W L Pct. GB
Victoria ..... 49 28 .636 —
Spokane ...... 44 37 .543 7
Vancouver .... 39 33 .542 7½
Tri-City ..... 37 42 .468 13
Salem ........ 36 42 .462 13½
Lewiston ..... 35 41 .461 13½
Yakima ....... 37 45 .451 14½
Wenatchee .... 36 45 .444 15
VICTORIA, July 9 — Victoria Tyees came up with a rested pitcher Wednesday night and stopped the onrush of the Yakima Bears, who had soundly trounced the Tyees in the first two games of the three-game Western International baseball series.
Ben Lorino, getting into his best stride after a shaky start, won his 14th game of the season, blanking the slugging Bears over the last six innings to register a 10-4 victory.
Catcher Mike Donahue hit home runs in the second and third innings to account for three of the Yakima runs. The other came on a home run by Ernie Shuerman in the first but Lorino was the boss from there.
Yakima ..... 112 000 000— 4 10 5
Victoria .... 600 010 12x—10 15 0
Shandor and Donahue; Lorino and Martin.
KENNEWICK [Tri-City Herald, July 10]—George New slowly and methodically hurled the Tri-City Braves to a 3-1 victory over the Spokane Indians Wednesday night in the second game of the Western International League series here.
The Tri-City pitcher gave up seven hits with only two of them in the same inning. He struck out nine to boost his total for the last three games to 32.
The win put the Braves in fourth place again.
Ed Bouchee, the burly Spokane first baseman who slammed out two home runs the night before, was a victim of New's strikeout skill his first three times at bat.
In his fourth trip to the plate, Bouchee almost re-enacted a Casey-at-the-bat scene. The tying runs were on first and second with two away. New worked up to his 3-2 count, but unlike Casey, Bouchee grounded out to first to end the game.
New and John Conant each walked but two men, and one of Conant's was intentional. There were no errors in the game.
Tri-City led off with the scoring in the first inning. Vic Buccola got a hit and stole second when Conant had his back turned. Buccola was driven in by Des Charouhas' first of three hits. Spokane evened the score up in the top of the seventh. George Huffman got a hit and moved to second when Bill Sheets walked. A hit by Jim Brown drove Huffman in.
Tri-City snapped back in the bottom of the seventh for their other two runs.
Bob Rittenberg led off with a hit. Don Lopes bear out a bunt to put two men on. New sacrificed to advance the runners to second and third. Buccola was Intentionally walked to load the bases.
Tommy Marier a long fly ball to right field and Rittenberg scored after the catch. Lopes moved to third. Another hit by Charouhas drove Lopes home.
Charouhas led in the hitting column for the Braves with three for four. Buccola got two for three and Clayton Carr, catcher got two for four.
A double by Spokane's Wilbur Johnson was the only extra-base hit of the game.
The last game of the three-game series will be played tonight. Then the Braves will take to the road for a series at Salem, Yakima and Lewiston.
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KENNEWICK, July 9 — George New spaced seven hits and struck out nine men Wednesday night as he pitched Tri-City to a 3-1 Western International League baseball victory over Spokane.
It evened the series at a game apiece.
New scattered the hits over the distance and held the Indians scoreless until the seventh when they combined two singles and one of the two bases on balls handed out by New for their only tally.
Tri-City opened the scoring in the first frame, Vic Buccola, who singled and stole second, coming home on a single by Des Charohas.
Spokane ..... 000 000 100—1 7 0
Tri-City ...... 100 000 20x—3 11 0
Conant, Spring (8) and Sheets, Hinz (8); New and Carr.
VANCOUVER [Keith Matthews, News-Herald, July 10]—This was to have been the lull for the Capilanos, for the storm us supposed to begin for them tonight with the coming of the league leading Victoria Tyees. Only how rough can a lull get?
The Wenatchee Chiefs, bringing up the rear in this WI baseball league, won the deciding game of a three-round set with the Caps Wednesday at the Stadium, 3-2 in 10 innings.
And here we go again wondering just how many games the Capilanos can blow to their second division “cousins.”
It was the first time this season the Caps had lost a ball game which went over the usual time limit. They had won five in a row, but this was the fish that got away.
Now, Vancouver must concentrate on Victoria. The next five days finds the clubs meeting five times, and the results could well go towards deciding the 1952 race. Yes, even this early in the campaign.
Bill Snyder will lead off with Bob Snyder tonight, then it will be Paul Jones Friday, John Guldborg and either Ed Locke or Tom Lovrich Saturday and Van Fletcher Monday.
Fletcher was the victim last night. He tossed a seven-hitter, as did Frankie Dasso, and Van became the second member of Mr. Schuster’s pitching corps who failed in a big for win No. 10. Guldborg was the other Monday night.
The second guessers will be playing this one long into the summer, for they insist that Schuster might have won it in his half of the ninth with different strategy.
The problem came on Sandy Robertson’s 400-foot, one-out drive which went all the way to the left-centre field wall. Sandy had two bases easy, but when he tried for three, he got nipped on a fast relay. The anti-Schuster corner insists he should have played it safe, even with Fletcher the next batter due. In other words, they are saying a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush—a piece of genius handed down by an old baseball scholar who came along even before Doubleday. His name was Confucious [sic].
As it turned out, the Wenatchees won the game in the 10th on a bunt single by Norm Ridgeway, Fletcher’s resultant wild throw and Dasso’s surprise single. Surprise, in fact, even to Dasso.
DIAMOND DUST—Ray Tran played third base, switching jobs with Jesse Williams, and looked like another George Kell … Earl Sheeley, the Seattle general manager, sat in on the game, and rumors immediately started that he was here to look over Gordie Brunswick … He’ll catch tonight’s opener with Victoria, too … Game time tonight is 8:15, and Saturday, the usual split doubleheader will be run off for the price of one … The two games will both be played at night beginning at 7 o’clock.
Wenatchee .... 010 000 100 1—3 7 1
Vancouver ..... 000 101 000 0—2 7 2
Dasso and Robinett; Fletcher and Ritchey.
SALEM, July 9 — Jack Hemphill allowed only five hits as he pitched Salem to an 8-3 Western International League baseball victory over Lewiston here Wednesday night.
Three Lewiston pitchers gave up 13 hits to Salem batsmen. The loss, his seventh of the season, was charged to Lewiston Starter Bill Brenner.
Lewiston ..... 012 000 000—3 5 2
Salem ......... 000 031 40x—8 13 1
Brenner, Powell (7), Clancy (8) and Helmuth; Hemphill and Nelson.