Monday, 11 August 2008
Thursday, July 8, 1954
W L Pct GB
Victoria ..... 2 0 1.000 —
Tri-City ..... 2 0 1.000 —
Lewiston ..... 1 0 1.000 ½
Salem ........ 1 1 .500 1
Yakima ....... 1 1 .500 1
Edmonton ..... 0 1 .000 1½
Wenatchee .... 0 2 .000 2
Vancouver .... 0 2 .000 2
VICTORIA [Colonist, July 9]—Tyees’ booming bats easily filled in the pitching soft spots last night as they downed the Vancouver Capilanos, 10-6, for Victoria’s second successive win in the young second half of the WIL.
Ron Jackson, Dain Clay and Eddie Lake homered to lead the attack, while Bill Bottler came on in the seventh to handcuff the Caps and gain the win. Pete Hernandez was the victim of the Tyees’ outburst.
Tonight, the sixth-place finishers in the first half of play will be out to make it three in a row over the early season champions. Then the Tyees go to Vancouver for two games before coming back for a week’s home stand.
Berlyn Hodges got off to a shaky start, then looked impressive until the sixth. Eddie Murphy started the game with a walk, and big Bob Wellman poled one of the park.
Ron Jackson just cleared the centrefield fence to cut the Caps lead in half with his first homer of the season. In the second, he tied up the game fling out to score Don Lundberg, who had singled and gone to third when [Mel] Stein was safe on an error.
In the fifth, the Tyees went ahead with four runs. With one out, Ducky Pries rapped a long single off the fence, and Dain Clay really tagged one for a line-drive home run that was long gone. Jim Clark let Tommy Perez’ grounder through his legs. Then Lake picked the left-centre fence to unload.
CAPS STRIKE BACK
This solid support seemed to unnerve Hodges who gave up a single to Danny Holden, walked Nick Pesut, and allowed a single to Hernandez that filled the bases. Murphy singled, two runs coming in when Neil Sheridan missed the ball. Hernandez went to third. That was all for Hodges and Joe Nicholas was unveiled to walk K Chorlton on four pitches that never came near the plate. Marv Williams rapped one to Pries, with Hernandez coming in on the out. Wellman was intentionally passed, and an eager Holden struck out. That made it a new game at 6-6.
Nicholas quickly left the game as Steve Mesner grounded out for him in a 1-2-3 inning.
Bottler got off on the wrong foot with a freak single to Clark and a walk to Pesut, but had it in the pinches from there on. Hernandez forced Clark at third and Murphy hit into a double play.
TYEES WRAP IT UP
The Tyees wrapped it up in their half of the seventh as Sheridan and Pries put doubles back to back. Lake walked. Lundberg singled to score one and Bottler walked to force in a third run. Plate umpire Fisher’s call of three balls on Bottler worked Hernandez into a rage. He left in a blue haze of cusses. Manager Bill Brenner started his protest quietly enough but blew into some mule-skinner’s expletives that earned him a joint shower. Arnie Hallgren, the Vancouver schoolboy whiz, threw the fourth ball to Bottler, then got Jackson on a grounder.
Marv Williams set up the last Tyee run when the hustling Pries forced him into an error. Clay sacrificed the manager to second and Perez brought him home with a single.
Vancouver ....... 200 004 000— 6 11 3
Victoria ........... 110 040 31x—10 10 2
Hernandez, Hallgren (7) and Pesut; Hodges, Nicholas (6), Bottler (7) and Lundgren.
SALEM, July 8 — Yakima squared its series with Salem at a game each by whacking out a 9-2 decision in a Western International League contest here Thursday night.
Yakima scored five runs in the third inning and coasted in. The attack included doubles by Des Charouhas and Herman Lewis, a triple by Len Noren, a squeeze bunt by Lou Stringer and a single by Lonnie Summers. Noren added a two-run homer in the eighth.
Salem's tallies were on Harry Warner's round-tripper in the second and three singles that were good for one run in the ninth.
Yakima ......... 005 200 020—9 15 0
Salem .......... 010 000 001—2 7 2
Carmichael and Summers; Rayle, Del Sarto (4) and D. Luby.
KENNEWICK [Tri-City Herald, July 8]—By the simple process of elimination, Jess Dobernic, who is usually labeled a relief pitcher, will start for the Tri-City Braves tonight in the third and final game with the Wenatchee Chiefs at Sanders Field.
The rest of the pitchers, with the exception of Don Robertson, are nursing sand-blasted eyeballs following Tri-City's 10-9 win over the Chiefs Thursday.
The win gives Tri-City a 2-0 record for the 2nd half and puts them in a first-place tie with Victoria. Game time tonight is 7:30 p.m. Saturday night the Braves will play a regular doubleheader against Edmonton beginning at 7 p.m. and a single game Sunday night also beginning at 7 o'clock.
Robertson missed a pitching chore in the Thursday game mostly because he had pitched the night before but when the tilt finally wound up, even he was in the bullpen ready to go in the next inning.
Tonight's start will be the fifth for Dobernic. In his previous starts, he lost one but then took the next three games to run his record to 5-4 for the season.
All of the previous starts were scheduled to go seven innings although in one Dobernic was forced to go 12. Perhaps the long one is the reason why playing manager Edo Vanni is sure the veteran Jess will be good for a nine-inning stint tonight.
The loss of Dale Bloom from the starting lineup, though, is the big reason why Dobernic has taken starter's role. Bloom's arm is giving him trouble and has shown no signs of coming around.
He was one of the four Tri-City pitchers used against the Chiefs Thursday night. Bloom look over at the top of the eighth inning and looked as if he would cruise to an easy win. The Braves led at the time and Dale set the first three men down.
But in the top of the ninth, Joe Unfried hit his first pitch out of the park to tie the game. Don Stanford followed with a sharp single and Bloom was taken out for Dale Thomason.
Dale No. 2 got the next three batters out and took credit for the win when Tri-City scored in the bottom half of the frame.
The winning run came when Terry Carroll rapped out a sharp single after Wenatchee Relief pitcher Ralph Romero got two away. Carroll stole second and Vic Buccola hit what was ruled a single to bring Carroll in. Had extra bases been needed, Buccola's blow would have been good for two or more.
Despite the closeness of the score, and the frequent Tri-City come-from-behind rallies, a howling wind and clouds of dust took some of the excitement out of the game.
During the first three innings, outfielders disappeared from the view of the fans and inflelders had to play with their gloves protecting their faces.
The wind aided Tom Munoz with his homer in the fourth but robbed Wenatchee starter Joe Waters of a hit when it took the team out of a high drive and forced it down into the hands of second baseman Len Tran.
Tri-City drove Waters from the mound in the fifth inning when the Braves scored five runs on seven hits. Everyone in the batting order got a base blow that frame except Vanni and Dick Watson.
They came through in the sixth and seventh innings.
Tri-City went ahead one run in the seventh when Bob Moniz got his 28th double of the season and scored on Bob McGuire's single. Watson's hit moved McGuire to third and he scored on Arty Wilson's pinch-hit sacrifice fly.
Walt Clough started the game for Tri-City and seven of the Wenatchee runs came off him. Bill Tompkins, who pitched the sixth and seventh innings, gave up one.
Wenatchee ....... 102 131 001— 9 16 1
Tri-City ............ 001 150 201—10 19 1
Waters, Romero (5) and Helmuth; Clough, Tompkins (6), Bloom (8), Thomason (9) ansdd Warren.
Edmonton at Lewiston, called in the first inning, rain.