Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Wednesday, August 22, 1951

               W  L  PCT GB
Spokane ..... 86 42 .672 —
Vancouver ... 82 48 .631 5
Salem ....... 66 62 .516 20
Wenatchee ... 61 68 .478 23½
Victoria .... 59 72 .450 28½
Tacoma ...... 56 73 .434 30½
Yakima ...... 54 75 .419 32½
Tri-City .... 53 77 .408 34

KENNEWICK, [Herald, Aug. 23]—Spokane made it six in a row over the hapless Tri-City Braves last night at Sanders Field as they rapped out 10 hits and five runs from Jack Brewer.
The 5-l victory for the visitors swept the entire six-game series at Tri-City. John Conant hurled the Spokane nine to victory.
The victory moved the pennant-sniffing Spokane crew five full games ahead of Vancouver which is in second place in the Western International league race. Third place Salem is now 20 games behind the leader.
Spokane draw first blood in inning number one last night when Eddie Murphy singled, stole second, went to third on Steve Mesner's single and then scampered home on Ken Richardson's fly. The stolen base boosted Murphy's total for the year to 85.
The Indians struck again in the third when Edo Vanni singled, stole second and went to third on an error. Mesner slammed out a double sending Vanni across the plate. Tri-City's run came in the sixth when Buddy Peterson doubled, went down to third on Clint Cameron's infield out. He scored on a fly by Nick Pesut to left field. That was the size of it for the Braves. After two runs in the seventh by Spokane. Richardson chalked up an eight-inning home run with bases vacant to make the final score 5-1. Tonight Tri-City will move to Yakima to battle with its fellow Inhabitants of the league basement — Yakima.
Spokane ...... 101 000 210—5 10 1
Tri-City ....... 000 001 000—1 4 2
Conant and Sheets; Brewer and Pesut.

VANCOUVER [Erwin Swangard, Sun, Aug. 23]—It must be obvious today to even the most partisan Vancouver Capilano fan that the cat is irreparably out of the bag for this Western International League season.
We may to say that unless the Spokane Indians collapse completely our Caps will finish definitely a second-place team.
Caps have only three game left against Spokane out of their total of 16 but that’s not enough. They now trial by a full five games.
Fans last night may have been disappointed in the outcome of the second game when veteran Bob Snyder missed his 24th victory of the season.
But they certainly complain about the calibre of the two games.
Righthander George Nicholas was the hero of the first game, scheduled for seven but which went eight innings. Nicholas pitched a six-hitter and batted three for three, setting up the tying run and bringing home the winner.
Bob Snyder had a shaking first inning in the second game. That cost him the victory. Chiefs capitalized on three hits and some rather poor defensive play to score two runs.
Those two runs were enough for young Mike Kanshin, former Cap chattel, who was really home. Mike entered the game with a four wins against 14 losses record. But you would never have thought it as he mowed the Caps down with monotonous regularlity. He as in trouble in the last two innings, but pitched himself right out of it.
The already-shorthanded Chiefs lost Lil Arnerich, who tore a knee cartilage during the first game.
First Game
Wenatchee ... 100 000 00—1 6 0
Vancouver .... 001 000 01—2 7 3
Gassaway and Lake; Nicholas and Ritchey.
Second Game
Wenatchee ... 200 000 000—2 6 1
Vancouver .... 000 000 010—1 3 0
Kanshin and Lake, Snyder and Ritchey.

VICTORIA [Colonist, Aug. 23]—Victoria Athletics looked like the first-division team they aspired to be for 14 innings at Royal Athletic Park last night, they fell apart as their pitching turned sour, and marked time in the battle for the last berth in the post-season W.I.L. playdowns.
After playing brilliantly in the first game of a twin bill with Tacoma to give Bill Osborn a 3-1 triumph, the A’s collapsed in the late innings of the regulation nightcap and the Tigers walked off with a 15-6 verdict.
The result left the A’s three games behind the Chiefs, who broke even in two games at Vancouver, and two games ahead of the Tigers. It also left the A’s with a 6-12 record against the Tacomans for the season with two games left to be played in Tacoma.
Not at his best, Osborn got the benefit of some tremendous defensive support by his teammates to make his 11th victory a three-hitter. His infield, particularly shortstop Jim Clark, made a number of great plays and Ben Jeffey probably saved the decision in the fourth inning when he made successive spectacular catches of line drives which deprived Jose Bache and Merv Dubbers of extra-base hits.
Osborn scored what proved ton be the winning run in the fifth when he walked, moved up on a fielder’s choice, and scored on a double by Don Pries. He also came through twice on his own in the clutch, leaving the bags full in the first and fifth. In the fifth, he struck out clean-up hitter Butch Moran and got the dangerous Vince DiMaggio on a fly with three runners on the sacks.
John Tierney got away to a bad start in the finale, giving up three runs in the first inning on a combination of three walks and his own error. He went out under first in the second as the Tigers made it 6-0 before Bill Prior could stem the flood of runs.
Prior looked like money in the bank until the fatal seventh and the A’s brought the 2,000 fans up cheering by battling back to tie the score with a sharp outburst of base hits in the fifth which plated five runs.
That was it. The game unaccountably started to drag and Prior’s control left him. He walked two batters in each of the fifth and sixth innings but wiggled out with two crucial strikeouts and the help of batterymate Rocco Cardinale, who tossed out two would-be base stealers. But the lean righthander was tiring. Another base on balls started it in the seventh and four more walks figured prominently in the seven-run eighth.
When the box score was toted up, it showed that the Tigers had indeed walked to victory. They received a total of 15 bases on balls and nine of those runners later scored. Ten of their runs were scored with the help of only four base hits.
Until the late innings of the second game, it had been a gala night for the fans. In addition to 14 innings of interesting baseball, they were provided with some excellent between-games entertainment with Rufe Davis and the excellent trampoline act of the Bowery Boys, along worth the admission.
First game
Tacoma ..... 000 010 0—1 3 2
Victoria ..... 100 011 x—3 5 0
Dodeward, Knezovich (5) and Lundberg; Osborn and Cardinale.
Second game
Tacoma ..... 330 000 270—15 12 0
Victoria ..... 001 050 000—6 8 1
G. Clark and Lundberg; Tierney, Priot (2), Carr (8) and Cardinale.

SALEM, Aug. 23—Sal DeGeorge scored his 16th triumph as the Senators edged the Yakima Bears 4-3.
Richie Meyers scored the deciding run in the last of the eighth inning on an overthrow to first base.
Yakima ..... 002 001 000—3 8 3
Salem ...... 010 200 01x—4 9 1
Powell and Tiesiera; DeGeorge and McKeegan.

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