Monday, 11 August 2008
Thursday, July 29, 1954
W L Pct GB
Lewiston ...... 17 9 .654 —
Yakima ........ 15 8 .652 ½
Salem ......... 14 9 .609 1½
Edmonton ...... 11 13 .458 3
Tri-City ...... 11 13 .458 3
Victoria ....... 8 10 .444 5
Vancouver ...... 9 12 .429 5½
Wenatchee ...... 7 18 .280 9½
YAKIMA, July 29—Vancouver used two converted outfielders on the mound for eight innings Thursday night and almost got away with it, but not quite.
The Bears pushed across a run in the ninth off a full-time pitcher, George Nicholas, to edge the Capilanos 5-4.
Arnie Hallgren, an outfielder, started the game and gave way in the fifth in favour of Dick Greco, another flycatcher, who lasted until the ninth. Hallgren and Greco gave up just two hits and three runs in the eight innings the worked.
Nicholas came on in the ninth in the face of a Yakima threat. The Bears then tied it with a walk, a single and an error by second baseman Marv Williams which allowed pinch hitter Danny Rios to reach first, and won it when Len Noren singled in pinch runner Elmer Clow.
The Bears managed only four hits off the combined slants of the three Vancouver hurlers against 10 hits for the Capilanos.
Hallgren allowed only two hits, but walked six, and committed a balk. Greco faced 12 batters, one more than Hallgren, and allowed one hit and walked three. Both hit a batter and struck out three. Greco ended up taking the loss.
John Albini cleared the loaded bases with a double in the third inning to give Yakima the lead. The Caps scored in the seventh on Eddie Murphy’s single, then tied the game in the eighth when Marv Williams singled in a run before Greco's two-run homer.
Vancouver ...... 000 000 130—4 10 1
Yakima ........... 003 000 002—5 4 0
Hallgren, Greco (5), Nicholas (9) and Duretto; Schaening, Lovrich (7) and Albini.
LEWISTON, July 29—The Lewiston Broncs salvaged the final game of their series with Salem, 3-2, Thursday night to snap a five-game Senator winning streak, and remain a half game ahead of Yakima in the Western International League lead.
Lewiston pushed across all three of its runs in the first inning. Singles by Don Hunter and Eddie Bockman, a double by Larry Barton and a walk and an error accounted for the scoring. Salem's rally came late in the game, Bill (Floyd) Ogden singling in one run in the seventh, and Harry Warner hitting a ninth-inning homer for the final tally.
Joe Orrell, who went to Lewiston from the defunct Calgary club, gave up eight hits in pitching his second straight victory for the Broncs.
Salem .......... 000 000 101—2 8 1
Lewiston ...... 300 000 00x—3 7 0
Rayle and Ogden; Orrell and Garay.
VICTORIA [Jim Tang, Colonist, July 30]—Led by Don Lundberg and Neil Sheridan, Victoria Tyees had their most productive night of the season last night at Royal Athletic Park as they slaughtered Edmonton Eskimos, 18-4.
It was the third straight win after a disastrous nine-game losing streak and it gave the Tyees the four-game WIL series, 3-1.
Catcher Lundberg, who has been turning in a useful job as a first-baseman in the line-up shuffle necessitated by outfielder Tom Perez’ wrist injury, batted in five runs with his 13th and 14th home runs and a single.
Up with men on the bases in each of his five plate appearances, Sheridan singled, walked, doubled, grounded out and doubled in that order. Both of his doubles came with the bags loaded and the rugged outfielder added six to his runs-batted-in total.
It was a rout from the start as the Tyees hit with power at the right time to gallop to a 13-0 lead after three turns at the plate. They scored three times in the first inning, six times in the second and four times in the third. Then, to make certain, they added five in the sixth.
Every Tyee, except Steve Mesner, who didn’t get a chance as a substitute for Eddie Lake, picked up at least one hit and everyone except Milt Martin and Mesner scored at least one run.
In addition to improving their personal statistics, the Tyees also won themselves some extra loot, with Lundberg the biggest gainer. He rapped his single off Woodward’s scoreboard to win a mantle radio, and one of his home runs sailed over the sign which proclaimed a steak dinner would be given for the feat.
Lake also won a radio for hitting the scoreboard and the department store may find itself short of a certain model. Dain Clay collected Wednesday night.
While all this was going on, John Tierney breezed along in a fine pitching performance to get his third win in five decisions. The curve-balling righthander had a three-hitter after seven innings, with his shut-out gone on an unearned run, before easing up to allow the last three of six hits in the three-run eighth.
Sheridan and Edmonton’s Vern Campbell came up with the top defensive plays of the game. Sheridan made a long run to his left with his shoulders scraping the fence to rob Bill Brown of extra bases in the fourth, while Campbell, whose error won for the Tyees Wednesday, grabbed a sinking liner off his knees in the eighth to take a hit away from Don Pries.
The Tyees play the first game of a four-game series at Yakima tonight, then return home Monday for a four-game series against Salem.
Edmonton ...... 000 010 030— 4 6 3
Victoria ......... 364 005 00x—18 17 1
Kimball, LeBrun (2) and Partee, Prentice (6); Tierney and Martin.
KENNEWICK [Tri-City Herald, July 30]—The league-leading Lewiston Broncs, primed and loaded to sweep the second-half of the Western International league season, come to Sanders Field tonight for the opening of the four-game series with the Tri-City Braves.
The series may find another familiar face on the Lewiston roster. The club announced today that second baseman Glen Tuckett and outfielder Mel Wasley have been released and former Salem manager Harvey Storey has been signed.
Storey was sought by the Tri-City club, as well as other clubs in the league following his release by Salem, but none could match the salary offered by the Minnesota semi-pros.
The third-baseman is the latest of a long series of players acquired by Lewiston in its bid for accond-half honors. Others include pitchers Guy Fletcher and Al Yaylian, and infielder Eddie Bockman.
So far, the "beefing up" has partly paid off and the Broncs are currently .004 ahead of Yakima for first place.
Walt (the Deacon) Clough will get the starting assignment against this aggregation tonight. Clough has an 8-9 record for the season.
Also at stake for Tri-City tonight will be a possible move to the first division. The Braves are now tied for fourth place as the result of their ll-5 win over cellar-dwelling Wenatchee Thursday night at Sanders.
Jack Hemphill pitched the win for Tri-City. He gave up two homers, one to Tom Munoz in the fifth with one on and one to Ross McCormack in the eighth with none on.
However, the almost complete absence of walks kept Wenatchee from doing too much damage.
The Braves jumped on starting pitcher Charlie Oubre for seven runs in the first three innings. The first inning run came as the result of two Wenatchee errors.
In the second frame, four singles, a walk, a hit batsman and an interference call on Wenatchce catcher Jack Self accounted for four runs.
Terry Carroll and Edo Vanni drove in two runners each during that inning with singles.
In the third, Terry Carroll was safe on a fielder's choice, stole second and came in on Dick Watson's double. Vanni then singled Watson home.
A double by Len Tran off reliefer Ralph Romero in the fifth brought in two more and a double by Bob Moniz, his 34th of the season, brought in two in the seventh.
Watson, batting No. 2 in place of Vic Buccola, had a lively night getting two for three, sacrificing the runners along for Tran to drive in, and scoring three runs himself.
Buccola was out of the lineup because of a muscle injury suffered while at bat in the game the night before.
However, It was Vic Buccola night and the veteran Brave received gifts ranging from watermelons to watches.
Wenatchee ..... 000 120 110— 5 9 4
Tri-City .......... 142 020 20x—11 12 0
Oubre, Romero (4) and Self; Hemphill and Warren.