Tuesday, 18 March 2008

Friday, July 24, 1953

Salem ....... 17 7 .708 —
Spokane ..... 17 11 .607 2
Vancouver ... 15 12 .556 3½
Yakima ...... 13 13 .500 5
Tri-City .... 13 14 .481 5½
Calgary ..... 12 13 .480 5½
Lewiston .... 11 12 .478 5½
Edmonton .... 10 14 .417 7
Victoria .... 10 16 .385 8
Wenatchee .... 9 15 .375 8

VANCOUVER [Keith Matthews, July 25]—It is almost unbelievable that a total of four runs, evenly split at that, should win both games of a baseball doubleheader. Yet, what went on at Capilano Stadium Friday was just that—unbelievable—as Vancouver swept a pair from Spokane 2-1 and 2-0.
The heroes of the set were Pete Hernandez and Lonnie Myers, a couple of guys who went out there and bowed their necks and made a minimum of runs look like Mt. Everest on a foggy night.
The pitching, in fact, on both sides was superb, as was the baseball as slightly over 2000 fans got a greater kick out of two ball games than they have all year long. Statistics tell that there was one three-hitter, two four-hitters and a six-hitter in these games. And the figures don’t lie—it was strictly a night for the throwers.
Hernandez made only one mistake in his three-hit 12th win, that coming in the sixth inning when he tried out a screwball on Stan Palys and the husky outfielder parked it in the left field weeds. Otherwise the Senor couldn’t be had and he made single runs in the fourth and fifth look like Yankee-style bombardments.
As good as Hernandez’ job was, Myers overshadowed him. Lonnie came up with the biggest thrill in pitching, the strikeout, and utilized it to the maximum as he had the Indians vainly trying to figure out his fast ball.
Myers is always quick. However, he has never been so fast as he was this Friday. Never so fast and never so accurate; for his kept putting the ball in the right spot inning after inning as he compile nine strikeouts on his four-hit shutout and No. 7 win.
All the way it was a ball game which smacked of intrigue. Myers never allowed a Spokane runner to reach base in any inning until two were out. From the third until the seventh he had at least one strikeout per round, and in the third and sixth he struck out the side.
It wasn’t until the sixth that the Capilanos could get to Art Worth, who did a far better than average job for the Indians. On any other evening, Worth would have had an easy victory.
In the sixth, Chuck Davis beat out an infield single and Myers moved him along with a sacrifice. Chorlton doubled down the left field line for one run and scored himself moments later on Mascaro’s line shot to centre. That was enough for Myers.
Backed by a defence which wouldn’t give an inch and by a crowd which urged him to the utmost, the youngster kept firing his big fastball until he had achieve the necessary 27 out. He made it pulled up.
DIAMOND DUST – As if the pitching wasn’t enough to make it the year’s best evening of baseball, the fielding was strictly big league … Chuck Davis came up with a first game over the shoulder catch of a Texas Leaguer which defies description … Tonight the same clubs play a single game starting at 8:30 and as the Capilanos start their big move towards first place, Bobby Roberts (4-1) will be the man of the hour on the hill.
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VANCOUVER — The Spokane Indians were unable to get a man past second base Friday night and the Vancouver Capilanos whitewashed them 2-0 in a Western International League nightcap after taking the opening ball game 2-1.
Lonnie Myers gave up only four hits in the second contest, striking out nine men for his seventh win against five losses.
Art Worth also pitched a good game for Spokane but the three hits surrendered in the sixth gave Vancouver the win. Chuck Davis hit a single, moved to second on a sacrifice and scored on a double by K Chorlton. Chorlton scored the second run on a single by Frank Mascaro.
Paid attendance was 2,057.
An error in the fifth inning set up the winning run in the seven-inning opener.
Shortstop Bob Donkersley bobbled a grounder by Davis, who moved around the bases on a sacrifice and scored when Jack Bukowatz singled.
Bukowatz tripled in the previous inning and scored on an outfield fly by Manager Harv Storey for Vancouver's other run.
Pitcher Pete Hernandez, in scoring his 12th win against four losses, gave up only three hits including the biggest one of the game — right fielder Stan Palys' home run in the sixth.
First Game
Spokane ...... 000 001 0—1 3 1
Vancouver ... 000 110 x—2 6 1
Nemes and Sheets; Hernandez and Duretto.
Second Game
Spokane ........ 000 000 000—0 4 0
Vancouver ..... 000 002 00x—2 5 1
Worth and Ogle; Myers and Duretto.

EDMONTON — The Yakima Bears Friday night evened their four-game Western International League series with the Edmonton Eskimos at one game each with a 10-7 victory.
The Bears routed starting pitcher Pat Utley of the Esks in the course of a six-run first inning. Utley was pulled after failing to retire any of the first four men to face him and Larry Manier continued.
Cleanup hitter Bob Wellman led Yakima's 13-hit attack with a two-run homer and a pair of doubles in five trips. Al White also got three hits for the winners while Phil Steinberg clouted a homer with one on. Whitey Thompson hit a two-run homer for Esks in the eighth inning.
Yakima ........... 620 002 000—10 13 1
Edmonton ....... 000 010 150— 7 9 1
Carter and Hovick; Utley, Manier (1) and Morgan.

VICTORIA — Manager Edo Vanni delivered a pinch-hit single in the 10th inning to drive in Terry Carroll and give his Tri-City Braves a 2-1 decision over the Victoria Tyees here Friday night.
It was the first game of a three game Western International League baseball series.
Vanni's game-winning hit ended a fine pitching duel between the Braves' Ken Michelson and Bill Bottler, both of whom went all the way.
Tri-City .......... 000 001 000 1— 2 8 1
Victoria .......... 100 000 000 0— 1 7 0
Michelson and Warren; Bottler and Martin.

CALGARY — The Calgary Stampeders ended a home stand losing streak at four games Friday night as they won 15-10 over the Wenatchee Chiefs in a free-hitting Western International League baseball game.
A total of 36 hits went into the record books, six of them home runs.
The Stamps, ahead 6-1 in the second frame, then lost their wide margin as Chiefs came up in the third, sixth and seventh. A five-run burst in the seventh put Calgary out of danger. Joe Orrell was winning pitcher.
The loss was charged to Charlie Beamon. Jake Helmuth of Chiefs got two of his team's three homers, Bartolomei getting the other.
Meanwhile, Tedesco and Stathos homered for Calgary.
Wenatchee ....... 013 002 130 — 10 19 2
Calgary ............ 330 001 53x — 15 17 2
Beamon, Monroe (7) and Bartolomei; Orrell, Francis (8) and Lillard.

SALEM — Shortstop Gene Tanselli collected two homers and salted in four runs to lead the Salem Senators to a 7-2 victory over Lewiston in Friday night's Western International League baseball game here.
Tanselli's first circuit blow came in the first with no one on base. He added another in the sixth with one on.
Lewiston scored in the fourth on a walk to Al Heist and a double by Ken Richardson. Clint Cameron and Glenn Tuckett singled and Cameron came in while Salem was making a double play in the ninth.
Lewiston ........ 000 100 001—2 9 1
Salem ............ 310 102 00x—7 8 0
Butler and Garay; Hemphill and Masterson.

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