Monday, 21 July 2008

Championship Game 4, September 13, 1953

SALEM — Spokane edged Salem 5-4 here Sunday, tying the best-of-seven Western International League playoff series at two victories for each team.
The playoff will resume Monday night.
Spokane collected three runs in the second inning off Salem Starter Bob Collins and Larry Borst who relieved him later.
Bob Donkersley singled with one out. Then Jim Brown doubled in Donkersley and Bill Sheets singled in Brown. Collins was relieved by Borst after he had walked Bill Franks. Borst gave tip a double to Wilbur Johnson which scored the third run.
Singles by Les Witherspoon, Bob Nelson and Borst and an outfield error gave Salem two runs in the 2th Inning. They went ahead with two more in the eighth on singles by Gene Tanselli and Connie Perez and a double by Jerry Ballard. After that Jack Spring was sent in to relieve Franks.
Spokane won in the ninth inning. Eddie Murphy singled. Then Wilbur Johnson singled to right field. Murphy scored and Johnson got to third when Witherspoon commited an error. Jim Command singled home Johnson with the winning run.
Spring was the winning pitcher and Borst the loser.
Spokane ......... 030 000 002—5 11 3
Salem ............ 000 020 020—4 9 1
Franks, Spring (8), Worth (9) and Sheets; Collins, Borst (2), Roenspie, (9) and Nelson.

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