Sunday, 17 February 2008

Saturday, August 30, 1952

W L Pct. GB
Victoria .... 86 46 .652 —
Spokane ..... 79 59 .572 10
Vancouver ... 66 62 .516 18
Salem ....... 66 70 .485 22
Yakima ...... 63 71 .470 24
Lewiston .... 63 73 .463 25
Tri-City .... 59 73 .447 27
Wenatchee ... 53 81 .396 34

VICTORIA [Colonist, Aug. 31]—Victoria Tyees actually moved a small step closer to clinching the W.I.L. pennant yesterday although they lost a half game of their lead and could only break even in two games with the Salem Senators at Royal Athletic Park.
With the schedule rapidly running out on the persistent Spokane Indians, the Tyees are still 10 games out in front and 13 ahead on the losing side. As far as can be ascertained from the jumble that is the W.I.L. schedule, the Tyees have only 19 games left and the Indians, who have played six more, must have less than 19. On that basis, the Tyees need only win eight of their remaining games to make it certain.
Salem, still hopeful of a third-place finish, eased to a 6-0 victory yesterday afternoon behind the good pitching of Ray McNulty. The Tyees came back under the lights to take full advantage of bases on balls and the steady pitching of Bill Bottler to romp to a 14-4 win.
The Tyees could do nothing with the clever McNulty. They did pick up five hits but they were scattered over as many innings and they never threatened except in the fourth inning, when they loaded the bags with two out. It was the only time they managed to get a runner as far as third base.
Meanwhile, the Senators made good use of their hits as they sent Carl Gunnarson down to his fourth defeat—third as a Tyee. They used two of their seven hits off the veteran southpaw for a first-inning run, then put together two singles and a pair of doubles for three in the fourth.
Jehosie Heard gave up the last two runs in the ninth.
It was different in the nightcap after Bottler straightened himself out. The rookie righthander was saved by a double play in the first after walking the first two batters, then pitched himself out of a bad jam in the second with only two runs scoring.
From there, he was at his best. Between the second and ninth, he gave up only a scratch infield single, Salem’s fourth hit, his own error, and two bases on balls gave the Senators their last two runs in their last turn but Bottler, who got Hugh Luby to pop out and Connie Perez to strike out in the second with the bags loaded whiffed the last two hitters.
He wound up with eight strikeouts, almost balancing the nine walks he issued. The win was his sixth in nine decisions.
Meanwhile, the Tyees gave Bottler a big working margin in the first three innings by tallying four times in the first and chasing six runners across in the third.
In both instances, a bases-loaded, two-out double did the damage. Catcher Ron Bottler helped the family cause in the first when he doubled off the top of the centre field fence, missing his second home run by a foot after three bases on balls. Cec Garriott climaxed the game-winning third with a three-run double, which gave him 102 runs batted in for the season.
Starter Bob Collins, a wild left-hander, went out in the middle of the uprising. Rookie Wayne Rick finished up acceptably although his own error helped the Tyees two three runs in the fifth.
Two catches in right field by Granny Gladstone highlighted the defensive play.
Victoria Tyees wind up their second-last home stand tomorrow afternoon with a holiday double-header against Salem Senators, starting at 1:30.
Fans will have the chance of watching the two top lefthanders in action for the league-leading Tyees. Ben Lorino will be seeking his 24th victory in one game while Jehosie Heard is almost certain to be sent out for his 20th in the other.
Opposing them will be Bud Francis, who lost the first game of the series and either Vince DiBiasi, who throttled the Tyees Friday night, or Ted Edmunds, Salem relief ace.
The Tyees will leave immediately for Spokane, where they start a three-game series Tuesday which could well decide the pennant. From there, they go to Salem to wind up their away-from-home activity with doubleheaders Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Then it’s home and the end of the schedule. Four games against Lewiston will be followed by four against Spokane in the season’s final series and though it would add zest, everyone hopes the Tyees will be in by then.
First Game
Salem ....... 100 300 002—6 11 0
Victoria ..... 000 000 000—0 5 1
McNulty and Thrasher; Gunnarson, Heard (8) and Martin.
Second Game
Salem ....... 020 000 002— 4 4 2
Victoria ..... 406 013 00x—14 12 1
Collins, Rick (3) and Nelson; B. Bottler and R. Bottler.

YAKIMA, Aug. 30 — John Marshall scattered seven hits, effectively Saturday night to pitch the Spokane Indians to a 7-3 win over Yakima in a Western International League baseball game.
Marshall held the Yakimans fairly well under control, except for the three-run eighth inning when he allowed three hits. He also walked nine men but his teammates pulled him out of three holes with double plays.
Spokane's first four hits produced four runs. The initial tally came in the opening inning on a walk and a double by Mel Wasley. In the third, they added three more. Jim Brown doubled across two of them after Wasley singled and Ed Bouchee was hit by the pitcher. Brown then scored on Wilbur Johnson's single.
Spokane .... 100 301 020—7 9 2
Yakima ...... 000 000 030—3 7 0
Marshall and Sheets; Shandor and Donahue.

VANCOUVER [Keith Matthews, News-Herald, Sept. 2]—Anything and everything went at Cap Stadium over a holiday weekend of baseball, when the Capilanos won a marathon from Tri-City 11-10 Saturday night.
It was supposed to be a doubleheader, but the second game only reached the end of the second when the curfew rolled in and umpire John Luksik sent the boys home to bed.
Fantastic was hardly the word for the Saturday game (scheduled for seven) as the two clubs traded the lead back and forth as if it were a hot potato.
First the first seven innings of the four-hour long “fantasia,” it was one of the worst baseball games on record. The Caps kicked in six errors in this part of it and a bevy of pitchers from both sides walked a total of 27 men.
Tri-City led at one time, 8-3, then the Caps came to life and led in the sixth 9-8 when Joe Scalise dropped a two out fly ball with the bases loaded. All three runs scored and it looked as if Vancouver had backed into a soft victory.
However Tri-City tied it in their seventh and went one ahead which, naturally, left it up to the Caps and they made a Scotchman’s picnic out of it with one run in their seventh.
Then it went on from there with Bob Snyder, the third Vancouver pitcher, and Dave Brittin, the fifth Brave tosser, trading pitches back and forth. From here until the 14th, the game changed complexion and was a thriller-diller.
Snyder picked up his 14th win in the 14th when Edo Vanni tripled and Gordon Brunswick squeezed him home with a bunt.
The clubs started the second game and the Caps led 4-0 when Luksik called it a night at the end of the second. The funny part of the whole thing is that Ray Tran belted a three-run, inside-the-park homer in the second and because the game didn’t last five innings, it won’t be entered into the records.
It was Ray’s second home run in five years with the Caps and third in his entire Organized Baseball existence, which is just short of 10 years.
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VANCOUVER, Aug. 30—A Western International baseball game scheduled for seven innings grew and grew tonight as Capilanos edged the Tri-City Braves 11-10 in 14 innings.
The marathon crowded out what was to have been a doubleheader.
The Caps were leading 4-0 after two innings of the second contest when the game was halted by the 11:55 p.m., curfew in effect here Saturday nights.
All the scoring but for the winning run was done in the first seven innings of the first game. Relief pitchers finally got the matter under control and it turned into a pitching battle.
Vancouver won the opener in the last of the 14th when, with one out, manager Edo Vanni tripled to right and Jim Wert walked. On a squeeze play, Gord Brunswick bunted to the pitcher and Vanni scored.
Sloppy baseball in the early innings was featured by most of the 27 bases on balls the game produced. A three-run homer by Ray Tran was the biggest blow.
Tri-City ......... 212 300 200 000 00—10 15 2
Vancouver ..... 120 123 100 000 01—11 12 6
Romero, New (5), Kostenbader (7), Satalich (7), Brittain (10) and Lewis, Pesut (6); Cade, Aubertin (5), Snyder (8) and Ritchey.

WENATCHEE, Aug. 30 — The Lewiston Broncs trounced Wenatchee's downtrodden Chiefs, 13-3, in a Western International League baseball game Saturday night.
Lewiston scored once in the second inning and six times in the fourth to sew up the tilt. The scoring splurge started when Butch Moran doubled, Art Wilson went to first, on an error, Glenn Tuckett doubled, Don Lundberg singled and Milt Smith cleaned it up with a 400-foot homer over the center field wall. Snag Moore homered to bring in the last run of that inning. Charlie Mead also rapped out a round-tripper.
The two teams meet in an afternoon game Sunday to cut down the financially hard-pressed Wenatchee team’s light bill.
Lewiston ..... 010 610 050—13 15 0
Wenatchee .. 101 000 100— 3 6 3
Schulte and Lundberg; Stites, Kapp (5) and Robinett, Pocekay (9).

Ritchey Leads WIL Batting Race
John Ritchey, Vancouver catcher and defending, batting champion, again took over the lead in the Western Internation League batting race, according to statistics compiled by Howe News Sureau.
High up on the list is Dave Brittain who is pacing Tri-City's batters. The 6-foot 4-inch hurler is hitting .348. However, he doesn't qualify for the batting title as he only has 22 at-bats.
Ritchey with an abundance of base hits, 20 for 35 times at bat to be exact, raised his average to .356, a gain of 22 points to top last week's leader, Walt Pocekay, Wenatchee catcher, by four points. Pocekay is hitting at a .325 clip.
Pocekay continued to lead in hits with 172; total bases, 244; and doubles with 41.
Bob Moniz of Victoria took over the leadership in runs scored with 106 for the only change in the specialized field.
Other leaders are Des Charoubas of Tri-City with 13 triples. Ed Murphy of Spokane in stolen bases with 42; Mgr. Cecil Garriott of Victoria tops the home runs sluggers with 16 while teammate Grannie Gladstone continued to hold top spot in runs batted in with 103.
Ben Lorino, Victoria ace, continued as top man in the pitching department registreing his 20th and 21st victories during, the week against only six losses, and is well on his way to setting a club record for won and lost percentage.
  G  AB   R   OR   H   TB   2b 3b HR  SH  SB  BB  SO  Pct.
126 4244 712 619 1188 1610 223 29 47  79 114 660 545 .280
119 3984 596 511 1092 1421 160 53 21  87  86 566 427 .274
128 4300 675 731 1169 1622 198 36 61  68  85 634 565 .272
133 4340 647 564 1165 1475 161 40 23 109 122 584 651 .268
129 4303 667 679 1137 1554 197 53 38  99 103 684 677 .264
129 4255 547 528 1094 1441 176 51 23  65  82 547 590 .257
127 4211 590 637 1048 1378 153 42 31  92 110 677 696 .249
129 4265 571 738 1055 1351 174 34 18  68  62 535 679 .247

               W  L T  DP TP PB  PO    A   E  Pct.
Salem ....... xx 66 0 146  0 16 3327 1520 144 .971
Vancouver ... xx 58 0 127  0 13 3087 1368 162 .965
Tri-City .... xx 69 0  99  1 18 3287 1266 181 .962
Yakima ...... xx 68 0 128  0 19 3344 1438 199 .960
Victoria .... xx 44 0 112  0 16 3288 1341 191 .960
Spokane ..... 75 58 0 141  0 10 3410 1489 217 .958
Lewiston .... 58 70 0 101  0 37 3286 1386 220 .955
Wenatchee ... xx 77 0  97  0 16 3289 1288 225 .953
WILfan note: the microfilm is damaged so I can't read the win column. However, the loss column doesn't any league standings (Aug. 24 matches except for Lewiston.

Sports Notes
By Gil Gilmore
[from Tri-City Herald, Aug. 31, 1952]
The Tri-City Braves have a working agreement with the Philadelphia Phils but it doesn’t always work. For example, Ben Lorino, pitcher for the Victoria Tyees who racked up his 23rd win the other day, was sold to the Tyees by Don McShane, director of the minor leagues for the Phils.
Back when Lorino won his 21st victory, McShane was in the stands. After the game he asked the pitcher “What are you trying to do, show me up?”
Lorino really showed McShane up when a few days later he came to Sanders and shut out the Braves 4-0. Why doesn’t the Braves have this pitcher on their staff? Well, Lorino had to prove he was good. Before he started piling up victories, the general opinion was that the boy didn’t have it.
Lorino himself doesn't think he can go any higher in baseball because he says he hasn't got a fast ball. However, his opinion is strictly a minority one around the WIL.
George New, the Braves’ lefty who had a bad night in more ways than one a week ago really missed the boat when he was taken out after six innings of pitching against Victoria. Earl Sheely, owner of the Seattle Rainiers, was in the box seats. Now it comes out Sheely was over here to look over George.
But that was the day George gave up six hits, five runs and walked four. He was the winning pitcher but Ad Satalich did the hurling for the last three innings.
The result: Sheely is no longer interested in George.
’Twould been better had George lost while, pitching one of his two-hitters.

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