Monday, 11 August 2008
Monday, July 5, 1954
FINAL FIRST HALF STANDINGS
W L Pct GB
Vancouver .... 42 24 .636 —
Yakima ....... 39 32 .549 5½
Edmonton ..... 33 28 .541 6½
Lewiston ..... 32 35 .478 10½
Tri-City ..... 34 39 .472 11
Victoria ..... 31 37 .456 12
Salem ........ 33 40 .452 12½
Wenatchee .... 32 40 .444 13
SALEM [Vancouver Province, July 6]—Arnie Hallgren, Vancouver’s claim to bonus baby fame, has pitched two games in the last three years and won them both.
In 1952, Arnie hurled King Edward in the high school championship at Capilano Stadium. Monday night at Salem he returned to the mound in the first game of an Independence Day doubleheader and twirled three-hit ball over the seven-inning route to lead the Caps to a 2-1 victory over the Senators.
In the second game Salem exploded for four runs in the ninth to edge the Caps 10-9.
Two Salem errors gave Hallgren his well deserved win in the first tilt.
K Chorlton singled in the first, moved to second base on an error, stole third and scored on a wild pitch by Salem’s Gene Johnson.
The Senators pushed over the tying run in the third but Vancouver won it in the sixth when Bob Wellman singled and scored all the way from first after centre fielder Jim Deyo dropped Ken Richardson’s fly with two out.
In the second game the Senators opened the ninth by filling the bases on two singles and a walk. One run scored when Connie Perez was hit by a pitched ball. Another run crossed the plate when [Harry] Warner forced Perez at second. Jim Deyo singled to tie things up.
Warner and Deyo then worked a double steal, Warner moving in to third and Deyo to second. Warner scored the winning tally on Floyd Ogden’s squeeze bunt, which Ogden beat out for a hit.
[WILfan notes: Hallgren faced 21 batters, giving up five walks and three hits, while striking out two … The hits he allowed were single, two to Kellogg and one to Bellotti, who scored the Salem run … Johnson and ex-Cap Bill Franks allowed only the two hits in the first game, one apiece … In the second game, Warner homered and doubled for three runs batted in for the Senators … Chorlton had three hits while Ken Richardson had a double and a single to plate three Capilanos … John Cordell was credited with the loss, though Bob Roberts blew the game by replacing him and giving Deyo’s single, a walk to Krause and then the gam-winning hit … Rod MacKay started the second game for Vancouver, likely the first time two Vancouver boys have started both games of a doubleheader for the Capilanos].
Vancouver ..... 100 001 0—2 2 0
Salem ........... 001 000 0—1 3 2
Hallgren and Pesut, Johnson, Franks (5) and D. Luby.
Vancouver .... 510 120 000— 9 9 1
Salem .......... 012 001 024—10 14 2
MacKay, Cordell (8), Roberts (9) and Duretto; Roenspie, Del Sarto (5) Johnson (9) and Cameron.
YAKIMA, July 5—no story available
Wenatchee ...... 000 003 010—4 8 3
Yakima ............ 310 100 10x—6 8 0
Oubre, Shandor (6), Waters (8) and Helmuth; Rios and Summers.
LEWISTON, July 5—no story available
Edmonton ...... 423 000 000—9 9 1
Lewiston ....... 000 200 220—6 12 3
Kimball, Worth (8) and Prentice; Kime, Williams (4) and Garay.
Edmonton ...... 030 000 033—8 14 2
Lewiston ....... 301 000 000—4 9 1
LeBrun and Self; Fletcher, Derganc (9) and Cameron.
KENNEWICK [Tri-City Herald, July 6]—The best-hitting, worst-fielding team of the Western International league, the Tri-City Braves, take the day off today in preparation for the second half of the split season and with hopes of finishing higher than fifth place.
Currently, general manager Eddie Taylor is looking for more pitching strength.
In an anticipated shift in the mound staff after the series with Victoria, which the teams split with two wins apiece, Lefty Earl Lemieux, Tri-City’s only rookie, was released.
Jack Hemphill, former Salem pitcher who agreed to terms Saturday, will be placed on the active list Wednesday.
Taylor said today he is still seeking one more topflight pitcher. He did not say where he would locate the hurler nor what he would use for money but presumably, the series attendance of some 3,700 will lake care of the last point.
“We are really grateful for that turnout,” Taylor said today. “I just want the fans to know we appreciate it.”
By far the largest share of the series crowd came Sunday night when 2,770 paid and a grand total of 3,598 turned out to see the Braves win 4-3 and lose the second game, 11-4.
Monday, some 400 saw Tri-City lose the afternoon game, 9-4, and then take the first-half closing game, 9-5.
The series gave a pretty good indication of the status of Tri-City’s pitching staff. Every hurler except Don Robertson, who has a 10-3 record, pitched at least part of one game.
When the series ended, the pitcher list stacked up like this:
1. Jess Dobernic, getting work and warm weather, won his third complete game in as many starts to give him a 5-4 record for the season.
2. Walt Clough took his seventh defeat in hurling seven innings and giving up seven runs in the second game. However, he didn’t receive exactly the best fielding support from the lineup which was a little road-weary from the Edmonton trip. Lemieux finished the last two innings.
3. Dale Thomason did a quick about-face, losing the first game after pitching five innings, then winning the second in relief, also pitching five innings.
4. After Lemieux walked two batters, Bill Tompkins took over for Thomason in the first game and gave up two runs in four innings.
5. Dale Bloom, started the second game Monday. All of Victoria runs came off him as Dale’s sore elbow continued to plague him. Dale’s arm leaves the biggest question mark in the Tri-City pitching lineup.
Tri-City’s first foe in the second half of play will be Wenatchee. The schedule, although pleasing to Tri-City, has brought objections from other points, and will probably be revised.
But under the tentative arrangement, the Braves will play the Chiefs Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at Sanders field. Robertson is likely starter for the opener.
If the first-half pattern is followed during the second-half, consistent wins over Wenatchee will be needed for the Braves to finish higher in the standings.
In addition, Tri-City will have to break better-than-even with Yakima and Vancouver. In first-half play, the Braves were able to beat Vancouver but twice in seven games and Yakima but once in seven games.
Salem proved to be the Braves biggest cousin. They downed the Senators 11 of 16 games. The absence of Spokane and Calgary may also hurt Tri-City’s chances since the Braves were able to win over them consistently — as long as they lasted.
On all the other teams, Tri-City just about broke even.
Against Victoria, Tri-City lost three there, then won three of four here before the holiday series. The two doubleheaders gives Victoria a 6-5 edge for the season.
Monday, Bob Drilling held Tri-City to one run in five innings while his teammates scored seven times. Then the Braves picked up three more runs with Rube Johnson doubling two of them home.
In winning the final, Tri-City used the come-from-behind tactics all the way. Victoria scored three in the first, the Braves scored three in the second; Victoria scored two in the third. Tri-
City scored two in the third; Victoria scored one in the fourth, Tri-City scored one in the fifth.
Then tied 6-6, the Braves broke loose for three runs in the bottom of the eighth on one hit.
Victoria ...... 211 012 020—9 16 0
Tri-City ...... 000 103 000—4 9 2
Drilling and Lundberg; Thomason, Lemieux (6), Tompkins (6) and Johnson.
Victoria ...... 302 100 000—6 9 6
Tri-City ...... 032 010 03x—9 6 2
Flinn and Lundberg; Bloom, Thomason (4) and Warren.