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1923 Governor’s Cup Series

Game One: Los Angeles 4, Portland 3   at Los Angeles, Wed., Oct. 10, 1923

The league’s ERA leader, John Donaldson of the Angels, took the mound against Portland’s “junior ace”, 19-game winner Wayne Carr, so a low-scoring affair was expected. The Beavers broke the ice in the third inning, stringing together three singles, with left fielder Dick Cox’s hit producing the first run. The Angels tied it up in  the fifth with three singles of their own, in spite of two failed sacrifice attempts in which the lead runner was gunned down both times before second baseman George Scales delivered a two-out RBI hit. The Beavers wasted little time in regaining the lead. Center fielder Oscar Charleston led off the sixth with a triple and a shaken Donaldson walked Cox on four pitches and then hit right fielder Bob Meusel to load the bases. Shortstop Wes Kingdon then grounded to Scales who threw home to force Charleston, but first baseman Frank Brazill followed with a hard grounder past Scales to plate a pair. Up 3-1, Carr navigated past a lead-off triple by center fielder Turkey Stearnes in the sixth and escaped a two-on, no-out jam in the seventh, taking a two-run advantage into the ninth. With one out, catcher Larry Brown lined a single up the middle and Halos skipper Marty Krug tagged Parry O’Brien to pinch-hit for shortstop Jake Stephens. O’Brien homered on the first pitch and the game was tied. Carr pitched into the tenth before giving way to 25-game winner Bullet Rogan, and Donaldson lasted into the eleventh, when he was replaced with Pat Flaherty. The relievers traded zeroes until the 14th, when Angels third baseman Ray Jacobs delivered a two-out RBI single to give Los Angeles a satisfying Game One victory.

Game Two: Los Angeles 5, Portland 3   at Los Angeles, Thu., Oct. 11, 1923

Rogan was a surprise starter the day after logging four and two-thirds innings; he faced a well-rested 18-game winner in left-hander Willie Mitchell. The southpaw had logged a perfect 6-0 regular season record against the Beavers in five starts and one relief appearance, while Rogan’s Game One loss on Wednesday was his sixth in seven decisions against Los Angeles. Anxious to put an end to those worrisome trends, the Beavers jumped on Mitchell for a pair of first inning runs; shortstop Orville Riggins came home on a balk, and Charleston jogged home on Cox’s triple. The Angels tied the score in the second, however, with Mitchell himself delivering a two run, bases-loaded single. The defending champs answered in the following frame, with Cox delivering a two-on, two-out double that plated second basemen Bud Connolly, but failed to cash in Charleston, who was thrown out at the plate by left fielder Babe Twombly. The lead held until the sixth, when right fielder Wally Hood doubled and scored on Brown’s triple. The decisive rally came one inning later, as Twombly drew a one-out walk and scored on Stearnes’ triple; Jacobs followed with a sacrifice fly to provide an insurance run, and Mitchell logged a scoreless eighth before handing the ball over to Flaherty in the ninth to nail down the win.

Game Three: Los Angeles 8, Portland 0   at Portland, Sun., Oct. 14, 1923

The Beavers needed a big boost from spot-starter Juan Padron in this game, and they didn’t get it. The left-hander had compiled a 12-4 record during the season but most of the victories came in relief, and he had not started a game since May 25—ironically, a game against the Angels, in which he was ejected for inciting a bench-clearing brawl. As in that game, the Angels again roughed him up early, scoring two first inning runs after O’Brien started a rally with a one-out triple. The visitors struck again for three in the fifth, the key blow being Scales’ two-run double, and then blew it open in the eighth on Stearnes’ two-run triple. Angels hurler Wheezer Dell, a late-season pickup who had more or less been given up on by Vernon, kept the Beavers frustrated all afternoon, shutting them out on six hits and bringing the Halos within a game of the title.

Game Four: Portland 3, Los Angeles 0   at Portland, Mon., Oct. 15, 1923

Their season on the brink, the Beavers turned to their ace, and their ace responded with a gritty performance. Rogan’s three-hit shutout looked easier in the box score than it was on the field. With his teammates spotting him a two run lead in the first on a run-scoring triple by Charleston and a balk on Donaldson, Rogan looked dominant while retiring the first nine batters. But in the fourth, the Angels loaded the bases with one out. First baseman Jack Fournier bounced back to the box, and Rogan threw home for the force, then got Hood on a grounder to short. Los Angeles then put two on with one out in the sixth, but Rogan coaxed an inning-ending double-play grounder from Jacobs. He stranded base runners in the seventh and ninth as well, and his complete game shutout gave the Beavers a chance to build some momentum.

Game Five: Portland 4, Los Angeles 1   at Portland, Tue., Oct. 16, 1923

Spec Harkness got the nod for Portland, and took on the unenviable task of facing the previously unbeaten Mitchell. But Harkness proved the better man on this day, handling the suddenly cold Los Angeles lineup while the home team’s bats brought Mitchell back to earth. Harkness himself drove in the Beavers’ first run with a second-inning double that could have scored two if O’Brien’s throw home to nip Frank Duncan had been less than perfect. The Beavers added to their lead in the third when Mitchell threw wild trying to pick Charleston off first, enabling Riggins to jog home from third. O’Brien showed off his arm again in the fifth, throwing out Charleston after fielding Meusel’s double, but this game belonged to Portland, who added runs in the seventh on an RBI-triple by Meusel and a run-scoring single by Brazill.

Game Six: Los Angeles 7, Portland 3   at Los Angeles, Fri., Oct. 19, 1923

Donaldson faced Rogan again, and both warriors ran into early trouble. In the top of the first Charleston bounced a one-out single up the middle and scored on Meusel’s double in the gap. In the home half Rogan yielded a one-out triple to O’Brien and then clipped Stearnes but stranded them both, striking out Jacobs and Hood. Donaldson continued to struggle in the second, walking shortstop Wes Kingdon, misplaying a ground ball off the bat of Duncan, and then balking both runners to third, giving Rogan the opportunity to drive in the Beavers’ second run with a fly ball. But it was Rogan’s turn to show some jitters in the bottom of the second when he hit Stephens with two outs and then gave up an RBI double to Donaldson and a run-scoring single to Scales. From the third inning on, Donaldson settled down, but the Angels kept attacking, with Stearnes scoring twice, first on Hood’s third inning single and then on Jacobs’ single in the sixth. The Beavers closed the gap in the sixth when Kingdon doubled with two on and two out, but the would-be tying run was cut down by O’Brien, his third baserunner kill of the series. The Angels added a run in the sixth and two in the seventh and Donaldson did the rest, retiring the last nine men in order to set up a raucous post-game celebration.

Update: 10/7/23

The battle for home-field advantage in the upcoming Governor’s Cup Series turned out to be no battle at all, as the Angels stayed hot and the Beavers, perhaps flummoxed by a rainout that forced a Thursday doubleheader, dropped the first three games of the week en route to a lackluster 2-4 finish. The Angels went 5-1 and won the regular season crown by a surprisingly cozy five games.

Most observers are calling the Governor’s Cup matchup about even. The Angels had the better regular season record and also won the season’s series, but the Beavers bring a lot of post-season experience to the joust and are, after all, the defending champions. The series begins Wednesday at Los Angeles’ Washington Park.

Tony Lazzeri of Salt Lake City finished the season with a flourish, hitting three home runs in the final game of the season to finish with a league record 53. He also led the league in RBIs with 141. His teammate Biz Mackey, though shelved with a shoulder injury for the last three weeks, won the batting title with a .379 mark. Cool Papa Bell of Vernon led the loop in stolen bases with 59.

Los Angeles’ John Donaldson won the ERA crown by posting a stingy 1.58 mark. Bullet Rogan of Portland led the league in wins with 25, and Smokey Joe Williams won the strikeout crown, fanning 166.

Update: 10/1/23

Portland’s 4-2 victory over Salt Lake City on Friday officially ended Oakland’s post-season hopes. The Beavers had pulled even with Los Angeles atop the standings the previous day, but their losses on Saturday and Sunday—coupled with the Angels’ victories this weekend—puts the Halos in the driver’s seat with a two-game lead and six to play. The Governor’s Cup Series will start in either Los Angeles or Portland on Wednesday, October 10.

Before that, fans will see one final week of regular season baseball, and for many the focus will be on individual performances. Biz Mackey of Salt Lake City looks like a lock to win the batting title, with an 18-point lead over his teammate Crush Holloway (.379-.361). The Bees’ Tony Lazzeri will easily pace the circuit in home runs, and needs to hit three more to get to 50. Lazzeri also has a formidable lead in RBI, with 9 more than the Angels’ Turkey Stearnes (131-122). Vernon’s rookie sensation Cool Papa Bell has 58 stolen bases, leading the league by a comfortable margin.

Portland’s Bullet Rogan is still the league’s only 20-game winner (he has 24); his teammate Wayne Carr and Vernon’s Cannonball Dick Redding have 19. John Donaldson of the Angels appears to have a lock on the ERA crown with a 1.67 mark, and the strikeout king will be either Smokey Joe Williams of Vernon, who has 163, or Bill Holland of San Francisco, who has 156.

Buzz Arlett was the Player of the Week. The Oaks’ slugging right fielder hit .500 with two home runs. He’s hitting .330 on the season, with 22 homers, 90 runs, and 94 RBI.

Update: 9/24/23

The top three teams in the loop all registered identical 4-2 records this week, so Los Angeles held onto its one-game edge over Portland, while the Beavers maintained their eight-game cushion over third-place Oakland. The Angels’ magic number for clinching a Governor’s Cup Series entry is four; the Beavers’ magic number is five.

Fourth-place Sacramento was officially eliminated on Wednesday. The Solons are three games ahead of fifth-place Salt Lake City, but their quest for a .500 season will be a tough fight; they’ll need to go 9-3 down the stretch to do it.

The Bees’ Cristobal Torriente was the Player of the Week. The center fielder hit .500 with a pair of round-trippers and seven runs batted in. Torriente is hitting .350 with 15 home runs this year; it’s his third consecutive injury-shortened season (he’s hit .325 or better in each one, but he’s missed at least 30 games every time).

Update: 9/17/23

The Oakland Oaks are a good team and appear to have a bright future, but their hopes for a pennant in 1923 have just about been extinguished. The club won just two of seven games this week against relatively weak competition, and are now eight games behind in the race for a Governor’s Cup Series berth. Most observers believe the Oaks’ fate was sealed when they lost Harry Heilmann for the season on July 20. Oakland was 50-35 at the time but just 25-26 since.

Their ticket to the big dance all but punched, the Los Angeles Angels seem unwilling to settle for a second-place regular season finish. By downing the Portland Beavers 8-4 in the clubs’ final regular season meeting on Monday, the Halos claimed a share of the top spot, and then took three out of four against San Francisco while the Beavers were splitting four games at Salt Lake City. The Angels’ current one-game lead in the standings is their first since mid-July.

Salt Lake City, Vernon, and San Francisco were all officially eliminated from post-season consideration this week. Sacramento is one loss or one Portland victory away from elimination as well, but the Solons continue to play well, winning four and losing two. After hanging around the cellar for most of the season, they’re within six games of .500.

The Seals’ Willie Kamm also fought the good fight, gaining Player of the Week honors in spite of his flailing club’s struggles. Kamm hit .625 to raise his season’s average to .298.

Update: 9/10/23

Los Angeles made the most of a unique opportunity: with two earlier rain outs forcing the Angels to play nine games in seven days, they won six of them. The key matchup was the much-anticipated seven-game series at Portland, which saw the two clubs alternate victories in the first six games. The teams’ final meeting is on Monday. The Beavers’ lead over the second-place Halos is one game.

The third-place Oaks can ill-afford to lose at all these days, and unfortunately they were only able to manage a split in their six contests this week. They now trail the Beavers by seven games and the Angels by six.

Among the also-rans, Sacramento is looking like the best bet to salvage a first-division finish, and also has the only realistic shot at a .500 season. The Solons won five of six this week and stand at 61-69, four games better than fifth-place Salt Lake City.

Seattle, mired in a brutal 8-game slide, was eliminated from post-season contention this week. The Rainiers are 53-76.

The Player of the Week was the Oaks’ Buzz Arlett, whose transition from pitcher to outfielder appears to be a resounding success. Arlett hit .444 with three homers and seven runs batted in. He’s hitting .324 for the year, with 20 home runs and 87 RBI.

Update: 9/3/23

While no team has been officially eliminated, only three can reasonably be considered contenders. Those three all had mixed results against sub-.500 clubs this week.

First-place Portland defeated second-place Los Angeles in the final two games of their five-game set, but then stumbled against Vernon, losing two of three to the Tigers. The Angels were able to win two of three at Seattle; a fourth game was rained out and rescheduled as the first game of a Monday doubleheader. Third-place Oakland dropped a pair in Salt Lake City but won three of the first four against Sacramento. The Beavers lead the Angels by three games and the Oaks by seven and a half.

With the Oaks having no games left against either Portland or Los Angeles, their shot at a first-place finish is looking increasingly fanciful, meaning they’re likely to be rooting for the Beavers when Portland hosts a seven-game series against the Angels starting Thursday. All the Oaks can do is try to win as many games as they can and hope to gain ground.

Salt Lake City’s Crush Holloway took Player of the Week honors. The outfielder hit an astonishing .704 with three home runs and seven runs batted in. Holloway is now second in the league in hitting with a .366 clip.

Update: 8/27/23

The Portland Beavers have been so dominant of late that their week-opening 14-1 rout of Sacramento seemed like business as usual. But things took an ominous turn for the League Champions when the Solons scored 4 ninth inning runs the next day to best them 7-6, and then followed up with a 10-inning 5-3 victory on Wednesday. Reeling, the Beavs headed south to begin a five-game set at Los Angeles with the hopes of putting some distance between themselves and the second-place Angels. The Halos took the first three games, however, and have closed the gap to two games. The clubs finish up the series in L.A. on Monday and Tuesday, and then meet in Portland for a rare seven-game series beginning September 6.

Oakland was not able to keep pace with the Angels, losing two of their last three meetings to begin the week, and then dropping two of three at Salt Lake City. The Oaks trail the Angels by five games and the Beavers by seven; they will likely need to improve on their 11-11 August record to get back into the thick of the race.

In spite of the Beavers’ rough week, one of their players, Frank Brazill, was voted Player of the Week, and his numbers (.435, 1 home run, nine runs batted in) support the selection. Brazill is hitting .324 with 20 home runs.

Update: 8/20/23

A perfect week for Salt Lake City! The Bees began the week by pummeling Seattle 16-5, then won the final three games of that series before taking the first two games of a five-game set with Vernon. It’s too late for the Bees to make a playoff run, but they did climb out of the cellar, and are now four games ahead of the Tigers. Strangely, despite spending most of the season in last place, they are actually closer to the first division than the cellar (they trail fourth-place Sacramento by three games).

Not surprisingly, their star shortstop Tony Lazzeri was the Player of the Week. The sophomore phenom hit .560 with 4 home runs and 11 RBI. Lazzeri leads the league in both of those categories, with 39 and 109, respectively. He also climbed into a tie for second place in the batting race with the Angels’ Turkey Stearnes, at .352. Salt Lake City’s Biz Mackey leads all hitters at .376.

Portland maintained their six-game lead over second-place Los Angeles, while Oakland picked up a game on both the leaders. The Oaks trail the Angels by two games; the clubs’ final three regular season meetings take place Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday at Washington Park.

Update: 8/13/23

Portland crafted another unbeaten week, besting Sacramento three times and San Francisco twice. With Los Angeles stumbling through a 2-3 stretch, the Beavers increased their lead over the Angels to six games. Oakland went 4-1 to pick up two games on the Halos; The Oaks trail Portland by nine but are only three games behind Los Angeles.

Seattle is in fourth place, but with a 48-57 record and 13 games separating themselves and the third-place Oaks, they are playing largely for the prestige of claiming first-division status. They lead Sacramento by a half-game, San Francisco by two and a half, Vernon by five and a half and Salt Lake City by six and a half.

At least one Seattle player seems to be taking the fight seriously. George Kelly, a slick-fielding first baseman who has been pressed into keystone-sack duty this year, hit a blistering .560 to earn Player of the Week honors. Kelly also blasted two home runs and drove in eight. He’s a .304 hitter for the season.

Update: 8/6/23

Portland took the final four games of their six-game set with Oakland before losing a pair to Sacramento, dropping the Oaks eight games back. The Acorns have a chance to tighten up the race for the second Governor’s Cup Series berth this week as they take on Los Angeles at home. The clubs split the first two one-run contests; there are three games remaining. They’ll meet again in Los Angeles in two weeks.

The Angels picked up a half-game on the Beavers, and trail them by three games while leading Oakland by five.

The Beavers’ Frank Brazill was the Player of the Week, hitting .444 with two homers and eleven runs driven in. The 23-year old third sacker is hitting .314 with 17 round-trippers (good for third best in the league) and 76 RBI (also third in the league).

Update: 7/30/23

This year’s edition of the Portland Beavers is looking very much like the dominant force that racked up 206 victories the past two seasons. The Beavs fashioned another perfect week (their second in this month), and have now won eight straight and an incredible 20 out of 21. Portland leads second-place Los Angeles by three-and-a-half games.

The Angels won five out of six but still lost ground to the leaders. In the race for the second Governor’s Cup Series berth, they lead Oakland by two-and-a-half games.

Dick Neihaus of the San Francisco Seals threw two three-hit shutouts this week, earning Player of the Week honors. Neihaus has a deceptive 5-10 record this year. The luckless lefthander’s ERA is 3.09.

Vernon has lost 10 straight. The Tigers are a game-and-a-half ahead of cellar-dwelling Salt Lake City.

Update: 7/23/23

The Beavers continue to roll, dispatching Oakland four times in a five-game set and then stomping Vernon 10-1 to begin a six-game series. Portland is now all alone in first place, leading Los Angeles (who endured a second consecutive losing week) by two-and-a-half-games and the Oaks by four.

Roy Leslie of Salt Lake City was named the league’s Player of the Week after a .562, 3-home run, 6-RBI performance. In a somewhat limited role (53 games, 207 at-bats), Leslie has hit 10 home runs and posted a .324 average for the Bees.

The Bees’ Tony Lazzeri hit his league-leading 30th home run; he also leads the circuit in runs (77) and RBI (81).

Update: 7/16/23

The defending champions have kicked it into high gear. Portland swept Seattle this week and have won nine straight overall. The Beavers now find themselves in a first-place tie with Los Angeles. It was a bad week for the Angels to play sub-.500 ball (they went 2-3 against Vernon), with Portland going undefeated and Oakland taking four out of five from San Francisco. The Oaks trail the co-league-leaders by just a game.

The Acorns face the Beavers at Portland this week in a five-game set that should set the turnstiles spinning.

For the first time this year, the Player of the Week was a pitcher: Frank Shellenback of Vernon. The Tigers’ spitballer logged two victories over the Angels (one in relief and the other a complete-game start) while posting a 0.82 ERA in 11 innings. Shellenback is now 10-7 with a 2.34 ERA, good for third-best in the loop.

Update: 7/9/23

At the season’s approximate half-way point, three teams are at least 14 games over .500, and the other five are all at least 5 games under .500.

Portland had a 6-1 week, enabling the defending league champions to catch Oakland and climb within 3 games of Los Angeles. The Beavers split the series-opening Fourth of July doubleheader against arch-rival Seattle, then vanquished the Rainiers in four straight. The Oaks were only able to manage a split with San Francisco while the Angels beat Vernon four times out of six.

The Player of the Week was Salt Lake City’s Tony Lazzeri, a small consolation for the fans of the last-place Bees. Lazzeri hit .448 with five home runs and 12 runs driven in, bringing his league-leading totals in both categories to 28 and 75, respectively. He trails the American League’s Babe Ruth by just two round-trippers, and is comfortably ahead of the National League’s Rogers Hornsby, who has hit “just” 17.

Update: 7/2/23

The Oaks took six out of seven this week to pick up a half-game on the Angels (who went 5-1). Significantly, Oakland beat Portland three times in the teams’ first four meetings at Oaks Park to drop the Beavers three games behind them. That series concludes today.

The key to the Oaks’ success was shortstop Dobie Moore, who hit .433 with a pair of homers and nine runs batted in. The Black Cat took Player of the Week honors for the first time in his career and brought his season’s average up to an even .300.

Claude Thomas of Los Angeles won his 12th game, the most in the league. Cannonball Dick Redding of Vernon is one of three pitchers tied for second with 11 (Portland hurlers Wayne Carr and Bullet Rogan are the others); Redding also leads the league in earned run average (2.01) and strikeouts (82).

Update: 6/25/23

Biz Mackey, the Salt Lake City Bees’ remarkable catcher, earned Player of the Week accolades by hitting an eye-popping .684 (13-19). Mackey lifted his season’s average to .415, but he couldn’t lift the Bees out of their season-long slump, as they dropped five out of seven contests this week and are in last place at 25-38.

Los Angeles is still rolling; the Angels are now 15 games over .500 (39-24) and lead Oakland and Portland by two-and-a-half games. Seattle is five-and-a-half games out of second place and a game under .500, so the top three teams look particularly dominant. Still, with well over half a season to go, it’s anybody’s race.

Update: 6/18/23

Oakland and Los Angeles met for a six-game set at Oaks Park, and the visitors took five of the six to regain the top spot. The Angels lead the Oaks by two games and Portland by three.

The Beavers weathered a tough six-games-in-four-days stretch, downing host Sacramento in four of those games. Player of the Week Bob Meusel helped the Beavers pull within a game of second place by hitting .548 with 4 RBI and 7 runs scored.

Last season’s home run champ, Tony Lazzeri of Salt Lake City, leads the loop with 21 round trippers, but Meusel, with 17, is gaining on him. Lazzeri and Meusel are also 1-2 in RBI and runs scored. Meusel’s .373 batting average places him fourth in the league behind the Bees’ Biz Mackey (.388), the Angels’ Turkey Stearnes (.386), and the Bees’ Crush Holloway (.378).

Update: 6/11/23

The Angels walloped the Seals 18-1 on Wednesday, but the Seals played them to a draw for eight of the nine innings. The Halos scored 17 runs in the bottom of the third. Third baseman Howard Lindimore and pitcher Pat Flaherty each batted three times in the inning; Lindimore flied out to start the inning, then walked and hit a two-run inside the park home run while Flaherty singled twice and drove in two runs before making the final out. Los Angeles won four of the six games against eighth-place San Francisco to close within a game of league-leading Oakland.

The Oaks themselves had their hands full with Seattle, who bested them three times in five meetings. The Rainiers trail Oakland by five.

Portland took four of six meetings at Salt Lake City to close within three games of the first place. Player of the Week Orville Riggins led the way, hitting .517 with 10 RBI.

Update: 6/4/23

< While the Angels and Beavers stumbled, the Oaks took control of the race by winning five of seven. Los Angeles had a disastrous week, losing five out of six at Salt Lake City after their series-ending game at Portland was rained out, and the Beavers dropped four of six at home against the Oaks. Oakland leads the Angels by two and a half games and the Beavers by four and a half.

Although he wasn’t able to lift his team out of the doldrums, Los Angeles’ Turkey Stearnes was the Player of the Week. The Halos’ center fielder hit .556 with 2 home runs and 8 RBI. Stearnes is currently second in the league in hitting at .398, and leads the league with 14 doubles and a .458 on-base percentage.

Update: 5/28/23

Tony Lazzeri, the Bees’ sophomore shortstop, seems to be following up his phenomenal rookie campaign with another juggernaut, posting a gaudy .378 with 14 home runs thus far. Lazzeri won Player of the Week honors with a .435 average and four homers.

But the Bees, nine games out of first place, are currently outsiders in what is developing into a tight pennant race. The Angels, at 24-13, lead the Oaks by a game, the Beavers by three, and the Rainiers by four. Sacramento is six games back.

The Angels stunned Portland two weeks ago by taking five games out of six in Los Angeles, and the Beavers hoped to return the favor this week in Portland. The Halos continued their newfound dominance over the league champs by taking the first two games of the five-game set, but the Beavers swept a doubleheader on Sunday. The rubber game will be played today.

Update: 5/21/23

Salt Lake City’s Bees are off to a disappointing start: a 13-18 record, eight games out of first place. But fans would be hard-pressed to find fault with the efforts of center fielder Cristobal Torriente, the current Player of the Week. Torriente hit .542 this week with three home runs and seven RBI, crossing the plate nine times himself.

The Oaks have narrowed the gap between themselves and the front-running Angels to a mere half-game. Oakland finished off a five-wins-in-six-games run at Salt Lake City, scoring in double figures in every game except one. The Acorns are second in the league in hitting and runs scored (behind only the ballpark-aided Bees), while the Halos have given up by far the fewest runs in the league (89, 33 fewer than Seattle).

Seattle and Portland trail the Angels by four games and the Oaks by three-and-a-half.

Update: 5/14/23

The battle for the top spot remains tight, with the six-game set between Los Angeles and Oakland ending in a draw, and both clubs following with three consecutive victories over their subsequent opponents. The Angels, at 18-7, hold a one-game edge over the Oaks.

The Seattle Rainiers are on the rise, winning four and losing two this week to raise their record to 13-12. They trail third-place Portland by a game.

The Oaks’ Mule Suttles is the Player of the Week. The burly left fielder hit .500 while blasting five home runs and driving in nine. Suttles leads the league in circuit-clouts with 9.

Update: 5/7/23

The Los Angeles Angels are at the top of the standings after a 5-2 week. The Halos capped off their series at San Francisco with three straight wins over the Seals, then began their showdown at home with Oakland by taking two of the first three contests against the Oaks. Three games remain in that series.

The Portland Beavers also went 5-2 to keep pace with the Angels, and in doing so have caught up with the Oaks, two games shy of the top spot. Leading the Beavers' charge was Player of the Week Bob Meusel, who slammed five home runs while driving in 13. He hit .553 for good measure. Meusel now leads the league with six round-trippers.

Update: 4/30/23

The Oaks stayed hot, following up their 5-1 opening week with four wins in six games, but they now have company at the top spot, as the Angels won five straight to catch them at 9-3. Oakland took four out of five games from struggling Vernon before dropping a series-opener to Seattle, while Los Angeles followed a loss to Sacramento with four straight wins over the Solons and one over the Seals.

Seattle is something of a surprise at 6-6, good for fourth place behind the Oaks, Angels, and the 7-5 Beavers. Rainiers center fielder Jimmy Welsh was the Player of the Week, banging out a .458 average and 2 home runs.

Sacramento was off to a hot start but the Solons have dropped five straight to fall to 5-7. Salt Lake City, San Francisco, and Vernon are all 4-8.

1923 Opening Week

The Oakland Oaks may have felt like a junior partner in their Bay Area-rivalry with the San Francisco Seals last season (they dropped 15 of the teams’ 22 meetings), but if their opening week series was any indication, the balance of power has shifted towards the East Bay. The Acorns took the first five games before the Seals were able to a salvage a lone win on Sunday. Oakland's new center fielder Clint Thomas led the charge with a .333 average and a league-leading six stolen bases.

The Player of the Week award went to its most conspicuous recipient, Portland’s Oscar Charleston. The Hoosier Thunderbolt hit .480 and drove in five runs to capture the honor for the sixth time in his brief but electrifying PCL career.

The Oaks, at 5-1, lead the Angels, Beavers, and Solons by a game.

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