Saturday, June 2, 2007

Tuesday, May 14, 1946

                 W  L  Pct GB
Salem ......... 14  5 .737 —
Yakima ........ 11  8 .579 3
Tacoma ........ 10  8 .556 3½
Spokane ....... 11  9 .550 3½
Wenatchee ..... 10 10 .500 4½
Vancouver ...... 8 12 .400 6½
Bremerton ...... 7 11 .389 6½
Victoria ....... 6 14 .300 8½

SALEM — Salem Senators dropped their first home game of the season and suffered their first shut out Tuesday night when Yakima battered two Senator pitchers for 10 hits and defeated the Western International League leaders 6 to 0.
Al Yaylian allowed the Senators only two lonely hits as he quelled the Salem team. Yakima opened in the first with three runs on Gene Thompson's triple, added the fourth in the second and brought in two more in the fifth inning.
Ken Wyatt, southpaw, sent to Salem by the parent Portland club, went eight innings for the Senators, but was replaced by Adams in the last inning.
Yakima ............ 310 020 000—6 10 0
Salem ............. 000 000 000—0  2 0
Yaylian and Gibb; Wyatt, Adams (9) and Kerr.

VICTORIA [Colonist, May 15]—Salvaged from the shadows of defeat by Second Baseman Marty Martinez’ line drive homer in the first half of the ninth, Spokane Indians came roaring back with a four-run attack in the 12th inning last night to defeat Victoria Athletics, 5-3, in the season’s most thrilling Western International League fixture at the Caledonia Avenue ball lot.
A’s were riding along on a 1-0 lead established in the fifth stanza of a great ball game, and were within one out of taking the contest when Martinez exploded with his towering blow over the Pembroke Street fence and the ball game was all tied up at 1-1.
There was no further scoring until the 12th, an inning which brought misfortune fro the Athletics and victory for the Spokane Indians, their second straight triumph over the Victoria club in the current seven-game stand.
Clifford singled to open the scoring, and after Faria fouled out to Lowe at third, Risk followed with another single, sending Clifford to third. The batter moved to second on a throw to the hot corner. Lohrke walked to fill the bags. Patterson hit a grounder to Raimondi at shortstop and when Second Baseman Al Steele dropped the peg Clifford scored and the other runners advanced, Risk scored when Cherry took Picetti’s high fly in deep left field, and “Chief” Levi McCormack doubled to drive across the final two runs of the game for the Indians.
Athletics tried their best to salvage the ball game in their half of the final frame, but could only muster enough power at the plate to drive across two markers and had to finally admit defeat.
After Casey Jones grounded out, Ed Murphy brought new hope into the hearts of Victoria fans with a stinging triple to left field. Bob Cherry was issued a free trip to the initial sack and then Catcher Les Mulcahy came up with a screeching double which scored two runners.
Mel Cole, Indians, manager, called time at this stage and took Joe Faria, starting hurler, out of the ball game. Bob Kinnaman was sent in to do the relief hurling, and after walking Pete Hughes, who went in to hit for Walt Raimondi, he forced the next batters to ground out and the ball game was over.
Bob “Cannonball” Jensen, husky right-hander, went the route for the A’s, and turned in a good performance. He threw his fast one past an even dozen batters, and kept the ten base knocked well scattered. In addition to pitching good ball Jensen punched out a triple in the fifth inning and crossed the plate with the first run of the ball game.
Faria, also displaying a lot of speed and an effective change-of-pace, pitched eleven and one-third innings for the Indians, being finally relieved by Kinnaman in the last frame.
A’s turned in a vastly improved performance, one of their best of the season, and dropped a heart-breaking decision to the Indians.
The clubs will battle again this evening with Al Raimondi expected to go to the slap for the Athletics. Game time will be 8 p.m.
Spokane ...... 000 000 001 004—5 10 1
Victoria ....... 000 010 000 002—3 10 1
Faria, Kinnaman (12) and Clifford, Paulson ( ); Jensen and Mulcahy.

VANCOUVER [Clancy Loranger, News-Herald, May 15]—There were shaded of Sunnyside, Wash., flitting about Capilano Stadium last night as our baseball Capilanos, showing the spring training form that made them early-season Western International League pennant favorites, coasted to their second straight victory over Wenatchee Chiefs, 8-3.
Continuing to get sparkling pitching, the Caps added eight hits, including three triples, fielded perfectly, and stole three sacks just to rub it in.
As a matter of fact, the boys will have nothing but good news to tell Manager Syl Johnson when he gets back today or tomorrow. Bill Brenner, making his debut behind the plate, looked good and very sure of himself; Watts Gulan, who adds a lot of spark to the infield, picked up his first hit of the season; Al Kretchmar came out of a rugged batting slump with a sharp triple; and Art Bonnell, who has been doing all his hitting on the road, made himself at home by rapping out three for three.
Alex Palica, in registering his third mound triumph of the season, had his usual one bad inning. This time it was the second frame, when Nick Pesuit [sic] parked one into Sixth Avenue with two on base. But after that the young Seattle chattel had everything under control, striking out seven and walked just three.
Tall Les Logg started on the mound for the visitors, but he was wild and failed to survive the first inning. Even taller John Fitzgerald took over, and he was somewhat of a cousin to the locals, too. The Chiefs have some good hurlers waiting to work, so our lads will have to keep their batting eyes sharpened.
CUFF NOTES—Doug Ford, who finally hit stride in Tacoma last week, will toe the Vancouver mound tonight in an effort to make it three straight for the Brownies … Visitor last night was Ernie Johnson, the Boston Red Sox scout who signed Sandy Robertson last summer … He’s up to watch Ray Orteig, a Bosox hireling, in action with our boys … Ray’s option papers are expected to arrive Thursday, and none to soon to suit Ray, who is rarin’ to go … Their honors the umps had a little trouble last night … Neither team agreed with their guessing, and Base Ump Hughie Day climaxed the whole business by throwing Hunk Anderson off the Vancouver bench following a close play at second … Anderson claims it was two other guys who did the talking, however … Names on request … Glen Stetter, goat of Monday night’s opening win, had a bad night again Tuesday and finally was yanked by Wenatchee boss Buddy Ryan in the eighth … Ryan has been having a tough time, too … he was hit in the teeth by a ball Monday, and stopped another with the seat of his pants last night.
[WILfan notes: Art Bonnell had three hits, including a double, for Vancouver … Harrington had three of Wenatchee’s seven knocks ... Gulan had two RBIs … Logg allowed only one hit by walked four in the first].
Wenatchee ........ 030 000 000—3 7 0
Vancouver ......... 200 211 20x—8 8 0
Logg, J. Fitzgerald (1) and Pesut; Palica and Brenner.

TACOMA — Pushing over six runs in the last three innings, the Tacoma Tigers came from behind to defeat the Bremerton Bluejackets 8 to 5 in their series opener.
Bremerton ........ 001 101 020—5 5 2
Tacoma ........... 000 202 13x—8 9 5
Kittle, Lowman (8) and Volpi; Jungbluth, Greenlaw (7) and Kemper.

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