Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Sunday, July 15, 1951

Vancouver ... 59 30 .663 —
Spokane ..... 58 31 .652 1
Wenatchee ... 43 44 .494 15
Salem ....... 43 46 .483 16
Tri-City .... 42 48 .467 17½
Victoria .... 38 52 .422 21½
Tacoma ...... 37 51 .420 21½
Yakima ...... 35 53 .398 23½

YAKIMA, July 16 (Special to the Herald) — The Tri-City Braves shook off a three-game losing streak to the Yakima Bears by taking both ends of a doubleheader here last night.
Cy Greenlaw turned the trick in the seven inning game by serving up a six-hit masterpiece.
The Braves belted a quartet of Bear hurlers for 11 hits to win 5-3. Greenlaw also snapped a personal four-game losing streak with his victory.
Augie Zande, who had been turned back in his last two starts, went the full distance to take the 2-1 decision in the regulation nine-inning game. It was Zande's second victory of the season over the Bears and gave him a 4-7 record for the year.
Clint Cameron gave Greenlaw a big assist in the first one by slamming a double and also driving in three runs. Sam Kanelos and Nick Pesut got the other two for Cy. Cameron also drove in one of the two Brave runs in the nightcap while Zande helped to win his own game by tallying the other.
The Braves are idle tonight but open a three-game series at Salem tomorrow night. On Friday they will return to Sanders Field after concluding one of their longest road trips of the season.
First Game
Tri-City ....... 202 100 0— 5 11 0
Yakima ........ 010 200 0— 3 6 0
Greenlaw and Pesut; Aubertin, Anderson (1), Del Sarto (3), Powell (5) and Brenner.
Second Game
Tri City ......... 010 010 000—2 8 1
Yakima ......... 000 000 001—1 7 0
Zande and Pesut; Boemler and Tiesiera.

SPOKANE, July 15—The Spokane Indians are only a game and a half [sic] back of front-running Vancouver in the Western International league pennant chase, thanks to the Sunday ban on baseball in Canadian British Columbia.
Vancouver rested Sunday because of the ban and the Indians, with an assist from the surprising Wenatchee Chiefs tightened the race by sweeping a doubleheader with Salem 5-4 and 4-3. The game and a half margin between the two club was the narrowest since the early days of the 1952 seasons.
Both games at Spokane were forced into extra innings. This first contest, scheduled for seven innings, was won by Spokane in the last of the ninth. Salem forced the second game to 12 inings before yielding to the Indians.
WILfan note: once again, the standings and the AP roundup story don't match.
First Game
Salem ........ 101 002 000—4-6-2
Spokane ..... 000 103 001—5-9-1
Monroe and McKeegan; Marshall, Roberts (3) and Nulty.
Second Game
Salem ......... 201 000 000 000—3-13-2
Spokane ...... 000 001 110 001—4-13-2
Wilkie and McKeegan; Bishop and Sheets.


By DON BECKER, Herald Sports Editor [from July 16, 1951]
Well it happened. That long distance pitching jinx we’ve been talking about lately claimed it’s latest victim Saturday night. Bob Snyder of Vancouver (18-2 no less) tested the hoodoo and came out second best. If you haven’t been around these parts lately a recap might be in order. The jinx we are talking about concerns WIL pitchers who get involved in those 14-lnnlng or more ball games and how they usually suffer after completing them.
First it was Ron Smith of Victoria who went 23 innings and since then has had just a so-so season. Jim Holder of Spokane and Carl Gunnarson of Vancouver were the next pair of casualties to the jinx. And now Snyder completes the current cycle. He went 14-innings against Salem the middle of last week and started Saturday against Wenatchee only to get shelled from the box.
As we recall, it was our recommendation that it just wouldn’t be a good idea to
bet against Snyder even though he was facing the pitcher’s nemesis. So for all of you who wanted to place a few bob and didn't because of our suggestion just mail in the amount you might have won complete with a boxtop from any old railroad car and we'll fight your battle with the business manager . . but don’t hold your breath.
But say what about the Wenatchee club. Apparently Tommy Thompson had the Caps fairly well tabbed when he predicted his Chiefs would pull Vancouver up short. Only thing is though that it caught our Braves in one of their worst road slumps of the season. Thus they won’t be able to take advantage of any lessening of the pace by the Caps.
When the Braves left on their current road trip the prediction was made that if they came back in the first division then they would finish there. Well, that three-game series at Salem which starts Tuesday will settle the question. Only a game and a half back Tri-City virtually needs a clean sweep to reach fourth but even a half a game back at the close of the three games would be close enough to stay in the battle for a spot in the playoffs.

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