Sunday, 13 July 2008

Wednesday, August 12, 1953

W L Pct. GB
Spokane ..... 31 17 .646 —
Salem ....... 26 20 .565 4
Vancouver ... 27 22 .551 4½
Yakima ...... 24 21 .533 5½
Edmonton .... 23 21 .523 6
Lewiston .... 21 22 .488 7½
Victoria .... 21 26 .447 9½
Tri-City .... 20 26 .435 10
Calgary ..... 18 25 .419 10½
Wenatchee ... 18 27 .400 11½

LEWISTON, Aug. 13—Calgary subdued Lewiston with a three-run rally in the ninth as the Stampeders came from behind to defeat the Broncs, 5-4, in a Western International League thriller on Wednesday night.
Calgary ........ 101 000 003—5 9 0
Lewiston ...... 000 010 300—4 11 0
Orrell, Stites (9) and Bricker; Butler and Garay.

WENATCHEE, Aug. 13—Centrefielder Andy Skurski sparked Edmonton to an 11-5 triumph over Wenatchee on Wednesday night.
Skurski drove in four runs on two hits in three times at bat in the opener and scored both Edmonton runs in the second game.
First Game
Edmonton ....... 000 055 1—11 11 1
Wenatchee ..... 220 100 0— 5 6 3
Tisnerat, Utley (5) and Morgan; DeCarolis, Beamon (5), Monroe (6) and Bartolomei.
Second Game
Edmonton ...... 000 001 010 —2 7 0
Wenatchee .... 000 000 000—0 8 0
Widner, Conant (8) and Prentice; Morgan, Bowman (3) and Bartolomei.

VANCOUVER, Aug. 13—Vancouver fashioned back-to-back wins over Salem Wednesday and all but knocked the wandering Senators into second place in the Western International baseball league.
Carl Gunnarson limited Salem in the opener in Vancouver. The Senators scored only one run on a seventh inning double by Les Witherspoon, an error by Jim Clark and a single by Don Masterson.
The Caps led the second game in the first inning, scoring twice on three hits and a walk.
Bob Roberts picked up his eighth victory in the second encounter, aided by Clark's two-run double that got the Caps away to a 2-0 lead in the first frame.
The Senators managed only one run in each of their four games.
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VANCOUVER [Keith Matthews, News-Herald, Aug. 13]—So many times in past years one man has joined the Capilanos late in the year and sparked a resurgence which brought about a championship—or at least a thrilling year.
This is the case again in 1953, the Caps now being at full gallop following a clean sweep of the Salem series. Wednesday they won both games 3-1 and 6-1 before the year’s largest crowd, 3300.
The one man right now is Jimmy Clark, a little bit of a shortstop who does large chunks of everything in that big hole. Wednesday he made some unbelievable plays, as did each of the Capilanos, and extended his strange record of batting in the Caps’ first run each game to four in a row.
The winning pitchers this time were Carl Gunnarson with his No. 5 and Bobby Roberts with his No. 8. Both of them received the kind of support, offensively and defensively, which made the job easy.
The good plays were too many to identify one by one. However, Clark robbed Bob Nelson blind in the fourth inning of the second game by going way behind second base for Nelson’s trickler and flipping to first in the same motion for the out. Jack Bukowatz rivalled his keystone companion in the second inning of the same game. He dived on his “tummy” for a one-bounce liner from Chuck Essegian’s bat, got up and flipped to Clark for a force at second.
The crowd, off their hands and enjoying this stuff immensely for the first time this year, ate it up.
Hugh Luby, the Salem manager, did everything in his power to snap the Salems out of their slump and give the Caps the what-for. He had a clubhouse meeting both before and after the twin set. However, he found that this was not a Salem at all—merely a Capilano resurgence.
DIAMOND DUST – Doug Hepburn flexed his muscles in between games and the crowd liked the show so much that they chipped in $725.26 toward the fund to send Doug to Stockholm for the world’s weight-lifting championship . . . The donations put the fund over the top . . . Tonight Pete Hernandez (14-6) tries to extend Vancouver’s win streak to six when he pitches against Yakima . . . Tonight is Ladies’ Night, incidentally, all the gals getting in on the house.
First Game
Salem ............ 000 000 1—1 6 2
Vancouver ..... 210 000 x—3 8 1
Hemphill and Masterson; Gunnarson and Duretto.
Second Game
Salem ........... 010 000 000—1 7 3
Vancouver .... 210 210 00x—6 10 0
Dahle and Nelson; Roberts and Duretto.

YAKIMA, Wash. [Colonist, Aug. 13]—Herman Lewis ruined Bob Drilling’s bid for his 10th straight victory by cracking a two-run single with the bases loaded and two out in the ninth inning to give Yakima Bears a 6-5 victory over the Victoria Tyees at Yakima Wednesday night.
It was a close struggle all the way with the Tyees twice coming from behind to start the final inning with a 5-4 advantage.
Pitcher Danny Rios opened the Yakima ninth with a single through the middle then moved to second as Jim McNamara beat out a bunt for a single. Drilling forced Rios at third on Phil Steinberg’s attempted sacrifice and Al White grounded out as the runners moved up.
Manager Cec Garriott ordered Bob Wellman, a .350 hitter who had doubled in the fourth and tripled in the fifth, intentionally passes to bring up Lewis, a southpaw swinger with a .283 batting mark. Drilling worked the count to two balls and two strikes before Lewis bounced a single into right field to break up the game.
The result left Drilling with a record of 12 wins and 13 losses for the season and gave Rios, who went all the way for the Bears, his 16th victory.
Victoria ....... 000 023 000—5 9 0
Yakima ........ 001 120 002—6 12 0
Drilling and Harford; Rios and Novick.

SPOKANE, Aug. 13—Spokane used three pitchers to quell a seventh-inning rally as the Indians held off the Braves 6-5 in the first game of a twin-bill Wednesday night.
John Cordell put out the last-inning fire after one run scored.
The Braves out-hit the Indians 16-13 in the afterpiece, but fell short in the run department, losing 12-8.
First Game
Tri-City ...... 200 020 1—5 7 0
Spokane ..... 003 120 x—6 8 1
Bloom and Warren; Nemes, New (7), Cordell (7) and Ogle.
Second Game
Tri-City ..... 200 002 121— 8 16 4
Spokane .... 225 020 107—12 13 3
Michelson, Dobernic (3), Hockaday (5) and Warren, Pesut (6); Romero and Sheets.

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