Monday, 11 August 2008

Saturday, July 24, 1954

               W  L  Pct GB
Lewiston ..... 14 6 .700 —
Yakima ....... 12 7 .632 1½
Vancouver ..... 9  7 .563 3
Salem ......... 9  8 .529 3½
Tri-City ...... 8 10 .444 5
Edmonton ...... 8 11 .421 15½
Victoria ...... 5  9 .357 6
Wenatchee ..... 6 13 .316 7½

VICTORIA [Colonist, July 26]—Victoria’s crippled Tyees, a far cry from the club which started the second-half WIL play with five victories in the first six games, continued to slide out of competition yesterday as they lost both games of a split doubleheader to the Yakima Bears, 8-4 and 9-2.
They were the seventh and eighth consecutive defeats for the Islanders and left them firmly embedded in seventh place, not too far from the league basement.
Minus Tom Perez, their chief plate threat who is out with a sprained wrist, and shortstop Eddie Lake, out of action with a sore throwing arm, and Neil Sheridan playing despite a leg injury, the Tyees could muster neither hitting nor pitching good enough to win.
They got fair pitching in the afternoon but it lasted for only eight innings and wasn’t good enough to protect a 4-2 lead through the ninth. Under the lights in the series finale, the pitching couldn’t make an early lead stand up for more than one inning and the hitters could do nothing with Tom Lovrich after a promising start.
The one that hurt was the first game. The Tyees managed to take a two-run lead into the ninth and Mike Kanshin, who came in to strike out Charlie Mead with two out and the bags loaded in the seventh, appeared to be in charge.
Appeared was the word. Herman Lewis opened with a double and went to third on Len Noren’s single. John Albini singled in Lewis and manager Lou Stringer sacrificed the remaining base runners to third and second.
Mead was walked to load the bags but Kanshin walked Dick Briskey, too, to force in the tying run. Pitcher Danny Rios flied to short centre-field, the runners holding, but Des Charouhas then dropped one over the centre-field fence for the four runs which won.
Victoria’s main poke in this one was Mel Stein’s two-run homer which gave the Tyees an early lead.
A well-rested Hal Flinn was given the job of ending the losing streak at seven games in the wind-up but the lanky righthander wasn’t up to the task.
The Tyees had Lovrich on the ropes in the first inning, when singles by Don Pries and Dain Clay, a sacrifice fly by Neil Sheridan and a single by Don Lundberg scored two runs.
Milt Martin, playing in right-field, followed with a wasted single and became the last Tyee to get a hit until the eighth, when Ron Jackson led off with a single.
Lundberg doubled to open the ninth for the Tyees sixth, and last, hit and Martin followed by drawing a walk. But Lovrich just pulled up his socks and struck out Steve Mesner, Stein and Bill Bottler to end the game with a flourish.
Meanwhile, the Bears put together four singles for two runs in the second to tie, went ahead in the fourth when manager Lou Stringer led off with a home run and Briskey doubled and scored on a hit by Lovrich. Five runs in the seventh doused the dim hopes that the Tyees might come from behind.
Briskey was the star of this one with a double and three singles and a great defensive play on a bid by Sheridan which was turned into a double play in the eighth.
The Tyees next play Edmonton Eskimos in a four-game series, opening tomorrow night with Berlyn Hodges scheduled to pitch. Tuesday night has been scheduled as “Duncan Night,” with approximately 250 fans, most of them Little League players, expected from the mid-Island city.
First Game
Yakima ...... 000 101 006—8 11 1
Victoria ..... 000 020 020—4  7 0
Rios and Albini; Tierney, Kanshin (7) and Lundberg.
Second Game
Yakima ...... 020 200 500—9 15 1
Victoria ..... 200 000 000—2  6 2
Lovrich and Albini; Flinn, Bottler (7) and Lundberg.

EDMONTON, July 24—The Edmonton Eskimos battled uphill from a four-run deficit to defeat the Vancouver Capllanos 6-5 in a thrilling Edmonton game Satruday night.
Vancouver retains a lead of 4-2 In the current seven-game series.
A second-inning homer by K Chorlton with one man on third gave Vancouver an early two-run lead. But the efforts of the Eskimos' Don Gigli, who hit two doubles and a single in four trips to the plate, helped cancel this advantage.
Vancouver had a 5-4 lead going into a fatal eighth inning. The bases had been loaded by the Eskimos with a single, a double and an intentional pass. Dick Greco came in to relieve starter Bud Beasley, and he faced the final three batters to get the last two outs. But before that could happen, the Capilanos failed to click with a potential double play on pinch-hitter Dan Prentice's grounder to shortstop. That brought in the tying run. Then, on the very next play, Greco made a wild throw to first base, which allowed the runner to score from third. Both runs in the inning were unearned.
Esks' manager Bob Sturgeon had two hits and batted in a pair for the winners.
Vancouver ...... 022 010 000—5 6 2
Edmonton ....... 001 003 02x—6 9 1
Beasley, Greco (8) and Pesut; Cnant, Manier (9) and Partee, Prentice (9).

LEWISTON, Idaho, July 24—The Lewiston Broncs, leading the Western International League, had to be satisfied with another tie game Saturday night as they battled
Tri-City in a three hour 17-munute, 5-3 contest called at the end of 12 innigs by curfew.
The game will be played off at later date.
The Braves tied up the game in the ninth and sent it into extra innings by scoring two runs on singles by Terry Carroll and Vic Buccola and a double by Art Wilson.
Buccola and Wilson also hit safely in Tri-City's three-run third inning.
Two doubles by Clint Cameron and one by Manager Larry Barton drove in most of Lewiston's runs in the first and seventh innings.
Tri-City ......... 000 300 002 000—5  9 2
Lewiston ....... 300 000 200 000—5 11 1
Besse, Robertson (9) and Warren; Martin, Derganc (6) and Garay.

SALEM, July 24 — Center fielder Ross McCormack homered in the 10th inning Saturday night to give the Wenatchee Chiefs the lead and they defeated Salem 7-5 in a Western
International League baseball game here.
Wenatchee catcher Tom Self batted in an insurance run with a single later in the inning.
Wenatchee ..... 100 010 012 2—7 13 1
Salem ............ 000 004 100 0—5  7 0
Beamon, Stanford (9) and Self; Domenichelli, Rayle (9) and Ogden.

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