Monday, 11 August 2008

Thursday, July 22, 1954

               W  L  Pct GB
Lewiston .... 13  6 .684 —
Salem ........ 9  6 .600 2
Yakima ....... 9  7 .563 2½
Edmonton ..... 8  8 .500 3½
Tri-City ..... 8  9 .471 4
Vancouver .... 6  7 .462 4
Victoria ..... 5  6 .455 4
Wenatchee .... 4 13 .235 8

SALEM [Victoria Colonist, July 23]—It will be “Shriners Night” at Royal Athletic Park tonight when Victoria Tyees return home to open a three-game Western International Baseball League series against the Yakima Bears.
And the Tyees will be hoping to get a winning streak started in the friendlier confines of their home park. Last night at Salem, the Tyees went down to their fifth straight defeat in second-half play and their third in a row at Salem by dropping a 10-4 decisionn to the Senators.
Pre-game entertainment is scheduled to start at 7:15 tonight with the Shriners’ band, Victoria Girls Drill Team and clowns.
Victoria outhit Salem 13-10 last night but the winners took advantage of wildness by two pitchers and a costly error by Ronnie Jackson in the fifth to post their eighth victory in 10 games, before about 1,600 fans.
Phil Page started for the Tyees but ran into control trouble. He walked seven in the first four innings he worked and gave up four walks in the fourth frame before being relieved by Bill Prior.
Prior ran into tough luck in the fifth when, with one out and a runner on first base, Jackson booted a potential double-play ball. Manager Hugh Luby connected for a bases-loaded double to give Salem an 8-1 lead at the end of the fifth.
Bill Franks went the distance although in plenty of trouble. He gave up three hits to Victoria manager Don Pries, who continued his torrid hitting streak and made it six hits in his last two games.
Victoria ....... 100 000 102— 4 13 2
Salem ......... 102 203 02x—10 10 1
Page, Prior (4) and Lundberg; Franks and D. Luby

EDMONTON, July 22—Vancouver Capilanos and Edmonton Eskimos split a Thursday night Western International League double-header, the visitors taking the nightcap 8-7 after dropping the opener 5-1 before a crowd of 2,000.
The Eskimos took the firs game on Jack Widner’s four-hit pitching. Vancouver’s run came on a first-inning home run by Marv Williams, the league’s leading hitter.
Edmonton drove starter Pete Hernandez from the mound in the third inning with four runs. But Hernandez returned in the second game to pitch brilliant relief and get credit for the victory. He replaced starter Bill Brenner in the fifth when the Eskimos scored five runs.
Caps’ Eddie Murphy hit a homer and two singles in the second game, while Andy Skurski and Johnny McKeown had four-baggers for the Esks.
Skurski had a pair of singles in the opener, while Augie Amorena and Don Gigli smacked a double and a single. Gigli brought in a pair of runs. Williams had a pair of hits as well, while K Chorlton and Danny Holden singled to account for all four hits by Widner.
Bob Wellman had a double and two singles, good for four runs, in the nightcap. Jim Clark also singled in a pair for the Caps in that game.
First Game
Vancouver ...... 100 000 0—1 4 0
Edmonton ....... 004 001 x—5 9 0
Hernandez, Cordell (7) and Duretto; Widner and Partee.
Second Game
Vancouver ...... 010 051 000—7 11 0
Edmonton ....... 302 102 000—8 12 0
Brenner, Hernandez (5) and Pesut; Kimball, Manier (6) adn Prentice.

YAKIMA [Tri-City Herald, July 23]—The Tri-City Braves, apparently in for another rough time from Yakima in the second half of season play, journey to Lewiston today for the opening of a weekend series there.
In the fourth and final game of the series with Yakima, Tri-City lost, 7-3. The win gave the Bears three out of four of the series.
The losing pitcher was Jess Dobernic, his first loss in seven attempts. He won five and reached no decision in the other six starts.
So far, the Bears have a 10-2 edge on Tri-City in league play this season. The only pitchers to beat them were Herman Besse, who joined the Braves there, and Dale Bloom, who has been optioned Boise in the Pioneer league.
In Thursday's action, Dobernic held the Bears to two runs until the fatal seventh inning. Then Mike Catron and Herm Lewis led off with singles followed by doubles to Len Noren and John Albini.
Dale Thomason came in to pitch and gave up doubles to Lon Summers and Ted Edmunds.
Tri-City, held to one hit up to the eighth, scored twice then on doubles by Vic Buccola and Artie Wilson, and singles by Bob Moniz and Len Tran.
Tri-City ....... 010 000 020—3  5 1
Yakima ........ 110 000 41x—7 15 3
Dobernic, Thomason (7) and Warren; Edmunds and Summers.

LEWISTON, July 23—Guy Fletcher still knows how to put out a fire.
The veteran hurler had one burning in the ninth inning of last night's Wenatchee-Lewistom game in the Western International League but came through in the pinch.
Wenatchee had tallied two runs in the frame and was threatening to score more when Fletcher whiffed Billy J. Waters to end the game. Lewiston took a 6-4 verdict and Fletcher took his sixth victory of the year.
Larry Barton, Lewiston manager, smashed a two-run homer in the seventh to give the Broncs the eventual winning tally.
Lewiston stayed on top of the League standings with the win.
It was the fourth defeat in five starts for the luckless Chiefs, who have managed only four wins in 18 second-half games.
Wenatchee ...... 000 002 002—4  6 2
Lewiston ......... 101 020 20x—6 10 1
Waters and Helmuth; Fletcher and Garay.

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