Sunday, November 25, 2007

Wednesday, July 4, 1951

Vancouver ... 54 24 .692 —
Spokane ..... 48 28 .632 5
Salem ....... 40 37 .510 13½
Tri-City .... 37 40 .481 16½
Wenatchee ... 36 40 .474 17
Victoria .... 35 44 .443 19½
Tacoma ...... 32 46 .410 22
Yakima ...... 26 49 .347 26½

KENNEWICK, July 3—The Tri-City Braves are a first division baseball team again today.
They got back among the top four of the Western International League by sweeping both ends of a doubleheader from Victoria last night at Sanders Field.
Lou McCollum wrapped up the seven inning game with a three-hit workmanlike job that left the A's to two runs. Neil Bryant's single in the fifth which scored Buddy Peterson from second cinched McCollum's eighth victory of the season.
But if McCollum, and John Tierney Victoria's losing pitcher in that game, left the field in tidy shape it certainly got messed up in the nightcap.
Eight pitchers paraded to the mound during the two and a half hour contest. Jack Brewer, the fifth and final Brave hurler claimed the 13-9 decision while John Brkich, second in a string of three pitchers for Victoria, was charged with the defeat.
Clint Cameron scored what proved to be the winning run of he game when Nick Pesut's long fly ball deep into right field gave Cameron plenty of time to cross the plate.
The two teams finish their current series with a single game tonight. Cy Greenlaw (4-7) is slated for the Braves mound and Jim Propst will go for Victoria.
Wenatchee's Chiefs move into Sanders Field Friday night for a four game weekend series which includes a Saturday night doubleheader.
Buddy Peterson put Tri-City out in front in the first stanza when he singled Sam Kanelos in from third. Kanelos had walked and moved around the bases into scoring position on a single by Vic Buccola.
Victoria got two of their hits n the third and made them count for their two and only runs. Tierney opened with a single and moved to third on Bill Dunn's double long fly balls to center and right field respectively by Bob Pries and Bob White scored Tierney and Dunn. That's how it stood until the fifth when Bryant drove in Peterson.
Brewer's victory in the nightcap helped to erase the 10-1 decision he dropped to the A's in Canada last week.
Both clubs enjoyed big innings but Victoria had the largest when they counted five times on five hits in the eighth. This was the frame that derricked three Brave hurlers before Brewer finally got the side out.
Dick Stone who had taken over the game in the first from Augie Zande opened by striking out Marv Diercks. Diercks also closed the inning by again striking out but before he did the game was all tied up. After Diercks fanned, Stone gave up two singles and a walk. Ken Michelson then came on but when he threw four straight balls to Pries he was lifted by Manager Charlie Petersen. That brought in Joe Nicholas who was rapped for three consecutive singles before Brewer was waved in from the bull pen. Brewer choked off the nightmare by forcing Art Thrasher on a weak pop up to Al Spaeter and then whiffed Diercks.
Tri-City came back in the bottom of the eight to plate four runners and win the game.
Brewer held Victoria well in check during their ninth giving up but one single.
First Game
Victoria ...... 002 000 0—2-3-2
Tri-City ...... 101 010 x—3-7-1
Tierney and Martin; McCollum and Pesut.
Second Game
Victoria ...... 300 000 150— 9 12 2
Tri-City ...... 023 040 04x—13 14 0
Hedgecock, Brkich (5), Zande (8) and Thrasher; Stone, Michelson (7), Nicholas (7), Brewer (7) and Pesut.

VANCOUVER, July 4—League-leading Vancouver and swept a twin bill as Vancouver topped tail-end Yakima 3-1 and 3-0. Vancouver's double win at Yakima dropped the Bears 26½
games back of the league-leaders.
Kewpie Dick Barrett, ousted two weeks ago as Victoria's manager, made his first appearance in a Yakima uniform in the 6th inning of the opening contest, two hours after signing. The former Pacific Coast league hurler gave up one hit, one run, three walks and one wild pitch in one and two-thirds innings. He walked in a run.
John Ritchey had a perfect night at the plate in the opener, hitting four for four.
Pete Hernandez allowed five hits in gaining the win.
In the second game, Bud Beasley, another ex-Coast leaguer, tossed a seven-hit shutout for the Caps.
(1st game 7 Innings)
Vancouver ..... 000 002 1—3-10-0
Yakima .......... 010 000 0—1-5-0
Hernandez and Ritchey; Powell, Barrett (6) and Brenner.
2nd Game
Vancouver ...... 100 010 001—3-13-0
Yakima ........... 000 000 000—0- 7-2
Beasley and Ritchey; Anderson and Tiesiera

TACOMA, July 4—Tacoma and Salem split, with Tacoma taking the opener 10-3 and Salem the nightcap 7-1.
The Tigers blasted Bill Bevens for 18 hits and an easy 10-4 victory over Salem Senators in the opener. The loss gave Bevans a record of 11-7 for the season.
The Tigers weren't so lucky in the nightcap as Aldon Wilkie held them to five hits to raise his season record to 7-6. He got plenty of help from catcher Jim McKeegan, who poled an inside-the-park home run in the third inning with the bases loaded.
Four of the hits Tacoma mustered off Wilkie were the inside variety. Vince DiMaggio's single was the only outfield blow allowed by the Salem hurler.
First Game
Salem ........ 001 001 100— 3-12-1
Tacoma ..... 000 122 23x—10-18-1
Bevens and McKeegan; Kipp and Watson.
(2nd game 7 innings)
Salem ....... 104 000 2—7-14-1
Tacoma .... 000 010 0—1- 5-0
Wilkie and McKeegan; Schulte, Mishasek (4) and Lundberg.

SPOKANE, July 4—Spokane bumped Wenatchee into the second division, half a game back of Tri-City, with 7-6 and 5-3 victories over the Chiefs.
John Conant yielded nine hits to the hard-hitting Chiefs in the opener but kept them scattered and walked only one man.
Spokane took the lead with one run in the first inning and held it all the way.
The Chiefs' first score was an unearned run in the sixth. Buddy Hjelmaa singled, went to third on an error and was singled home by Jim Marshall. Charles Gassaway, who went the distance on the mound for Wenatchee, sent Lil Arnerich home in the seventh on a long fly ball.
An Arnerich double in the ninth inning scored Len Neal who went to first on a single.
Catcher Bill Sheets led the Spokane attack, knocking in two runs with two singles.
First Game
Wenatchee ... 121 000 002—6-14-1
Spokane ....... 410 000 20x—7-10-1
Ralmondi and Roberson; Rockey, Roberts (9) and Nulty.
Second Game
Wenatchee ... 000 001 101—3 -9-1
Spokane ....... 100 010 11x—5-11-2
Gassaway and Neal; Conant and Sheets.

WIL Hurler Returns
TWIN FALLS Idaho, July 5 — The Twin Falls Cowboys of the class C Pioneer baseball league sold pitcher Dick Aubertin to Yakima of the class B Western International league yesterday.

Braves Sign Sac Pitcher On Option
[Tri-City Herald, July 5, 1951]
The Tri-City Braves announced today that they have signed Clayton, "Buzz" Berriesford to their pitching staff.
The 18-year old is owned by Sacramento of the Pacific Coast league and is on option to the Braves. He is a right hander on the mound and a left hander at the plate. Berriesford also played one year for Sacramento Junior college. The college nine were California junior college champions.

By DON BECKER, Herald Sports Editor [July 5, 1951]
And it couldn't have happened to a nicer guy. No sir there isn't a baseball pitcher in the business today who more deserved the 7-1 victory Joe Nicholas won the other evening. After six straight setbacks, most of which were either booted away or lost because his teammates failed to hit, the submarine right hander was long overdue at the post. What's more it wasn't just another ball game to the fans either. You could tell it the way they hung on every one of Joe's pitches, and the way they suffered every time a base-hit didn't produce a run.
Unquestionably Nicholas is one of the most colorful players on the team this year. And it's his strikeout method when he's hot that makes him such. Like Tuesday night when he left 10 of the A's standing there with bats on their shoulders to tie the Sanders Field strikeout record. Granted Joe had to use nine innings to equal Lloyd Dickey's mark set last season over six and two-thirds innings. But where Dickey's blazing speed carried him to the record, and eventually out of the bafl game when he lost his control, Nicholas pumped his strikeout pitches right down the alley walking only three.
As our sports writing friend in Victoria, Jim Tang says, the A's are a new hustling team under the leadership of Bob Sturgeon. The only question is how long will it be before it wears off. The first hint of what could be a return to the “normal” came in that 7-1 Nicholas victory we mentioned above, when the Victoria outfield apparently slowed up. Buddy Peterson turned what should have been an ordinary single into a double because of a slow relay.
Sturgeon, who by the way is just as nice a people as you'd meet anywhere, definitely has a disciplinary problem on his hands. There was absolutely no excuse for Gene Thompson's “thumb to the nose” to the fans when he was called out on strikes by Umpire Ed Maslowski in the third inning. Suppose it was a bad call. So what! That isn't the first one Thompson had, nor is it the last he's going to get.
It isn't often that a pitcher leaves a game with his learn ahead, and they stay there to win the game, and then is still not credited with the victory. Still that's what happened to John Brkich in the abbreviated two-inning game Tuesday night. It was a 3-3 tie when the fast balling left hander entered and was 4-3 Victoria when he left. The reason Ron Smith was credited with the victory was because of more effective hurling. Not only did he stifle a strong threat by the Braves but he also kept the Tri-City bats idle in the last inning.
Well we finally found out how Al Spaeter happened to get picked off first base. If you'll recall our wonderment was caused because there was a runner on second and Vic Buccola, a left handed batter, at the plate. As pointed out to us by Spaeter, Nick Pesut, Charlie Petersen, Lou McCollum and a few others on the team, the situation called for a bunt. That's how the first baseman hanpened to be playing in so close. But instead of serving up a pitch to Buccola the left hander on the mound made a good move to first and that was it. It was a set play and one that you won't see very often. . .but still an interesting one.
The league has now passed that point of July 4. That's the date on which the team out in front is supposed to be odds on favorite to win the pennant. And it does look like Vancouver is going to be hard to stop. Spokane continues to hang on doggedly trying to pull the Caps back but so far even their new shorts haven't been of much avail.
It didn't take “Kewpie” Dick Barrett long to get back into action. The ex-Victoria pilot hooked up with Yakima yesterday and two hours after signing the contract was out on the mound as a relief pitcher. Surely Victoria won't miss the obvious should Kewpie be assigned to start a game against the A's when the two teams meet in Canada. A well-timed announcement of that situation should do a lot to spark the lagging Victoria gate. The relations between Kewpie and the team were good but you can bet he would like to beat his old club just to prove to the front office that they made a mistake.

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