Sunday, October 14, 2007

Thursday, May 17, 1951

               W  L  Pct GB
Vancouver ... 18  8 .692 —
Spokane ..... 17 10 .630 1½
Salem ....... 13 11 .542 4
Tri-City .... 11 11 .500 5
Victoria .... 12 13 .480 5½
Yakima ...... 10 14 .417 7
Wenatchee ... 10 17 .370 8½
Tacoma ....... 9 16 .360 8½

TACOMA, May 17 — Tacoma Tigers got twice as many hits as the Vancouver Capilanos Thursday night, but when it came to moving the runners around the sacks, the Tigers fell flat on their faces.
Though George Nicholas gave up 13 hits, he left 17 Tigers stranded on the base paths. Meanwhile, the Western International League leaders picked up only six hits off three Tacoma hurlers, but turned them into a 5-3 victory.
Nicholas picked up a single in the fourth inning that brought in two runs, enough for the verdict.
The Tigers flared up in the ninth and got two runs on two walks and there singles. Curt Schmidt came in to get the last man on an outfield fly.
Vancouver .... 200 210 000—5 6 1
Tacoma ........ 000 010 002—3 13 3
Nicholas, Schmidt (9) and Ritchey; Amador, Knezovich (7), Kipp (9) and Watson.

KENNEWICK, May 18—Plate Umpire Art Jacobs wasn't the only one who got hit last night at Sanders Field. Jacobs had a foul ball bounce off the top of his head in the fifth inning, but a trio of Tri-City Brave hurlers got bombed with 18 base blows. At that Jacobs probably came out the best. He just shook off the after-effects and went on umpiring, but the three pitchers today own various degrees of tired arms.
The 13-5 victory gave the edge of the series to Salem. After winning the first game the Tri-City club dropped the next two. Last night's loss dropped the Braves back to fourth in the Western International league and within striking distance of the hurdpresslng Victoria Athletics who are now only a half game behind the Braves.
Spokane's Indians move into Sanders Field tonight for a four-game stand. Augie Zande (1-2) will open on the hill for the Braves. It is the first meeting of the two teams this season. Tonight also marks the appearance of the famous baseball clown Billy Mills. Mills will put on a half-hour of gags starting at 7:30 p.m.
Lou McCollum who went after his third victory wound up instead with his third defeat. Sal DeGeorge, the third Salem pitcher of the evening, got credit for the victory.
McCollum had given up six runs on 10 hits when he was lifted for relief pitcher Jim Olsen.
The big relieving right hander got off to a good start by retiring the Senators in easy fashion during the sixth. But he lost his control in the seventh giving up three hits, three runs and hitting two batters. That brought Sam Castro from the bullpen to tidy up that game.
It wasn't a night for pitchers. Salem too had to use three. Ludwig Lew stuck around for two-thirds of the first frame and then John Burak took over.
When Vic Buccola followed Al Spaeter's single in the sixth with a 360 footer over the right field fence he was "gone." In putting out the fire and winning the game DeGeorge held the Braves to one hit.
Artie Wilson's consecutive games streak was snapped at 12. Wilson filed out in his first two trips, walked the next and bounced out third to first his fifth time up. Manager Charlie Petersen tried to help Wilson along by giving Wilson the go-ahead
to swing away on the 3-0 pitch.
Salem ....... 112 020 304—13-18-1
Tri-City ..... 101 102 000— 5- 7-2
Lew, Burak (1), DeGeorge (5) and Beard; McCollum, Olsen (6), Castro (7) and Pesut.

YAKIMA, May 17 — Victoria manager Dick Barrett called in southpaw Bill Paine to relieve pitcher Dick Barrett in the fifth inning of Thursday night's Western International league baseball game with Yakima. But the decision manager, to by Barrett, the take out Barrett, the pitcher, came too late. The Bears, ahead 4-2 at this point, went on to dump the Athletics 6-3.
Barrett, former Pacific Coast league great now playing-manager for Victoria, showed some of his old form and some of his old wildness in his second appearance on a WIL mound. He struck out four of the 17 men who faced him but walked eight, pitcher Barrett also cut loose with one wild pitch before manager Barrett gave him the thumb.
Victoria took the series 2-1 but the loss kept the Athletics from reaching the first division, then only half a game away.
Victoria ...... 001 010 100—3 7 0
Yakima ...... 001 030 20x—6 7 1
Barrett, Paine (5) and Martin; Boemler and Tiesiera.

WENATCHEE, May 17 — Dick Bishop pitched five-hit ball Thursday night as Spokane defeated Wenatchee 8 to 0.
Spokane ......... 000 101 105—8 9 0
Wenatchee ..... 000 000 000—0 5 3
Bishop and Nulty; Treichel and Len Neal.

Including games played Wednesday:

Buccola, Tri-City ..... 21 81 31 19 4 .394
Navarro, Tri-City ..... 15 43 16  7 0 .372
Marcucci, Victoria .... 22 85 31 13 3 .365
Pries, Victoria ....... 23 80 29 15 1 .363
Richardson, Spokane ... 26 89 32 21 2 .360
Serrell, Yakima ....... 23 99 35 19 0 .354
Watson, Tacoma ........ 18 65 23 12 0 .354
Home runs— White (Victoria) 5. Buccola (Tri-City) 4. Nulty (Spokane) 4.
Runs batted in— Sinovic (Vancouver) 25. Richardson (Spokane) 21, Pocekay (Wenatchee) 20.
Pitching— Snyder (Vancouver) 7-0. Gunnarson (Vancouver) 3-0, Nicholas (Tri-City) 3-0.

BY HUGH FULLERTON, JR., Associated Press
New York, May 18 — Remember Bill Bevens, the big Yankee pitcher who had a no-hit game for 2-3 innings of the 1947 World Series against Brooklyn, only to see it ruined by Cookie Lavagetto's pinch hit? ..Bill never did another thing of importance in the major leagues. He came up with a sore arm in the spring of '48 and
was shuffled off to Newark, then Houston and Sacramento and still couldn't win . . . This spring he turned up with the Salem Senators of the Western International
League and the other night he pitched a five-hit game against the Spokane Indians, only to lose 5-0. . .It was Bill's first defeat of the season. . .What's worse, his opponent, Ward Rockey, a kid out of Washington State College, gave eleven hits but Salem had 17 left men on base bases...Another ex-major leaguer, Spokane's Steve Mesner, reported afterward: "That Bevens hasn't lost a bit of his old stuff. When got up at bat against him he took me back to tne old days in the majors."

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