W L Pct. GB
Victoria .... 68 33 .673 —
Spokane ..... 57 49 .538 13½
Vancouver ... 51 45 .531 14½
Salem ....... 50 52 .490 18½
Lewiston .... 50 54 .484 19½
Yakima ...... 47 58 .448 23
Wenatchee ... 43 59 .422 25½
Tri-City .... 43 59 .422 25½
LEWISTON, [Victoria Colonist, Aug. 2]—Victoria Tyees were stopped for the fifth time in their last 25 games and the second time in 10 last night as the Lewiston Broncs hung on to record a 7-5 win in the opener of a four-game series at Lewiston.
Although the setback sliced the Tyees W.I.L. lead to 13 ½ games, it actually didn’t hurt. Spokane Indians moved into second place by knocking off the Vancouver Capilanos, 9-6, at Spokane. It was the right result as far as Victoria is concerned. The Indians are 16 games out on the losing side while the Caps remained 12 out.
No details on game action were available last night except the fact that LeRoy Han, 18-year-old righthander fresh out of Vancouver (Wash.) High School started his first game for Victoria and was charged with the loss.
HAN FALLS SHORT
Han gave up two runs in the first and four in the sixth and just missed escaping the loss when a Tyee rally was halted two runs short of tying the score in the ninth. Carl Gunnarson struck out to end the game when a base hit might have given him his sixth decision.
The Tyees had trouble with Sal DeGeorge, recently purchased from Salem by the Broncs, but got going when the swarthy righthander had to give it up in the sixth because of a blister on his pitching hand. The Broncs were forced to use four other pitchers before subduing the league leaders.
The series continues tonight with Ben Lorino almost certain to be sent out for a try at his 19th victory for the Tyees.
[Han gave up six hits in seven innings in his debut. He walked five and didn't strike out a batter. Duane Helbig smacked a two-run double for Victoria as the Tyees left 13 runners stranded. Williams and Smith each batted in a pair for the Broncs, Charlie Mead tripled in another run and even Bill Brenner had an RBI single.]
Victoria ...... 000 101 003—5 9 3
Lewiston .... 200 004 01x—7 9 2
Han, Gunnarson (8) and Martin; DeGeorge, Powell (6), Brenner (8), Nicholas (8) and Lundberg.
SPOKANE [Vancouver News-Herald, August 2]—The rollicking Spokane Indians derricked three Vancouver pitchers in a five-run rally to beat the Caps 9-6 here Friday night.
The Caps had come from behind themselves after Spokane led 2-0 on two second inning runs and led 6-4 going into the eighth. Then the roof caved in.
Van Fletcher, the starter, was the victim of two costly eighth inning errors and a couple of basehits on top of that forced Van to call for help. Ed Locke came in to try and preserve the slim lead, but he gave up a single to George Huffman which scored the tying runs. Following singles by Bill Sheets and a walk to Mel Wasley supplied the winning margin. Before the inning had ended, Edo Vanni had called Bill Whyte in from the bullpen to help out Locke.
Spokane used four pitchers themselves in posting the victory and moving back into second place, a few percentage points ahead of the Caps.
The third of these four, Bobby Roberts, was the winner while Locke picked up his ninth defeat of the year also in relief.
The same clubs play three games over the weekend with a Sunday doubleheader closing the series. The Caps play at Cap Stadium Monday night against Wenatchee when it will be Penticton Night there. The Peach Queens from the Penticton peach festival will be there and there will be pre-game entertainment.
Vancouver ...... 010 104 000—6 10 4
Spokane ......... 020 002 05x—9 10 0
Fletcher, Locke (8), Whyte (8) and Ritchey; Palm, Bishop (6), Roberts (7), Conant (9) and Sheets.
YAKIMA, Aug. 1 — Bob Greenwood pitched and batted the Tri-City Braves to a 6-2 victory over the Yakima Bears Friday night in the opener of their four-game Western International League series.
Greenwood gave up only one hit, but two wild pitches led to the two runs against him.
The victory was the Tri-City hurler's 10th against five losses. Tom Del Sarto was the loser.
Yakima got a solo run in the second when Ernie Schuerman got the only hit against Greenwood, a single that came after a walk to Ken Richardson. The blow sent Richardson to third and he later scored or a fielder's choice.
In the eighth the Bears counted again when Greenwood filled the bases on walks and John Albini brought in a run with an outfield fly.
Greenwood got two singles and drove in two runs to aid his own cause. Don Lopes, Tri-City second baseman, was the leading hitter with three singles in five trips.
The lone safety gave Greenwood a record of allowing the Bears a total of three safeties against them in consecutive outings. On July 27, he allowed a pair of hits.
Tri-City ........ 010 210 101—8 13 0
Yakima ......... 010 000 010—2 1 2
Greenwood and Lewis; Del Sarto, Thompson (8) and Donahue.
WENATCHEE, August 1 — Lanky Bill Stites hurled the Wenatchee Chiefs to a five-hit, 10-3, victory over the Salem Senators Friday night in the opener of their four-game Western International League series.
Stites retired the first 18 men in order and did not give up a hit until Tom Galli nicked him for a single in the seventh. Two more hits gave the Senators a solo run in the eighth and another brace of singles accounted for a pair in the ninth.
The Chiefs picked up 16 hits off Bud Francis and reliefer Wayne Rick. Ernie Velasquez led the attack with four hits in five trips, including two doubles. He drove in two runs and scored two. Walt Pocekay and Ross McCormack each had three-for-four.
Salem agreed to let Wenatchee keep all the night's proceeds to bolster the Chiefs' weakened financial condition.
Salem .......... 000 000 012— 3 5 1
Wenatchee ... 130 002 31x—10 16 2
Francis, Rick (7) and Nelson; Stites and Pocekay.