W L PCT GB
Vancouver ... 55 25 .687 —
Spokane ..... 50 26 .641 4
Salem ....... 40 38 .510 14
Wenatchee ... 37 41 .483 17
Tri-City .... 37 42 .460 17½
Victoria .... 36 45 .444 19½
Tacoma ...... 32 47 .400 22½
Yakima ...... 28 49 .363 25½
KENNEWICK, July 6—Lou Tost survived a shaky first inning first inning Friday to pitch the Wenatchee Chiefs to a Western International League baseball game.
Sam Kanelos’ triple and Vic Buccola's home run in the first inning accounted for all the Tri-City scoring.
Wenatchee tied it up in the third inning when Jim Marshall’s double sent two runs across. The eventual winning run came in the fifth when Marshall's single sent Buddy Hjelmaa across the plate.
Walt Pocekay, Wenatchee third sacker, homered in the eighth inning with one mate aboard to give Wenatchee another pair of runs.
Wenatchee .... 002 020 420—10 12 0
Tri-City ......... 200 000 000—2 3 3
Tost and Neal; Greenlaw, Stone (7) and Pesut.
TACOMA, July 6—The Vancouver Capilanos Friday night buried Tacoma Tigers under a 16 to 4 score in a wild Western International league baseball game.
Tacoma played the game under protest from the second inning when Manager Jim Brillheart claimed Vancouver had more than the legal 17 men in uniform on the bench.
The real confusion started when Tacoma relief pitcher Jerry Barta batted out of turn in the fourth inning, driving in a run. The run was disallowed and the batter called out.
Later in the game, Unpire Dick Valencourt reversed his decision and allowed the run to stand—not that it made much difference to the lopsided Capilanos’ win.
It was Bob Snyder’s 17th win of the season. He will have to wait until the protest is ruled upon before it is official.
The batting order confusion continued throughout the game, until in the latter stages, even the official score keepers and the umpire weren't sure who would come to bat next.
Vancouver tallied once in the first and added four runs in the second after two were out to get a fast start to their big score. Bob McGuire’s triple with two aboard was the big blow.
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TACOMA, [Vancouver Sun, July 7]—Bob Snyder, Vancouver Capilanos’ ace righthander, took another step toward setting a new Western International Baseball League pitching record here Friday night.
Bob came through with his 17th victory against only two defeats as the league-leading Caps buried the hapless home-town Tigers under an avalanche of base hits and runs.
The first WIL pitching record of 24 defeats [sic] and four losses was set in 1937 by Oscar Miller of Yakima. Percentagewise it was equalled in 1941 by Don Osborn of Vancouver with 18 wins and three losses for .857 and bettered by another Vancouver pitcher, Hunk Anderson, who had a .917 percentage with 11 wins and one loss in 1949.
Most victories for one season were turned in by Joe Blankenship in 1948 with 25.
Snyder may yet lose his 17th victory became Tacoma manager Jim Brillheart played under protest, claiming Vancouver had more than the legal 17 men in uniform.
Vancouver manager Bill Schuster also protested after Tacoma batted out of order in the fourth inning. Tacoma scored a run, had it taken away by Umpire Dick Valencourt in the fourth and given back in the eighth.
Vancouver failed to gain ground by its win, however, as the second place Spokane Indians kept pace with a 4-3 victory over Salem.
Vancouver ..... 140 101 402—16 16 0
Tacoma ......... 100 120 000—4 10 2
Snyder and Ritchey; Clark, Barta (2) and Watson.
SALEM, July 6—Two Salem errors in the seventh inning brought in the winning run to give Spokane a 4 to 3 Western International League victory here Friday night.
Spokane ....... 000 002 200—4 6 2
Salem .......... 000 120 000—3 6 2
Bishop and Nulty; DeGeorge and McKeegan.
YAKIMA [Victoria Daily Colonist, July 7]—“I’ll be back.”
The phrase made famous by General MacArthur and later borrowed by Dick Barrett came baxck to haunt Victoria Athletics last ngiht.
Barrett, unable, or unwilling, to do any pitching while he was managing the Victoria Athletics, cranked up his 43-year-old right arm at Yakima and found enough stamina and enough of his old-time ability to make hood his first step on his avowed trail of revenge which is to make the A’s sorry he is no longer with them.
STRIKES OUT SIX
Barrett scattered eight hits, struck out six batters and walked none as he hurled the Bears to a 9-2 triumph in the opener of a four-game series.
Barrett was only in trouble in the third inning when the A’s scored both their runs on four hits. With one out, Jimmy Robinson singled but was forced by Don Pries. Gene Thompson, Bill White and Hal Jackson followed with hard-hit singles in succession to drive in Pries and Thompson before Milt Martin grounded out to save Barrett from an early shower.
ERROR STARTS RALLY
The Bears sewed up the contest in the second when an error by Pries touched off a six-run rally. Will Tiesiera drew a life on Pries’ error and scored the first run as Dick Briskey followed with a triple, scoring on Don Richmond’s single. Dick Steinberg beat out an intended sacrifice and Barrett bunted the runner along.
Richmond scored on Bill Andring’s outfield fly. Al Jacinto was hit by a pitched ball and Mike Baxes doubled to drive in Steinberg. Jerry Zuvela was intentionally walked to fill the bases, but Tiesiera singled, scoring Jacinto and Baxes. John Brkich replaced Ron Smith and forced Briskey to fly out and end the rally.
Although hit consistently, Brkich went along until the eighth, giving up single runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth. First baseman Hal Jackson came to the aid of the overworked Victoria mound staff in the eighth and retired the last two batters.
Victoria ..... 002 000 000—2 8 1
Yakima ...... 060 001 11x—9 17 2
Smith, Brkich (2), Jackson (8) and Martin; Barrett and Tiesiera.
Marcucci Set With Beavers
[Victoria Colonist, July 7, 1951]
It became definite Thursday that Victoria will not get catcher-third baseman Lilio Marcucci back from Portland.
With Joe Rossi back in action after a month-long layoff while a hand injury healed, the Beavers had to release one player. They released veteran Bill Salkeld, former major league receiver, keeping Marcucci and Rossi for their backstopping chores.
Sweet Spokane Will Be Sugary To Blind Toms
SPOKANE, July 6—Those long-suffering people—baseball umpires—will be the toast of the town here next week.
Mayor Arthur Mehan Friday declared the week beginning July 9 as “Be Kind to the Umpire” week. And just to prove he means it, he personally will serve breakfast in bed to Western International League umpires Mickey Hanich and Joe Iacovetti on Wednesday.
Other city officials will take over on other mornings. Other little favors the umpires will receive during the work include free lodging at a fine hotel and a yacht trip on one of the nearby lakes, free steaks at a leading restaurant, and a free dental checkup by a local dentist. No mention was made of a free eye checkup.
The Spokane Junior Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the stunt.