Sunday, 19 August 2007

Wednesday, June 14, 1950

               W  L  Pct GB
Tacoma ...... 34 18 .654 —
Wenatchee ... 30 25 .545 5½
Yakima ...... 28 36 .519 7
Salem ....... 27 27 .500 8
Tri-City .... 28 29 .491 8½
Spokane ..... 26 30 .464 10
Victoria .... 24 33 .421 12½
Vancouver ... 22 31 .415 12½

TACOMA, June 14—Tacoma staved off a last-inning rally to defeat Yakima 10-9 here Wednesday night and square their series at one each.
Tacoma counted heavily two four-run innings in downing Yakima, one of the big frames being fashioned on three walks, three errors and only two hits.
Don Carter, coasting along with a 10-4 lead, almost lost it when the Bears shoved across five runs in the ninth inning. Reno Cheso's three-run double and Lou Novikoff's triple, only made it close.
Yakima ...... 002 200 005—9 13 4
Tacoma ..... 014 004 10x—10 15 2
Domenichelli, Powell (3) and Tornay; Carter and Fischer.

KENNEWICK, June 15 (Don Becker, Herald)—Never one to look a gift horse in the mouth, the Tri-City Braves gladly accepted the 5-4 victory that was handed them in the eighth inning by Spokane last night. It was the eighth straight victory on home soil for Charlie Peterson's boys, with four straight over Salem, a doubleheader from Vancouver, and the first two games of this series.
Petersen will call on one of two ace right handers in tonight's finale which includes the giving away of a "baby" by the club front office as part of the celebration of Connell night.
It will be either veteran Lou McCollum (7-6) or Dick Stone (6-3). Both hurlers lost their last starts when the Braves toppled before the left handed slants of the Wenatchee Chiefs.
Alan Strange, pilot of the Spokane club, said he would send Ward Rockey to the mound to halt the losing streak. Rockey is regarded by major league scouts as one of the top pitching prospects of this league. His current record is six wins against four losses.
With Dick Stone moved up to a starting role the Braves found another top relief hurler last night in the two-hit slider job runted in by Jim Olsen. The big right-hander found the bases loaded when he took over in the fifth, but Olsen set the Indians down for the next two outs without a ball leaving the infield. It was the second victory for the former Victoria hurler.
Only two more than the minimum number of Spokane batters got to face Olsen. He set the Indians down in order in the eighth and ninth and faced tour in the sixth and seventh. After building up a 3-1 lead at the end of the third the Braves handed the lead back to the Indians with two field errors by catcher Nick Pesut and also a couple of mental miscues.
The climax to the 'gift' night came in the eigth inning with thr Braves trailing 4-3. With one out Clint Cameron lined a single and moved to third when shortstop Buddy Peterson dropped a double near the left center field wall. With one out recorded Pesut was intentionally passed to load the bases, for a possible double play. Neil Bryant then hit a twin-kill ball to Chuck Davis, Spokane shortstop. Over anxious to put out the fire, Davis fired wide of second into right field and Cameron and Peterson scored the tieing, and then the winning run.
Dick Faber collected his first four-bagger of the season with a terrific 30 foot blow over the right center field wall in the first, with one man on Spokane hurler John Conant did his best to win his own ball game by driving in one run in the second with a triple. A double bv Norm Grabar in the Spokane sixth ended the extra-base hits for the night.
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KENNEWICK, June 14 (AP)—Spokane shortstop Chuck Davis threw a double play ball into right field Wednesday night to let two runs score and give the Tri-City Braves a 5 to 4 victory over the Indians.
Davis' wild peg came with the bases loaded and one out in the eighth inning. His Indians were leading 4-3 at the time but the wide throw changed the situation and brought the Braves their second straight win of the series.
The veteran pitcher Mike Budnick,who has lost four straight since coming to the WIL, was chased in the fifth inning when Spokane scored twice to even the count at 3-3. The Indians took the lead with another run in the seventh off reliefer Jim Olsen.
Clint Cameron singled with one out to open the eighth for the Brsves and moved to third on Buddy Peterson's double. Catcher Nick Pesut was purposely passed to fill the bags and then Bryant socked his bounder to Davis. Cameron and Peterson both scored on his wild throw to second.
Spokane ..... 010 020 100—4 6 4
Tri-City ...... 021 000 02x—5 8 2
Conant and Rossi; Budnick, Olsen (5) and Pesut.

VANCOUVER [Erwin M. Swangard, Daily Province, June 15]—Old Bobo Hunk Anderson, only last year Capilanos’ winningest pitcher, will be missing from the roster when the Vancouver Western International Baseball League entry takes the field for a double-header against Wenatchee Chiefs at Cap Stadium tonight.
Anderson, one of the Cap post-war originals, watched from the press box Wednesday night as Caps absorbed a severe licking at the hand of the Salem Senators.
Earler in the day, Anderson had received his outright release from General Manager Bob Brown and for the next few days will be shopping around. He probably will land with either Tacoma Tigers or the aforementioned Chiefs.
Bobo became a free agent to make room for Dick Alvari, 19-year-old hurler from Sacramento, a Seattle Rainier chattel, who joins Caps at Salem Monday.
From the press box, Hunk witnessed one of the best pitching performances turned in by any WIL workman at Cap Stadium this season.
Unfortunately for the Caps it was lanky Ray McNulty of the Senators who had a real good night. Of the 37 batters who faced Ray, he retired 15 personally, 11 via strikeouts and four others by infield outs.
Meanwhile, his mates, whose bats were stilled by effective Cap pitching Monday and Tuesday, responded 14 times with base hits off two Vancouver pitchers, Kevin King and Bob Costello. Ray himself contributed a double and a single to the assault in four times at bat which is pretty fair clouting particularly for a pitcher.
It was quite a nineteenth birthday part for Capilano Bill Heisner.
Salem had no difficulty winning this, the last of a three-game series. King worked two and two-third innings but left hurriedly after Mel Wasley homered with two aboard and Bob Cherry tripled. Costello labored with indifferent success the rest of the way.
Salem held a 5-1 lead at the end of the third and never worried as McNulty’s curve ball had Cap batters handcuffed. There was a mild outbreak in the fifth when Dick Sinovic doubled home Reg Clarkson who had singled and Charlie Mead who got on on a force play. After that the Caps managed to get but one base single.
The visitors didn’t have it too easy. Salem shortstop Wally Scott was spiked in the fifth inning and taken to the hospital for stitches in his leg. He was later released.
Bob Bruenner is scheduled to pitch the first game of tonight’s double bill. It’ll be seven innings and game time is 7 o’clock. Bob Snyder will work the afterpiece, a nine-inning affair.
Salem ......... 023 030 100—9 14 0
Vancouver ... 001 020 000—3 7 1
McNulty and Beard; King, Costello (2) and Heisner.

VICTORIA, June 14—The Victoria Athletics salvaged the final game of the three-game series with Wenatchee Wednesday night, winning 5-4 in the second successive ten-inning game.
The A’s twice took one-run leads, scoring in the first on a walk to Jim Moore, a balk and Jim Wert’s single, and in the fifth on singles by Al Ronning and Moore sandwiched around a base on balls to Jim Propst.
Larry Neal’s double and singles by Lil Arnerich after two were out gave the Chiefs their first run in the fifth, and they took a 3-2 lead in the sixth when Joe Unfried lined a bases-loaded triple over Thompson’s head. Propst’s double, a balk and an infield bounder by Marty Krug Jr. made is 4-3 in the seventh as Propst slid under Neal’s toss to the plate.
Thompson opened the eighth with a single and moved up on K. Chorlton’s buny. He broke for third when Tom Breisinger was careless in pitching to the plate and had the bag cleanly stolen. His hard slide blocked Don Fracchia from making a play on Len Neal’s throw and Thompson picked himself up and easily scored as the ball went into left field. He then opened the tenth by drawing a walk and raced all the way to the look-in station when the Chiefs left third uncovered in playing Chorlton’s bunt.
Manager Rupe Thompson ordered Joe Kronberg and Don Alfano, new Victoria shortstop, purposely walked to fill the bags. Al Ronning lined a hard-hit ball to left field and although Thompson could probably have scored after the catch, Walt Pocekay made it easy when he dropped the ball.
Propst scored his third win, despite two shaky innings. Breisinger contributed to his own downfall with three obvious balks, two of which put runners in scoring position.
Only 750 fans braved the cold at Royal Athletic Park.
The loss ended Wenatchee's seven-game win streak.
Wenatchee ... 000 013 000 0—4 7 3
Victoria ........ 100 010 110 1—5 7 1
Breisinger and Len Neal; Propst and Ronning.

Mike Budnick At Trail's End
KENNEWICK, June 15—For big Mike Budnick, last night's game may have been he end of the comeback trail. In the stands was Earl Sheely, general manager of the Seattle Rainers, owners of Budnick's contract. After the game Sheeley said he felt that Mike still was not ready for Pacific Coast league action.
It's a moot question whether the Braves can afford to pick up the 'hard luck' right-hander's option. It isn't because he hasn't won, it's that big pay check that he ex-major league pitcher is used to picking up twice a month. His 0-5 record does not reflect a true picture. As the pitchers say among themselves, “it's just one of those years.”
Mental and field errors have cost Budnick a couple of his starts. And when they were playing errorless ball behind him, the Braves couldn't put together enough base raps to fashion a respectable average for a pitcher.
“Everyone is pulling for Mike,” said Sheely after the game. “He's got the heart and soul of a great player, and he's a wonderful team man. But it's just one of those things.” Sheely said it appeared to him as though Mike's shoulder might still be bothering him.
In the club dressing room the big boy hadn't lost his smiie. “No, my arm doesn't hurt me,” he said. “But I believe I'm going to need five days rest between games. I wasn't as quick out there tonight as I really am. My stuff was good although my slider wasn't breaking the way I like to see it.”

By Don Becker
[from column of June 15/50]
That Wednesday morning rain chased Glenn Wright, Boston Red Sox scout, back to Spokane before he got a second look at the Braves. However, some of his comments and his reasons for them are rather interesting. For instance the two players that made the greatest impression on him in Tuesday night's game were the shortstops Buddy Petersen of the Braves and Chuck Davis of the Indians.
From what Wright had to say he has a more than passing interest in Peterson. He was particularly impressed by the way the 24-year old player hits the ball. “We almost drafted Peterson last year,” said Wright “but at the last moment the deal fell through.” Wright also commented on the way Peterson hustled in the field and recalled that towering fly ball that he raced back deep, to take just over the foul line.
The Bosox scout added that Davis, while a good fielder, still was lacking in the hitting department. “But if he comes around with the stick there's no telling just how far he will go,” said Wright. However, the scout seemed to be most impressed with a player that we haven't seen yet. And this is Ward Rockey. Wright was high on the ability of this boy and it wouldn't be too surprising to see him move up soon. He's a main stay of the Indians hurling staff.
If you're beginning to wonder what he said about the Warners, Camerons, Pesuts, and Bryants, it was very little. These big league scouts aren't interested in anyone that is past the 25 year mark. “We figure it takes a player from three to four years to move up to the major leagues from here,” said Wright. For that reason they only scout the youngsters. Of course, now and then you'll hear of an 'old timer' moving up, but.
Cy Greenlaw's ailing left arm is causing the hairs of Charlie Petersen to turn gray. Cy is the only portsider the club has. . .and the big veteran will play an important part in the way the club goes. . .if Cy can go.

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