W L Pct. GB
Victoria ..... 19 9 .679 —
Spokane ...... 20 10 .667 —
Vancouver .... 13 10 .565 3½
Salem ........ 15 16 .484 4½
Wenatchee .... 14 15 .483 4½
Lewiston ..... 13 16 .448 5½
Tri-City ..... 11 19 .367 9
Yakima ....... 10 20 .345 10
VICTORIA, B.C., May 22 — The Victoria Tyees hung onto their first-place lead in the Western International League Thursday night as the Tri-City Braves handed them an 8-4 victory in the first game of a four-game series.
Only one of Victoria's runs was earned as the Tyees cashed in on five Tri-City errors. The Braves revamped their lineup in the second inning when third baseman Tom Marier was benched due to a leg injury. Des Charouhas moved from second base to third and pitcher Ken Michelson was installed as second baseman. Three of the miscues were marked against Michelson.
Tri-City ........ 130 000 000—4 7 5
Victoria ........ 105 001 10x—8 11 3
Waibel and Pesut; Heard and Martin.
WENATCHEE, May 22 — The home game jinx continues to plague the Wenatchee Chiefs. The Chiefs, who have won only four Western International League baseball games at home this season, dropped another Thursday night despite rabbits feet, four-leaf clovers and other good luck charms donated by fans anxious to break the jinx.
Spokane was the winner, 4-1. It was the 12th loss at home for the Chiefs who boast a 9-3 record on the road.
Knuckleballer Dick Bishop held the Chiefs to seven scattered hits for eight innings. Bob Roberts took over when Bishop weakened in the eighth and pitched no-hit ball for one and a third inning. Walt Pocekay's fourth inning homer saved Wenatchee from a shutout in the closing game with Spokane. Spokane took the series 2-1.
Spokane ........... 002 010 010—4 11 3
Wenatchee ....... 000 100 000—1 7 0
Bishop, Roberts (8) and Sheets; Dasso and Pocekay.
VANCOUVER [Keith Matthews, News Herald, May 23]—How good is John Guldborg?
Everybody was beginning to ask themselves just that today after the big fellow right-handed his fourth straight baseball victory Thursday at Capilano Stadium.
This time it was a four-hitter and a 4-2 decision over Salem.
Guldborg has ran the elevator both up and down in his baseball success story. Two years ago he had a remarkable 22-5 record with Stockton of the California State league. It earned him a trail with Seattle, but the Rainiers cut him loose the first month of the 1951 campaign and he went back to California. He was 11-11 in ’51—just so-so.
“I got a bum break in Seattle,” Guldborg explained. “I just soured on everything in baseball and didn’t give a good gosh-darn. Now, I’m beginning to think it’s a pretty fair racket again.”
Hugh Luby, the wise Salem manager, gave Guldborg his okay after watching the big guy spin those nine innings last night. “He throws a lot of things at you,” Hugh said, “and they come up every which way. Yeah, I’d say he was a pretty fair pitcher, all right.”
Guldborg had to be better than pretty fair last night for this was another one of those shoehorn victories. Ray McNulty trotted out his big curve and tried to match John pitch for pitch. That he didn’t quiet succeed could hardly be blamed on himself, for very few would have beaten the Capilano gentleman last night.
WERT HITS HOMER
The two Salem runs weren’t cheap but they might have been avoided. They came in the fourth inning on Guldborg’s only show of wildness. A lead-off single by Glen Tuckett, two passes to Tom Galli and Ollie Anderson set the stage for Johnnie Moore’s two-run single.
It put the Salems ahead 2-1, but the Caps got it back right quickly, then went ahead for keeps in the sixth when Jimmy Wert blasted a payoff single into centre field to score John Ritchey from second. The seventh inning run was more insurance.
DIAMOND DUST—The Caps got down to the 17-play limit by selling outfielder Joe Scalise to Tri-City, placing Bill Schuster on the disabled list and Carl Gunnarson on the inactive list. . .Rookie left-hander Carl Mendosa arrived last night, too. . .The same clubs play a single tonight at 8:15 with Van Fletcher (2-1) facing Sal DeGeorge. . .Ed Locke and Bob Snyder will pitch the Saturday twin bill for Vancouver . . . Game times Saturday are 2:30 and 8:15.
Salem ........... 000 200 000—2 4 1
Vancouver ..... 001 101 10x—4 9 0
McNulty and Nelson; Guldborg and Ritchey.
YAKIMA, May 22 — A four-run eighth inning sewed up a Western International League baseball game Thursday night for Lewiston, which went on to defeat Yakima, 7-3. It was Yakima's seventh straight loss, strengthening its hold on the cellar position.
Dale Thomason, youthful hurler from Central Valley and Eastern Washington College, was credited with the victory. Thomason gave up only six hits but was taken out in the eighth, when the Bears managed to push two men across the plate. It was the seventh straight loss for the cellar-dwelling Bears.
Ken Wright, another rookie hurler from Whitman College, was charged with the loss.
Lewiston ......... 000 001 042—7 11
Yakima ........... 000 000 021—3 6 2
Thomason, Powell (8) and Lundberg; Wright, Monahan (9) and Donahue.
Capilano Boss Blasts Ruling
VANCOUVER, B.C., May 22 — Bob Brown, general manager of Vancouver Capilanos, cut his Veterans' list down to the required nine Thursday and said the Western International League may meet in June to junk the new system.
Released were Pitchers Carl Gunnarson and Jerry Barta and outfielder Joe Scalise. Manager Bill Schuster will probably be placed on the disabled list.
Brown, who didn't want the nine-veteran rule in the first place, said he'd vote against it as the first opportunity. He said three other clubs in the league have complained this week about the rule.
“It might be all right for lower classifications but it's no advantage to us in producing Class A calibre ball,” Brown added.