Wednesday, 13 August 2008
Wednesday, August 25, 1954
W L Pct GB
Salem ........ 20 19 .612 —
Yakima ....... 33 22 .600 —
Vancouver .... 28 19 .596 1
Lewiston ..... 33 24 .579 1
Edmonton ..... 26 26 .500 5½
Tri-City ..... 19 34 .358 13
Wenatchee .... 18 35 .340 14
VANCOUVER [Clancy Loranger, Province, Aug. 26]—There are innumerable ways to win a ball game and of course, as the man said, they all look the same in the record book.
Bill Brenner’s Capilanos tried a new method in the first game of Wednesday’s double header against Edmonton. It worked, but it’s not a system you can count on, so they went back to the tried and true method of hitting the ball out of the park in the nightcap, and won that too. Scores were 3-2 and 7-4 and the result left the Caps one game out of first place in the tight, four-team WIL race.
A LOUD ONE
Dick Greco was the big gun in the second game, which saw Pete Hernandez gain his ninth win despite a shaky performance. Big Richard hit a three-run homer to sew up things for the locals, and he also added a 400-triple and a single.
Now about that first game. The Caps went into the seventh and last frame behind 2-1 with Edmonton’s Ray McNulty matching a fine pitching job by George Nicholas.
Then the fun began. Greco was safe on an error by John McKeown at third. Eddie Murphy ran for him, was sacrificed to second and advanced to third on an infield out. That’s two away and a man on third.
Jim Clark then lofted a routine fly ball to centre and Murphy jogged for home. But surprise! Veteran Andy Skurski dropped the ball and Clark stopped at second. He scored all the way from there when, you guessed it, the Esks made their third error of the inning, usually-solid Whitey Thomson bobbling K Chorlton’s grounder to short. Two runs, no hits, three errors.
THREE IN A ROW
The win was the third straight for the Caps over the Esks in the series, which winds up tonight with newcomer Keith Bowman opposing John Conant. It’s also “Photo Night,” with the first 2000 getting an autographed team picture of the Caps.
[Solo homers accounted for Edmonton’s last run of the first game and first run of the last game. Thomson hit one in the sixth inning of the opener and Don Gigli in the first inning of the night gap … McKeown singled in a pair of runs in the fifth inning of the finale].
Edmonton ....... 001 001 0—2 8 3
Vancouver ...... 000 100 2—3 5 1
McNulty and Partee; Nicholas and Greco.
Edmonton ....... 100 003 000—4 7 0
Vancouver ...... 002 040 01x—7 9 1
Widner, Manier (7) and Prentice; Hernandez, Cordell (7) and Pesut.
LEWISTON, August 25—The Lewiston Broncs dropped all the way to fourth place in the Western International League after losing two to Yakima, 10-9 and 13-5, on Thursday. The win leaves the Bears just a few percentage points behind Salem.
Yakima ........ 103 030 3—10 10 3
Lewiston ...... 120 015 0— 9 12 1
Edmunds, Carmichael (6), Young (7) and Summers; Orrell, Derganc (7) and Garay.
Yakima ........ 030 100 072—13 11 1
Lewiston ...... 030 101 000— 5 11 2
Lovrich, Edmunds (8) and Summers, Marshall, Martin (8) and Cameron.
KENNEWICK [Tri-City Herald, Aug. 26]—There are some fans in the Tri-City area who are getting a sneaking suspicion that the team which will win the close race for Western International league honors will be the one playing the Tri-City Braves most often.
On that basis, the Salem Senators will automatically qualify, for they have eight games left with the Braves, one of them tonight at Sanders Field.
Tri-City's other games, four and possibly five, are with Lewiston.
So far in the current four-game series, Salem has taken over the league leadership by the ability to beat the Braves consistently. The Senators took both ends of a twin-bill at Sanders Field Wednesday night, 2-0. and 9-4, for three straight.
The final game of the four-game series tonight starts at 7 p.m. It will be a Pop Pays night with only the father of the family buying a general admission ticket. Wives and children are admitted free.
In Wednesday's action, the home run ball figured heavily in both Salem wins. In the first game, Walt Clough, Tri-City righthander, shut out Salem on two hits for six innings. Then in the seventh, a play at the plate killed a scoring threat, but Connie Perez followed with a home run just a few feet inside the right-field foul line pole, scoring one runner ahead of him.
For Salem, Jon Briggs, the Willy wildman, sprayed the general vicinity of home plate with base balls, but got a sufficient number over the plate for 10 strikeouts. Briggs leads the league in "most strikeouts" department as well as "most-base-on-balls." His five walks in the seven-inning game along with the 10 strikeouts was good assurance he will retain the lead in both departments.
Briggs gave up one hit, a double to Len Tran in the first inning in the second game. Gene Johnson started for Salem and gave up four runs before being taken out for Jose Rayle who started the fourth inning. Rayle shut the Braves out the rest of the way. For Tri-City, starter Hal Flinn gave up two runs in the second and three in the fourth before. leaving the game with one out and two men on. Jess Dobernlc took over and Gene Tanselli promptly out one out of the park.
Two errors brought in another run but from then on, Dobernic put Salem down on three hits.
Salem ......... 000 000 2—2 5 1
Tri-City ...... 000 000 0—0 1 1
Briggs and Ogden; Clough and R. Johnson.
Salem ......... 020 700 000—9 11 2
Tri-City ...... 121 000 000—4 8 3
G. Johnson, Rayle (4) and D. Luby; Flinn, Dobernic (4) and R. Johnson.