Wednesday, 13 August 2008
Sunday, August 22, 1954
W L Pct GB
Lewiston ...... 33 21 .611 —
Salem ......... 27 19 .587 2
Yakima ........ 30 22 .577 2
Vancouver ..... 25 19 .568 3
Edmonton ...... 26 23 .531 4½
Tri-City ...... 19 31 .380 12
Wenatchee ..... 18 35 .340 14½
WENATCHEE, Aug. 22—Less than two weeks ago, Lewiston had built up a 6½ game lead over its nearest rival in the Western International League standings. But the Broncs stumbled again over the weekend, losing three of four games to last-place Wenatchee. The teams split a Sunday doubleheader, Lewiston winning the opener, 5-1. and Wenatchee the nightcap, 19-10. The Chiefs came out on top Saturday, 6-3.
The Broncs are winners of only three of their last 12 games, and hold a slim two game lead over Salem and Yakima with less than three weeks of play remaining.
Lewiston and Wenatchee engaged in a real slugfest in the second contest of their Sunday doubleheader. The Chiefs banged out 20 hits and the Broncs 15. It was in direct contrast to the opener which saw Al Yaylian twirl a three-hitter for the Broncs.
Wenatchee erupted for 10 runs in the eighth inning of the second contest, getting the total on four walks, three singles, a double and bases-loaded triples by Charlie Beamon and Tom Self.
Lewiston .......... 030 020 0—5 7 0
Wenatchee ....... 100 000 0—1 3 0
Yaylian and Garay; Waters and Self.
Lewiston ......... 100 500 013—10 15 1
Wenatchee ...... 120 100 5(10)x—19 20 1
Martin, Kime (7), Marshall (7), Orrell (8), Willams (8) and Cameron; Shandor, Romero (4), Hodges (9) and Helmuth.
YAKIMA [Tri-City Herald, Aug. 23]—It's still theoretically possible for Don Robertson, Tri-City righthander, to be a 20-game winner this season but unless he wins a couple in relief, the Braves winningest pitcher will have a tough time turning the trick.
Robertson, though, has lived up to his pre-season prediction that he will win more or lose less games than last season. During 1952 [sic], he had a 14-9 record, and Sunday at Yakima he racked up another victory to go along with the win over Lewiston last week to run his total to 16.
The win came in the first game of a twin bill which the Braves and Yakima split. Tri-Clty taking the opener 9-4, but losing the nightcap, 4-2.
The Braves have 13 league games left on the schedule which are jammed into 11 playing dates. This does not include two exhibition dates this week with the semi-pro team at Coos Bay, Ore.
In order to win four more before the season ends, Robertson would have to start every four days and pitch Tri-City to a victory each time. He will probably get his first shot at the four Wednesday night in the doubleheader with Salem here.
Tonight, the Braves have the day off but will open against the Senators here Tuesday night. Then they take off for Coos Bay for the exhibition dates which fill in for the missing Victoria games.
In the games Sunday at Yakima, Robertson's win, along with one pitched by Hal Flinn Saturday, and another by Jess Dobernic Thursday, gave the Braves three out of five. It marked the first time Tri-City had beaten Yakima in a series all season: in fact, it marked the first time they have beaten Yakima more than once in a series all season.
Tri-City came through with an easy scoring punch in the first game Sunday. They picked up a run in the first and four in the third to go ahead 5-2. Three more runs in the sixth frame put them way out in front and out of danger.
In the first game, Vic Buccola rapped out his first triple of the season, and Bob Moniz came up with his 39th double. Jack Warren, who went two for two, also got a double.
Len Tran was the big man at the plate during both games. In the first one he hit three for four and then in the second got a triple in three trips to the plate.
Dale Thomason, making his first league game start since returning from the Bob Abel All-Stars, went the distance for Tri-City. He had one bad inning, the fourth, when Yakima scored all of its runs.
[WILfan note: the bottom of the order did all the damage in that last game for Yakima. Mike Catron singled in one, Dick Briskey doubled in a pair and came home on Danny Rios' double. Terry Carroll brought in the first run in the third inning, and Bob Moniz singled after Tran's triple one inning later].
Tri-City ......... 104 003 1—9 15 1
Yakima .......... 020 001 1—4 8 1
Robertson and Johnson; Albini, Schaening (3), Young (6) and Summers.
Tri-City ......... 001 100 000—2 5 0
Yakima .......... 000 400 00x—4 9 1
Thomason and Johnson; Rios and Albini.
EDMONTON, Aug. 22—Salem moved just a few percentage points ahead of Yakima in the Western International League standings after defeating the Edmonton Eskimos Sunday, 11-5.
Salem spotted Edmonton a 4-2 lead early in their contest but came back strong to build up the winning margin.
The win gave the Senators the series, five games to two.
Salem ........... 200 130 122—11 14 4
Edmonton ...... 040 000 100— 5 8 2
Franks, Briggs (3) and D. Luby; Conant and Prentice.