Wednesday, 6 August 2008

Sunday, May 23, 1954

                W  L  Pct  GB
Vancouver .... 17  9 .654  —
Edmonton ..... 11  9 .550  3
Victoria ..... 13 12 .520  3½
Yakima ....... 13 12 .520  3½
Spokane ...... 13 13 .500  4
Lewiston ..... 13 13 .500  4
Salem ........ 13 14 .481  4½
Wenatchee .... 11 14 .440  5½
Calgary ....... 9 12 .429  5½
Tri-City ..... 11 16 .407  6½

EDMONTON, May 23 — The Yakima Bears and Edmonton Eskimos split a Western International League baseball doubleheader Sunday. Edmonton won the seven-inning opener 3-2 and the Bears rebounded for an 8-2 win in the nightcap.
A crowd of 3,650 saw the first Sunday game here this season. A collection was made at the gate.
Jack Widner held the Bears to four hits in the first game for his fifth win this season against two defeats.
The opposing playing managers were the hitting stars, Bob Sturgeon of the Esks getting two for two and Lou Stringer of Yakima three for three including a homer, a double and a single.
In the second game John Carmichael scattered the 12 hits he allowed Edmonton. Larry Manier, the first of four Edmonton moundsmen, was charged with the defeat.
Manier served up a home-run ball to Charlie Mead in the second and allowed five more runs before he was pulled in the third.
John McKeown hit a round tripper for the Esks, his fifth this season.
First Game
Yakima ......... 010 100 0—2 4 0
Edmonton ..... 100 110 x—3 6 0
Young and Summers; Widner and Prentice.
Second Game
Yakima ......... 015 000 011—8 10 1
Edmonton ..... 000 000 011—2 12 3
Carmichael and Sommers; Manier, LeBrun (4), Hittle (8), Boisvert (9) and Prentice.

SPOKANE, May 23 — The Spokane Indians split a Western International League doubleheader here Sunday, edging the Tri-City Braves 8 to 7 in the afternoon game, and dropping the nightcap by a 9-2 score.
Tri-City broke up a scoreless tie in the fifth inning of the night game. Fourteen men went to bat for the Braves in that inning, and scored nine runs off five hits, five bases-on-balls, a hit batsman, and a wild pitch. The big blow of the game was Jack Warren's double with the bases loaded which scored Tri-City's first three runs.
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SPOKANE [Tri-City Herald, May 24]—The Tri-City Braves, winners more than losers of late, open a series with "natural rival" Salem tonightb which team comes an unnatural distance from the Oregon capital for a four game stand at Sanders field.
The showdown may be a vital one for the Braves this year. This season, under the "natural rival" plan, as prepared by Salem G.M. Hugh Luby, the Braves and Salem play 26 games. Consistent wins over the Senators would go a long way to boosting the Braves' position in the standings.
Last season, it did not work that way. The Braves proved to be "cousins" of the Senators which accounted in a large measure for Salem's top position in the standings.
However, the Senators may be facing a tougher brand of Braves this season. After a dismal first half start, Tri-City seems to have found itself and is doing what playing manager Edo Vanni promised was coming up—winning games.
Since their return from the road trip of two weeks ago, Tri-City has won seven of 11 at home and on the road.
The Braves capped off their more-won-than-lost tactics of recent weeks by taking three of four games at Spokane. After winning a doubleheader Saturday, Tri-City dropped the first game of a Sunday doubleheader 8-7 and won the second, 9-2.
The one-run loss in the first Sunday game was somewhat of a heartbreaker. After leaidng all the way, and needing but two outs to end the show, a dropped fly ball and a walk put two men on. A double off relief pitcher Jess Dobernic, who was trying to protect the slim one-run margin, and a wild pitch brought in the winning and tying runs.
It was Dobernic's third loss. He had gone into the game with none away and the bases loaded in the eleventh inning. He got the first batter to ground into a double play which allowed one run. Then he got the last man out to end the threat.
In the eighth, Dobernic did not allow a man on base. Then came the fatal ninth.
The wild pitch is something exceptionally rare for the veteran Jess. Last season. In 169 innings pitched, he threw two. This was his first one this year.
In the second game, the Braves scored all nine of its runs in the fifth inning and Walt Clough, rapedly [sic] proving Tri-City's No. 1 starter, won his third game by giving up but six hits.
Clough went the distance for the second time this year.
Jack Warren sparked the spree with a bases-loaded double which scored three runs.
First Game
Tri-City ........ 003 031 000—7 12 4
Spokane ....... 003 110 102—8 11 2
Guldborg, Coggins (5), Dobernic (7) and Johnson; Wisneski, Lawson (5), Aubertin (8) and Sack.
Second Game
Tri-City ...... 000 090 000—9 8 1
Spokane ..... 000 010 010—2 6 0
Clough and Warren; Trautwein, Closs (5) and Dean.

LEWISTON, May 23—Some good hitting by the Salem Senators proved too much for the Lewiston Broncs Sunday as they dropped both ends of their Western International League split doubleheader here.
The Senators took the afternoon game 11 to 8, and the nightcap 4 to 1.
First Game
Salem ....... 140 030 003—11 15 0
Lewiston ... 042 020 000— 8 10 1
Hemphill, Rayle (3) and Ogden; McWilliams, Tisnerat (2) and Garay.
Second Game
Salem ....... 100 000 003—4 6 1
Lewiston ... 000 000 001—1 6 1
Briggs and Ogden; Yaylian, Martin (9) and Garay.

First Game
Wenatchee ..... 100 026 400—13 14 6
Calgary .......... 250 300 121—14 11 3
Thomson, Bowerman (2), DeCarolis (3) and Helmuth; Tompkins, Owens (6), Stiles (7), Aoki (9) and Lundberg.
Second Game
Wenatchee ..... 210 112 001—8 13 4
Calgary .......... 301 022 001—9 11 1
Shandor, Thomson (8) and Jenney; Orrell and Lundberg.


Beamon Optioned
[Oakland Tribune, May 24, 1954]
Charley Beamon, 19-year-old Acorn rookie, has been optioned to the Wenatchee Chiefs of the Western International league, it was announced today.
Beamon, who has a 1-0 record, pitched a one-hit victory over the Sacramento Solons in the second game of the 1954 season. He was to leave for Wenatchee today.

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