Monday, October 15, 2007

Monday, May 28, 1951

               W  L  PCT GB
Vancouver ... 29  8 .784 —
Spokane ..... 25 14 .641 5
Salem ....... 18 18 .500 10½
Tri-City .... 15 19 .441 12½
Wenatchee ... 16 23 .410 14
Victoria .... 15 22 .405 14
Tacoma ...... 15 22 .405 14
Yakima ...... 14 21 .400 14

VICTORIA, May 28—A manager's gamble paid off Monday night— but for the opposing team. It gave Yakima a 7-4 win over Victoria in the only scheduled Western international league baseball game.
With the game tied 4-all in the top of the 10th inning, a man on third and one out, Victoria manager Dick Barrett ordered passes for the next two men to fill the bases. The strategy back fired. Dick Briskey singled in two runs and a third scored after the catch of Mike Baxes' fly ball.
For seven innings, southpaws Jim Propst and Ted Savarese hooked up in a scoreless battle which ended when the Bears pushed across three runs in the eighth.
The Athletics came right back with a home run barrage to take the lead in their half. Bill Dunn clouted a 375-foot drive over the fence after a walk to John Vick. Merv Diercks tied it up with a long line drive over the left field fence and Don Pries put Victoria ahead with his third circuit smash.
The Bears scored in the ninth to put the game into extra innings.
Yakima ....... 000 000 031 3—7-8-1
Victoria ...... 000 000 040 0—4-9-0
Savarese, Zidich (8) and Tiesiera; Propst, Osborn (9), Paine (10) and Marcucci.

TACOMA, May 28—Vic Buccola, Tri-City first baseman, strengthened his hold on the Western International league batting lead despite dropping off 2 points to an even .400, it was revealed in averages released today from the office of Robert B. Abel, president of the circuit.
Buccola collected 11 hits in 28 times at bat as he extended his margin by ths simple expedient of losing less ground than did his closest pursuer, Don Pries of Victoria, who dropped 10 points to .373.
Tied for third place were Tacoma's Cyril (Butch) Moran and Vancouver's Dick Sinovic, both of whom registered substantial gains. Sinvic moved up 19 points on the strength of a 13-for-30 week, while Moran added ight points with 14 for 36.
Sinovic kept the runs-batted-in lead by driving eight tallies across for a season's total of 37, but his positon was menaced by teammate Reno Cheso, whose aggregate of 36 represented the phenomenal increase of 16, Ken Richardson of Spokane was third with 32, up from 9 weeks ago.
Bill White, rangy Victoria outfielder, took command in the home run race by clouting Nos. 6 and 7. Tied for second with five apiece were Buccola, Lilio Marcucci of Victoria, and Ed Nulty of Spokane.
Averages of the 12 top leaders follows:
                     G  AB H RBI  AVE
Buccola, T-C ...... 34 125 50 25 .400
Pries, Vic ........ 35 126 47 18 .373
Moran, Tac ........ 36 154 56 31 .364
Sinovic, Van ...... 36 143 52 37 .364
Marcucci, Vic ..... 34 129 46 22 .357
Palmer, Wen ....... 33 122 43 21 .353
B. Peterson, T-C .. 34 128 45 31 .352
Zuvela, Yak ....... 30 125 43 15 .350
Ritchey, Van ...... 33 100 35 20 .350
Richardson, Spok .. 39 130 14 32 .338
Wert, Spokane ..... 39 134 45 31 .336
Len Neal, Wen ..... 37 130 43 11 .331

By DON BECKER, Herald Sports Editor [from May 29/51]
All the Tri-City Braves front office has to do to lose a player they're trying to land is to think about getting him. The latest they lost in this manner is K. Chorlton. The front office has been feeling around for some time trying to land this outfielder who has nothing but an initial for a front handle and now lo and behold he turns up in the Tacoma stronghold. That makes the second time in recent weeks that a hush-hush maneuver fell through. The other was the Will Hafey deal. Instead of coming here Hafey went to Wenatchee and was instrumental in helping the Chiefs to the three games they won over the weekend.
Meanwhile the latest word from the front office is that infielder Sam Kanelos is due here in time today to be on tap for the Wenatchee series. Jack Brewer the pitcher is also expected momentarily but may have to meet the team en route. He has apparently been delayed since leaving his home in Sacramento.
There's an old song whose refrain goes along with something to the effect "they're either too good or too bad." And that just about hits the pitching of the Tri-City Braves thus far. Either they can't find the plate or they find it so good that the opposition makes it look like batting practice. Such as last Sunday when Wenatchee rapped out 28 basehits, boom, boom, boom, just like that. But with only one pitcher, Joe Nicholas, having an earned run average of less than four runs per game, it's easy to understand why the Braves lose even though they get as many as eight, nine or ten runs in a game. The pitching on a whole has been spotty. Except for a five-game winning streak right there in the early part of the season Tri-City hasn't been able to win more than two in a row, and that only once when they took a pair from Spokane in a doubleheader.
The hitting has gone into a decline also, speaking both individually and teamwise. Aside from Vic Buccola's .400, only two players showed an increase for the second successive week. Buddy Peterson advanced his average a total of 39 points in the 14-day span. Last week he jumped it 20 and this week it's up another 19 points. Neil Bryant pushed his mark to .293 a 22 point jump and is fast approaching the kind of average he usually enjoys.
Meanwhile the team as a whole though is dropping off. But as we pointed out here yesterday the Braves seem to be doing better on the road than at home so far. So it wouldn't surprise us too much to see them win five, or even six of the eleven they'll play.

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