Sunday, 30 December 2007

Saturday, May 10, 1952

W L Pct. GB
Victoria ..... 11 5 .687 —
Spokane ...... 12 6 .666 —
Vancouver ..... 9 5 .643 1
Tri-City ...... 9 10 .473 3½
Lewiston ...... 8 9 .470 3½
Salem ......... 8 11 .421 4½
Wenatchee ..... 7 10 .412 4½
Yakima ........ 5 13 .278 7

WENATCHEE, May 10— With lefthander Ben Lorino shutting out Wenatchee for the first time this season, the Victoria Tyees bounced out a 6 - 0 victory for their second straight Western International League win over the Chiefs Saturday night.
Lorino, tossing a wicked change-up, limited the Chiefs to three hits, including a triple by Wenatchee catcher Walt Pocekay, the longest hit of the game.
Victoria won the game in the sixth when it scored two unearned runs. The Canadians wrapped it up in the seventh with four runs on six consecutive singles.
Dave Dahle who played with Oakland of the Pacific Coast League last season and the earned-run champ of the WIL in 1950, gave up 12 hits in first appearance of the season for the Chiefs.
Cece Garriott, Victoria pilot and long - time PCL standby, led his mates at the plate with three for five, all singles.
The same two squads wind up their four-game series with an afternoon doubleheader Sunday.
Victoria .......... 000 002 400—6 12 2
Wenatchee ..... 000 000 000—0 3 2
Lorino and Martin; Dahle and Pocekay.

SPOKANE, May 10 — Ralph Romero pitched four-hit ball to lead the Tri-City Braves to a 5-2 Western International League baseball victory over Spokane Saturday afternoon.
Four third-inning runs garnered on three hits off Spokane starter Gordy Palm and two walks and an error provided the margin.
John Marshall took over the mound for Spokane after the damage was done and struck out nine men during the next four and one-third innings while giving up only three hits.
Romero gave up one hit in the first inning, another in the fourth and two more in the seventh, when the Indians made their two runs. He struck out nine and walked only two.
The teams, split 1-1, in their four-game series, will meet in a doubleheader Sunday.
Attendance at the Saturday game scheduled in the afternoon on a trial basis was 969, the lowest gate of the season.
Tri-City ....... 004 100 000—5 8 2
Spokane ...... 000 000 200—2 4 2
Romero and Pesut; Palm, Marshall (3), Wulf (9) Osborne (9) and Sheets.

LEWISTON, Idaho, May 10 — The Lewiston Broncs tapped Salem pitchers for eleven hits Saturday to win a 9 - 2 Western International League baseball decision, and a 1-1 split of their current series.
Salem got its only runs in the second inning when Andy Anderson and Johnny Moore singled. Both advanced on a double steal and then scored on a single by Dick Bartle.
Lewiston used four hits off Salem starter Ted Shandor, a walk and an error for three runs in the third. The Broncs then nicked reliefer Ted Edmunds for four singles in the sixth, which along with three walks and an error, brought in six more runs.
Bill Brenner gave up 8 hits in going the distance for Lewiston. Milt Smith made the longest hit of the game when he doubled for Lewiston in the first.
The two teams will end their series with a Sunday doubleheader.
Salem ............. 020 000 000—2 8 3
Lewiston ......... 003 006 00x—9 11 2
Shandor, Edmunds (5) and Nelson; Brenner and Helmuth.

Vancouver at Yakima, postponed, rain.

By DON BECKER, Herald Sports Editor [May 11, 1952]
It’s surprising in a way how important errors are in the WIL this year. They’re always important of course but we mean the critical kind . . . the kind on which the outcome of a ball game hinges. The Braves had two of those kind at Wenatchee. In that last game when the chief shortstop booted the ball that meant the difference between victory and defeat.
One thing though the pitchers won't be hurt as badly as it might at first seem. They are only charged with those runs scoring not as a result of errors. So when you figure the Braves got home seven times in that series because of miscues you see what we mean. But they are still charged as losses and in the popular mind that means a lot. A pitcher with a 3-0 record as against one with a 0-3 is thought to be better. And he usually is. It’s only when you start looking at those wholesale errors that you can appreciate the true difference.
Of course the fielders don’t appreciate being charged with those errors either. After all it does go into the record book against their field average. But it’s a funny thing, a club owner looking around for an infielder will look askance at a player who makes but few miscues. It’s generally a sign that he isn’t going after the hard ones. Probably the most significant point to look for in an infielder’s performance is the number of assists he has. That means not only is he getting to the ball in time, but furthermore he’s getting it away in time for those putouts.
One idea about baseball that is undergoing quite a change lately is this matter of base stealing. The old concept used to be that the runners stole on the catcher ... and for that matter the steals still are charged against him. Set in talking to and reading what some of the best in the business have to say they present quite a different picture. Eddie Murphy of Spokane, one of the best base thiefs in this league ... he holds the current season record of 90 . . . says he definitely steals on the pitcher.
Most of the other league leaders around the country have much the same thing to say, they steal on the pitcher. They’ll tell you quite frankly that if they can get that good jump on the ball no catcher can throw them out.
It isn’t meant of course that all steals are the pitcher’s faults. Many are the fault of the catcher. Taking too long in getting the throw away or taking an extra step before it is made. Those are the two biggest factors as far as the backstops are concerned.
With pitchers it can be dozens of little things that a smart baserunner will notice. Some, once they have started their motion from the set position, are just too slow. Others by the unconscious placement of their feet will tip the runner as to whether they intend to make a move to first or to the batter with the ball.
The high cost of baseball must have caught up with Spokane. They’re asking waivers on pitcher John Conant and outfielder Mel Wasley, unquestionably, two of the better performers in the league . . . and also two of the better paid. And there you have the nub of the problem. How to keep a top team together, win ball games, pay expenses and still have a little something left over. It is doubtful though if they’ll get out of the WIL. The Braves have no interest in securing either Conant or Wasley, Dick Richards said. Wasley is currently hitting in the cleanup spot which gives you some idea of his ability while Conant is reckoned as one of the best moundsmen.

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