Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Wednesday, June 13, 1951

               W  L  Pct GB
Vancouver ... 38 16 .706 —
Spokane ..... 36 19 .655 2½
Salem ....... 26 27 .491 11½
Tri-City .... 24 27 .471 12½
Wenatchee ... 24 31 .436 14½
Victoria .... 23 20 .434 14½
Yakima ...... 21 30 .412 15½
Tacoma ...... 21 33 .389 17

KENNEWICK, June 14 [Herald] —The Tri-City Braves will be looking for the series edge and the Vancouver Capilanos an even split when they square off tonight in the final of their four-game series. It will be Cy Greenlaw for the Braves and Don Tisnerat for the Caps on the hill.
Last night's doubleheader went two ways. Carl Gunnarson served up a near-perfect game in the opener to shutout Tri-City 7-0. A careful sprinklllng of hits by Augie Zande backed up by some well timed blows by Neil Bryant, Clint Cameron and San Kanelos, plus some muster minding by Manager Charlie Petersen earned the 3-2 nightcap for the Braves.
Gunnarson set the Tri-City club down in order for five innings in the first one until Al Spaeter broke the hitless spell with a single to right field. Cameron got the only other safe blow that the left hander gave up.
Beaten by the Braves the last time they met it was sweet revenge for the Cap hurler.
Vic Buccola electrified the 1388 fans by starting and completing two "baseball player's" double-plays — Buccola to Peterson to Buocola. The hardest twin killing there is, the odds against two coming in a seven inning game run into the hundreds of thousands.
Jack Brewer made a noble start for Tri-City by striking out the first two batters. But then he gave up a pair of singles and when Charlie Mead slammed a fast ball deep over the right field fence the game went with it. The Caps added a pair in the second, and Ken Michelson went in to relieve finishing the rest of the game. Chuck Abernathy hit for the circuit in the fifth with Gordy Brunswick aboard.
Tri-City had to go to the final two innings before they got their well deserved victory for Zande in the finale. They broke out in front in the fourth when Buddy Peterson singled, took second on a wild pitch and scored on Bryant's blow. Vancouver tied the count 1-1 in their seventh and this time it was Cameron's black bat that looped one into right field to drive in the tie-breaking run.
Vancouver, fighting back all the way, tied it up when catcher John Ritchey bushwacked their third four-master in the eighth.
Bryant opened the ninth for Tri-City with a double and then manager Charlie Petersen gave the bunt sign to Bill Edelstein. The sacrifice worked and Bryan moved to third. Kanelos with the count 0-2 on him took George Nicholas' next pitch and hit it to right. Bryant held up a third until Mead gathered in the ball and then raced in to win the ball game easily.
First Game
Vancouver ...... 320 020 0—7-9-1
Tri-City ......... 000 000 0—0-2-0
Gunnarson and Ritchey; Brewer, Michelson (3) and Pesut.
Second Game
Vancouver ...... 000 000 101—2-10-0
Tri-City .......... 000 100 011—3- 9-0
Nicholas and Ritchey; Zande and Pesut.

WENATCHEE, June 13—Wenatchee downed the Tacoma Tigers 10 to 8 in Western International League baseball Wednesday night. Wenatchee tallied seven runs in a wild second inning highlighted by Will Hafey's two-run homer. Hafey's two-run double in the fourth was the margin of difference.
Tacoma ......... 003 010 130— 8- 9-1
Wenatchee ... 070 210 00x—10-15-2
Clark, Knezovich (2), Barta (8) and Lundberg, Watson (4); Breisinger, Gassaway (9), and Neal.

SPOKANE [Victoria Colonist, June 14]—Victoria Athletics fell to sixth plane in the Western International League when they dropped their second straight game to Spokane Indians, 3-2, at Spokane last night. The victory was the sixth straight for the rampaging Indians.
The clubs wind up the three-game series tonight and then return to Victoria for a four-game series opening at Royal Athletic Park tomorrow. Jim Hedgecock will be the likely mound choice for Victoria with Jim Holder his probably opponent.
Jim Propst went down to his sixth defeat against three victories last night when he weakened in the eighth inning. Tagged for successive singles by Eddie Murphy, Edo Vanni and Steve Mesner—the first three Spokane batters—Propst escaped with only one run charged against him in the first inning. He kept out of trouble until the eighth although the Indians received five walks and stole six bases.
Jim Wert singled in the eighth, stole second and went to third as Jim Brown grounded out. Wert came in to tie the score at 2-2 as Bill Sheets laid down a squeeze bunt. John Conant, Murphy and Vanni singled in succession to drive in Conant with the winning run and Ron Smith relieved Propst to end the rally.
The A’s got away to a fast start in the first inning when they scored twice on singles by Jim Robinson, Lilio Marcucci and Hal Jackson a fielder’s choice and an error, but were held to two hits by Conant after the second inning.
Robinson played his first game for the A’s in sterling style. He handled three chances flawlessly at third base and picked up three hits in five trips to lead the club at the plate.
Victoria ...... 200 000 000—2 -7-1
Spokane ..... 100 000 02x—3-11-4
Propst, Smith (8) and Marcucci; Conant and Sheets.

SALEM, June 13—Aldon Wilkie zeroed in at Salem as he hurled the Salem Senators to a 8 to 0 triumph over Yakima on Wednesday night. It was Wilkie's second consecutive shutout. Glen Stetter insured victory by driving home a run in the first and doubling home two more counters in the third.
Yakima .... 000 000 000—0-4-2
Salem ........ 103 301 00x—8-9-3
Anderson, DelSarto (4) and Brenner; Wilkie and McKeegan.

By DON BECKER, Herald Sports Editor [from June 14/51]
You've heard that old saying about how you can see the ferest for the trees." Well, that's much the same position the Tri-City Braves might be considered to be in. Here they were out scoring the country for pitchers, and they looked everywhere except in their own front office . . . which is where they should have looked in the first place.
Of course it might be a bit difficult for Vern Johnson to combine the job of General Manager with that of a pitcher, but he's proved he can handle both of them, and pretty well too, thank you. But then the mound is no experience for Johnson who did some mighty fancy twirling at Stanford University and also for a while in the Coast league until his arm went bad.
What we're leading up to is that the other day at Connell, Vern walked out on the hill and cranked up the full nine innings giving up five hits and one run. What's more he didn't walk a man while striking out six. Being a portsider Johnson could help out quite a bit. But as Johnson laughingly pointed out, "I'd need a month's rest between games to get my legs in shape. And at that rate I'd only pitch four or five a year."
At that it could develop into quite an interesting sight if the playing manager walked out to the mound to pull the general manager out of the game. The possibilities of what could happen from that go on and on and on. But don't wait around for Vern.
"Although if the situation ever got real desperate I might be tempted to try it," he said. "But then if it ever got that bad I might not be the g. m. either, so you can't tell."
Artie Wilson, who asked for his release from the
Braves, has signed with Tucson of the Southwestern International league. Although it's a class C loop it's a fast one. Artie wanted to play the infield which is why he requested his release. One reason the Braves couldn't locate him in this league is because the other clubs hadn't had a chance to see him at third. If they had, Artie would still be in class B.

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