Friday, 14 March 2008

Friday, May 1, 1953

W L Pct. GB
Lewiston .... 6 0 1.000
Tri-City .... 4 2 .667 2
Yakima ...... 5 3 .625 2
Victoria .... 4 3 .571 2½
Vancouver ... 3 3 .500 3
Calgary ..... 2 3 .400 3½
Wenatchee ... 3 5 .375 3½
Salem ....... 1 3 .250 4
Edmonton .... 1 3 .250 4
Spokane ..... 1 5 .167 4½

LEWISTON, Idaho — The unbeaten Lewiston Broncs tapped Edmonton hurler Larry Manier for five hits and six walks Friday night and found them more than enough for a 6-1 Western International League Baseball victory.
Edmonton ....... 000 010 000—1 6 5
Lewiston ........ 000 002 40x—6 5 0
Manier, Caster (8) and Morgan; Perez and Cameron.

YAKIMA — A fly to center field by K Chorlton, who joined the club this week on option from Seattle, drove in the run that gave Vancouver a 4-3 Western International League baseball victory over Yakima Friday night.
Vancouver ...... 000 102 001—4 10 2
Yakima ......... 003 000 000—3 7 2
Fletcher and Leavitt, Lundberg (8); Rial, Thompson (6) and Day.

SALEM —Pitcher Art Amaya scored a run in the thirteenth inning Friday night to give the Wenatchee Chiefs a 1-0 Western International League baseball victory over Salem.
Wenatchee ... 000 000 000 000 1—1 6 0
Salem ............ 000 000 000 000 0—0 4 0
Klein, Amaya (10) and Cuitti; Hemphill and Nelson.

KENNEWICK [Victoria Colonist, May 2]—Victoria Tyees snapped their losing streak at three games at Tri-City last night—but only after an epic struggle in which rookie righthander Don Hopp set one WIL record and helped the Braves to an unwanted listing in the record books.
Hopp turned in an amazing performance in receiving credit for a 7-3 victory, his second in a row. He walked a total of 19 men for a new league high, yet was working on a shutout with two out in the eighth inning. He gave up one base on balls in each of the first three innings, walked three in the fourth, then got really wild after setting the Braves down in order in the fifth.
He put three on in the sixth, settled down momentarily by issuing free transportation but once in the seventh, walked four in the eighth to spoil his shutout bid, and five in the ninth to force in Tri-City’s last two runs. That was enough for manager Cec Garriott, growing greyer by the moment. He called on Berlyn Hodges to get the side out and the young southpaw did that with dispatch.
Hopp, however, was unhittable after the first two innings, in which he gave up all five Tri-City hits. He left the bases loaded five times by getting his man in the clutches, twice taking dangerous Nick Pesut, who started the game with a .475 average, with three on base.
For the Braves it was an epic of futility. They left the bags loaded no less than six times—in the first, second, fourth, sixth, eighth and ninth innings—in setting a new record by leaving 21 runners stranded. The old mark of 19 was held by three teams, including Victoria.
In the first, Hank Sierra grounded out with two out and three on with the Braves getting three hits and a walk. A good throw by Nap Gully cut down Vic Buccola trying to score.
In the second, Ray Tran skied to Taylor, playing in right field, after two hits and a walk loaded the bags.
In the fourth, Pesut grounded out after three bases on balls.
In the sixth, Pesut lined to Branham after four bases on balls left the bags loaded with one run in.
In the eighth, John Carroll grounded to Branham after four bases on balls left the bags loaded with one run in.
And, in the ninth, Hodges got Sierra on a grounder to Branham for the third out after Hopp had walked five.
That was it but the Tyees will never win one any harder. They play the Braves once today and twice Sunday before returning home for a week on Monday.
Both righthander Bob Drilling and outfielder Bob Moniz are expected to be with the club by Monday but the Tyees received word yesterday that southpaw Ben Lorino has decided to give up baseball for the time being at least due the serious illness of his young child.
Victoria ........ 020 004 001—7 10 1
Tri-City ....... 000 000 012—3 5 0
Hopp, Hodges (9) and Martin; Michelson, Hockaday (6) and Pesut.


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