Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Thursday, June 14, 1951

W L Pct GB
Vancouver ... 39 16 .709 —
Spokane ..... 36 20 .643 6½
Salem ....... 26 28 .481 12½
Tri-City .... 24 28 .462 13½
Wenatchee ... 25 31 .446 14½
Victoria .... 24 30 .444 14½
Yakima ...... 22 30 .423 15½
Tacoma ...... 21 34 .382 18

KENNEWICK, June 15—Although they go back to a brand spanking new stadium the Vancouver Capilanos were reluctant to leave here. And the Tri-City Braves were apparently just as anxious to have them stay around. At least that's the way it seemed after the near three hour final struggle the teams went through last night. The classic of "long" games at Sanders Field wore out 8 pitchers and the patience of manager Charlie Peterson who got the heave-ho from umpire Joe Iacovetti in the seventh after a bitter protest at home plate over close decision involving Dick Sinovic. Lou McCollum took over the managerial reins for the final panels.
The eight well battered pitchers gave up a total of 30 base hits which included three home runs and two triples, Reno Cheso, Cap second baseman, uncorked a grand slammer in the second and also piled up a neat six rbi's. Chuck Abernathy also got a circuit smash for Vancouver. Clint Cameron posted his second for the cycle at Sanders Field when he belted a waist high pitch out of the park.
Incidentally Vancouver won the marathon 14-9 to get an even split in the series.
Cy Greenlaw started for the Braves and was charged with the loss. Don Tisnerat who opened for the Caps didn't stay around long to get credit for the victory which instead went to John Burak the third and final hurler for the winners. Bill Whyte also did a stint for them.
Jack Brewer, Ken Michelson, Dick Stone and Joe Nicholas followed Greenlaw to the mound in that order. Free hitting got Brewer into trouble while walks caused Michelson's downfall. Stone gave up a hit too, Abernathy's four master, but when he followed that with a pair of free passes Nicholas walked to the rubber.
Stone collected his first hit of the season and Al Spaeter got one for his 21st consecutive game. Clint Cameron also had a big night at the plate hitting four hits each time he was up. Buddy Peterson had two for three and Vic Buccola two for four.
Tri-City opens a four-game series in Wenatchee tonight. Lou
McCollum will start for the Braves and an Saturday Bob Costello will try for his third victory.
Vancouver .... 352 000 310—14-16-3
Tri-City ........ 102 501 000— 9-14-1
Tisnerat, Whyte (4), Burak (6) and Ritchey; Greenlaw, Brewer (2), Michelson (3), Stone (5), Nicholas (6) and Pesut.

SPOKANE, June 14—A third baseman finished the game on the mound at Spokane Thursday night as only one of the highlights of a peculiar evening in the Western International baseball league.
Spokane Manager Alan Strange sent Ken Richardson in from third in the fifth inning
after Victoria batters had collected a total of 12 hits from veteran Ward Rockey and rookie Maynard Park. Richardson gave up five more safeties to the A's, who came out of the game with a 12-4 edge.
Spokane contributed 14 hits, including Richardson's two-run homer in the eighth, to the scorekeeper's nightmare.
The defeat snapped Spokane's winning streak at six-in-a-row and landed the Indians 3½ games behind league-leading Vancouver's Capilanos.
Victoria ...... 020 234 100—12-17-1
Spokane .... 100 000 021— 4-11-1
Hedgecock and Marcucci; Rockey, Park (4), Richardson (6) and Sheets.

SALEM, June 14—Bases on balls gave Yakima six runs as the Bears edged the Senators 8-7 Thursday night for their first win in the three-game series.
Singles by Bill Brenner and Gene Gaviglio drove in Yakima's winning runs in the ninth.
As a highlight, Ken Baxes scored two runs without an official time at bat. He was walked three times and sacrificed once.
Yakima ..... 202 200 002—8- 8-1
Salem ....... 010 040 020—7-13-1
Zidich and Tiesiera, Brenner (6); De George, Lew (4), McNulty (9) and Beard.

WENATCHEE, June 14—Wenatchee posted its fourth straight win by edging Tacoma 3-2 at Wenatchee in a Western International League game Thursday night.
Tacoma ......... 000 002 000—2-4-3
Wenatchee .... 100 200 00x—3-8-2
Schulte, Mishasek (5) and Lundberg; Kanshin, Treiechel (7) and Neal.

By DON BECKER, Herald Sports Editor [from June 15/51]

At that Jack Salveson may have the right idea. Salveson, who admits to a baseball age of 37, uses the “throw-it-in-and-let-'em-hit” system. And so far this reason the imaging veteran has picked up 10 wins against three set-backs. Quite an idea at that, figuring that if he can persuade batters to hit at his first or second offerings he's saving his arm. But how are you gonna argue with a guy who is out in front that far. Another player who subscribes to this theory is Charlie Petersen . . . at least when he's out there on the mound. “Why,” said Pete “when there are eight other fellows out there getting paid, it's only fair they should work a little.”
There is a lot more to pitching than having a good assortment of stuff. It also takes a lot of luck. There are games when the batters will send line shots all over the park . . . but always a player happens to be waiting just there. Then there are other games when no one is there when the barrage has to be led from the mound before he gets himself cuts loose. That's when the luck is out and the hurler hurt.
Augie Zande is a good example of what we mean. Now Augie doesn't have the best record in the league. In fact his 2-5 is considerably less than the Christmas package a manager is always hoping to find. But in those five games Zande lost the Braves went out and got him the grand total of 12 runs. That's less than 2.5 runs per game, which means Zande had to be hurling shutouts if he was going to win them. And hurlers who can do that over a five-game span don't hang around these parts long.
That Sam Kanelos may be just a youngster in years but he's getting smart fast baseball wise. The other night he hit one foul down the third base line but it was so close he had to leg it hard all the way to first. But instead of trotting back to his bat, as many a rookie would Kanelos took his time. There's a good reason for that the odds are against anyone who has made such a run getting a safe hit in that time at bat. So don't bet against it over the long run because you'll lose. In the big parks when that happens the odds against a player hitting safely rise fast . . . among the gamblers that is.

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