Saturday, September 15, 2007
Tuesday, April 24, 1951
W L Pct GB
Vancouver ... 5 0 1.000 —
Yakima ...... 5 0 1.000 —
Salem ....... 4 1 .800 1
Spokane ..... 2 3 .400 3
Victoria .... 2 3 .400 3
Tri-City .... 1 4 .200 4
Tacoma ...... 1 4 .200 4
Wenatchee ... 0 5 .000 5
SALEM, April 24—Big Floyd (Bill) Bevens, the hard-luck pitching hero of the 1947 World Series, almost stole the show in the class B Western International baseball league Tuesday night.
Bevens was the pitcher who tossed a one-hitter for the Yankees in the fourth game of the 1947 series with Brooklyn. The one hit was a ninth inning double which drove in the two runs that beat the Yankees.
A sore arm has bothered Bevens in recent years but it failed to slow him up last night. He gave up only four scattered hits to the Canadians.
Victoria ...... 000 000 000—0 4 1
Salem ........ 000 003 04x— 7 8 0
Paine and Marcucci; Bevens and Beard.
SPOKANE, April 24—A four run spree in the seventh inning gave the Vancouver Capilanos a 7 to 3 win over Spokane Tuesday night and their fifth straight Western International league victory.
The two teams were tied three-all at the end of the sixth. A triple in the seventh by Bill Schuster, plus a double, two walks, two errors and two balks gave the Caps their winning margin.
Schuster's 375-foot poke to left field broke a 3-3 tie and came after the Indians gave an intentional pass to Reno Cheso to get to him.
Bob Snyder went the distance for Vancouver. It was his second win of the young season.
Vancouver ...... 200 100 400—7 7 3
Spokane ......... 011 001 000—3 9 4
Snyder and Ritchey; Eckhart, Roberts (7) and Nulty.
YAKIMA, April 24—Will Tiesiera's single in the bottom of the ninth chased across the winning run Tuesday night as Yakima defeated Wenatchee 7 to 6 for its fifth consecutive victory in the Western International league.
Tiesiera's single tallied Jerry Zuvela who had singled and advanced to second on Charlie Neal's base on balls.
Wenatchee nearly posted its first win with a three-run rally in the top of the ninth. Two walks, a hit batsman and two singles tied to score. Manager Rupert Thompson's single in the top of the ninth started the Chiefs' threat but Ted Savarese came in for the Bears and put out the fire.
Wenatchee ... 000 012 003—6 9 0
Yakima ......... 001 023 001—7 13 1
Breisinger, Treichel (9) and Neal; Thompson, Savarese (9) and Tiesiera.
KENNEWICK, April 25—Last night the Braves held their home inaugural and coming out on the short end of a 6-3 count, continued to skid dangerously near the cellar. That's a spot they haven't been in since they opened here last year. The only happy note about it is that about the only direction left for them to go is up.
Lou McCollum made his second unsuccessful start and all the necessary damage was done at the end of the second inning. By that time Tacoma was out in front 5-0. What happened after that point was just an aftermath.
The 3,457 customers stayed around though, most of them at least, for the finish. And it's a good thing they did, for in the eighth it looked as though the Braves might even up the score. However, when Al Spaeter hit into a double play that erased the last dying gasp. The Tri-City team went down in order in the ninth.
Butch Moran, who has probably taken off and put on more baseball uniforms than a father of new triplets has diapers, was the "bad man" as far as Brave fans were concerned. The ex-Coast leaguer dammed a double Coast leaguer slammed a double in the first inning to score Jose Bache who had singled. From second base he was within coastng distance when Marlon Watson followed with a single. The Tigers led 2-0. Although this same Moran was erased at the keystone sack in the second canto on a force play his single drove in Mike Catron. To cap off his evening Moran crossed the plate for his second run in the eventh Inning on Merv Dubbers two-baser.
PETERSON MAKES IT
Shortstop Buddy Peterson was the first Brave to tap home plate and he did it the hard way in he third frame by sliding across. With Peterson on third Neil Bryant lofted a high fly ball to left field. The Braves shortstop tagged up and raced for the plate after the catch only to be tagged out until Tacoma's Bill Sheets dropped the ball.
A pair of newcomers to the Trl-City outfield, Bill Edelstein and Rube Navarro almost stole he show. Edelstein a left hander all the way and tending the center pasture started it off by racing deep to his left in the fifth inning to gather in over his shoulder what would easily have been a double by Sheets, He followed up this fielding gem by acing a single to score Nick Pesut and Navarro in the eighth. And on that single, hit incidentally into short right field, Navarro scampered all the way in from second sliding in across the plate under the throw.
Lou McCollum did his best to win his own game by singling in the fourth and doubling in the sixth, but both times the potential runs died aborning. Next to McCollum, who had the best night at the plate, (contrary to what they say about pitchers not hitting) was catcher Nick Pesut. The hefty backstop rapped out deep in the hole and beat it out for a basehit In the sixth and then scorched out a single in the eighth to score on Edelstein's single.
As at Salem it was failure to deliver In the clutch that hurt the most. The Braves left 10 base runners stranded over the nine inning route. However, Gary Clark the winning hurler deserves a lot of credit for his victory. He managed to keep the Tri-City team in the hole nearly all the way getting one or two outs before he permitted a man to reach third base.
Nell Bryant at third base for the Braves handled five assists a couple of them very difficult without a bobble and once again Pesut proved to the satisfaction of Tacoma's Marion Watson that it just doesn't pay to try and slide home when the Tri-City catcher has the ball. Watson made the attempt in the seventh and the reverberations were still echoing around the park when the lights were dimmed. Watson was called out without seeing whether the plate was there or not.
Dick Stone, the only Tri-City Brave hurler who hai been able to log a victory so far thla year, will stride to the mound tonight at Sanders Field in an attempt to even the score with the visiting Tigers from Tacoma. Facing him will be Guzman Amador, who already holds two spring training victories over the Braves. It promises to be a pitcher's duel all the way.
The last time Stone faced Tacoma, in the California climate, his deceptive soft pitches set the Tigers down practically in order over a four-inning stint. Only 14 players came to the plate, and that's only two over par for the course. Since then of course he turned back Salem on a 5-0 shutout for the single Tri-City WIL victory.
Tacoma ........ 230 000 100—6 12 1
Tri-City ....... 001 000 020—3 9 1
Clark and Sheets; McCollum, Olsen (9) and Pesut.