W L Pct. GB
Victoria .... 80 40 .667 —
Spokane ..... 71 55 .563 12
Vancouver ... 60 56 .517 18
Salem ....... 59 63 .484 22
Yakima ...... 57 65 .467 24
Lewiston .... 57 67 .460 25
Tri-City .... 52 68 .433 28
Wenatchee ... 50 72 .410 31
[Note there are no ½ games in the standings; a rarity this late in the season.
KENNEWICK, Wash., [Tri-City Herald, Aug. 20] — Tri-City's Ralph Romero walked only six Tuesday night but a couple of those free passes at the wrong time gave the Victoria Tyees a 4-3 victory in the 10-inning game.
Tonight Bob Greenwood will take the mound against the Victoria nine in the second game of the four-game home series.
The two teams played an equally-matched errorless game Tuesday night.
The winning tally came in the top half of the tenth when center fielder Cecile Garriot [sic], manager of the Victoria team, walked. Then a single to left field by Granny Gladstone, Victoria's fleet-footed right fielder, drove Garriot in with the winning run.
It was the 22nd victory for league-leading Ben Lorino. The vin put the Tyees 12 games out in front of Spokane in the Western International League.
Romero's other inopportune walk came in the eighth inning when the Braves were then out in front 3-1. It was Don Preiss [sic], the Tyees third baseman, that got that free pass but it was again Gladstone that did the real work.
Gladstone caught hold of Romero's pitch and sent it sailing over the 380-foot mark on the left center field wall. The two tallies tied up the game.
The Braves also had their home run hitter in second baseman Don Lopes who slapped out a low-altitude homer in the seventh with one on base.
The Braves had picked up the earlier tallies in the fourth and fifth frames. In the fourth, John Kovenz, left fielder, walked. Des Charouhas, center fielder, bunted and beat it out for a hit.
Tommy Marier sacrificed to send Kovenz to third and Charouhas to second. Kovenz scored on Joe Scalise's long fly to left field.
In the fifth inning Romero led off with a high fly ball to short right field. Gladstone sped in attempting to make a shoestring catch but he was unable to get under it.
The speedy right fielder had so much momentum he also almost met Romero who wheeled up at second base.
A single by Ray Hamrick, shortstop, scored Romero.
The Tyees' other run came in the third inning when Lew Branham got to first on a fielder's choice. Bob Moniz' hit sent him to third and he scored on Garriot's fly to left field,
Lorino was the winning pitcher; Romero the losing pitcher but the two were almost equally matched in the scoring columns. Each went the distance.
Lorino faced 37 batters, Romero 35. Lorino gave up nine hits, Romero 7. Lorino gave up three runs, all earned; Romero, four, all earned... Lorino struck out three, Romero two. Lorino walked three but Romero walked six — the difference in the game.
Victoria ..... 001 000 020 1—4 7 0
Tri-City ..... 000 110 100 0—3 9 0
Lorino and Martin; Romero and Lewis.
SPOKANE, Aug. 19—The sagging Spokane Indians tangled with the Yakima in a Western International league pitcher's duel Tuesday night which exploded in the ninth inning as the Bears won 2-0.
Yakima scored twice on a pair of walks, a hit batter, an error and one of the four hits given up by Frank Chase.
DelSarto, the winning hurler, also pitched a four-hitter.
Yakima ....... 000 000 002—2 4 0
Spokane ..... 000 000 000—0 4 1
DelSarto and Donohue; Chase and Sheets.
SALEM [Vancouver News-Herald, Aug. 20]—Van Fletcher lost his sixth straight bit in search of his 11th win of this baseball campaign here Tuesday when he dropped a tough 2-0 verdict to Salem in the first game of a doubleheader.
The Caps lost the second game also, behind Tom Lovrich, 3-1.
The Vancouver right-hander allowed only single runs in the first and sixth innings in his seven-hitter, but he was more than matched by lefty Bob Collins, who tossed a six-hitter at the Caps for the victory.
Fletcher did break one jinx, though. Prior to the game, he had been batted out of the box in his last six starts, but last night, they couldn’t get near him.
Collins pitched a near-perfect game. Only once did he allow a Vancouver runner yo get as far as third base, this in the fifth inning when Ed Locke doubled and moved up on Jesse Williams’ outfield fly. That was as close as they came to scoring, though.
Fletcher was almost as stingy. The run he gave up in the first came on a wild pitch. In the sixth, Bill Spaeter doubled and Bill White singled him home, but in between Fletcher had all his stuff.
Fletcher balked twice in his losing effort but neither time did it figure in the scoring. His wild pitch cost him a run and he walked two.
Collins, on the other hand, walked only one and worked his way out of many three-and-one counts.
DIAMOND DUST—The same clubs play a single game tonight with Bud Guldborg (13-9) pitching for the Caps … There will be another doubleheader Thursday with Ed Locke (9-11) and Jim Meyers (0-0) pitching for Vancouver.
Vancouver...... 000 000 0—0 6 0
Salem ........... 101 001 x—2 7 0
Fletcher and Ritchey; Collins and Thrasher.
Vancouver .... 000 000 100—1 5 0
Salem .......... 200 010 00x—3 7 1
Lovrich and Ritchey; Hemphill, Edmunds (7) and Nelson.
LEWISTON, NO STORY
Wenatchee ..... 201 011 0—5 10 1
Lewiston ........ 000 002 1—3 4 2
Oubre, Stites (7) and Pocekay; Bowman, Clancy (3), DeGeorge (6) and Helmuth.
Wenatchee ..... 000 000 030—3 8 4
Lewiston ........ 222 012 01x—10 12 0
Dahle, Knapp (5) and Pocekay; Brenner and Lundberg.
Wenatchee To Keep Baseball
SPOKANE, Aug. 19 — The Spokesman Review said Tuesday that the president of the Wenatchee Chiefs in the Western International league had announced that the city would have baseball next season and that no more 1952 home games would be moved from the Wenatchee ball park.
The Review quoted Arthur Pohlman as saying, “A group of about 200 fans has offered to underwrite any financial loss we may take this year. We will have baseball in Wenatchee again next year and it'll be the Chiefs again.”
Pohlman had said last week Wenatchee might be forced to drop out because of financial reverses. Fans attended a meeting called by Pohlman in an effort to save the club and chipped in $2,600 to meet last Friday’s payroll.
The four-game series with Vancouver was scheduled at home but was moved to Vancouver where attendance is up and the Chiefs received 50 per cent of the gate.