Saturday, 9 August 2008

Friday, June 4, 1954

                W  L  Pct GB
Vancouver .... 24 13 .649 —
Wenatchee .... 21 16 .568 3
Edmonton ..... 17 14 .548 4
Yakima ....... 20 17 .541 4
Victoria ..... 18 18 .500 5½
Spokane ...... 19 19 .500 5½
Tri-City ..... 18 21 .462 7
Lewiston ..... 16 22 .421 8½
Salem ........ 16 23 .410 9
Calgary ...... 13 19 .400 9½

YAKIMA, June 4 — Yakima defeated Tri-City, 7-3, in a Western International League baseball game Friday night, starting toward victory with a three run lead piled up in the second inning.
The big frame started with a triple by Dick Briskey, who came home on an error by Sam Kanelos. Two more singles and a sacrifice fly finished it. The Bears clinched the game with a fourth run in the fifth inning on singles by Mike Catron and John Albini and a fielder's choice by Herman Lewis.
Tri-City scored its first in the fourth on a single by Len Tran and a double by Jack Warren.
Tri-City ....... 000 100 020—3 10 3
Yakima ........ 030 011 02x—7 11 1
Clough, Coggin (8) and Warren; Edmunds and Summers.

LEWISTON, Idaho, June 4 — Charlie Ruddock was the big score maker for Spokane Friday night as the Indians downed the Lewiston Broncs 6-1 in the first game of their four-game Western International League baseball series.
Ruddock got three hits in his three times at bat, one of them a homer that brought in three runs in the sixth inning.
Spokane ....... 000 103 110—6 10 2
Lewiston ...... 000 100 000—1  8 1
Anderson and Dean; Martin and Garay.

WENATCHEE, June 4—Wenatchee won its fourth straight Western International League baseball game Friday night as Charlie Oubre handcuffed Salem with six hits to defeat the Senators, 6-3.
Salem .......... 010 001 010—3  6 3
Wenatchee ... 111 010 20x—6 12 1
Roenspie, Rayle (7) and Ogden; Oubre and Jenney.

Vancouver at Calgary, postponed, wet grounds.
Victoria at Edmonton, postponed, rain.

By Jim Tang
[from Victoria Colonist, June 5, 1954]
After 36 games, Victoria Tyees are exactly even at 18-18 although they have scored an average of six plus runs per game—and despite the fact that an average of seven runs a game had been scored against them.
That would appear to be quite a rap against the pitching, which has even been a bit more shaky than feared, and statistics seem to bear out the belief that the big fault for no better than a .500 record lies with the mound staff.
Victoria pitchers have given up 395 hits, including 42 home runs, in 322 innings and have a team earned run average of 5.7. Only through extreme leniency have they managed to compile a total of 17 complete games and they have issued 202 bases on balls while striking out only 153. Only Hal Flinn, at 3.33, has a reasonably-respectable earned run average and only Berlyn Hodges, touched for 14 hits in 23 innings, has come close to the accepted standard of allowing no more than a hit per inning pitched.
That would appear to be more than enough evidence to convict the pitching but it isn’t the whole story. For while the Tyees have a team batting average of close to .290 and have scored 239 runs in 36 games, the club has suffered considerably from the lack of timely hitting and the pitching has suffered from a lack of consistent defence.
With 370 hits, 232 bases on ball, 11 hit batsmen and numerous opposition errors, the Tyees have had the opportunity to score far more than they have. But they have left the rather amazing total of 348 runners on the bases, mainly because there are always two or three players who are slumping at the same time.
Defensively, the Tyees have come up with some sparkling baseball but they made 66 errors in 36 games and have only played five errorless, two of them at Calgary Thursday. And while they have made 45 double plays, the have also hit into 42 rally-killing two-out plays.
Looking at individual batting averages and it comes out to the fact that the veterans who had been expected to give the club its big punch have so far not produced. While Tom Perez, Don Pries, Joe Joshua and Milt Martin have hit steadily, neither Dain Clay, Steve Mesner, Eddie Lake or Neil Sheridan have been able to hit as expected. And, pitching or not, the Tyees have to get those hits from the fellows who were primarily hired to hit.
Random Harvest
It’s odds on that there’ll be some changes in the WIL with continued poor attendance certain to undermine shaky financial foundations in two or more cities sooner or later. ‘Tis said that there were only about 25 fans on hand for the Wednesday afternoon game in Calgary and only about 100 in the evening. The league average per game can be no more [sic] than 800 at the most and 1,200 is about the minimum break-even figure.

Caps Still Dominating
[Vancouver Province, June 4, 1954]
Vancouver’s WIL leading Capilanos continued to dominate league averages through games of Saturday, May 29, official figures released today disclose.
Leaders include: batting percentage, Bob Wellman, .402; hits, K Chorlton, 60; home runs, Dick Greco, 11; runs, Marv Williams, 37; runs batted in, Ken Richardson, 43; total bases, Chorlton, 91; stolen bases, Chorlton, 9, tied with two others.
And in the pitching department, Bill Brenner led in three divisions: earned run average, 1.40; innings pitched, 90 and complete games, 7. And George Nicholas was tied with two others in wins, six.
Other leaders: two base hits, Harvey Storey, Salem, Charles Ruddock, Spokane, 13; three base hits, Herman Lewis, Yakima, 6; and pitching: most strikeouts, Jon Briggs, Salem 55; bases on balls, John Trautwein, Spokane, 50.
Vancouver .317; Tri-City .316; Salem .291; Wenatchee .286; Yakima .278; Victoria .276; Lewiston .275; Spokane .274; Calgary .262; Edmonton .261.
Yakima .967; Salem .966; Vancouver .962; Edmonton .961, Wenatchee .959; Lewiston .959; Spokane .954; Victoria .954; Tri-City .946; Calgary .943.

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