W L Pct GB
Victoria ..... 41 21 .661 —
Vancouver .... 33 24 .579 5½
Spokane ...... 39 29 .573 5
Lewiston ..... 31 33 .484 11
Wenatchee .... 31 35 .469 12
Salem ........ 30 35 .462 12½
Tri-City ..... 28 39 .418 15½
Yakima ....... 25 42 .373 18½
VICTORIA [Vancouver News-Herald, June 27]—The Capilanos pulled off the trick everybody in the WIL has been trying to do since this baseball season started—beat Victoria in their own back yard.
The whopping 9-2 victory was Vancouver’s third in four starts against the league leaders and forever burst the bubble which once insisted the Tyees were invincible.
What the Capilanos did was prove the Tyees are sadly lacking in depth. It was Bill Schuster’s suspicion long ago that Victoria lacked a strong bench, and in this series he proved his belief.
Any time Cecil Garriott had to call upon a reserve to put out a fire or grab a basehit, the sub failed. His relief pitchers lost complete control of the issue, his pinch-hitters are still without their first series hit. Without the strong bench, the Tyees faded before the onrushing Capilanos, who are back in second place, five and a half games behind but a very dangerous challenger.
Schuster got a wild and woolly pitching job out of Bud Guldborg last night, but John didn’t have to be too sharp. The Vancouver bats were talking again, and extra basehits in the clutch proved Victoria’s undoing.
Len Tran smacked a two-run homer in the first inning, then went on to score four runs himself for an interesting night’s work. Jim Wert came to life with his bat, banged home two runs and had three-for-four, including a triple.
REVENGE ON HEARD
In winning, the Caps beat Jehosie Heard, Garriott’s ace left-hander and a guy who hung a 10-0 squashing on Vancouver just two weeks ago. It was sweet revenge, but Vancouver didn’t hold their vengeance to Heard alone. They scored off relief pitcher Joe Rajeski and scored off the second reliever, Eric Gard. In fact, there wasn’t a Victoria relief pitcher in the entire series who got out of the battle unscathed. The strong bench, you see, just wasn’t there.
Vancouver …. 200 002 320—9 19 9
Victoria ……... 000 100 100—2 7 3
Guldborg and Ritchey; Heard, Rajeski (7), Gard (8) and Marcucci.
SPOKANE, June 26 — The Spokane Indians dropped the first game of a double header to Lewiston Thursday night, 2-1, but won the nightcap 4-1 for a 2-1 victory in their three-game Western International League baseball series.
Left-hander Bob Schulte pitched the Broncs victory in the first game, giving up only four hits to Spokane batters. The Indians' only tally came in the fifth inning when Eddie Murphy batted in Hank Hinz, who had walked.
John Marshall ran his wins up to six against five losses, in pitching the seven-inning nightcap victory for Spokane.
The Broncs' one run in the sixth was unearned.
Lewiston ….. 000 200 000—2 9 1
Spokane ….. 000 010 000—1 4 2
Schulte and Lundberg; Bishop and Sheets, Hinz (3).
Lewiston ….. 000 001 0—1 6 1
Spokane ….. 100 102 0—4 7 1
Brenner and Helmuth; Marshall and Sheets.
KENNEWICK, [Tri-City Herald, June 27]—The Tri-City Braves lacked the scoring punch Thursday night and dropped the last game of the series with Salem, 2-0.
Tonight they open a four-game series with league leading Victoria.
Thursday's game was another of the old-fashioned baseball type with both teams using sacrifices to move their players around into scoring position.
Salem's first score came in the third frame when catcher Bob Thrasher was walked. Pitcher Bud Francis also drew a base on balls. Then came Tri-City's only error of the game.
Tri-City catcher Nick Pesut rifled the ball down to shortstop Don Lopes who dropped it and allowed Thrasher and Francis to advance to second and third. Lead off man Gene Tanselli also drew a walk and loaded the bases. Second baseman Hugh Luby hit a bounding ball to third and Bob Bittenberg chose to make his throw to first. Thrasher scored on the play. With one down and two men on, pitcher George New clamped down and fanned the new two batters to retire the side.
Salem's second score came in the sixth when Dick Bartle singled. A sacrifice by John Moore sent the runner to second and sharp single by Jim Dayo drove him home. In the last three innings, Tri-City threatened to score but could not get their runners across.
In the seventh Rittenberg drew a base on balls. Lopes hit to put runners on first and second. A sacrifice bunt by New pushed the runners around to second and third. But then first baseman Vic Buccola flied out to center and second baseman Tom Marier struck out to retire the side.
With two away in the eighth Pesut rapped out a long drive to the right field wall for a double. But again the Braves failed when right fielder Joe Scalise flied out.
In the final frame, Rittenberg started out with a hit. Lopes was walked. New attempted to bunt but Salem's catcher, Thrasher, scooped up the ball and fired it to third to put out Lopes.
The Braves still stood a chance with men on first and second. But Buccola's hit into a double play and ended the game.
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KENNEWICK, June 26 — Bud Francis and Ted Edmunds teamed on the mound Thursday night in producing a six-hit 2-0 shutout for Salem over Tri-City in the concluding game of their Western International League baseball series here.
It gave Salem the series by a 4-1 margin.
With minor league czar George Trautman in the slim crowd of 643 in the stands, the Senators cashed in on the wildness of Tri-City pitcher George New for their first run in the third inning and put together a pair of singles in the fifth for their final tally.
Salem ….. 001 001 000—2 9 1
Tri-City … 000 000 000—0 6 1
Francis, Edmunds (8) and Thrasher; New and Pesut.
WENATCHEE, June 26—Bud Hjelmaa's bottom of the 11th single scoring Dick Adams gave Wenatchee a 5-4 win over Yakima in the windup game of their Western International League baseball series Thursday night.
Yakima took the series 2-1.
Wslt Pocekay tied it 4-4 in the bottom of the 11th after Wenatchee had grabbed the
lead with a homer over the right field fence. Adams followed with a double before scoring the winning run.
Yakima opened the scoring with a single run in the first inning, lost the lead in the fifth when the Chiefs chased in a pair of tallies, and went ahead again in the eighth on Eddie Scheurman's one-on homer.
Yakima …….... 100 000 020 01—4 8 3
Wenatchee …. 000 020 010 02—5 13 0
Shandor and Donahue, Albeni (10); Stites, Dahle (11) and Pocekay.