Thursday, 7 August 2008

Monday, May 31, 1954

               W  L  Pct GB
Vancouver ... 22 11 .645 —
Yakima ...... 19 15 .559 3½
Edmonton .... 15 12 .556 4
Victoria .... 17 15 .531 4½
Wenatchee ... 18 16 .529 4½
Spokane ..... 17 18 .486 6
Tri-City .... 17 19 .472 6½
Lewiston .... 15 20 .429 8
Salem ....... 15 21 .417 8½
Calgary ..... 10 18 .357 9½

YAKIMA, May 31—The Yakima Bears pounded six straight singles in the sixth inning of the first game to produce four runs to ice a 9-2 victory over the visiting Wenatchee Chiefs in Western International League play on Monday.
Wenatchee had two big innings innings in winning the afterpiece, 12-6. The Chiefs combined four singles, a double and a walk for five runs in the second and added five in the sixth on a double, a single, two walks and Tom Munoz' grand slam homer.
First Game
Wenatchee .... 200 000 000—2 7 2
Yakima .......... 200 004 03x—9 14 1
Waters and Jenney; Carmichael and Summers.
Second Game
Wenatchee .... 150 005 1—12 13 0
Yakima .......... 330 000 0— 6 9 3
Shandor, Thompson (6) and Jenney; Young, Machado (2) and Summers.

SALEM, May 31—The Spokane Indians celebrated the Memorial Day holiday here with a pair of wins in Western International League baseball play.
It took Spokane 10 innings to win the opener, as Bob Donkersley tripled home the winning run in the top of the extra frame for a 6-5 win.
The Indians reached three Salem pitchers for 18 hits in the nightcap as they thumped the Senators 14-6. Dick Aubertin and John Trautwein combined in a six-hit effort for the winners.
The double loss dropped the Senators into ninth place.
First Game
Spokane ..... 020 000 030 1—6 11 0
Salem ........ 000 102 110 0—5 12 2
Wisneski, Lawson (7), Aubertin (7), Closs (8) and Dean; Roenspie, Rayle (8) and Odgen.
Second Game
Spokane ..... 105 002 033—14 18 4
Salem ........ 001 230 000— 6 6 3
Trautwein, Aubertin (4), Lawson (5) and Dean; Johnson, McFarlane (3), Scrivens (8) and Ogden.

KENNEWICK [Tri-City Herald, June 1]—Dale Thomason, another of the youngsters on the Tri-City Braves' pitching staff will get the starting assignment tonight when the Braves and Lewiston Broncs play the third game in the current series.
The two teams stand even with Lewiston winning the seven inning opener of Monday's double header 13-2 and the Braves taking the second game 4-2.
Also at stake tonight is a continuation of Tri-City's series victories. The last time the Braves lost a series was two weeks ago against Vancouver here.
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Thomason is the hurler who edged more experienced hurler aside to gain a starting berth.
Should Thomason's pitching performance tonight match Dale Bloom's of Monday night, the Braves will be looking toward another victory.
Bloom, who beat Grumpy Fletcher in the second game, gave up but seven hits—three of them of the scratch safety.
He was in trouble in the second inning when he had the bases loaded and but one run in before he struck out Fletcher and got Nick Cannulli to ground out to end the frame.
In the third Lewiston scored off him twice on a walk, two singles and a fielder's choice. But from then on the righthander had the Broncs handcuffed.
Besides his pitching, Bloom's fielding also paid off for the pitcher. He made four assist and one putout—almost a shortstop's totals.
Fletcher, the old hand from the Coast League, pitched effective ball and gave up but three earned runs on nine hits. The Braves scored once in each of the first three frames and added one in the seventh.
Rube Johnson and Sam Kanelos each hit doubles. Johnson caught most of the first game and all of the second. Jack Warren, regular catcher, had to drop out of the first game when an infected spike wound gave him trouble.
In the last game, Dick Derganc (pronounced Der-ganse) had an easy time of it pitching Lewiston to the 13-2 win. He gave up but six hits, three of them coming in the sixth inning when a Braves' rally attempt was cut short following a spectacular catch by Al Heist in centre field.
Lewiston jumped on starter Cliff Coggin for five runs. He was taken out for rookie Earl Lemieux who retired the side but gave up two runs in the second. Only two of them were earned.
In pitching seven innings, Lemieux went a greater distance than he ever had before this season. Russ Rosburg homered off him in the fifth and Lewiston picked up three more runs off him in the sixth when the lefty began to tire.
First Game
Lewiston ..... 450 013 0—13 16 2
Tri-City ....... 010 001 0—2 6 1
Derganc and Garay; Coggin, Lemieux (1) and Warren, Johnson (4).
Second Game
Lewiston ..... 002 000 000—2 7 3
Tri-City ....... 111 000 10x—4 9 0
Fletcher and Garay; Bloom and Johnson.

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

Joe’s Here at Last!
[Victoria Colonist, June 1, 1954]
Victoria Tyees were rained out at Calgary last night after being idle Sunday but…got quite a boost when Joe Nicholas, the side-arming righthander who compiled a 23-7 record with Spokane last season, finally reported. Nicholas showed up yesterday afternoon and leaves today by air to join his new teammates in Calgary. He’s ready to start and will doubtless see action well before the week is out.

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