Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Wednesday, May 9, 1951

               W  L  Pct GB
Vancouver ... 14  5 .737 —
Spokane ..... 13  7 .630 1½
Salem ....... 10  7 .588 3
Tri-City ..... 9  7 .563 3½
Yakima ....... 7 10 .412 8
Tacoma ....... 6 11 .353 7
Victoria ..... 6 11 .353 7
Wenatchee .... 6 13 .316 8

VICTORIA, May 9—They do come back. At least in the Western International baseball league where two familiar names showed up in the box scores Wednesday night.
Kewpie Dick Barrett, longtime Pacific Coast league favorite now managing Victoria, took his first turn on the mound for the Athletics and received credit for an 8-5 win over Vancouver. He pitched hitless ball for four innings to help lift his team out of the WIL cellar.
However, Barrett took himself out in the seventh after giving up three runs in the sixth. His win cut Vancouver's lead to one and one half games over Spokane as Spokane edged Tacoma 6-5.
Barrett's five strikeout victims included Billy Schuster, his old Coast league teammate who is field general for Vancouver.
Vancouver ... 000 003 002—5 8 0
Victoria ....... 000 031 04x—8-9-3
Hernandez, White (6) and Ritchey; Barrett, Osborne (7) and Martin.

SALEM, May 9—Bill Bevens, Salem hurler, made it three in a row in his comeback attempt pitching Salem to a 3-2 win over Wenatchee at Salem. The ex-New York Yankee, who had a brief brush with fame when he came within a pitch of hurling the first no-hit-no-run game in a world series, scattered seven Wenatchee hits. The loss dropped the Chiefs into last place behind Victoria.
Wenatchee .... 001 000 001—2 7 0
Salem ........... 012 000 00x—3 11 0
Treichel and Roberson; Bevens and McKeegan.

SPOKANE, May 9—Pitcher Art Worth came in in the fifth and pitched one-hit ball the rest of the way as Spokane edged Tacoma 6-5.
Spokane scored the clincher in the ninth when Mel Wasley's double plated Jim Wert.
Tacoma .... 110 120 000—5 12 3
Spokane ... 300 020 001—6 9 1
Barta, Knezovich (1) and Sheets; Wyatt, Worth (5) and Nulty.

YAKIMA, May 10 [Herald]—The Tri-City Braves were as coy as a new bride receiving a wedding gift before they finally accepted an 8-6 ball game from the Yakima Bears last night.
Yakima's third baseman, Manny Travis, made the presentation in the top of the ninth with two out and the Braves trailing 6-5. Travis dropped a high fly near the mound off the bat of Neil Bryant. Vic Buccola, on second base was off with the crack of the bat and strolled across with the tieing run. Artie Wilson followed with a double to score Buddy Peterson who had singled, as well as Bryant. That was the ball game.
Although Travis turned out to be the goat he practically had to wrench the horns off the five errors the Braves committed. Three of them coming in the Yakima third accounted for five runs and put the Tri-City club in the hole 5-4.
Joe Nicholas, who for the second time went the full route on the mound unlocked his bat rack and hauled out a triple in the sixth. When he scored on Spaeter's deep fly it tied up the game.
But Yakima's relieving hurler Tommy Del Sarto put the Bears out in front again when he singled and scored on Bill Andring's double in the bottom of the sixth. And that was how it stood, 6-5 Yakima, going into the ninth, with Buccola on second Peterson on first, when Travis dropped Bryant's fly ball.
Lou McCollum, who holds that long count 21-5 victory over the Bears, will try for his third victory of the season tonight in the rubber game. Then the Braves will return to Sanders field for an 11-game home stand aginst Vancouver Salem and Spokane in that order.
Tri-City ... 130 001 003—8 11 5
Yakima ...... 005 001 000—6 8 1
Nicholas and Pesut; Anderson, Del Sarto (2) and Tiesiera.

By DON BECKER, Herald Sports Editor [May 10, 1950]
If you were looking around for a nickname for Sam Castro what better handle could you find than "Sad Sam." That's the one lavished on every hurler since baseball began whose front name was Samuel. So you'd have plenty of room for argument . . . you would, that is, except that it just would not fit Castro . . . and for a couple of pretty good reasons, as explained in the next few paragraphs.
First of all, (and what better place to start than at the beginning) Castro is definitely not the sad type. Quite the contrary. Sam is quick on the uptake and when he's a mind to, can exchange verbal volleys with the best of them.
Only Sam is about as cautious as a pawnbroker at a counterfeiter's convention when it comes to making with the words. He spaces them out about as often as he does base hits, and if you've been following the Tri-City Braves fortunes this year, you know that's mighty few. Therefore, although a few of his friends know him as "Cheeta" from now on he's going to be known to this corner as Silent Sam Castro.
A while back there something was said about his relief roles and a check of the records show he's doing everything that can be expected, and sometimes a little more. For instance so far Sam has relieved in five games, winning two and saving one. The other pair were pretty well dead by the time Sam got to the hill, And that dash of "little more" comes to mind when you think of the 10 innings he went to beat Yakima 4-3 after taking over in the second frame.
Here's a few other "hidden" statistics which we gathered up while going over the records to date. Clint Cameron owns the longest successful hitting streak on the Braves team. After going for a horse collar in the season opener the Clinker connected safely in his next 10 games.
Al Spaeter's record of nine consecutive games is second to Cameron's mark. Spaeter made it nine in a row from scratch before he fell off the wagon here in the first game against Yakima. Currently (as of Wednesday) Rube Navarro was leading the parade with a skein of seven. On the other hand Neil Bryant is in one cf his worst slumps yet, having hit but in one game of the last five. It dropped him from a .355 average to .262, a drop of 93 percentage points.
There's something about a left handed pitcher. Strikeout honors in the WIL are held (thus far) by Wenatchee's Tommy Breisinger (26) Victoria's Jim Propst (23) and Wenatchee's Dave Dahl (22). The portsiders are also the wildest with Propst having walked 28 in 23 innings, Aldon Wilkie has passed 21 and Breisinger 20 free passes.

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