Thursday, November 29, 2007

Sunday, July 22, 1951

               W  L  PCT GB
Vancouver ... 63 33 .656 —
Spokane ..... 63 34 .649 ½
Salem ....... 49 47 .510 14
Wenatchee ... 46 50 .479 17
Tri-City .... 43 54 .443 20½
Victoria .... 42 55 .433 21½
Yakima ...... 41 56 .423 22½
Tacoma ...... 39 57 .406 24

TACOMA, July 22— The Spokane Indians swept a Western International league baseball doubleheader from the Tacoma Tigers Sunday, 5-2 and 3-2 to move to within a half game of the league lead.
First Game
Spokane ..... 000 202 1—5-9-0
Tacoma ...... 100 001 0—2-5-1
Marshall, Roberts (7) and Sheets; Knezovich and Watson
Second Game
Spokane .... 000 000 003—3-6-1
Tacoma ..... 001 001 000—2-7-0
Bishop, Roberts (8) and Nulty; Clark and Lundberg.

KENNEWICK [Herald, July 23]—Manager Charlie Peterson shouldn't have any trouble in finding a pitcher for tomorrow night's opener at Sanders Field against the onrushlng Spokane Indians. It's getting so the Braves only win every fourth game in their battle to stay in the playoffs of the Western International league.
Last night's 2-1 loss in ten innings to Salem was the third straight defeat so Tuesday's game will be the fourth. The one the Braves have been winning. The current hex started at Yakima where Tri-City dropped three and then picked up a pair. At Salem they lost three straight, came back home and won the fourth. Salem closed out by winning the last three to take six of the seven games.
The Braves lumber hasn't made it any easier for the hurling staff either. Of those last three Tri-City collected but four runs or slightly more than one per game.
It was the same story last night when willing Lou McCollum lost to Ray McNulty in the tenth. McCollum did all he could by slashing a double to center in the third and scoring on Vic Buccola's through-the-box single.
Tri-City had their chances to win before Sam Kanelos' bobble put the Senator's winning run on in the tenth. They left two base runners stranded in each of the seventh, eighth and ninth innings.
Ray McNulty, who garnered his 11th victory of the season also scored the winning run in the tenth. He reached first when Kanelos' throw to Buccola was too high. Before Vic could recovered the ball McNulty had swung on down to second. He moved to third on an infield out and romped in on Gene Tanselli's single to right.
McNulty killed off any Brave hopes of coming back in the bottom of the tenth by getting Al Spaeter on a fly ball to left field and then forcing Buccola and Buddy Peterson to pop up to the third baseman.
Peterson easily came up with the fielding gem of the night when he raced hard to his right and backhanded Richie Meyers low liner otf his shoe tops in the fifth.
Spokane will play a mid-week series here and then the Braves swing up to Wenatchee. They return for another mid-week series, this time against Victoria, and then again hit the road a
week as they make their final swing into Canada.
Salem ....... 100 000 000 1—2-3-1
Tri-City ..... 001 000 000 0—1-6-4
McNulty and McKeegan; McCollum and Pesut.

First Game
Yakima ......... 001 305 0—9-13-1
Wenatchee ... 003 000 1—4- 8-1
Savarese and Tiesiera; Raimondi, Breisinger (6) and Lake.
Second Game
Yakima ......... 011 001 310—7-9-1
Wenatchee ... 001 110 020—5-9-1
Powell and Tiesiera; Kanshin, Tost (7), Treichel (9) and Roberson.


By DON BECKER, Herald Sports Editor [from July 23, 1951]
During the three games Salem took from the Tri-City Braves over the past unhappy weekend they scored the grand total of nine runs. And of those nine, four of them were driven in by the combination of Jim McKeegan (3) and Dick Faber (1). Both were with the Braves last year and just to add a modicum of salt to the gaping wound, Tri-City would probably have had both back this season If it hadn’t been for that unfortunate tieup the club made with the St. Louis Cardinal organization.
What changes in a year. In 1950 the Braves welcomed the Salem team like long-lost cousins. It was just like putting money in the bank to play the Senators then. But now the Tri-City dances to the tune the Senators want to play . . . six of the last seven have gone into their well-lined coffers.
No doubt the 819 fans who took in last night’s game will hang the “goat” tag on Sam Kanelos for his 10th inning error which permitted the winning run to get on base. However, if you'll turn the coin over, there's another picture on the other side. In the seventh, eighth and ninth innings the Braves left runners on two bases. A timely blow in any of those frames would have given Lou McCollum the victory he so well deserved instead of defeat.
In a nutshell, and as we see it, the entire season adds up to this: There isn’t a team in the league that kept the Braves out of the playoffs, or for that matter out of the pennant.. Everything that has been lost was lost in Lindsay, Calif., and St. Louis. It has perhaps been a costly lesson . . . more costly than anyone ever dreamed. The only consolation to be gained from it is that maybe it was a lesson well learned. Certainly it’s been well taught.

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