Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Sunday, August 12, 1951

W L Pct. GB
Spokane ..... 79 40 .664 --
Vancouver ... 76 43 .639 3
Salem ....... 62 57 .521 17
Wenatchee ... 57 61 .483 21½
Victoria .... 54 67 .446 26
Tri-City .... 52 68 .430 28
Tacoma ...... 50 69 .420 29
Yakima ...... 48 72 .400 31½

YAKIMA, Aug. 12—The Spokane Indians increased their lead to three games by sweeping a doubleheader on Sunday from the tail-end Yakima Bears 4-3 and 7-4.
The first game, scheduled for seven innings, went two extra frames before Edo Vanni scored the winning run on an outfield fly after leading off with a double.
Kewpie Dick Barrett, back in action after a brief suspension for fisticuffs, was the loser in the nightcap. Barrett was benched last week by the League president for a brawl with Victoria business Manager Reg Patterson.
First Game
Spokane .... 000 020 101—1-8-0
Yakima ...... 002 010 000—3-6-0
Bishop, Wyatt (5), Palm (6) and Sheets; Del Sarto, Powell (5) and Tiesiera.
Second Game
Spokane .... 030 003 100—7-8-0
Yakima ...... 202 000 000—4-7-1
Conant and Nulty; Barrett, Wright (7) and Tiesiera.

KENNEWICK [Herald, Aug. 13]—Lanky Bill Bevens gave 1290 fans at Sanders Field last night a glimpse of what he must have looked like when he was doing the hurling for the New York Yankees. Because of his four-hit effort Salem won the final game, 4-2 of the seires in which the Tri-City Braves took three of the four.
There was plenty of credit due Lou McCollum, too, even though he was bested in the pitching duel with Bevens. The Braves ace gave up but five hits.
Two free passes given up by McCollum at the start of the game turned out to be the difference.
After walking Richey Myers and Gene Tanselli, the Brave moundsman got Dick Faber on an infield roller but it advanced the two base runners setting the stage for Glen Stetter’s single to score them.
Kenny Michelson, playing left field in the revamped Tri-City lineup, got one of the hits off Bevens and poled it over the fence to score the Braves first run in the eighth. The Salem hurler then passed McCollum who moved along on Bill Edelstein’s third single. Clint Cameron skied deep to left with McCollum plating the other Tri-City counter.
Salem got their winning run in the fourth with Hugh Luby’s triple starting things off. The Salem manager made it home on an infield putout. Stetter doubled to open the Senators’ sixth and scored on Luby's deep fly to centerfield.
Salem ........ 200 101 000—4-5-0
Tri-City ...... 000 000 020—2-4-0
Bevens and McKeegan; McCollum and Pesut.

WENATCHEE, Aug. 12—Tacoma’s Tigers moved to within a game of sixth place with 3-0 and 7-2 wins over the Wenatchee Chiefs for a sweep of their four-game series.
Bob Schulte shut out the Chiefs on three hits in the opener, while Tom Kipp gave up only five in the regulation nightcap. It was Schulte’s second shutout at Wenatchee in three days.
First Game
Tacoma ........ 110 010 0—3-9-0
Wenatchee ... 000 000 0—0-3-0
Second Game
Schulte and Lundberg; Breisinger and Roberson.
Tacoma ....... 000 200 005—7-11-0
Wenatchee .. 000 000 101—2- 5-2
Kipp and Watson; Raimondi and Roberson.


Wright Signs
YAKIMA, Aug. 12—The Western International league Yakima Bears Sunday moved towards bolstering a thin pitching staff by acquiring pitcher Ken Wright, former Whitman college athlete.

By DON BECKER, Herald Sports Editor [from Aug. 13, 1951]
Spokane baseball fans are extremely enthusiastic about the prospects of Alan Strange’s Indians in the current Western International league pennant scramble. The “Spokes” are fighting tooth-and-nail with the Vancouver Capilanos for undisputed first place in thp WIL standings. Considerable attention is also being focused on Eddie Murphy, the Indians' sensational centerfielder. Murphy broke Edo Vanni’s stolen base record of 76 last week and every time he swipes one now it sets a new league record.
Rabid Spokane funs are casting hopeful eyes on the day in the near future when one of their best hurlers, Jim Holder, returns to the lineup after a long injury. Holder has a 9-0 season mark and has the highest won-lost percentage in the Willy loop.

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