W L Pct. GB
Victoria .... 56 29 .659 —
Spokane ..... 48 40 .545 9½
Vancouver ... 41 38 .519 12
Yakima ...... 42 46 .477 15½
Salem ....... 40 45 .471 16
Lewiston .... 38 46 .452 17½
Tri-City .... 38 48 .442 18½
Wenatchee ... 38 49 .437 19
LEWISTON, July 16—The Victoria Tyees kept up their front-running pace in the Western International League by taking a doubleheader from the Lewiston Broncs Wednesday night, 9-4 and 7-4.
Victoria scored three runs in the second inning and four more in the fourth to back up Carl Gunnarson's nine-hit pitching in the opener. In the windup, Cecil Garriot
blasted two homers and a double to drive in the three-run margin of victory.
Victoria ......... 030 402 0—9 12 2
Lewiston ....... 101 200 0—4 9 2
Gunnarson and Martin; Bowman, Powell (4), Clancy (5) and Helmuth.
** UP line is above. AP has 9 11 2, 4 9 3.
Victoria ........ 120 000 301—7 10 1
Lewiston ...... 100 002 001—4 5 0
Bottler and Martin; Nicholas and Lundberg.
SPOKANE [Vancouver News-Herald, July 17]—The Capilanos pitching went sour Wednesday night as Spokane assaulted the Caps for 18 hits and a 10-3 WIL win.
Neither starter Paul Jones nor reliever Ed Locke could do much to put a silencer on Spokane’s heavy hitting as the Indians hit safely in every inning and amassed their winning total with ease.
The Caps had enough of an attack going to win most ordinary ball games and might have done better against the Indians had it not been for a powerful relief job turned in by veteran John Marshall.
Vancouver started to peck away at the Spokane lead in the sixth inning with a pair of runs, but it was here that Don Osborn beckoned Marshall into the ball game and the big fellow turned the tide the other way.
Though the Spokes got most of the hits, Bob Duretto of the Capilanos was the evening’s hitting hero. After a four-for-five night last night, the last three singles in succession, Bob started off with three more safe hits to come within one of the WIL record of seven consecutive base hits. Marshall stopped Bob in the seventh on a fly ball.
The Caps led this ball game briefly in the first inning on a single run which they managed through a hit batsman, and a pair of Spokane throwing errors.
Spokane scored first in the second inning, but they made this one good for three runs to give Paul Jones his first come uppance in 13 straight scoreless innings of pitching.
Jones was battling out in the fourth and Locke hurried in to help the cause. Eddie did not have much more than his predecessor, however, and the Indians sat back and got fat on his pitches.
The tail end of the Spokane batting order was the most damaging to the Caps. The last three men in the batting list, Jim Brown, Bill Sheets and Wilbur Johnson, divided nine his between them. Johnson had a perfect four-for-four night.
The same clubs conclude this series here tonight with a single game and Tom Lovrich (2-0) the young Southern Cal collegian will be Edo Vanni’s starter.
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SPOKANE, July 16 (AP)—It was Eddie Murphy night at Ferris Field and the fly-snagging center fielder got lots of gifts, two hits in two times up and a team victory as Spokane batted better than .500 to beat Vancouver 10-3 in a Western International
League baseball game.
The Indians blasted out 18 hits in 35 times at bat and scattered their scoring over five innings as they evened the series battle and see-saw second place race with the Capilanos.
Shortstop Wilbur Johnson lead his heavy-hitting Spokane teammates as he rapped out four singles in four times at the plate.
Vancouver …. 100 002 000—3 10 2
Spokane …….. 030 123 10x—10 18 2
Jones, Locke (4) and Ritchey; Chase, Marshall (6) and Sheets.
WENATCHEE, July 16—The Wenatchee Chiefs broke through with three runs in the fifth inning Wednesday night to nip the Salem Senators 5-4 and even the three-game Western
International League series at one-up.
Breaking out of a hitting slump, Wenatchee's Ross McCormack paced the locals with four safeties in four trips to the plate, including a smashing triple in the fifth.
The Senators threatened to make the game a runaway early in the game, getting a three-run lead with two tallies in the top of the fourth.
The Chiefs swarmed back in their half of the fourth for two runs and then put the game on ice with three runs in the fifth, coming on two singles and two triples, McCormack's clout and another by Walt Pocekay.
Charles Oubre, pitching for a last-place team, notched his 11th victory against four setbacks.
Salem Manager Hugh Luby extended his errorless streak to 46 games.
Salem ........... 001 210 000—4-10-0
Wenatchee .... 000 230 00x—5-10-3
DeGeorge, Francis (5), Edmonds (8) and Nelson; Oubre and Robinett.
YAKIMA, July 16—The highballing Yakima Bears chalked up their 18th win in their last 24 starts Wednesday night as they rallied for four runs in the seventh inning to try Tri-City in a Western International League baseball game.
The big Yakima inning featured two homers, a two-run affair by Jerry Zuvela and a solo round-tripper by John Albeni.
Tri-City's only threat came in the fifth from when they put together three singles and a walk for two runs. The safeties were by Vic Buccola, Des Charouhas and Frank Mataya, the former Washington State grid star.
Tri-City ....... 010 020 000—3-8-1
Yakima ........ 010 100 40x—6-8-0
Greenwood and Carr; Thompson and Donahue.
NON WIL MINOR LEAGUE NEWS
Bats Superfluous, Hurlers Pass 'Em
SANTA BARBARA, Calif., July 16 — Bats were just excess baggage that had to be lugged to the plate in this California League game.
Five Bakersfield pitchers missed the plate so successfully they handed out 20 walks Monday night. Nine passes were crammed into one inning, forcing in five Santa Barbara runs without a hit.
Final score was league-leading Santa Barbara 16, Bakersfield 3.
Score keepers were pretty certain all that walking set some records, but were too tired to search league books.