Monday, 11 August 2008
Tuesday, July 13, 1954
W L PCT GB
Lewiston .... 6 2 .750 1
Victoria .... 3 1 .750 —
Tri-City .... 5 2 .714 ½
Yakima ...... 4 2 .687 —
Edmonton .... 3 4 .429 1½
Salem ....... 2 4 .333 2
Vancouver ... 1 3 .250 2
Wenatchee ... 1 7 .125 4
VICTORIA [Jim Tang, Colonist, July 14]— Victoria Tyees continued to look like championship goods at the plate last night but their pitching was yarn of another quality. As a result, they saw their undefeated second-half skein torn at three games with Lewiston Broncs scoring a 13-8 victory in a slugfest which produced 33 hits.
Keeping up their recent show of power with their ninth, 10th and 11th singles, the Tyees could still never manage to take the lead, although they threatened until the last two innings.
Eight of their 19 hits were completely wasted as the banged into four double plays and found the pitching of reliever Dean Kime considerably more difficult to solve than that of Guy Fletcher, ex-Coast League veteran, who lasted until the sixth inning only because of the great confidence of manager Larry Barton in his ability.
DECISION HAD GONE
But the Tyees did score enough runs to win, if they could have found some pitching of their own. They finally did but when Bill Bottler arrived on the scene for a hitless chore, the decision had gone.
Hal Flinn couldn’t get a man out and left with five runs charged against his delivery. Rookie-southpaw Phil Page gave it a fair battle for five innings, in which he gave up four runs. But with the Tyees still in contention, Bill Prior was clubbed for a four-run inning and Kime looked after the Lewiston lead from there.
The Broncs, who have all they need to be serious second-half contenders, couldn’t pull away until they got those four runs off Prior in the seventh, although they opened with five runs, added one in the second inning and three in the fourth.
Getting one run back in the first inning, the Tyees pulled to 5-6 in the second with four runs. Mel Stein started it with his second home run of the season, and second in two games, and Dain Clay climaxed the rally with his fifth circuit smash, which found Don Pries on base after singling in Page.
Trailing, 9-5, the Tyees pulled within one run again in the sixth when Clay, who was hitting the ball with some authority and often these days, and Neil Sheridan hit successive doubles and Tom Perez followed with his 14th home run.
Barton finally yanked Fletcher here and Kime held the Tyees to three hits the rest of the way, getting out of possible trouble in the seventh and eighth on double plays.
The two teams conclude their series tonight with John Marshall schedule to put on his show for the Broncs and John Tierney, victor over Vancouver Capilanos in his first start, doing the pitching for the Tyees.
Lewiston ....... 510 300 400—13 14 1
Victoria ........ 140 003 000— 8 19 2
Fletcher, Kime (6) and Garay; Flinn, Page (1), Prior (6), Bottler (7) and Lundberg.
VANCOUVER [Clancy Loranger, Province, July 14, 1954]—Wenatchee Chiefs have a saying: “You can’t lose ‘em all.”
Up until Tuesday night, Chief’s manager George Kelly wasn’t so sure. His hustling band of youngsters hadn’t won in a game in seven starts in the WIL’s second half race.
But Tuesday at Cap Stadium, they finally made it, and, working on the old cat-can-look-at-a-king theory, they picked on the league’s first half champs, the Capilanos, to lick.
Did it quite convincingly, too, as their Charley Oubre allowed just six hits, all singles, and his mates produced 14, including three triples and two doubles, for a 6-2 win.
A LEASH, YET
In the doing, the Chiefs beat George Nicholas, who has been having his troubles as of late. George, away to a rousing start, has dropped four in a row, a couple of them real close ones.
Nicholas seems to be running out of gas in the late innings, and Manager Bill Brenner’s theory is that he’s rushing too much. Bill may put a leash on him.
DIAMOND DUST—Wenatchee vs. Vancouver is really a rags vs. riches series … The Chiefs, who has lost some of their best men to the Coast League, have now a reformed pitcher, Larry Richardson, playing in the outfield. By contrast, Brenner was able to put Dick Greco, an outfielder, in to hit for Danny Holden, another outfielder … then he called on Arnie Hallgren, still another outfielder, to play Holden’s spot … Holden made two good throws. Hallgren had a great one, and Greco pinch-hit safely … This series, now all square, winds up tonight with Pete Hernandez pitching for the Caps … Province strars—Charlie Oubre, who allowed just three hits after the first inning … Another two other Chiefs, Ross McCormack, with a triple and a double, and Jerry Green, sharp afield and at bat with a triple and two singles.
[WILfan notes: Vancouver didn’t get an extra-base hit … Bob Wellman brought in the first Caps’ run for 1-0 lead in the first, and Jim Clark singled in a run in the sixth … Nicholas gave up 11 hits before being pulled with one out in the seventh].
Wenatchee ...... 001 011 102—6 14 0
Vancouver ....... 100 001 000—2 6 2
Oubre and Helmuth; Nicholas, Robertson (7) and Duretto.
EDMONTON, July 13 — Edmonton Eskimos downed Yakima Bears 7-5 Tuesday night in the opener of a seven-game Western International League series before 1,784 paid customers.
Ken Kimball struck out nine for his seventh victory. John Carmichael, batted out in the seventh, was charged with the loss.
Yakima ........... 010 000 400—5 7 1
Edmonton ....... 020 012 11x—7 11 2
Carmichael, Lovrich (7), Carter (8) and Summers; Kimball and Partee.
SALEM [Tri-City Herald, July 14]—During the first half of Western International league play, the Salem Senators were the Tri-City Braves "cousins," but unfortunately, Salem pitcher John Briggs seems to be unaware of the reatlonship.
The San Diego hurler on option silenced Tri-City bats for nine innings and set them down on four hits to hand Tri-City its second setback of the second half, 3-2.
Tonight, the Braves and Senators play the second game of the three-game series there. After another game at Salem Thursday, the two teams return here for a single game Friday, a doubleheader Saturday, and a single game Sunday.
Jess Dobernic, relief pitcher who has started so many games lately he is losing his reputation as fireman, pitched the first six innings but left the game with a 2-1 lead. Bill Tompkins look over and gave up one run.
He was taken out for a pinchhitter and Dale Bloom pitched the final frame.
A walk, an error, and another base-blow by Briggs won the game for Salem and Bloom was charged with the loss.
Besides singling home the winning run, Briggs doubled home the tying run in the second inning.
Briggs is somewhat of a wild man and leads the league in walks. During the fourth inning, his wild pitch brought in Tri-City's first run. Then Bob McGuire and Jack Warren worked a first-and-third double steal to score one more run before the inning was out.
The loss gives Tri-City a 5-2 record in second half play, one half game behind Lewiston.
Tri-City ....... 000 200 000—2 4 3
Salem ......... 000 010 101—3 7 0
Dobernic, Tompkins (4), Thomas (7), Bloom (8) and Warren; Briggs and D. Luby.