Saturday, 9 August 2008

Sunday, June 27, 1954

                W  L  Pct GB
Vancouver .... 37 19 .661 —
Yakima ....... 34 28 .548 6
Edmonton ..... 27 25 .519 8
Tri-City ..... 30 33 .476 10½
Lewiston ..... 28 31 .475 10½
Victoria ..... 27 31 .466 11
Wenatchee .... 29 34 .460 11½
Salem ........ 28 36 .438 13

YAKIMA, June 27—The Yakima Bears lined up solidly behind two sparkling pitching performances Sunday to scuttle the Edmonton Eskimos in both games of a Western International League split double-header, 6-1 and 5-2.
Ted Edmunds, who was knocked out of the box by the Eskimos in the first inning Saturday night, stormed back in Sunday’s afternoon game in a revengeful mood and set down the Eskimos on two hits.
Edmonton’s only run came on Bob Brown’s homer in the fifth frame. Yakima got singletons in the first, second and fourth and wrapped up scoring in the sixth with three runs. Des Charouhas’ triple was the big blow in the sixth.
Edmunds won his 12th game of the season.
John Carmichael tossed a four-hitter in the afterpiece.
The wins evened the series at two games apiece.
First Game
Edmonton ...... 000 010 000—1  2 3
Yakima .......... 110 103 00x—6 10 0
Manier and Prentice; Edmunds and Summers.
Second Game
Edmonton ...... 101 000 000—2 4 0
Yakima .......... 000 002 03x—5 9 1
Worth and Self; Carmichael and Summers.

KENNEWICK, June 27—The Tri-City Braves finally caught up with Salem in the 12th inning of a Western International League baseball game Sunday night to win 11-10 and sweep their four-game series with the Senators.
Trailing all the way in the regulation nine innings, the Braves had to tie up the game in the 9th, 10th and 11th innings to stay in the running.
They even had to match a three-run rally by Salem in the 11th before nailing down the victory.
The winning run came on three successive singles by Artie Wilson, Vic Buccola and Len Tran, Wilson scoring from third on Tran’s blow.
Earl Lemieux, one of nine pitchers who traded turns on the mound during the night for the two teams, was the winner. It was his first win of the season against three losses, Tom Del Sarto was the loser.
Jim Deyo got four of Salem’s 17 hits in his five trips and teammate Harry Warner hit three for four, including two doubles and a triple.
The win was Tri-City’s sixth in eight games.
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KENNEWICK [Tri-City Herald, June 28]—The Tri-City Braves’ little baseball lesson today centers around the problem of jumping from the cellar to the first division in one series.
The solution is relatively easy. All you have to do is sweep a four-game series from your “natural rivals” and there you are, 10½ games out of first and one scroungy little percentage point ahead of fifth-place Lewiston.
Beginning Tuesday the Braves stand a good chance of moving up again if they can win a fair share of the games with Edmonton at Edmonton. The Braves hit the Cariboo trail for that series following their 11-10 win over Salem Sunday night.
However, if the Eskimoes prove as troublesome as the Salem Senators in the recent series, the Braves will come home from the prairie city jaunt if not beaten, at least, exhausted.
Salem rassled ‘em right down to the wire in the fourth and final game and the two teams had to go 12 innings to reach decision. It was the second 12-inning game in the four-game series.
It brought the total innings played by the two teams to 42.
In the series final, Salem manager Hugh Luby, who has been up and down the baseball ladder, is by now wondering what he has to do to win a game.
His Senators had a 6-2 lead going into the bottom of the eighth inning and Jon Briggs, his starter, showed every sign of going the distance. Then in the bottom of the ninth, Tri-City batters shelled the hurler with Dick Watson, an old foe of Briggs, getting a double after one was away.
Rube Johnson, another old Pioneer league foe of Briggs and still wearing a bandage around his wrist from where Briggs hit him with a pitch last week, walked. Don Robertson ran for him and Artie Wilson singled Watson home.
Then playing manager Edo Vanni tied it up by singling Robertson home, tried to go for two, and was thrown out at second.
In the tenth, Luby’s nephew, Dennis Luby, tripled Jim Deyo home for a go-ahead run but Tri-City tied it up with one in the bottom half. A squeeze play that failed nipped a winning threat.
So Salem came back again, this time for three runs, including one on a squeeze play that worked.
This time numerous Tri-City fans, still not realizing that the game isn’t over until the final out is made, left the cold windy park. So Tri-City tied [it] up again on three singles, a walk and Bob Moniz’ 22nd double.
That was too much for Salem. The Senators didn’t score in the top of the 12th and Tri-City got the winning run on singles by Artie Wilson, Vic Buccola and Len Tran. Tran’s winning blow came after two were away.
Altogether, nine pitchers were used.
Earl Lemieux, Tri-City’s rookie lefty, was the winner. It was his first of the season. Tri-City fans are now waiting for him to get his first hit.
The scoreless first inning for Salem ran the consecutive total to 27 innings straight. Before the three runs off starter Bill Thompkins [sic], the last time Salem had scored on Tri-City pitching was in the fourth inning of the Friday game.
Salem ........ 030 110 100 130—10 17 0
Tri-City ...... 000 100 122 132—11 22 3
Briggs, Domenichelli (9), Borst (10), Roenspie (10) Del Sarto (11) and Ogden; Tompkins, Thomason (5), Bloom (10), Lemieux (11) and Warren.

WENATCHEE, June 27—The Victoria Tyees swept a Western International League double-header against Wenatchee on Sunday, 3-2 and 6-3.
With Neil Sheridan’s two-run homer the main blow, the Tyees scored half their runs in the first inning of the nightcap.
Ron Jackson led off the inning with a double, went to third on an infield out, and came home when Jerry “Pumpsie” Green bobbled Dain Clay’s ground ball. Sheridan then lifted one out of the park. It was his sixth homer of the year.
The Chiefs got it to 4-3 by the ninth but the Tyees came through with a pair of insurance runs in their last turn at the plate. Hal Flinn struck out seven in gaining his sixth verdict.
Bob Drilling gave up nine hits in the first game but gained his eighth win in five decisions by scattering them judiciously and getting three double plays out of his teammates, while the Tyees made excellent use of their five hits.
One of them was a two-run single by Drilling and the last one was a single by Mel Stein which scored Sheridan with the tie-breaking run in the ninth inning.
The Tyees copped the series, three games to one.
First Game
Victoria ........... 020 000 001—3 5 0
Wenatchee ...... 001 000 100—2 9 3
Drilling and Lundberg; Waters and Helmuth.
Second Game
Victoria ........... 301 000 002—6 7 2
Wenatchee ...... 000 200 010—3 9 5
Flinn and Lundberg; Bowman, Shandor (7) and Helmuth.


In Market For Outfielders? See Caps!

By Clancy Loranger

[Vancouver Province, June 28, 1954]
It’s all right for a major league baseball team to have six outfielders, but that’s about three too many for a Class A team.
General manager Bill Brenner of the Capilanos is faced with just such a problem in outfield mathematics today following weekend developments as follows:
1. K Chorlton, on the verge of being sold to the Seattle Rainiers of the Coast League, discussed salary terms Sunday with Seattle’s Dewy Soriano, and promptly announced he’d stay here. He didn’t feel he should have to take a cut in salary to move up to the Coast League, he said.
2. Meanwhile Brenner, negotiating with a couple of free agents as centre field replacements for Chorlton, had already come to an agreement with veteran Eddie Murphy, given his release by Spokane when that club folded.
Murphy, still one of the league’s better fly chasers and base runners, is due to report to the Caps Wednesday. That would leave things a little crowded in the outer garden with Chorlton, Murphy, Dick Greco, Arnie Hallgren, Danny Holden and the recent rookie addition, Phil Marvier, on hand. (Bob Wellman and Bob Duretto play outfield, too.)
Salem’s g.m., Hugh Luby, may be able to help Brenner with his problem. Luby whose Senators play the Caps tonight at the Stadium, is looking for reinforcements for the second half, and he’s bringing his bankroll with him. The Caps’ pitching staff is getting a little overstocked, too, so there may be some business in that department also.
DIAMOND DUST—Chorlton’s refusal to report to Seattle—he wasn’t very anxious about going in the first place—will likely cause Seattle’s Soriano to review the Pete Hernandez sale to the Caps … Dewey let Pete go cheaply on the understanding he’d be able to buy Chorlton … The Caps aren’t going to win the first half by default … A telegraphic vote on a proposal to end the first half schedule June 30 instead of July 5, was defeated … So, the race should be decided, now, in the five-game series Yakima plays here this week, July 1-3.
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Among the missing in the Salem lineup tonight will be Harvey Storey, last year’s Cap manager … Harvey, replaced by Luby as field boss in an economy move, has gone to Rochester, Minn., to play semi-pro ball … Bud Beasley will pitch for the Caps tonight, but Brenner refuses to announce it officially … Beasley has twice been announced as starting pitch, and both times, including Satuday’s game against Lewiston, it rained.

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