W L Pct GB
Spokane ..... 85 42 .661 —
Vancouver ... 81 47 .646 4½
Salem ....... 65 62 .511 20
Wenatchee ... 60 67 .472 25
Victoria .... 58 71 .449 28
Tacoma ...... 55 72 .433 30
Yakima ...... 54 74 .422 31½
Tri-City .... 53 76 .410 33
KENNEWICK [Herald, Aug. 22]—Spokane defeated the Tri-City Braves 23-5 in a Western International league game at Sanders field last night.
It was the worst shellacking ever handed a Tri-City club since the park opened a year ago.
The victory kept Spokane four and a half games out in front of the second place Vancouver Capilanos.
The defeat dropped Tri-City into the cellar with a thud as Yakima was winning from Salem. The Braves are now 31 games out of first and hopelessly out of any contention for the playoffs.
Tonight the two teams wind up their current series. Jack Brewer will be on the mound for the Braves while John Conant is Manager Alan Strange's choice.
What started out to be a routine ball game last night was blown sky high by the Indians in the third inning when they batted completely around the cycle and scored seven runs on six hits. The barrage also lifted Lou McCollum, Trl-City's starter, from the mound.
Buzz Berriesford took over until midway in the seventh when a three-run assault and three free passes sent him to the showers. Dick Stone came on to tidy up what was left of the game.
Nick Pesut hit his first home run of the season last night, and he did it up in style too. The husky Brave catcher poled one over the right field wall with the bases jammed in the eighth to account for four of Tri-City's runs. A free pass to Neil Bryant, also with the bases loaded, scored Vic Buccola to account for the other run.
Eddie Murphy hit one out for the Spokes in the seventh and Jim Brown turned the trick in the fifth. There were none aboard either time.
Spokane .... 027 040 352—23-22-0
Tri-City .... 000 000 050— 5-10-3
Bishop and Nulty; McCollum, Berriesford (3), Stone (6) and Pesut.
VANCOUVER [Keith Matthews, News Herald, Aug. 22]—The Capilanos won themselves a ball game Tuesday night and likely lost a pitcher.
While Seattle Rainiers’ general manager Earl Sheely sat in the Cap Stadium stands last night, young Pete Hernandez served up one of his Sunday best, a three-hit, 7-1 conquest of Wenatchee.
It was Peter’s 15th win this year. He has lost but three. His earned run average now stands at 3.15 and you have only to put them all together to get the obvious answer—Pete is headed for the Rainiers.
Sheely refused to comment on the chance of the right-hander. However, as Bob Brown explained it, Sheely didn’t have to.
“Earl got up three times during the ball game to watch Hernandez from different vantage points,” Bob said. “When Earl does that, he’s getting mighty interested.”
Hernandez is spending his third season in Organized Baseball and as so, is draftable. That is to say if the Rainiers want him, the purchase will have to be executed before late September.
Just turned 21 last July 18, the youngster has something most of the 30-year-olds are looking for—poise. He changes pace better than most veterans and is hardly ever over the plate but always around it.
Peter gave a perfect exhibition of his talents last night. His control was good. His offence went out and gave him some support and his defence handled every chance adequately.
The result was a good ball game. Not exceptional, but easy on the eyes.
Hernandez should have had his shutout. He lost it in the fifth inning when John Ritchey failed to fake a runner back to third base on an easy infield tap [Walt Raimondi bunted to score Buddy Hjelmaa]. By this time, however, it hardly mattered, for the Caps were away and flying 5-0.
The Caps scored right off the bat in the first inning on singles by Bob McGuire and K. Chorlton and Dick Sinovic’s clutch hit. It was Richard’s 99th run batted in this year.
They scored twice more in the fourth with Reno Cheso and Ray Tran doing the damage twide in the fifth and added another deuce in the eighth.
All of this came against Walt Raimondi, who pitched a fair but was just in a little too tough.
Tonight the same clubs play two games starting at 7 o’clock.
Wenatchee .... 000 010 000—1 -3-4
Vancouver ..... 100 220 02x—7-10 0
Hernandez and Ritchey; Raimondi and Lake.
VICTORIA [Colonist, Aug. 22]—Victoria Athletics temporarily disposed of Tacoma’s threat to take over fifth place and started crowding the Wenatchee Chiefs for the last first-division berth in the W.I.L. last night with a 5-2 triumph over the Tigers at Royal Athletic Park.
The victory put the A’s two games ahead of Tacoma and, coupled with Wenatchee’s 7-5 trimming at Vancouver, left them only there games away from a spot in the post-season playdowns.
Tonight could decide Victoria’s chances. The A’s tangle with the Tigers in a series-ending double-header while the Chiefs meet the Caps twice at Vancouver. Double wins for Victoria and Vancouver would leave Wenatchee holding fourth place by a lone game and due to face the A’s here in two games tomorrow and Friday and the Caps at Vancouver again on Saturday in a transferred game. It would also leave the Tigers, who move on to Vancouver tomorrow, well out of the play-off battle.
Bill Osborn and John Tierney will work in that order for the A’s tonight with Hal Dodeward and Gary Clark, a pair of right-handers, due for the Tigers.
As an added attraction, the Bowery Boys will give a repeat performance of their trampoline act, which is well worth seeing. Activity is scheduled to start at 7.
The Tigers made it uncomfortably interesting last night. Jim Hedgecock, who received credit for his 13th win, protected a 3-0 first-inning lead until the sixth, when Vince DiMaggio powered a change-up pitch far out of the park with Butch Moran on first.
After Ben Jeffey’s double had restored Victoria’s three-run lead in the seventh, the losers opened up in the ninth with Merv Dubbers’ double following a walk to Jose Bache. Manager Bob Sturgeon, who had Bill Prior and Ben Lorino getting ready, valled on the southpaw. Lorino came through in fine style without giving up a run, getting Don Lundberg on a pop fly, throwing out relief pitcher Bob Schulte and striking out Sol Israel.
Back at first base, Hal Jackson put the A’s head when he hit a two-run triple in the first and scored the third run as Lundberg threw into centre field trying to get the stealing Rocco Cardinale. Bill Dunn, who continued his hitting splurge with a double and a single in four trips, started the seventh-inning rally with his single.Defensively, DiMaggio came up with the play of the game when he robbed Bill White in the seventh to prevent a big inning.
Tacoma .... 000 002 000—2- 5-2
Victoria .... 300 000 20x—5- 8-2
Knezovich, Mishasek (1) Schulte (8) and Lundberg; Hedgecock, Lorino (9) and Cardinale.
SALEM, Aug. 21—Salem Senators set a new attendance record of 103,672 when 3,860 fans turned out to see the game with Yakima, but the Bears spoiled the evening with a 7-3 triumph behind the steady pitching of manager Bill Brenner.
Bill Andring and Earl Richmond with three hits apiece paced the Yakima attack.
Yakima .... 132 000 010—7-15-0
Salem ...... 001 002 000—3- 9-1
Brenner and Tiesiera; Bevens, Lew (9) and McKeegan.
IP SO BB W L Pct.
Holder, Spok ........ 111 51 76 10 0 1.000
Hernandez, Van ...... 161 67 87 14 3 .824
Snyder, Van ......... 260 101 84 23 6 .793
Bevens, Sal ......... 231 113 89 19 9 .679
Rockey, Spok ........ 109 51 58 8 4 .667
Barrett, Vic-Yak ..... 91 40 50 8 4 .667
Tisnerat, Van ....... 105 34 53 6 3 .667
G. Nicholas, Van .... 189 55 64 13 7 .650
Bishop, Spo ......... 213 57 81 14 8 .636
Breisinger, Tac ..... 238 189 141 15 9 .625
DeGeorge, Sal ....... 195 77 89 15 9 .625