W L Pct GB
Victoria ..... 39 16 .709 —
Spokane ...... 36 25 .590 6
Vancouver .... 28 23 .549 9
Lewiston ..... 27 30 .474 12
Wenatchee .... 27 32 .458 13
Tri-City ..... 27 33 .450 13½
Salem ........ 24 33 .421 16
Yakima ....... 22 38 .367 19½
VICTORIA, June 19—The Victoria Tyees showed Thursday night just why they are atop the Western International League as they came from behind to edge the Salem Senators 7-6 in the first game of their four-game series.
A "Citizen's Night" crowd of more than 4,500, largest of the season, saw the season's most exciting game, replete with great defensive play and climaxed by Victoria's three-run ninth inning which turned a 6-4 deficit into victory.
As they came to bat for the last time, the Tyees tied it up on Jim Clark's double scoring Bob Moniz, who had singled, and Cece Garriott who had walked. Clark came home with thewinning run when John Treece drove his fourth straight hit through the box.
Salem ....... 004 001 001—6 12 2
Victoria ..... 001 003 003—7 14 1
Hemphill, Edmunds (8) and Nelson; Gard, Wisneski (8) and Marcucci.
YAKIMA, June 19—Spokane racked up its second straight Western International League shutout over Yakima Thursday night, blanking the Bears 7-0 on five-hit pitching by Dick Bishop.
It gave Spokane the series by a 2-1 margin.
The Indians opened the scoring in the first inning. Wilbur Johnson, who had walked and reached third on Eddie Murphy's single, crossed the plate on Mel Wasley's fly.
Triples by Bill Sheets, Bob Burns, Sam Kanelos and Wilbur Johnson accounted for four of Spokane's runs.
The Indians reached Tom DelSarto and reliefer Charles Donley for 11 hits.
Spokane ..... 100 211 200—7 11 2
Yakima ....... 000 000 000—0 5 0
Bishop and Sheets; DelSarto, Donley (8) and Donahue.
VANCOUVER [Keith Matthews, June 20]—An interesting point came up Thursday night during the Caps’ 6-1 defeat by the Tri-City Braves. And no matter how you argued, Bill Schuster came off second best.
Bud Guldborg started this sad, sad affair for the Caps and he lasted quick. The Braves touched him for two runs in the first inning, one more in the second and with the bases loaded and one out, the situation cried for a pitcher change.
Now, sound baseball tacticians insist this is not the situation to cast a winning pitcher into. Not when you’re three runs behind and an excellent prospect of more to come.
However, Schuster denied the percentages and came in with capable Ed Locke, one of the best on his staff. Locke got the first man, allowed a two-run single to the second and it was 5-0 and a lost cause. Locke, in pitching 7 1/3 innings, was wasted in a losing effort.
With Paul Jones and Billy Whyte sitting on the bench, you would have expected Schuster to relieve with one of those two. Had the Caps been lucky enough to come back and tie it up, that’s time enough to worry about putting in one of your aces.
However, this was the pattern all evening. The Caps made enough mental errors to fill a few trucks. It wasn’t their best effort; in fact it was much worse than their usually bad ones.
Guldborg picked up the loss and it was his third as against seven wins. Locke got nothing for his troubles but a drippy swear-shirt.
The Braves unveiled a long, loose right-hander for this one in the person of Bob Greenwood. He belongs to the Philadelphia Phillies and on what he showed last night, will be in Quaker town one of these days fairly soon.
Bob is all pitcher. Good fast ball and good curve, he has only to learn the art of the change-up and setting ip his pitch, and he will have arrived 100 percent.
It was Greenwood who three-hit the Caps in Kennewick last week, beating Bob Snyder in a heart-breaker. Last night, Greenwood allowed the Caps four hits and the only local run was unearned. [Greenwood struck out three and walked five.]
DIAMOND DUST—Van Fletcher (6-3) pitches for Vancouver tonight in a renewal of this series starting at 8:15 … Tonight is Industrial League night at the ballyard, and players from that amateur circuit will be in evidence to help celebrate baseball week … Bob Brown reports that Jim Keating is still among the missing.
Tri-City ........ 230 000 100—8 11 3
Vancouver .... 000 000 010—1 4 4
Greenwood and Pesut; Goldberg, Locke (2) and Ritchey.
WENATCHEE, June 19—Charlie Mead's two-run homer and Jake Helmuth's two-run triple gave Lewiston a four-run sixth inning Thursday night and all the tallies they needed for a 6-2 Western International League baseball victory over Wenatchee.
It was Lewiston s only win in the three-game series.
The game was tied at 2-all in the sixth inning as two southpaws — Lewiston veteran Larry Powell and Wenatchee rookie Tom Moore — hooked up in a pitcher's duel.
Lewiston ........ 110 004 000—6 8 0
Wenatchee .... 200 000 000—2 7 0
Powell and Helmuth; Moore, Bauhoffer (8) and Pocekay.