W L PCT. GB
Spokane ..... 74 40 .652 —
Vancouver ... 74 42 .638 1½
Salem ....... 61 54 .526 14
Wenatchee ... 57 57 .500 17½
Victoria .... 53 65 .449 23½
Tri-City .... 49 68 .415 27
Yakima ...... 48 68 .414 27½
Tacoma ...... 46 69 .400 29
SPOKANE, Aug. 9—The Wenatchee Chiefs salvaged a game from a disastrous series at Spokane by defeating the Indians, 7-2.
The victory enabled Wenatchee to climb back into the .500 bracket with a 57-57 record. Southpaw Tommy Breisinger posted his 14th victory against six defeats as the Chiefs tallied four runs in the fifth after two were out.
Wenatchee .... 010 042 000—7-10-0
Spokane ........ 010 000 100—2 -8-3
Breisinger and Roberson; Bishop, Wyatt (6) and Sheets.
VANCOUVER [Don Carlson, Province, August 10]—Fulfilling his ambition of ending his baseball season with a win, Bud Beasley, working his last home game in Vancouver, Thursday night pitched the Caps to an easy 6-1 verdict over Tri-City.
After he had finished, Capilano business manager Bill Schuster announced that Beasley would leave the club when it reached Salem on the road trip which opens tonight in Victoria.
Beasley is employed by the board of education in Reno, Nevada, and is required to report back for work within the next week.
SIX HIT PITCHING
The lantern-jawed left-hander had no trouble with the anaemic Braves who, before Al Spaeter crossed the plate in the eighth inning Thursday night on Bud Peterson’s single, had failed to score in 20 innings against the Caps.
They had last scored in the 7th inning of Tuesday’s game against George Nicholas. Bob Snyder shut them out Wednesday night. The string of goose eggs established the Caps as one of the Western International League’s potentially best defensive clubs.
Beasley gave up one six hits in registering his fifth win of the season. The veteran has not been beaten this year. He helped himself win with a sensational batting performance, hitting three for four and batting in a run.
The victory, combined with Spokane’s 7-2 loss to Wenatchee, put the locals back within one and one-half games of first place in the WIL.
ONE BIG INNING
Repeating their offensive pattern of the previous night, the Caps had one big inning, a four-run first inning, climaxed by Gordon Brunswick’s home run over the deep left field wall about 350 feet from the plate scoring Charlie Mead, who had singled ahead of him.
John Ritchey, with a double, and Dick Sinovic, with a triple, opened the scoring.
The outburst of Capilano power upset Jack Brewer, the ex-New York Giant, who left in the second in favor of Ken Michaelson [sic].
HOME AGAIN AUG. 17
Jimmy Moore went to second, Reno Cheso went to third and Brunswick went to first, replacing Chuck Abernathy, whose sore [unreadable] was kicking up. However, the whole club left by boat for Victoria this morning, with no casualties left behind.
They return for a series with Victoria Aug. 17.
Tri-City ....... 000 000 010—1- 6-2
Vancouver ... 410 000 01x—6-12-0
Brewer, Michelson (2) and Pesut; Beasley and Ritchey.
SALEM, Aug. 9—The Salem Senators again enjoyed shutout pitching as Curt Schmidt handcuffed the Tacoma Tigers 2-0 on five hits.
It was Schmidt's first win of the season. He also drove in one of Salem's runs with a single in the seventh.
Earlier in the fifth, the Senators tallied on successive hits by Hugh Luby and Dick Bartle.
Tacoma ..... 000 000 000—0-5-0
Salem ........ 000 010 10x—2-8-0
Clark, Mlshasek (8) and Watson; Schmidt and McKeegan.
VICTORIA [Colonist, Aug 10, 1951]—Victoria Athletics, who have looked like money in the bank under Bob Sturgeon, kept their W.I.L. playoff hopes alive at Royal Athletic Park last night by taking a doubleheader from Yakima Bears.
Bill Prior, the home-brew right-hander who joined the club a week ago, was the hero of the first game as he scored his first professional victory. Prior, who just failed to win Tuesday night in relief, made it this time as he stopped a Yakima rally in the sixth inning of the seven-inning opener, and later scored the winning run in the 5-4 contest.
The finale, played for more than 3,000 fans, many of them probably attracted by the Dick Barrett-Reg Patterson feud which erupted into open warfare Wednesday, was a 20-2 romp for a hit-happy Victoria club.
The double win, giving the A’s the series, 3-1, and a 10-3 edge over the Bears at Victoria, also gave them a 21-7 record at home under Sturgeon. It also consolidated their hold on fifth place with a 3½ game margin over Tri-City.
Four key plays turned the tide in the first game, which packed most of the interesting baseball. In order of their occurrence, they were: 1. Gene Thompson’s great catch of a long fly ball with two runs in, two out, and two runners scoring in the first inning.
2. An error on an easy pop fly which gave Sturgeon a chance to single in the first two runs for Victoria, behind 4-0 at the end of three innings as Jim Hedgecock took time to settle down.
3. Sturgeon’s decision to call on Prior in the sixth with two out and the bags loaded. Prior got Gene Gaviglio to force a runner, set the Bears down in order in the seventh.
4. The decision to chance the winning run in the seventh by sending Prior in from third after left-fielder Bill Andring had caught a short fly from the bat of Ben Jeffey.
The nightcap helped give the A’s some talking points when next season’s contracts come up. They teed off on Ted Savarese, manager Bill Brenner and Gaviglio for 25 hits, good for 38 bases, and were heading for a record when base-running fatigue seemed to catch up with them in the last inning.
John Tierney, who settled down from there to pitch one of his better games, was tagged for two runs in the first as the Bears teed off. It was nothing when compared with what happened to Savarese. Jim Clark led off with a drag bunt, then Don Pries, Jeffey, Thompson and White singled in order. When Savarese walked Milt Martin, he left for the showers without having retired a man.
On came Brenner, reputed to be tough in his new role as a pitcher, to be greeted by singles by Bill Dunn and Hal Jackson. A strikeout and double play followed but the despite didn’t last long. Five hits, including a two-run homer by Bill White, plated four more runs in the second and Brenner wisely called on Gaviglio to face the music from there.
The box scores show some interesting statistics but it should be mentioned that White had a double and three singles in addition to his home run and batted in six runs for a season’s total of 80. The big night put the big outfielder reasonably close to the league leaders in that all-important department and gives him an excellent chance to reach 100.
Yakima .... 211 000 0—4-9-1
Victoria .... 000 212 x—5-9-0
Powell, Boemler (6) and Tiesiera; Hedgecock, Carr (5), Prior (6) and Martin.
Yakima .... 200 000 000— 2 -8-5
Victoria .... 644 321 00x—20-25-2
Savarese, Brenner (1), Gaviglio (3) and Tiesiera; Tierney and Martin.
Kewp Barrett Is Suspended For ‘Rhubarb’
VICTORIA, August 9 — Dick Barrett, former manager of Victoria Athletics and now a Yakima pitcher, has been placed under indefinite suspension by Western International League President Bob Abel.
Barrett is reported to have attacked Business Manager Reg Patterson of the A’s after a verbal exchange before Wednesday’s game here with the Bears.
Abel was expected to arrive in Victoria Thursday to investigate the case but was unable to make the trip. It is reported that Barrett will stop off in Tacoma on the way back to Yakima to confer with the league president.
Full Report Promised
Patterson said he would make a full report on the pre-garne fracas.
Varied reports have it that Barrett and Patterson exchanged several blows under the grandstand until others stepped in to stop the fast-swinging pair.
The Victoria Colonist report of the fracas said: “Meeting Barrett going into the park, Patterson asked him to return a glove the Victoria business manager believed
his ex-field manager had taken with him when he left the club. A short verbal exchange ended with Barrett reported as saying ‘this is enough’ or words to that effect and going into action.”
When Barrett returned here he declined to talk about his deposition as the A’s field head.
Claim Is Filed
He admitted, however, that he had filed a claim for his wages from the Victoria Athletics following his release. He refused to elaborate on the proceedings.
Patterson earlier made it known that he had received notice of the claim and had submitted the reasons given for Barrett’s release to George Trautman, head of the Minor Association of Professional Baseball leagues.
G AB H RBI HR AVE
Ritchey, Van ....... 108 356 128 62 8 .360
Richardson, Spo ..... 98 339 116 89 9 .342
Chorlton, Tac ....... 66 261 89 31 1 .341
Peterson, Tri-C .... 103 392 132 88 11 .337
Sinovic, Van ....... 114 439 147 87 5 .335
Baxes, Yak ......... 114 419 137 49 4 .327
HR: Hafey, Wenatchee, 21; Marshall, Wenatchee, 11; Peterson, Tri-City, 11.
RBI: Richardson, Spokane, 89; Peterson, Tri-City, 88; Sinovic, Vancouver, 87.
Pitching: Holden, Spokane, 9-0; Hernandez, Vancouver, 12-3; Snyder, Vancouver, 21-6.