Monday, 11 August 2008
Wednesday, July 7, 1954
W L Pct GB
Victoria .... 1 0 1.000 —
Tri-City .... 1 0 1.000 —
Salem ....... 1 0 1.000 —
Lewiston .... 1 0 1.000 —
Wenatchee ... 0 1 .000 1
Yakima ...... 0 1 .000 1
Edmonton .... 0 1 .000 1
Vancouver ... 0 1 .000 1
VICTORIA [Doug Peden, Colonist, July 8]—Victoria Tyees, sixth-place finishers in the first-half in the Western International League schedule, got good pitching and timely slugging from John Tierney at Royal Athletic Park last ight as they stepped off to an impressive start in the second-half chase by edging the powerful Vancouver Capilanos, 4-3.
Making his first start for the Tyees after three relief appearances, Tierney tossed a varied assortment of curves plateward as he limited Bill Brenner’s hard-hitting crew to eight hits. The poised righthander also emerged as the batting star of the game as he cracked a bases-empty home run in the fourth inning and tripled home Eddie Lake with the winning tally in the seventh.
Forced to pitch himself out of some shaky situations in the earlier innings, Tierney, who was signed as a free agent after a stint with Portland in the Pacific Coast League this season, had full control in the late stages. After providing himself with the one-run cushion in the seventh, he set the first-half champions down in order in the final two frames.
Neil Sheridan accounted for the other Victoria runs in the well-played game, booming a circuit clout across Pembroke Street in the second-inning and plating Ron Jackson with a long fly in the sixth.
The Capilanos put together K Chorlton’s double and Marv Williams’ circuit clout in the fifth for their first two runs and ended their scoring in the sixth when Bob Duretto singled behind Jim Clark’s two-base blow.
Tyees also were held to eight hits as George Nicholas came up with a fine mound performance, but made good use of their chances as they left only four runners stranded while the Caps were leaving 10 men on the base paths.
It will be “Kiwanis Night” at Royal Athletic Park tonight when the two clubs continue their three-game series at 8 p.m. part of tonight’s proceeds will be set aside for the Kiwanis Junior Safety Patrol.
Manager Don Pries was undecided last night whether he would send Berlyn Hodges or Bill Prior to the hill tonight in an attempt to make it two straight.
Vancouver ....... 000 021 000—3 8 1
Victoria ........... 011 001 10x—4 8 1
Nicholas and Duretto; Tierney and Lundberg.
LEWISTON, July 7—The Lewiston jumped on three Edmonton hurlers for 12 safe blows as they rolled to a 10-2 Western International League victory to open the second half of the season.
Lewiston manager Larry Barton went without a hit but every other player on his squad got at least one. Don Hunter batted in three runs and Bob Williams and Russ Rosburg had two RBI's each.
Edmonton ........ 101 002 000— 4 8 1
Lewiston ......... 200 203 30x—10 12 2
Worth, Manier (4), Widner (7) and Self; Yaylian and Cameron.
KENNEWICK [Tri-City Herald, July 8]—One of the advantages of the Western International league's split season is that a team can win one game in the second half and consider iiself in the first division.
Tri-City took quick advantage of the situation Wednesday night with a 6-2 victory over Wenatchee which left them tied for first with three other teams.
A thinning-out process will probably occur tonight and playing manager Edo Vanni is sending Walt (the Deacon) Clough to the mound to see if the Braves can “hang in there.” Maybe, if Clough exhibits some of the form he has shown in pitching two shutouts his season, Tri-City can take the top-of-the-standings spot all to itself.
The Deacon will be seeking his seventh win in 14 starts tonight. His last loss was one of the two to Victoria in the double-header series which ended the first half.
It will also be Pasco Water Folics night and candidates for queen honors will be introduced at the game.
In leaping to the top of the landings right off the bat, Don Robertson, Tri-City mystery hurler, bested Charlie Beamon in a slow-moving,walk-filled game.
The tilt look nearly three hours to play and marks one of the longest nine inning games at Sanders field this season.
A good share of the time was consumed by both pitchers who walked a total of 18 batters and worked to 3-2 counts on heavens knows how many more. But depite Robertson's 10 walks, plus seven hits, the hurler was never in too much trouble in racking up his eleventh win against three defeats.
In the third inning, a walk and Beamon's double put runners on second and third. Robertson got the next batter to ground out to himself. Then he walked the bases full and gave up a single to Jake Helmuth which scored Dick Stacy easily. But Beamon, who also tried to score, was cut down at the plate. Robertson then got Joe Unfried to ground out.
In almost a duplicate situation in the seventh inning, Robertson got out of the hole again. This time Benmon was walked, then after Jerry Green flied out, Tony Rivas singled.
Helmuth followed with a double that scored Beamon easily but Rivas was cut down at the plate.
The Chiefs made three errors, two of them coming in the fifth inning, but none affected the Tri-City scoring.
Tri-City's first run came in the first inning when Terry Carroll walked, stole, second and scored on Edo Vanni's single. In the fourth. Bob Moniz socked his 28th double of the season, moved to second when Dick Watson grounded out, and came home on a wild pitch.
Robertson himself drove in what proved to be the winning run. With Moniz on third in the sixth inning, Robertson rapped out a single which scored him easily.
In the eighth inning, Tri-City scored once on three singles and young Beamon was taken from the game. Keith Bowman then gave up a single to Len Tran which scored two more runners. Tran was thrown out trying to steal to end the inning.
Wenatchee ....... 001 000 100—2 8 3
Tri-City ............ 100 101 03x—6 10 0
Beamon, Bowman (8) and Helmuth; Robertson and Warren.
SALEM, July 7—There's a saying in baseball that a walk is as good as a hit—and the Salem Senators proved it as they opened the second half of the Western International League season with a 6-4 win over the Yakima Bears.
Yakima's Ted Edmunds absorbed his third loss, due to an attack of wildness, while trying for his 12th win. Edmunds allowed Salem only four hits—but none of them when they scored all six runs in the eight inning.
He walked five men in the eighth, twice the bases loaded. He was replaced by Tom Lovrich who gave up another walk to force in another run. A throwing error by third baseman John Albini accounted for the fourth and fifth runs and the sixth came in on a sacrifice fly.
Ernie Domenichelli shut down a two-run Yakima rally to save the game for starter Jon Briggs.
Yakima ......... 000 000 202—4 5 1
Salem .......... 000 000 060—6 4 1
Edmunds, Lovrich (8) and Summers; Briggs, Domenichelli (9) and Ogden.