W L Pct. GB
Spokane ...... 4 0 1.000 —
Victoria ..... 3 1 .750 1
Lewiston ..... 3 1 .750 1
Vancouver .... 2 2 .500 2
Wenatchee .... 2 2 .500 2
Tri-City ..... 1 3 .250 3
Yakima ....... 1 3 .250 3
Salem ........ 0 4 .000 4
SPOKANE, April 25—The Spokane Indians combined five hits and some fast running in the eighth inning Friday night to win their fourth straight Western International League baseball game, a 7-5 triumph over Vancouver.
Vancouver starter Paul Jones pitched hitless ball until then and the Capilanos went into the disastrous inning ahead 5-1.
Vancouver ....... 000 202 100—5 5 2
Spokane ........... 000 100 06x—7 8 2
Jones, Gunnarson (8), Locke (8) and Ritchey; Palm, Wulf (6), Roberts (6), Marshall (9) and Sheets.
LEWISTON, Idaho, April 25—Lewiston got nine hits, three of them home runs, off Victoria pitchers Friday night in handing the Tyees their first Western International League defeat of the new baseball season.
Artie Wilson led off the Broncs' hitting parade with a round-tripper in the first with no one on base. Charlie Mead sent the ball over the fence in the seventh inning with two men on, and catcher Jack Helmuth did it in the eighth to account for two of seven runs in that frame.
Victoria ......... 000 300 110— 5 5 3
Lewiston ...... 140 000 37x—15 9 1
Heard, Randolph (2), Towns (7) and Welburn, Martin (8); Spearman, Jacobs (5), Powell (8) and Helmuth.
WENATCHEE, April 25—The Wenatchee Chiefs pushed one run across in the last of the ninth Friday night to edge the Salem Senators, 5-4, in a Western International League baseball game before a slim crowd of 767 fans.
Five errors oy tne Chiefs and two bobbles by Salem marred a tight game with Bud Bauhoffer.
19-year-old Wenatchee rookie, going the distance for the Chiefs Larry Mann, who relieved Salem Starter Ted Shander in the fourth, was charged with the loss.
Salem .......... 040 000 000— 4 6 2
Wenatchee ... 101 200 001— 5 9 5
Shander, Mann (4) and Nelson; Bauhoffer and Pocekay.
YAKIMA, April 25 — Gene Klinger's sharp triple along the left field line scoring Bill Andring and gave the Yakima Bears an 11-inning 8-7 Western International Baseball League win over Tri-City's Braves. here Friday night.
Trailing by one run going into the bottom of the ninth, the Bears pushed across the tieing run when Chuck Malmberg singled home Joe Albeni, who had reached first on a pinch-hit single and advanced to second on a one-bagger by Andring.
Tri-City ..... 102 100 120 00—7 8 2
Yakima ...... 004 101 001 01—8 15 3
Romero, Foster (3), Sadlich (9) and Pesut; Thompson, Monahan (3), Dials (10) and Donahue.
Tyees Boost Hitting and Hurling Power
[Victoria Colonist, April 25, 1952]
Victoria Tyees, who surprised pre-season experts who forecast a gloomy future by winning their first three games, saw their W.I.L. pennant stock boom late last night with the announcement from business manager Reg Patterson that catcher Lilio Marcucci and southpaw Cal McIrvin had been purchased outright from the Portland Beavers.
Both are proven veterans with W.I.L. and Coast League experience and their acquisiton makes the Tyees a team to be feared.
Victoria baseball fans still remember the popular Marcucci, who batted .355 in 59 games for last season’s Athletics before being called up by the Beavers. His return gives the club the catching stability it has been seeking and adds authority to a batting order which has been doing better than expected in early games.
Marcucci will take over the first-string job, with the possibility that Jack Willburn will fall heir to the second-string job. Willburn is a limited service player and has the advantage of being a lefthand hitter while Milt Martin hits from the third base side and is a veteran. Martin will likely be optioned to another club or used in a trade for a pitcher.
Acquisition of Marcucci caused the cancellation of the deal with Stockton for the purchase of Marion Watson, announced Thursday.
McIrvin’s purchase was probably even more important to the club. The big wronghander should have no trouble winning 15 or 20 games in the W.I.L. and he is doubly valuable because of his hitting ability.
McIrvin won 15 and lost 11 games with Salem in 1947 and followed with an 11-4 record in 1949 before being called up to Portland. He has been with the Beavers ever since, doubling as a pitcher and a first baseman. He got into 39 games as a pitcher in 1950 and wound up with an 8-5 record. His 1952 record was not available last night. Proof of his hitting ability is shown in 1948 averages, which disclose that he batted .319 with 89 hits in 89 games as a first-baseman, pitcher and pinch-hitter. His 1949 earned-run average of 3.54 was bettered by only five pitchers.
Marcucci and McIrvin are expected to report to the Tyees Tuesday with one or both seeing action in the home opener, unless there is a snag in salary negotiations.
Patterson also announced last night that the deal which sent first baseman Dick Bartle and outfielder Ernie Sites to Salem in exchange for a pitcher has been called off. Pitcher Sal DeGeorge, who wanted the Canadian mint for reporting, as been returned to Salem and will probably be placed on the restricted list, Bartle has been sold to the Senators and Sites has been returned to the Tyees, although he is not expected to be kept.
The deals leave the Tyees with a roster of 20, not including Sites. This is three over the player limit, which has to be met by May 22. At the present time, the Tyees have five limited service players and five rookies, which means that one veteran and two others will have to go to comply with player regulations calling for a maximum of nine veterans. Martin is the veteran most likely to go, with outfielder Harvey Allen and one of the rookie pitchers sitting in a precarious position for cutdown time.
The Tyees have also been offered Billy Paine, who was with the club part of last season and started this season with Spokane. If he joins the club, it will give manager Cece Garriott six southpaws and efforts are being made to make a deal for a righthander.