W L Pct. GB
Victoria .... 84 44 .656 —
Spokane ..... 76 59 .563 11½
Vancouver ... 64 61 .512 18½
Salem ....... 64 68 .485 22
Yakima ...... 62 69 .473 23½
Lewiston .... 61 72 .459 25½
Tri-City .... 58 71 .450 26½
Wenatchee ... 53 78 .405 32½
VICTORIA [Colonist, Aug. 28]—Some of the season’s best baseball was on show at Royal Athletic Park last night but it took a long time to play.
Tri-City Braves, not at all looking like the seventh-place club they are, gave the league-leading Victoria Tyees quite a tussle in a W.I.L. doubleheader which was scheduled to make up for Monday’s rained-out game.
The Tyees won the first one, 3-2, after 12 innings of scintillating play but had to accept a 2-2 tie in the finale, which also went into extra innings. It was called at the end of eight innings because of the curfew which prohibits the start of an inning after 12:50 a.m. It was 12:54 when pinch-hitter Ron Bottler became Victoria’s third out in the eighth.
As the scores would indicate, good pitching was the order in each game, the pitchers were backed by fine defensive work. The Tyees again were guilty of failing to hit with men on the bags, leaving a total of 27 men stranded in the last two games.
Jehosie Heard, in the first game, and LeRoy Han probably came up with their top pitching performances of the season for Victoria but they caught of couple of dogged opponents in Ralph Romero and George New.
Heard had to be at his best to finally come up with his 19th win and break a personal five-game losing streak. He was a bit shaky in the early innings but settled down after the fifth and seemed to get stronger as they game went along.
GOOD IN CLUTCH
The little colored southpaw pitched seven and a third innings of hitless ball after John Kovenz’ fifth-inning double gave the Braves a 2-0 lead. He gave up his seventh hit in the 12th and did his greatest pitching in the 10th and 11th, when he struck out the last two batters in each inning with two runners aboard. He took 15 on strikes altogether to run his season’s total to 194.
Meanwhile, Romero was in more trouble but grittily pitched out each time until the fatal 12th. Opposing managers, playing as if it was the seventh game of the world series, used every strategy possible and there was the unusual number of seven-five by Tri-City intentional bases on balls.
Romero got off the hook several times before he was finally landed with the Tyees bunting him out of his 17th win. Jim Clark tied the score in the sixth when he laid down a perfect bunt with two out to score Granny Gladstone from third.
In the 12th, Gladstone led off with a single and the bases were quickly filed as Ron Bottler and Clark beat out bunts for hits. Romero promptly struck out John Treece and Heard and got two strikes on Lu Branham. But the little colored infielder, who had stolen two bases and hit two doubles previously, lined a hit to right field.
Han was staked to a 2-0 lead in the second game but made trouble for himself with bases on balls. He had a no-hitter going for four and two-thirds innings, then walked two Braves with two out in the fifth. Don Lopes scored Tri-City’s first run with a hard single through shortstop. The tying run came in the sixth when a base on balls, a single and an outfield fly allowed Des Charouhas to complete the circuit.
Han set down the last seven men he faced but the Tyees, although getting men in scoring position in both the seventh and eight, couldn’t score again and the 18-year-old righthander had to accept a no-decision verdict for his well-pitched two innings.
The result kept the Tyees 11½ games ahead of Spokane Indians, who had an easy 11-1 romp at Wenatchee.
Tri-City ..... 010 010 000 000—2 7 2
Victoria ..... 001 001 000 001—3 14 0
Romero and Lewis, Pesut (10); Heard and R. Bottler.
Tri-City ..... 000 011 00—2 2 0
Victoria ..... 200 000 00—2 6 1
New and Pesut; Han and Martin.
(Game called due to curfew, not to be replayed)
WENATCHEE, Aug. 27 — George Huffman paced the Spokane Indians to an 11-1 Western International League baseball win over Wenatchee Wednesday night. The win evened the series at 1-1 with the rubber tilt set for Thursday night.
Huffman drove in five runs with a triple and two doubles in five times up. Other heavy hitting included Ed Bouchee's solo homer in the third for Spokane.
Spokane ......... 401 103 002—11 11 0
Wenatchee ..... 001 000 000— 1 10 2
Spring and Sheets; Stites, Bauhofer (6) and Pocekay.
VANCOUVER [Keith Matthews, News Herald, Aug. 28]—In these waning hours of the 1952 baseball season, it again has fallen upon an ‘old pro’ to emerge as the best pitcher on the Capilano baseball club. A title this gentleman has held for many years now, incidentally.
The description, of course, could fit only Bob Snyder. Call him “old dependable” or “old reliable” if you will, but he is quite a guy nevertheless.
Bob won his 13th game of the season Wednesday 10-0 after the Caps got themselves beaten in the opener of the doubleheader 10-3.
TIED WITH GULDBORG
The 13 wins tied Bob with Bud Guldborg as the winningest pitcher of the club. It also extended the right-hander’s winning streak to three games and left the impression with a lot of people that the fellow is no worse a pitcher than he was last year in winning 27. Luck has been the difference.
Most of Bob’s luck this season has been bad. It might even surprise a lot of people to know that there are those who feel Bob is pitching in even better form than in 1952 but the fickle lady has left his side.
Snyder gave up but six hits in accomplishing this shutout, and allowed only two men to get as far as third.
TWO BAD ONES
His attack broke loose in big second and fifth inning orgies, three in the second and six in the fifth. There were no hitting heroes, because everybody got into the act in the 13-hit assault.
It was just the reverse in the first game, though there wasn’t as much hitting.
Dick Aubertin, making his first start in a Capilano uniform, found the change of scenery hadn’t corrected his old jinx—the base on balls. Dick walked six, three of them in the first inning as the Salems scored five times and more or less ended it right there.
Aubertin stayed around until the fourth when Billy Whyte came in to bail him out. However, Whyte was little better and the Senators went on their merry way while the Caps could do little with lefty Bob Collins.
DIAMOND DUST—Tom Lovrich pitches for the Caps tonight as they open a six-game set with Tri-City … Newcomer Jerry Cade, the lefthander, will pitch his first game for Vancouver in one of the Saturday games.
Salem .......... 500 212 0—1 6 2
Vancouver .... 100 200 0—3 7 2
Collins and Nelson; Aubertin, Whyte (1) and Leavitt.
Salem ........ 000 000 000—0 6 3
Vancouver .. 030 061 00x—10 13 1
Hemphill and Thrasher; Snyder and Ritchey.
LEWISTON, Aug. 27 — Lewiston's ace relief hurler, Jim Clancy, took to the mound in a starting role Wednesday night and held his former Yakima teammates to six hits as Broncs evened their Western International league series with the Bears with a 9-2 win.
Yakima ...... 000 000 011—3 8 2
Lewiston .... 002 120 04x—9 14 3
Albini, Garrett (6), King (8) and Donahue; Clancy and Lundberg.