S T A N D I N G S
W L Pct GB
Yakima ..... 71 46 .607 —
Tacoma ..... 66 46 .589 2½
Wenatchee .. 65 51 .560 5½
Tri-City ... 63 52 .548 7
Vancouver .. 50 63 .442 19
Victoria ... 50 67 .427 21
Salem ...... 47 66 .416 23
Spokane .... 46 67 .407 24
VICTORIA, Aug. 9—Jim Warner's two-run homer in the ninth inning Wednesday night gave the Tri-City Braves a 6-5 decision over the Victoria Athletics and a 2-1 series win. It was the 29th one-run loss suffered by the A's this season.
Ron Smith fed a home run ball to Jim Warner in the ninth inning with Vic Buccola on base, and dropped his sixth decision by one run when the A's left the tying and winning runs on the bags after scoring oncen inthe bottom of the inning. Smith is now 8-12.
The A's had the lead three times but failed to get a big inning and were never far in front by more than two runs.
The Braves tied it for the third time in the eighth despite losing an apparent home run by Jim McKeegan. The Tri-City catcher hit a long ball to left-centre which went out of the park but base umpire Gordie Perkins ruled it had gone through, not over, the fence, and McKeegan was sent back to second. McKeegan eventually came in on a ground out and an outfield fly.
Lou Novikoff just failed to come up with Buccola's long clout to right in the ninth and it fell in for three bases. Warner followed with his home run, and the Braves went up for the first time.
A double by Al Ronning and a walk to pinch-hitter Hal Danielson opened the Victoria ninth. Bob McGuire sacrificed them over and Marty Krug's high fly fly into short left field to score Ronning and put Danielson at third. Jim Olsen, who relieved Joe Nicholas in the eighth, induced Novikoff to pop up and Gene Thompson to ground into a force play.
A's note: Bothered with a sore shoulder and unable to pitch, the A's released pitcher Joe Mishasek. He plans to stay in Victoria over the summer and hopes resting his shoulder will prepare him for 1951.
Tri-City ......... 010 020 012—6 9 4
Victoria ......... 102 010 001—5 11 3
Nicholas, Olsen (8) and Pesut, McKeegan (3); Smith and Ronning.
SPOKANE, Aug. 9—The Wenatchee Chiefs pouned two Indian hurlers for 16 hits and a 11 to 3
win tonight to remain within striking distance of the leaders.
The Chiefs lashed out six doubles in the free-swinging contest, gaining a full game on the Bears and placing them 5½ games back from-the lop of the ladder. The Chiefs are three games behind second place Tacoma.
Bill Unfried led the Wenatchee attack with a single and a double for three runs batted in.
The winning pitcher was Tom Breisinger who tallied victory number 12.
Wenatchee ....... 302 310 020—11 16 0
Spokane ........... 002 010 000—3 7 4
Beisinger and Neal; Conant, Auberton (4) and Rossi, Weatherwax (9).
TACOMA, Aug. 9—Tacoma made it three in a row by defeating Yakima 8 to 4 here Wednesday night.
The defeat cut Yakima's lead in the Western International league race to two and a half games.
The Tigers scored four runs in the second inning and were never headed, though southpaw Tom Kipp was in constant trouble. He gave upmonly six hits but walked six batters and had two errors by his teammates to overcome.
Yakima ......... 100 200 100—4 6 3
Tacoma ........ 041 001 02x—8 14 2
Powell, Bradford (8) and Tornay; Kipp and Sheets.
VANCOUVER, [Erwin M. Swangard, Province, Aug. 10]—Probably the happiest place in all Vancouver Wednesday night at approximately 10:30 o’clock was the Vancouver Capilano dressing room at Cap Stadium.
The local entry in the Western International League had something to be joyful about.
The caps had just swept their first series of the 1950 season by turning back the Salem Senators for the third consecutive night behind a workman-like pitching job by veteran George Nicholas.
TAPED, AT LAST
Perhaps the most jubilant was Manager Bill Brenner, broken finger and all, becase for the frst time this season he faced a new series with some concrete idea about his pitching schedule.
Tonight, Tri-City Braves open a four-game stand at Cap Stadium with another single game Friday and Saturday.
Bob Snyder will pitch tonight for the homesters and eccentric showman Bud Beasley goes Friday.
Brenner was particularly pleased that against Salem, all three Cap pitchers went the route. Monday, it was Sandy Robertson, Tuesday lanky Bob Bruenner and, of course, Nicholas.
ON SICK LIST
However, there was one bit of disturbing news. When Sandy Robertson pitched his WIL record-tying 12th win Monday he did so after obtaining reluctant permission from his doctor. He is suffering from influenza and last week spent two days in bed.
Wednesday he reported for the game but was sent home because of illness. Now it is doubtful he will pitch as scheduled Saturday night in his endeavor to set a new league record.
General Manager Bob Brown felt it only fair to announce this because Saturday night’s game is about 60 per cent sold out. Sandy, of course, may take a turn for the better and yet pitch.
Wednesday the desperate Salem Senators threw their ace pitcher John Tierney into the fray but he did not fare better than his predecessors on the two previous nights.
John actually did remarkable well, considering he gave up 10 walks and 11 hits. Only four earned runs were scored off him as the Caps left 13 runners stranded.
Nicholas himself brought in the first run for the Caps in the second inning, singling home Charlie Mead who had singled and advanced to second when Bob McLean walked.
A couple of singles, a sacrifice and a streak of wildness by Tierney, which gave the Caps four bases on balls, accounted for two runs in the fifth.
What came after that was insurance. Senators scored once when Ray Tran miscued Al Drew’s hopping grounder in the seventh with two out. Ray McNulty, who played a lot of third base for the losers, came home from third on the play.
Salem ............ 000 000 100—1 10 1
Vancouver ...... 010 020 03x—6 11 1
Tierney and Beard; Nicholas and Heisner.
NON-WIL MINOR LEAGUE NEWS
Team Names Manager
GREAT FALLS, Mont., Aug. 9—If the Great Falls Selectrics don't win the Pioneer League pennant, they can't blame manager John Angelone. They picked him.
The club announced manager Joe Bowman was being replaced because of “hard feelings” between him and the players. It asked the players to name their own pilot, and they elected
shortstop Angelone unanimously.
The disclosure that Bowman had been replaced was made at the Idaho Falls-Great Falls game Monday night. The meeting at which Angelone, who is a rookie on the Selectrics roster, purportedly happened Sunday.
Bowman managed the Selectrics since the 1949 season. He came here from Charlotte, North Carolina, in the Tri-State League.