Monday, 11 August 2008

Friday, July 9, 1954

               W L  Pct  GB
Tri-City ..... 3 0 1.000 —
Victoria ..... 2 0 1.000 ½
Lewiston ..... 2 1  .687—1
Salem ........ 1 1  .500 1½
Yakima ....... 1 1  .500 1½
Edmonton ..... 1 2  .333 2
Vancouver .... 0 2  .000 2½
Wenatchee .... 0 3  .000 3

KENNEWICK [Tri-City Herald, July 11] The age extremes of the Tri-City roster ganged up on pitcher Ted Shandor and his Wenatchee teammates Friday night to give the Braves a clean sweep of the three-game series with the Chiefs.
Tri-City won the third and final game 2-1 with Jess Dobernic pitching five-hit ball and running his string to four complete games and four wins in four starts.
The telling blow for Jess, though, came when Dick Watson, who was scarcely out of diapers when the hurler pitched his first baseball game, singled home the winning run in the ninth.
It was the second night in a row the Braves beat the Chiefs with a lone tally in the bottom of the ninth.
That all-important lone run came after Len Tran singled and Jack (Beanie) Warren was robbed of a sure-double by Chuck Lundgren's leaping catch in centerfield. Then Bob Moniz grounded out on a disputed play but moved Tran to second.
The Chiefs followed with some sound baseball strategy but it didn't take into consideration plain old player psychology. Bob McGuire was the next batter and the .306 hitter, who came through in the clutch twice the night before, was intentionally walked.
That brought up the .255-hitting Watson.
What Wenatchee didn't know was that the 19-year-old Watson is going to get one hit a night whatever his batting average might be and up to that point in the game he had been horsecollered.
After fouling off a couple of pitches, he got his base blow — a good clean single that scored Tran to easily there was no attempt throw the ball back to the infield.
On the defensive side, Jess himself was in rare good form outwitting them, outpitching them and outfielding them.
The only really good smash off either pitcher was Tony Rivas' two-bagger in the eighth which scored Jerry Green for Wenatchee's lone run.
In the seventh, though, Jess proved that just because the old man doesn't hop around like a ballet dancer, it still takes a pretty good bunt to get by him.
With runners on second and first and none away, Dick Stacy tried bunting. It popped into the air and catcher Warren gobbled it up.
Then Shandor came through with a better bunt. Jess trotted off the mound, pegged to Carroll at third to force the lead runner, and Carroll pegged all the way across the diamond to get Shandor at first.
The pitcher was also responsible for Tri-City's first run in the sixth, after Shandor had set the Braves down with but one hit, Dobernic singled to right field. He moved to second on Carroll's single and to third on an error.
Artie Wilson's long fly brought him home.
Wenatchee ...... 000 000 010—1 5 2
Tri-City ........... 000 001 001—2 6 1
Shandor and Helmuth; Dobernic and Warren.

First Game
Edmonton ....... 000 131 0—5  9 0
Lewiston ........ 100 020 0—3 10 0
Conant and Prentice; Derganc and Cameron.
Second Game
Edmonton ....... 100 001 200— 4  7 2
Lewiston ........ 010 603 50x—15 17 3
McNulty, Widner (4), Worth (8) and Self; Martin and Garay.

Yakima at Salem, postponed rain.
Vancouver at Victoria, postponed, rain.

Marshall’s Rabbit Ears Cost $50
LEWISTON, Idaho, July 10—John Marshall, who pitches for Lewiston of the Western International League, has been fined $50.
Manager Larry Barton said the fine was assessed against the big right-hander for “action unbecoming a professional ball player.”
The incident took place Sunday when Marshall went in as a relief pitcher and gave up five hits and five walks as Edmonton went on to win. Relations between Marshall and the fans reportedly became strained at the time.

Unfried Heads to PCL
OAKLAND, July 9—With Art Ciutti sidelined by an ankle injury, the Oakland Oaks of the Pacific Coast league have sought to bolster their righthanded punch by purchasing outfielder Joe Unfried from Wenatchee of the Western International League.
Unfried, who is batting about .350 for the Chiefs, has been leading the league in hits and total bases. He will undoubtedly stick with the club for the rest of the season as he is a service returnee and will not be counted on the regular 21-player limit.
In exchange, outfielder Ross McCormack has been returned to the Chiefs. He has been on Oakland's suspended list since his original recall as he refused to accept assignment to the Texas League.
As part of the deal, the Oaks have purchased for the contract of southpaw Fred Besana, who is currently in military service, but is due for discharge in time to join the Oaks for the final two weeks of the season.

(Through games of July 5, except Wenatchee at Victoria,
2 games, July 3)

Tri-City, .307; Vancouver, .301; Wenatchee .289; Victoria, .287, Edmonton, .283; Lewiston, .280, Yakima, .276, Salem .275.
Yakima .968; Vancouver .968; Edmonton, .965; Lewiston, .963; Salem .962; Victoria .962; Wenatchee, .960; Tri-City .955.
Percentage, Marv Williams, Van., 381; Runs, Williams, Van., 71; Hits, Joe Unfried, Wen., 104; Total Bases, Unfried, Wen., 167; Two Base Hits, Bob Moniz, T.C., 27; Three Base Hits, Dick Greco, Van., Herman Lewis, Yak., 6; Home Runs, Bob Wellman, Van., 15; Sacrifice Hits, Nick Cannuli, Lew., 15; Stolen Bases, K Chorlton, Van., 21; Bases on Balls, Vic Buccola, T.C., 65; Runs Batted In, Unfried, Wen., 69; Strikeouts, Tom Munoz, Wen., 56.
ERA., Bill Brenner, Van., 1.83; Wins, Ted Edmunds, Yak., 12; Losses, three tied with eight; Strikeouts, Jon Briggs, Sal., 117, Bases on Balls, Briggs, Wen., 88; Innings Pitched, Brenner, Van., 157; Complete Games, Brenner, Van., 13; Home Runs Allowed, John Marshall, Lew., 16.

Week’s Work
By Clancy Loranger
[Vancouver Province, July 10, 1954]
MONDAY—Bill Brenner of the Capilanos told the story when he passed through here, en route from Salem to Victoria for another baseball series … Seems that when the Caps got off the plate Sunday at Salem, they were met by two men and a woman who had come all the way from Cuba, at a cost of $2500, for the purpose of hiring certain members of the WIL league leaders away from Vancouver into their league … they didn’t talk much—they let their money talk for them … Marv Williams, the WIL hitting leader, was their No. 1 prize … They offered Marvin, Brenner says, $5000 to sign and $1500 a month for two months, a total of $8,000 … Jim Clark, Ken Richardson and Bob Roberts were each offers $1500 a month for two months … The Cuban league is no fly-by-night affair—they have such as Ewell Blackwell playing there---and their offers were naturally very tempting … But those names are still in the Vancouver box scores.
WEDNESDAY—Bud Beasley, the Cap’s clown prince, outdid himself in Salem, apparently … Ordered publicly off the coaching line by Bill Brenner after he’s allowed a Vancouver runner to be caught off first, Beasley disappeared, later turned up in a Salem uniform and proceeded to coach that club and roast his mates.
THURSDAY—Dick Greco, still refusing to report to Salem despite his sale, is seriously considering becoming a pitcher … He pitched batting practice for the Caps before they left … And on hand here is a lefthanded pitcher named Max Wells, on option from the Cincinnati Redlegs … Wells won 19 in the Pioneer League last year, but hasn’t seen action in a couple of months, so may never appear in a Vancouver suit … And young Phil Marvier, who never got to play, either, has gone to Wenatchee.

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