Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Saturday, June 2, 1951
W L Pct.
Vancouver ... 33 11 .750
Spokane ..... 29 16 .644
Salem ....... 21 21 .500
Wenatchee ... 20 26 .435
Tacoma ...... 18 25 .419
Tri-City .... 17 24 .415
Yakima ...... 17 24 .415
Victoria .... 18 26 .409
VANCOUVER, B.C., June 2—VANCOUVER, [Sun, June 4]—Vancouver Capilanos won two Western International League Baseball games from the Tri-City Braves. Cap manager Bill Schuster seriously injured his left knee and Jimmy Robinson made his first appearance for the Caps at third base.
Aside from these incidents, very little happened at Capilano Stadium Saturday.
Two single inning explosions provided the Caps with their victories, in the sixth inning of the afternoon game they accounted for eight hits and nine runs to provide Bob Snyder with his 10th win against a lone loss.
In the fourth inning of the night engagement, the Caps relied on the generosity of two pitchers for their runs. Pitchers Joe Nicholas and Dick Stone combined their talents to walk five Caps, hit another Cap and give up one hit in that fourth. That was all the margin required by Vancouver pitcher George Nicholas to pick up the triumph. It was in the sixth inning of that afternoon game that Schuster was wounded. The Cap manager attempted to score from second base on a blow by Chuck Abernathy. Tri-City catcher Nick Pesut, built somewhere along the lines of the Marine Building, gave Schuster about half the plate.
Just as William stepped on the dish, Pesut pushed his derriere out a couple of feet and Schuster took off in the direction of Point Grey. He sustained a torn cartilage in his knee and will spend the next few weeks going steady with a pair of crutches.
The four-game series concludes at 8:15 tonight with Pete Hernandez pitching for the Caps.
Another big inning in the night game accounted for Caps' imposing margin. They got five in the fourth. Tri-City showed some big guns in this game, with Clint Cameron getting a home run in the seventh and Vic Buccola in the eighth. There was nobody on base either time.
Tri-City ........ 000 000 211— 4 9 0
Vancouver .... 000 109 00x—10 11 2
Zande, Michelson (6) and Pesut; Snyder and Ritchey.
Tri-City ....... 002 000 000—2 9 4
Vancouver ... 000 501 12x—9 8 2
J. Nicholas, Stone (4) and Pesut; G. Nicholas and Ritchey.
TACOMA, June 2—The Spokane Indians pulled a productive squeeze play in the seventh inning to defeat the Tacoma Tigers 5 to 3 Saturday night.
The score knotted at 3 to 3. Spokane opened the inning with Jim Wert's walk. On a hit and run, Jim Brown advanced Wert to third and took second on the throw in.
After Catcher Bill Sheets had grounded out, John Conant, Spokane hurler, laid down a squeeze bunt. Wert scored easily and when Tacoma pitcher Tom Kipp made the play to first to head off Conant, Brown also romped home.
Spokane ..... 102 000 200—5 8 0
Tacoma ...... 111 000 000—3 6 2
Conant and Sheets; Kipp, Knezovich (8) and Watson.
YAKIMA, June 2—A balk by pitcher Dave Anderson with the bases loaded sent home the winning run as Salem defeated Yakima 3 to 2 Saturday night in 12 innings.
Anderson's balk tallied Walt Tedeschi who had walked and advanced to third on a second walk and Jim McKeegan's infield single.
Yakina took a one-run lead in the eighth when Tom O'Laughlin homered with the bases empty. Salem tied it at 2 to 2 in the top of the ninth when Anderson walked in the tying run.
Salem ...... 010 000 001 001—3 8 1
Yakima .... 100 000 010 000—2 11 0
Bevens and McKeegan; Del Sarto, Anderson (9) and Tiesiera.
VICTORIA [Victoria Colonist, June 3]—Victoria’s patched up Athletics gained ground in their fight for a first-division berth yesterday, although they manaed only a split in two games with the Wenatchee Chiefs.
The A’s made it two in a row in the afternoon, 3-2, behind the masterful pitching of Jim Propst, and lost the arclight fixture, 12-3, as Jim Hedgecock failed to produce anything resembling his best form.
When the results were all in, the standings showed the A’s were only a game behind the Chiefs, who moved up into fourth place.
The Chiefs were only three games out of third place but the bottom six clubs were far behind the second-place Indians and out of sight of the Vancouver Capilanos, who continued to add to a substantial lead.
With a play-off spot not too hard to reach, the A’s were burning up the wires in an effort to get needed pitching strength.
Business Manager Reg Patterson announced yesterday that he had come to terms with outfielder Orrin Snyder, released when K. Chorlton joined the Tigers. Snyder will replace John Vick, released for the second time last night and will appear in the series finale against Wenatchee tomorrow night. Efforts were made to bring Snyder here in time for last night’s game but he was unable to get a seat on the plane from Seattle.
Addition of Snyder, who was hitting .317 in latest official averages, is only the first move in what the management hopes will become a general shakeup. Portalnd is expected to send an infielder next week and negotiations are underway for the services of at least one other player.
The A’s did as well as expected yesterday with their patched-up line-up. Propst was practically unhittable in the first game and went all the way although he caused some uneasy moments in the ninth inning when he was touched for a two-run homer which put the Chiefs uncomfortably close. In the first eight innings, the only hit off his delivery was a topped ball down the third-base line which refused to roll foul. He had fine control and must have set something of a personal record by issuing only one base on balls.
Hal Jackson proved the necessary runs in the sixth when he hit a two-run homer after catcher Len Neal failed to take his easy foul pop on the previous pitch.
It was a different story in the afterpiece. Hedgecock was distinctly unimpressive and went out under fire in the middle of a seven-run fifth inning which put the game out of reach, particularly as southpaw Tom Breisinger wasn’t having any of his usual control trouble.
While the afternoon game produced the more interesting baseball, some fine defensive plays featured the arclight rout. Left fielder Will Hafey made the play of the series in the sixth when he came up with Lilio Marcucci’s terrific line drive. He took the ball after juggling it at a full gallop with his back to the infield and Marcucci lost a triple. Centre-fielder Lil Arnerich also made a great catch of a bid by Marv Diercks and Gene Thompson raced from his shortstop position to snag a foul fly in front of the bleacher screen.
Wenatchee ..... 000 000 002—2 3 3
Victoria .......... 100 002 00x—3 7 0
Gassaway and Neal; Propst and Martin.
Wenatchee .... 301 071 000—12 17 1
Victoria ......... 100 000 020— 3 9 2
Breisinger and Neal; Hedgecock, Paine (5), Berkich (8) and Martin.
WESTERN INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE
Including games of Friday, June 1
G AB H RBI HR AVE
Pries, Victoria ... 41 151 56 19 2 .371
Marcucci, Vic ..... 40 154 57 28 5 .370
Buccola, T-C ...... 39 167 54 23 5 .367
Sinovic, Van ...... 41 163 59 40 3 .362
Palmer, Wen ....... 33 122 43 21 0 .353
Zuvela, Yakima .... 38 151 53 27 4 .351
Home runs—White (Victoria) 7, Buccola (Tri-City), Marcucci (Victoria), Nulty (Spokane) 5 each.
Runs batted in—Cheso (Vancouver) 41, Sinovic (Vancouver) 40, Moran (Tacoma) 35.
Pitching—Hernandez (Vancouver) 5-0, Holder (Spokane) 5-0, Snyder (Vancouver) 9-1.