Tuesday, 12 August 2008

Sunday, August 1, 1954

               W  L Pct GB
Lewiston .... 20 10 .667 —
Yakima ...... 17 10 .630 1½
Salem ....... 15 12 .556 3½
Edmonton .... 14 14 .500 5
Victoria .... 10 12 .455 6
Vancouver ... 11 14 .440 6½
Tri-City .... 12 16 .429 7
Wenatchee .... 9 20 .310 10½

KENNEWICK [Tri-City Herald, Aug. 2]—With the “games every day” second half Western International league schedule, the Tri-City Braves left for Vancouver Sunday night following their 12-5 loss to the Lewiston Broncs in the fourth and final game of the series here.
Tri-City will play Vancouver four games and then journey to Wenatchee for a four-game series there.
The team will return next Monday for a series with Vancouver at Sanders.
When the Braves play the Caps, it is likely they will find Dick Greco, who was once owned by the club, on the mound. Greco started with Vancouver this season, then through some shenanigans on the part of Cap Manager Bill Brenner and Salem manager Hugh Luby, he was “sold” to Salem.
He refused to report to the Senators and rejoined the Caps as a pitcher. He has since been doing some pitching but mostly playing outfield.
While the Braves play the first half champions, the Yakima Bears will match their good pitching against the power-laded lineup of Lewiston sluggers tonight at Yakima.
So far during the Western International League season, only Yakima has been able to give the high-paid Broncs and Caps a tussle for top honors.
Tri-City stayed with the Broncs for six innings in the final game Sunday but then the defense collapsed. Starting pitcher Herm Hesse got one away but then hit Clint Cameron and gave up scratch hits to Larry Barton and Ed Garay to load the sacks.
A clean single by Nick Cannuli went through Edo Vanni and all three runners scored. Cannuli pulled up at third. Another error brought Cannuli home and a double by Al Heist scored another. Heist scored on Gabby Williams' single.
Vanni was somewhat the hero and the goat during the game. He homered in the third inning with one on to tie the game at that point. It was his first home run this year.
Artie Wilson also homered for Tri-City. His came in the fourth inning with none on.
Altogether, Tri-City got 13 hits off the pitching of Guy Fletcher but left 10 men stranded. The veteran righthander grew stronger as the game progressed and after a triple by Bob Moniz and a single by Gordy Brunswick in the fifth inning, he shut them out the rest of the way.
The win increased the Broncs lead over Yakima to one and one half games.
Lewiston ..... 102 200 610—12 16 1
Tri-City ....... 012 110 000— 5 13 4
Fletcher and Garay; Hesse, Robertson (9) and Warren, Johnson (9).

WENATCHEE, Aug. 1—The Vancouver Capilanos gained an even split in their four-game series with the cellar-dwelling Wenatchee Chiefs by dividing a double-header Sunday.
John Cordell held the Chiefs to two runs on seven hits as the Caps recorded a 9-2 win in the opener. The Chiefs made four second-inning runs stand up to edge Vancouver 4-3 in the nightcap.
Dick Greco swung the big bat for Vancouver in the opener, adding two singles and a triple to his two-run homer. Jim Clark had a pair of singles, good for three runs. Jerry Green and Ross McCormack had run-scoring singles for Wenatchee.
In the nightcap, starter Bowman allowed three of Vancouver’s five hits in five-and-a-third innings, while Ted Shandor, who beat the Caps Friday night, pitched scoreless ball the rest of the way.
Bowman got credit for the first run batted in in the second inning, but three walks by losing pitcher Pete Hernandez, a bunt single and a bases-loaded three-bagger by Tony Rivas did the damage for the Chiefs.
Greco had two hits and batted in a pair of runs for Vancouver with a single and a sacrifice fly.
First Game
Vancouver ........ 032 020 2—9 10 1
Wenatchee ....... 000 010 1—2  7 0
Cordell and Pesut; Beamon and Self.
Second Game
Vancouver ........ 000 102 000—3 5 0
Wenatchee ....... 000 020 000—2 8 0
Hernandez and Duretto; Bowman, Shandor (6) and Self.

YAKIMA, no story available
First Game
Victoria ......... 000 013 300—8 13 0
Yakima .......... 000 020 000—2  8 0
Drilling and Martin; Carmichael, Young (7) and Summers.
Second Game
Victoria ........ 000 001 000—1 4 2
Yakima ......... 002 000 52x—9 9 1
Tierney and Martin; Lovrich and Albini.

SALEM, no story available
First Game
Edmonton ..... 000 010 000—1 7 0
Salem .......... 001 000 001—2 8 0
Conant and Prentice; Franks and D. Luby.
Second Game
Edmonton ..... 000 002 010—3 7 2
Salem .......... 000 010 010—2 5 0
Kimball, Widner (9), Manier (9) and Partee; Domenichelli and Ogden.

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