Sunday, 6 January 2008

Wednesday, May 28, 1952

W L Pct GB
Victoria ..... 25 9 .735 —
Spokane ...... 22 15 .595 4½
Vancouver .... 16 13 .552 6½
Lewiston ..... 18 18 .500 8
Wenatchee .... 17 17 .472 9
Salem ........ 17 21 .447 10
Yakima ....... 14 23 .378 12½
Tri-City ..... 13 24 .351 13½

SPOKANE, May 28 — Victoria drubbed the Spokane Indians 10-3 and took a 2-0 edge of its three-game baseball series in a Wednesday evening Western International League slugfest.
One league record was tied as Victoria left 19 men stranded on the base paths and a second was broken by the 34 stranded men of both teams.
Eric Gard was credited with the victory — his second of the season.
Victoria ....... 003 300 022—10 14 0
Spokane ...... 100 000 200— 3 11 5
Gard and Martin; Palm, Roberts (4), Bishop (6), Marshall (9) and Sheets.

LEWISTON [Vancouver News Herald, May 29]—The Vancouver Capilanos blew a fat 4-0 lead here Wednesday night and turned it into an almost unbelievable 6-4 loss for their third straight WIL loss.
Dependable Ed Locke, pitching his best game of the season, was coasting along on the 4-0 lead for six innings when the Broncos broke through for a pair of runs.
Even with the score tied 4-2 it didn’t seem Locke could weaken enough to allow more. But he did. In a wild eighth, Lewiston scored four times, chasing Locke and keeping the attack going on Bob Snyder, who again ran into control trouble.
Snyder was the loser after being sent in to put out the eighth-inning fire by Schuster. Before he could get the side out, Bob had allowed the tying and winning runs, mostly on bases on balls.
Until the Broncos broke loose, Locke had a three-hitter going. In the end both teams wound up with nine hits, but Lewiston had the most in the column that counts. Reg Spearman was the winner.
Tonight the same clubs wind up the three-game series with Van Fletcher (3-1) trying to snap the Caps’ loss string. Friday, the Caps move into Tri-City for a Memorial Day doubleheader.
Vancouver ..... 011 002 000—4 9 4
Lewiston ....... 000 000 24x—6 9 2
Locke, Snyder (8) and Ritchey; Thomason, Spearman (6), Powell (9) and Lundberg.

WENATCHEE, May 28 — The Yakima Bears converted five hits, walk and an error into four runs in the sixth inning Wednesday night to take a 6-3 Western International League baseball win from the Wenatchee Chiefs.
Yakima and Wenatchee scored a run apiece in the fifth inning.
The win evened the three-game series at one apiece.
Yakima .......... 000 014 001—6 10 2
Wenatchee .... 000 011 010—3 9 2
Del Sarto and Donahue; Dahle, Kapp (9) and Pocekay.

KENNEWICK, [Herald, May 29] — There were no halfway measures —unless you counted the nearly empty stands—about the Western International League baseball game at Sanders Field last night.
Aided by a high wind that had the fly bails doing dipsy doodles, the Tri-City Braves and Salem Senators slammed out a total of two home runs, two triples, four doubles and 21 singles. It took six pitchers to quell the lumber barrage and when it finally ended the 257 fans had seen the Braves win 18-8 to even the series with Salem at one game apiece.
Thsy'll p!ay the rubber game tonight with the right handed ace, Ralph Romero slated to tour the Tri-City mound. On Friday the Vancouver Capilanos move in for a twin bill, a single Saturdny night game and then two more on Sunday. All will be night games with the double headers starting at 7 p.m.
In the first game of the Salem series it was eventually a Tri-City error that eventually made the difference.
Last night it was the Senators turn to kick the ball, and they did. Of the 13 runs given up by the Salem staff only seven turned out to be earned, the rest coming on three miscues behind the hill, and one by pitcher Larry Mann.
Ken Michelson chalked up his second win of the year when he choked off the Senator bats after they had picked up their eight runs. Michelson did give them five hits but kept them well sprinkled. Two infield twin killings also helped take the right hander out of what could have turned into two jams.
Don Lopes and Tommy Manier hit circuit blows for the Braves. Lopes got his in the second over the score board with none on whils Marier's in the fourth found two men on base. Lopes also had a triple as did first baseman Vic Buccola.
The Braves batted all the around the linaup in the third and fifth innings. In the third they made it pay off with eight runs, and counted six more in ths fifth.
George New, who holds the strikeout record for Sanders Field, started on the Tri-City mound but was lifted in the second for Ad Satalich. However, the tall right hander ran into trouble and in the fifth was lifted for Michelson after giving up three runs on three hits and two free passes.
Salem's hurlers also had plenty of trouble until Curt Schmidt took over. Starter Bob Collins was
found for 11 runs before Manager Hugh Luby signalled Larry Mann from the bull pen. Mann found the going rocky too, particularly after he threw the ball into right field for a two-run error. Schmidt, who relieved in the fifth, stopped Tri-City with three hits for the rest of the distance.
KENNEWICK, May 28 — A strong wind helped Salem and Tri-City in a wild batting spree Wednesday as Tri-City defeated the Senators, 18-8, in a Western International League baseball game.
The free-hitting contest saw two homers, two triples and four doubles off six pitchers, three hurlers for each side.
Tri-City opened scoring with two in the first inning on a walk, two errors and a single by Joe Scalise. They added one more in the second after Salem had gone ahead with four in their half.
The third inning sewed up the fracas, with Tri-City getting eight runs on four hits, one error Tommy Marier's homer with two aboard and three walks.
Salem ........ 040 130 000— 8 13 4
Tri-City ...... 218 060 01x—18 14 0
Collins, Mann (3), Schmidt (5) and Nelson; New, Satalich (2), Michelson (3) and Pesut.

Clancy Gets New Sox
ABILENE, May 28—Jim Clancy, limited service righthanded pitcher, reported to the Abilene Blue Sox of the Longhorn League Wednesday. He has been conditionally purchased from San Francisco of the Pacific Coast League. Clancy has been pitching
for Yakima, Wash., of the Class B Western International League this season.

By DON BECKER, Herald Sports Editor [May 29, 1952]
And whatever happened to the bells that used to be in ball parks to toll the number of runs at the end of each half-inning. Hugh Luby tells us they now have one in the Salem park though it's used only to ring out the Senator's runs . . . “we aren't wearing it out either,” said the Salem manager. Portland also has one in their Vaughn Street stadium (that last word is used a bit loosely there) however, the Beavers sound off for their opponents too. Makes quite a chant when the fans take up the count.
Luby has lined up a June game in Salem with their Coast league working partner, Sacramento. He's also dickering with Portland and Seattle for home appearances.
Rumblings around Sanders Field say that Boss Charlie Gassaway will on the inactive list when pitcher Bob Greenwood and outfielder John Kovenz check in. Off his record in this league with Tacoma last year, Kovenz should be able to help Tri-City a lot. He compiled a .315 average with 24 doubles, 10 triples and eight out of the park. Kovenz also is fast enough to piay the running type of game that Gassaway prefers.
Pitcher Bob Greenwood had a 21-7 record with Salt Lake City last year and was moved up to Baltimore who are sending him here for more seasoning. He compiled a 1-3 record with the Orioles giving up 27 hits and 22 runs in 20 irfnings. At Salt Lake where his ERA was 3.30 he struck out 213 and walked 129 indicating he has a lot of pitching ability and control. Anytime a pitcher can get that ratio between his strike-outs and walks he's bound to go places.

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