Tuesday, 12 August 2008

Tuesday, August 10, 1954

                W  L  Pct GB
Lewiston ..... 28 11 .718 —
Vancouver .... 19 15 .559 6½
Yakima ....... 20 16 .556 6½
Edmonton ..... 19 17 .528 7½
Salem ........ 16 16 .500 8½
Tri-City ..... 15 23 .395 12½
Wenatchee .... 12 27 .308 16

KENNEWICK [Tri-City Herald, Aug. 11]—Nick Pesut, former Tri-City catcher now doing back-stopping duties for Vancouver confidently predicted before game time Tuesday night the Capilanoes will take the second-half title and the league championship without a playoff game.
But despite coming from far, far behind Tuesday to beat the Tri-City Braves, 13-12, the Caps will have to go strong to overcome front-running Lewiston's 6½-game lead.
While Vancouver was downing Tri-City at Sanders Field, the Broncs beat Wenatchee twice, 1-0, and 12-3. The double loss for the Chiefs renewed Tri-City hopes of finishing the season out of the cellar.
Tonight the Caps and Braves play the third game of the four-game series. Don Robertson, who has been ill recently from what he believes was the consumption of one bottle of "warm beer," but what trainer Ray F. (Doc) Hoyt contends was nothing more than intestinal flu which has been making the rounds of the league, has definitely been named starter.
Robertson has missed his turn at starting twice because of the illness.
But if Tri-City hopes to really upset Nick's dream of a pennant-without-a-playoff, it will have to come tonight with Robertson on the mound or Tuesday night with Herm Besse on the mound.
So far, none of the Tri-City pitchers has been able to still the Cap bats for any length of time.
In Tuesday's game, Vancouver spotted Tri-City an eight-run lead by the second inning, then went on to win despite the Braves' additional collection of four runs.
The Caps big inning came in the eighth. Trailing 10-6 at that point, they racked three Tri-City pitchers for six hits and seven runs. Despite the Cap ability to hit Homers almost at will, not one of the hits that inning were for extra bases.
Jack Hemphill, the Tri-City starter, continued into the fatal eighth and got one batter out before giving up a single to Jim C1ark and walking two more batters to fill the bases. Then Walt Clough came into pitch. Clough gave up a scratch hit to Eddie Murphy and K Chorlton followed with a liner over the third base sack.
Marv Williams, the next batter lined one through the box which hit Clough on the head and the ball bounced into centerfield. The ball was partially deflected by Clough's glove but still raised a nasty welt along-side his head.
Clough was taken from the game and Jess Dobernic came on to pitch.
Bob Wellman got a single off Dobernic and a wild pitch and an error brought in another run.
Dobernic got the last two batters to fly out but by then the damage was done.
In the bottom half of the inning, Tri-City rallied briefly with Dick Watson and Edo Vanni leading off with singles. Rube Johnson walked and Len Tran singled two runners in. But then a double play killed the threat.
Tri-City got most of its runs in the second inning when Vancouver pitchers had trouble finding the plate. Starter Bob Roberts walked four and gave up two hits before Bill Brenner, the playing manager took over.
Brenner walked two more and was clipped by Johnson's bases loaded double. Len Tran followed with a triple which scored Johnson before Brenner got the side out.
From then on, Brenner pitched his usual tricky brand of ball. He never succeeded in getting Len Tran out, though, and in the seventh, the Tri-City second-baseman
doubled and scored on Vic Buccola's single.
Altogether, Tran went four for four and like Johnson, drove in three runs.
Vancouver ..... 012 020 170—13 14 0
Tri-City ......... 090 000 120—12 11 3
Roberts, Brenner (2) and Pesut; Hemphill, Clough (8), Dobernic (8) and Johnson.

LEWISTON, Aug. 10—Lewiston Broncs continued to put distance between itself and second-place Vancouver with a double header sweep of Wenatchee on Tuesday, 1-0, and 12-3.
Both Wenatchee's Ralph Romero and Lewiston's Dick Durganc pitched two hitters in their seven-inning opener. The Broncs got their winning run in the fifth when Ed Garay singled, advanced to third on two walks and ran home on a sacrifice by Al Heist.
Lewiston jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the second inning of the nightcap on two singles and Heist's triple, three walks, a wild pitch and an error. After picking up single runs in the third and fourth frames, the Broncs added four more in the seventh on Larry Barton's two run homer and three walks and an error.
Doubles by Dain Clay and Jake Helmuth helped Wenatchee rally briefly for three runs in the eighth.
First Game
Wenatchee ....... 000 000 0—0 2 0
Lewiston .......... 000 010 x—1 2 1
Romero and Self; Derganc and Garay.
Second Game
Wenatchee ....... 000 000 030— 3 9 3
Lewiston .......... 061 010 40x—12 9 3
Hodges, Tierney (3) and Self; Fletcher and Cameron.

SALEM, Aug. 10—The Salem Senators held off a late challenger from Yakima Tuesday night to defeat the Bears, 3-2, in a Western International League baseball game.
Senators Manager Hugh Luby drove home Jim Deyo with what proved to be the winning run with a single in the fourth. Deyo had singled and moved to second when Yakima hurler Tom Lovrich walked a man.
Ernie Domenichelli held the Bears in check by scattering 10 hits. In the first inning he gave up a double to Don Pries and a run-producing single to Herman Lewis. Yakima's only other score came on Des Charouhas' bases-empty homer in the ninth.
Yakima ...... 100 000 001—2 10 0
Salem ........ 002 100 00x—3  7 2
Lovich and Summers; Domenichelli and D. Luby.

EDMONTON, Aug. 10—Edmonton Eskimos opened a seven-game series against the Western International League All-Stars with a 7-3 defeat here Tuesday night.
Edmonton's Grant Campbell hit a homer, a double and was the winner for Edmonton, notching his 12th victory against six defeats.
Artie Wilson, a badly needed utility man for the sick and injured Tri-City lineup, accounted for a good share of the "all-stars" three runs with a homer and a single.
The home run was his ninth of the season and will count in his individual statistics.
All-Stars ......... 000 201 000—3 8 2
Edmonton ....... 012 012 01x—7 9 0
Martin and Carter; Widner, Manier (6) and Partee.

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