Saturday, 9 August 2008

Thursday, June 24, 1954

                W  L  Pct GB
Vancouver .... 35 19 .648 —
Yakima ....... 32 26 .552 5
Edmonton ..... 25 23 .521 7
Lewiston ..... 28 29 .491 8½
Wenatchee .... 28 31 .475 9½
Salem ........ 28 32 .467 10
Victoria ..... 24 30 .444 11
Tri-City ..... 26 33 .441 11½

YAKIMA [Special to the Province, June 25]—With 15 games to go in the first half of the WIL schedule, Vancouver Capilanos have a comfortable five-game lead over the only club that figures to be a threat, Yakima Bears.
The Caps headed for home Thursday after scoring their second straight shutout for a 2-1 series edge over the Bears. They play Lewiston in a double-header tonight at Cap Stadium starting at 7 p.m. and wind up that series with a single game Saturday.
After that, the Caps have eight games at home, three with Salem and a really big give games with Yakima. They wind up their first half play with two doubleheaders July 4 and 5 at Salem.
Bob Roberts scored his eighth win against three losses Thursday as he matched the 6-0 shutout win Bill Brenner had achieved Wednesday over the Bears.
Roberts allowed just six hits as his mates gathered twelve off Danny Rios and ex-Cap Tom Lovrich. The hits included a home run by Marv Williams, his eighth of the season and one by Roberts himself.
Both homers came in the seventh inning, Williams’ blow following a triple by K Chorlton to sew up the victory.
Tonight George Nicholas and likely newcomer Pete Hernandez, just obtained from Seattle, will pitch for the Caps against Lewiston.
[WILfan notes: Vancouver scored twice in the first inning on a single by Chorlton, a double by Williams and a two-run single by Bob Wellman.
John Albini tripled and singled, and was the only Bear with more than one hit. Ex-Cap Charlie Mead also legged out a triple. Chorlton and Bob Wellman had three hits apiece for Vancouver, while Williams’ homer and double brought in three runs. Roberts walked two and struck out three. Both teams left eight runners stranded.]
Vancouver ..... 200 001 300—6 12 0
Yakima .......... 000 000 000—0  6 0
Roberts and Pesut; Rios, Lovrich (7) and Summers.

LEWISTON [Victoria Colonist, June 25]—Berlyn Hodges, the ex-batboy who doubles in brass as the club trainer and a member of the Victoria Tyees’ pitching staff, finally found the nine-inning secret at Lewiston last night as he earned a 2-2 split for his club in the four-game series against the Broncs.
Hodges, the Tyees’ best pitcher on all counts but the won-lost column, scrapped his way through several jams as manager Don Pries stuck with him to gain a 4-3 decision. It was his second complete game in five starts—the other was a seven-inning affair—and his third in six decisions.
The young southpaw had to pitch under pressure all the way, although the Tyees did manage a 4-1 lead on occasion. He got out of a jam in the fifth with two runs scoring, then blanked the Broncs the rest of the way. He left the bags loaded in the ninth as Lewiston made a desperate try to pull it out.
Tyees reached Guy Fletcher, former Seattle ace, for 11 hits but found it hard to score on the veteran and it took two unearned runs in the fifth to provide the margin.
Steve Mesner doubled in the first Victoria run in the first inning and Mel Stein singled in the second in the fourth inning with his first hit since becoming the Victoria first-baseman.
Ron Jackson, still hitting at a great clip, opened what turned out to be the winning rally when he doubled. Mesner walked and Dain Clay sacrificed both runners along. Neil Sheridan singled in Jackson and Mesner scored on an infield out.
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LEWISTON, June 24—A better than average crowd of 1,634 turned out Thursday night to see Victoria even its four-game Western International League series with Lewiston on a 4-3 victory.
Neil Sheridan did the heavy hitting for the Tyees again as he drove in runs in the first and fifth innings. Victoria got 11 hits, but still needed the aid of walks and errors for the victory margin.
Doubles by Clint Cameron and Nick Cannuli accounted for most of Lewiston's scoring.
The Tyees' Berlyn Hodges gave up nine hits while registering his third victory against two defeats.
Victoria ......... 100 120 000—4 11 0
Lewiston ....... 010 020 000—3  9 2
Hodges and Lundberg; Fletcher and Cameron.

SALEM [Tri-City Herald, June 25]—The Tri-City Braves and their “natural rivals,” the Salem Senators, will troop into Sanders Field tonight for the opening of a four-game series and a continuation of the games at Salem where the two teams split with each two apiece.
Tri-City evened up the series there with Dale Thomason winning a 4-3 decision over Salem’s Jon Briggs Thursday night. Previously, the Braves had never been able to down the Sacramento chattel.
With the opening of the four-game set here, Tri-City has two things at stake:
1. They need some wins to get out of the cellar before the first half ends.
2. They need some fans with the price of admission so they can get some money with the idea of strengthening the club enough to keep them out of the cellar in the second half.
Don Robertson will be the starter tonight against the invaders from over the Cascades. Robertson will be seeking his eighth win against three losses.
Salem manager Hugh Luby was not ready to name his starter today but it seems likely Gene Roenspie may get the nod. Roenspie did not pitch against the Braves in the home series there.
He is the tall right-hander who almost tangled with Terry Carroll in the last series with Salem here. No one ever knew what the ruckus was about.
The Senators, operating with tie-ins here and tie-ins there, will field a team consisting largely of unfamiliar faces. Besides Roenspie, another in the lineup Tri-City fans will remember is center-fielder Jim Deyo. He is the batter who uses the foot-in-the-bucket stance.
Deyo recently returned to the Salem lineup. Also with the team is Gene Tanselli a WIL regular, and Connie Perez, the Cuban utility man.
Those four, and Luby, make up the list.
Missing will be Jack Bukowatz, second baseman recalled by Seattle recently and a player who had a habit of robbing Braves of base hits, and Harvey Storey, former playing manager who was recently released.
The series beginning tonight will also be an important one from the standpoint of Braves' finances. General manager Eddie Taylor said recently that an attendance [similar] to last weekend’s will be needed to pull the “team out of woods.”
The major problem is the upcoming payroll and the trip to Edmonton.
In the final game at Salem, Tri-City scored once in the first inning. Salem came back for three in the bottom of the first and Dale Thomason shut them out the rest of the way.
Tri-City scored the winning runs in the third frame when Bob McGuire tripled with Len Tran and Rube Johnson on base.
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SALEM, June 24—Bob McGuire laced out a two-run triple to lead Tri-City to a 4-3 victory over Salem in a Western International League game here Thursday night.
A crowd of 1,200 watched as Tri-City gained an even split in the four-game series here.
Salem banged out four hits off Dale Thomason to take a 3-1 lead in the first inning, but in the third Tri-City rallied. A single by Edo Vanni and an infield error set the stage for Bob Moniz to drive home one run with an outfield fly.
Catcher Rube Johnson got on base when hit by a pitched ball, and then McGuire socked his triple. After that, Thomason and Jon Briggs of Salem settled down to a pitching duel, neither allowing another run.
Tri-City ...... 103 000 000—4 7 1
Salem ........ 300 000 000—3 8 2
Thomason and Johnson, Warren (5); Briggs and Ogden.

WENATCHEE, June 24—Edmonton swept its Western International League baseball series with Wenatchee an 8-6 win over the Chiefs here Thursday.
The loss was the sixth straight for Wenatchee and could have been averted with sharper fielding. Dick Stacy, leftfielder, misjudged three easy fly balls he should have caught and three runs came in on the miscues.
Edmonton's batters score in five of the nine innings with a persistent, 12-hit attack that included four doubles and a single. Bob Brown had two of the doubles and a single. Don Gigli got his second homer of the series, a bases-empty trip in the sixth.
Wenatchee threatened in the seventh, scoring four runs after two were out, but couldn't keep the drive alive long enough.
John Conant was credited with the win and Billy Joe Waters the loss.
Edmonton ....... 012 021 200—8 12 0
Wenatchee ..... 000 020 400—6 13 1
Conant, Manier (7) and Prentice; Waters, Oubre (9) and Helmuth.

Spokane Players All Distributed
SPOKANE, June 24—Assignments were announced Thursday for all 17 members of the defunct Spokane Indians Baseball team.
Manager Don Osborn said jobs with other teams had been found for 15 of the players and the other two—Eddie Murphy and Larry Cummins—have been given outright releases.
Seven of the former Indians will go to Schenectady of the class A Eastern League, another Phillies’ farm club. They are John Anderson, Red Robbins, Bob Donkersley, Elsworth Dean, Charlie Ruddock, Tom Lawson and Wilf Hafey.
Pitchers Len Wisneski, Jack Trautwein and infielder Mike Durock will go to Terre Haute of the Three-I League. Pitcher Bud Closs and outfielder Ted Hesse will go to Salt Lake City and pitcher Virgil Giovannoni to Boise of the Pioneer League and Yakima will hire trainer Joe Liscio.
Osborn said he will remain in the Philadelphia farm system probably as the manager of another club.

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