Sunday, September 16, 2007

Tuesday, May 1, 1951

              W  L Pct. GBL
Vancouver .. 10  1 .909 —
Spokane ..... 9  4 .692 2
Yakima ...... 5  5 .500 4½
Tacoma ...... 5  5 .500 4½
Salem ....... 5  6 .455 5
Tri-City .... 4  5 .444 5
Victoria .... 3  7 .300 6½
Wenatchee ... 2 10 .167 8½

VANCOUVER, B. C., May 1—Shortstop Ray Tran's ringing single to center scored catcher John Ritchey from second Tuesday night to break up a 4-4 12-inning game and give Vancouver Capilanos a 5-4 win over Salem.
Salem had gone ahead 4 to 3 in the seventh but Vancouver tied it in the eighth on three conescutive singles.
Salem ........ 000 100 300 000—4 16 2
Vancouver .. 100 200 010 001—5 11 0
Wilkie and Beard; Hernandez, Whyte (8), Snyder (9) and Ritchey.

VICTORIA, B.C., May 1—Spokane Indians came from behind twice before a handful of frozen fans Tuesday night to make it seven in a row with a 9-8 victory over Victoria Athletics. It gave the Indians a 2-0 series lead.
The Indians edged Victoria on the strength of Steve Mesner's two-run double in the ninth after pinch hitter Milt Martin had put Victoria ahead 8 to 7 in the eighth on a two-run homer.
Spokane ..... 300 000 312—9 12 2
Victoria ...... 000 024 020-8 11 1
Holder, Worth (6), Conant (9) and Nulty, Meicenheimer (9); Marshall, Osborn (8), Propst (9), Noyes (9) and Marcucci.

KENNEWICK, May 1—The Tri-City Braves erupted for 21 runs here Tuesday night to avalanche Yakima 21 to 5 in a Western InternaItional league baseball game.
The Braves enjoyed a five-run second inning highlighted by Vic Buccola's two-run homer. They added eight more runs in the eighth. Included in the ingredients of the big inning were three walks, two singles, a hit batter, a sacrifice hit and two doubles.
Lou McCollum gave up 13 hits but coasted home as his mates registered a 19-hit attack off four Yakima hurlers.
Buccola had a triple to go with his homer. Teammate Al Spaeter also chipped in with a triple.
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KENNEWICK, May 2 (Herald)—"Fat" was the word for the pitcher served by a quartet of Yakima hurlers last night as the Tri-City Braves clobbered the 1950 Western International league champions 21-5. It was a game reminiscent of some of last year's free swinging contests with the Braves wearing all their best hitting clothes, to the delight of the 662 fans.
The two teams will tee off again tonight at 8'oclock in the second of their three game series.
Although the lean veteran right hander, Lou McCollum gave up 13 hits to Yakima he kept them well spaced rationing no more than two to any single frame. It was his first victory against two losses.
It was the little things that made the big difference in last night's hitting and scoring jamboree. Take that Tri-City second inning for instance. Had Yakima's second baseman Barney Serrell been a step quicker in getting the second half of a double play ball away the Braves wouldn't have scored a run. However, the dusky flash took that extra pause and Vic Buccola promptly dropped a 360 footer over the fence. It cost starter Jack Thompson the game and also ended his tour of duty on the mound when he walked the next Brave, Buddy Peterson.
Buccola, enjoying one of his best night's this year collected a triple and two singles in addition to his home run. All in all the Braves collected nine extra base blows off the four Bear pitchers.
Traditionally, in baseball, the leadoff man isn't supposed to be much of a power hitter but Al Spaeter revised the book last night by pounding a triple in the seventh and a double in the fourth. He also drove in five runs to lead the Braves in that column.
Another willow bender who likes the sacks well sprinkled with base runners when he steps to the plate, Neil Bryant, also found things much to his liking. With 10 RBI's before the game started, Bryant collected four more to come within rock throwing distance of the league leaders.
The Braves cleated home plate eight times in the fourth with every batter scoring except Rube Navarro who set them up by sacrificing the base runners along.
Only in one inning, the third, did Yakima display the brand of ball they must have played to win their first five starts. In that stanza they turned back the Braves on the three successive outfield putouts.
Catcher Nick Pesut was the only Tri-Clty clubber to go hitless. Meanwhile the rest of the team was fattening up the points against any possible drought that might come along.
Yakima ..... 100 111 010—3 13 2
Tri-City .... 050 822 40x—21 19 3
Thompson, Maddox (2), Del Sarto (4), Soriano (7) and Tiesiera; McCollum and Pesut.

TACOMA, May 1 — Tacoma scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth here Tuesday night to defeat Wenatchee 4 to 3 in a Western International league game.
Wenatchee ... 010 110 000—3 9 0
Tacoma ........ 000 200 002—4 6 3
Breisinger and Len Neal; Amador, Goldizen (9) and Sheets.

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