Thursday, July 5, 2007

Saturday, June 26, 1948

              W  L Pct. GB
Tacoma ..... 44 23 .657 --
Bremerton .. 43 27 .609 3
Victoria ... 38 32 .543 7½
Vancouver .. 35 31 .530 8½
Spokane .... 32 34 .485 11½
Wenatchee .. 28 40 .412 16½
Salem ...... 28 42 .400 17½
Yakima ..... 25 44 .362 20

VICTORIA, June 26—Victoria Athletics ended their most successful home stand in the three-year history of the club tonight by downing Salem Senators in both games, 15-2 and 5-4, for a clean sweep of the series and a clean seep of their week-long home stand.
The double victory gave them a 17 home games [sic], 16 out of their last 20, and moved them into third place ahead of the Vancouver Capilanos.
Archie Wilson, Joe Blankenship, and Del Owens added the most to their personal records although every player on the club played his part in the twin win. Wilson clouted three home runs in the first game to run his season's total to 13; Blankenship recovered after a dubious start to pitch brilliant baseball for his seventh triumph in a row and his 11th of the season, and Owens gained his sixth mound win with a well-pitched game in the afternoon.
Other highlights were provided by Charlie Balassl, who covered acres of ground in right field; Jack Palmer, who completed his 16th and 17th games without an error; Vic Buccola, who singled in the winning run in the nightcap, and by the club itself, which hit in timely fashion to make their 20 hits good for as many runs.
With over 2,000 of the 3,600 fans in attendance for the two games saw the A's come from behind at night with another of their typical rallies to extend their winning streak and send the reeling Solons home with their 20th defeat in their last 22 games.
Blankenship was given a boiterous reception. The Senators greeted him two doubles, a single and a long outfield fly to send over two runs in the first. Three singles and a double after two were out in the second doubled the score. From there, Blankenship pitched probably his best baseball of the season. He gave up an infield single in the eighth and another in the ninth, and that was all. His control was perfect.
Lack of control was Ken Wyatt's downfall. The slender southpaw, who won 17 games for Salem last year, walked ten men and four of them scored. Wilson's single an error by Spaeter and Recca's double-play ball sent in Victoria's first run in the second. The game was tied up in the fifth when Gilmore, Blankenship and Balassi all drew walks. Kubiak's outfield fly scored one run and Wilson's terrific double sent in the other two.
A walk to Palmer started the winning rally in the eighth. Wilson forced the runner and took second as Jensen grounded out. Recca was purposely passed to get at the left-handed hitting Buccola, who promptly grounded a sharp single to the left second base for the decider.
The first game was a breeze. After scoring single runs in the second, third and fourth, the A's piled in four in the fifth, five in the seventh and three in the eighth as Bob Stevenson stayed in and took it. Wilson hit one over the fence in the second, raced all the way around in the fifth when his slashing drive to right bounced over Sammy Samhammer's shoulder, and got his third circuit clout in the seventh. Owens also hit one to dep right field for a home run; Dick Morgan, behind the plate for the first time, had a triple and a double, and Balassi, Jensen and Gilmore all chipped in with doubles.
- from the Victoria Colonist.
First game
Salem ........... 000 001 100—2 9 2
Victoria ......... 011 140 53x—15 15 1
Stevenson and Burgher, McMillan (7); Owens and Morgan.
Second game
Salem .......... 220 000 000—4 10 1
Victoria ........ 010 030 01x—5 5 3
Wyatt and Burgher; Blankenship and Recca.

YAKIMA, June 26—Len Tran went six for six and scored the winning run as the Vancouver Capilanos defeated the Yakima Packers 8-7 in a ten-inning twin-bill finale tonight. Yakima took the first game 4-3.
Tran singled, advanced on Joe Kaney's sacrifice, went to third of Frank Mullens' infield out and then came home on Tornay's passed ball.
The Packers jumped on Bob Costello's fast ball for four runs in the third and chased him in the next frame. The Caps tied the count at 6-all and got rid of Bob Drilling into the fouth,
Relievers Bob Snyder and Bill Freeman headed into the ninth tied 7-all when the Yaks ganged three hits for the tying run in the eighth.
Sandy Robertson pitched the tenth for his second win, retiring all three men he faced after coming in Snyder, who was pulled for a pinch-hitter in the ninth. Robertson retired all three batters he faced.
Besides Tran's six hits, he made all three Vancouver errors.
Gene Thompson and Jim Estrada homered for the Packers.
In the opener, Vancouver's Frank Higgins gave up four hits and two runs in the first frame before settling down, allowing one more hit until the ninth. That's when Lou Estes singled with one out, Thompson doubled past third base, then one out later, Larry Orteig banged another one along the chalk at third base and both runs scored.
The Caps had taken a 3-2 lead in the fifth on four hits off Max Strait, Mullens getting credit for two RBIs.
First game
Yakima .......... 200 000 002—4 8 1
Vancouver ..... 000 030 000—3 9 1
Strait and Constantino; Higgins and Brenner.
Second game
Yakima ......... 104 100 010 0—7 14 1
Vancouver ..... 210 310 000 1—8 17 3
Drilling, Freeman (5) and Tornay; Costello, Snyder (4), Robertson (10) and Warren.

First game
Wenatchee ...... 000 000 0—0 6 0
Tacoma ........... 000 100 x—1 5 0
Cronin and Gardner; Gleason and Rossi.
Second game
Wenatchee ....... 000 000 000—0 5 2
Tacoma ............ 000 100 00x—1 6 0
McCollum and Gardner; Clary and Hargadon.

Spokane ........ 001 100 300—5 14 1
Bremerton ...... 000 020 000—2 8 2
Orphal and Sheely; Conant and Volpi.

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