike Catron sent the game into extra innings with a well-tagged single to left.
After striking out the lead-off man in the tenth, Mishasek was reached for a triple by George Nicholas, an easy out in four other trips. Larry Lee walked and both runners rode home as the burly Greco broke it up with a triple to right field. Stetter’s single scored Greco with the final run.
Until the ninth, the game had been a stirring pitching battle with Bob Kerrigan equally as good as Mishasek and behind only because Lee muffed a double play ball in the fifth which led to two runs and gave the A’s a 2-1 lead.
The other Victoria run came in the eighth when Gene Thompson doubled to keep his hitting streak, which has now reached 14 games, alive. Two were out when K Chorlton gave Thompson his chance by singling and the big outfielder made the most of it as he lined a smashing double to left-centre.
Mishasek, who now takes his place alongside Aldon Wilkie and John Marshall as a regular starter, looked very good until his long layoff appeared to catch up with him. He struck out eight and walked four. Kerrigan also pitched a clever game to record his fifth win in as many decisions.
Outfielder Joe Morjoseph, out with sore legs and a bad hand for the past few games, replaced Junior Krug in right field against the left-handed Kerrigan. He single to deep right in four trips.
Second game of the series is scheduled tonight with Ron Smith, who defeated the Tigers, 7-2, at Tacoma Sunday, Manager Marty Krug’s choice for the pitching chores.
Tacoma ....... 001 000 002 3—6 9 1
Victoria ....... 000 020 010 0—3 6 1
Kerrigan and Sheets; Mishasek and Ronning.

Includes games of Wednesday, May 10

                       G AB H RBI HR AVE.
Tornay, Yak. ........ 15 57 25 11  0 .439
G. Thompson, Vic. ... 20 78 33 20  4 .423
Stetter, Tac. ....... 20 64 26 16  2 .406
Hjelmaa, Wen. ....... 20 77 31 13  0 .403
Matoh, Spok. ........ 19 75 26  9  1 .347
Sheets, Tac. ........ 16 57 19  7  0 .333
Runs batted in (top seven): Quinn (Tacoma) 21, Thompson (Victoria) 20, Bryant (Tri-City) 19, Warner (Tri-City) 16, Stetter (Tacoma) 16, Cheso (Yakima) 16, Bates (Yakima) 16.
Home runs (top eight): Thompson (Victoria) 4, Rossi (Spokane) 3, Buccola (Tri-City), Warner (Tri-City), Stetter (Tacoma), Westlake (Yakima), Gammino (Yakima), Wasley (Salem), 2 each.

By DON BECKER, Herald Sports Editor
[from column of May 12/50]
[Jim] Olson won 11 and lost 11 while with Salem last year. He's not a hard thrower, but depends instead on a sinker and slider. Here's what his complete record last season looks like:
  IP   AB   H    R   ER  SH  BB SO HP WP ERA
176 724 216 109  91  16  65  44   6   6  4.56
That 4.56 is a good earned run average in this hitter's league, and while 44 strikeouts in the 28 games in which he appeared is not sensational, yet only 65 passes proves that Olson must have good control. . . . something that our pitching staff has been lacking woefully at times. His record of only six hit batters and six wild pitches further demonstrates that Olson is pretty sure of where that ball is going when he cuts loose.
The addition of Olson to the staff puts the Braves one over the 17 player limit which must be reached by May 17. Who will be cut. Obviously it's going to be a pitcher, and that narrows it down pretty well to one of three: either Bob Felizatto, Les Logg, or Ken Kleasner. With nothing much than an a hunch and after watching him in spring trainin; we are inclined to rule Felizzatto off the list The boy's got it. . .if he can just find it. Look for him to be a relief hurler at least for a while.
Of the other two it's hard to say. Logg's earned run average is high, that's definitely not in his favor. On the other hand he's got a lot of experience which Kleasner doesn't have. While Logg isn't an old man by any means the advantage of youth lies with Ken. We hesitate to make a prediction other than it will be one of these two.

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