Monday, 11 August 2008

Wednesday, July 21, 1954

              W  L  Pct GB
Lewiston ... 12  6 .667 —
Salem ....... 8  6 .571 2
Yakima ...... 8  7 .533 2½
Victoria .... 5  5 .500 3
Edmonton .... 7  7 .500 3
Tri-City .... 8  8 .500 3
Vancouver ... 5  6 .455 3½
Wenatchee ... 4 12 .250 7

LEWISTON, June 20—The Lewiston Broncs and Wenatchee Chiefs battled to a no decision Wednesday night in a game called in the 11th inning by umpire Don Fisher on the grounds that Lewiston was stalling.
The teams were tied 7-7 after 10 innings and Jake Helmuth homered for Wenatchee with none on in the 11th. The Broncs, however, claimed the deadline passes before the inning started.
No inning can start past 11.15 at Lewiston. Fisher made a report to league president Bob Abel, who will make a ruling by the weekend whether the game is forfeited to Wenatchee or starts over again at the top of the llth.
Wenatchee ....... 101 500 000 0—7 10 3
Lewiston .......... 200 003 300 0—7  7 3
Oubre. Beamon (7), and Self; Kime, Derganc (4) and Garay.
(Game called in 11th, curfew)

SALEM, July 22—Victoria Tyees, after starting second-half play in the Western International Baseball League in great style, dropped their fourth straight game Wednesday night as the Salem Senators grounded out a 10-2 victory before 3,000 fans.
The Tyees, who dropped games to Wenatchee at Victoria Friday and Saturday and lost to Joe Nicholas Tuesday night, were held to six hits by Johnny Briggs, who gained his 13th victory against five defeats.
Briggs also scored what proved to be the winning run. He hit safely in the
fourth and came home on Mel Krause's single.
Scoring in all but two innings, the Senators banged out 13 hits off losing pitcher Berlyn Hodges and his successor, Bob Drilling, who took over in the eighth inning.
An error and singles by Tom Perez and Don Lundberg resulted in Victoria’s first run in the fourth inning and Neil Sheridan doubled home Don Pries, who had walked and stolen second base, with the other run in the fifth frame.
A crowd of 3,000, one of the largest of the season, watched.
Victoria ....... 000 110 000— 2  6 1
Salem ......... 002 131 21x—10 12 2
Hodges, Drilling (8) and Lundberg; Briggs, Herrera (9) and D. Luby.

YAKIMA [Tri-City Herald, July 22]—The fast-skidding Tri-City Braves may be beaten but Western International league pitchers are finding its blame hard shutting them out.
Larry Manier of Edmonton turned the trick in the fourth game of the season but since then Tri-City has managed to get one run across.
In the game Wednesday night at Yakima, John Carmichael put the Braves down without a run for eight innings in winning. 3-1.
Then, with one away, Len Tran rapped out a double and pinch-hitter Rube Johnson slapped out a single to score Tran.
The losing pitcher was Walt Clough, whose 8-8 record would look a lot better if Tri-City batters would come through with more scoring punch when he is on the mound.
He gave up nine hits, one of them a triple to Lon Summers who drove in two runs and scored one himself.
Tonight, the same two teams play at Yakima and then the Braves travel to Lewiston for a weekend series there. Likely starter in tonight's game will be Don Robertson, who is still trying to reach the jinx of 13 wins. Robertson has lost in his last two starts.
Tri-City ....... 000 000 001—1 8 1
Yakima ........ 000 201 000—3 9 0
Clough and Warren; Carmichael and Summers.

EDMONTON, July 21—With catcher Bob Duretto supplying the scoring punch, the Vancouver Capilanos defeated the Edmonton Eskimos 6-3 Wednesday night in the opener of a seven-game Westen International League series before 1,600 fans.
Duretto batted in three runs with a homer, triple and a double in four trips to the plate, Right fielder Danny Holden hit two for four.
Pitcher George Nicholas, who went the route for the Caps, had good control except in the last of the seventh when he gave up two bases on balls and Don Gigli hit a 3-2 pitch over the left field wall for the Esks’ only three runs.
Nicholas also tripled and scored a run.
Vern Campbell had a pair of singles for Edmonton.
It was Nicholas’ eleventh win against nine losses.
Vancouver ...... 001 050 000—6 8 0
Edmonton ....... 000 000 300—3 6 0
Nicholas and Duretto; Conant, Worth (5) and Partee.

Sports Notes
[from Tri-City Herald, July 22, 1954]
The Deal For Greco
The last time Hugh Luby, the manager of the Salem Senators came to town, he gave the lowdown on the deal by which Salem “bought” and later returned Dick Greco, outfielder who wants to pitch, from Vancouver.
Knowing that Salem was in somewhat of a bad financial way, and knowing that he once bought his release here for $3,500, I asked Hugh what he was using for money to pay
the outfielder.
“A bunch of empty promises,” he laughed.
“You mean Bill Brenner went for a deal like that?”
“Oh, sure. After all, I was doing the league a favor,” Hugh replied.
How come?
“Well, if he doesn't play for us, he will eventually show up with Victoria. You wouldn't want him playing with Victoria, now, would you?”
And I take it that when you failed to live up to your promises, Vancouver was going to foreclose and take Greco.
“Well," he said with a Luby grin. “Something like that.”
Who was going to pay his salary?
“We were going to pay part and Vancouver was going to pay part,” Hugh said.
And that, my friends, is a lesson on how the top team in the league can “option” a player to the bottom team in the league.

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