W L Pct. GB
Victoria .... 81 43 .653 —
Spokane ..... 74 56 .574 11
Vancouver ... 61 60 .504 18½
Salem ....... 62 64 .492 20
Yakima ...... 59 67 .468 22
Lewiston .... 58 70 .453 25
Tri-City .... 55 69 .444 26
Wenatchee ... 52 74 .413 30
VICTORIA [Colonist, Aug. 23]—Among the more than 2,400 fans who turned out at Royal Athletic Park last night to welcome Victoria’s league-leading Tyees back from an extended road trip was Bill Svilich, a scout for the Brooklyn Dodgers. When the “baseball” action was over, two hours and 38 minutes later, Svilich must have wondered how the W.I.L. managed to get a class A rating and what has kept the Tyees on top.
Obviously tired from a schedule which calls for teams to play doubleheaders at night in such faraway places as Tri-City and Salem, then embark on an all-night bus trip to play the next night at Victoria, the Tyees and Vancouver Capilanos played like somnambulists they had every right to be.
BOB ONLY NAPPING
Bob Snyder, ace Vancouver righthander, woke up after the first inning and managed to stagger through to his 12th win, a 12-5 affair in which only three of the 17 runs were earned. It squared the season’s series between the two clubs and sliced Victoria’s lead to 10 games.
Things looked promising at the start with Snyder and Carl Gunnarson, a couple of cagey veterans who specialize in control, doing the pitching. Neither could find the plate with any consistency. Snyder walked nine Tyees and hitting one while Gunnarson put seven Caps on first in the five innings he pitched.
But Snyder, who had men on the sacks in every inning but the second, had only himself to contend with. The Tyees could only pick up six scattered safeties and they made things miserable for Gunnarson and his relief, Bill Prior, with five errors.
Both dependable Jim Clark and Lu Branham booted easy double play ground balls as they shared four errors while Granny Gladstone kicked in with a bad throw. Only two of the eight runs charged against Gunnarson and one of the four given up by Prior were earned.
An error by shortstop Ray Tran with two out in the first inning gave the Tyees five runs with Snyder walking four and hitting Don Pries to help the Tyees to their five runs. They got no more even failing with the bags loaded and no one out in the fifth.
DIAMOND DUST—Manager Cec Garriott did his best to win Thursday’s second game at Lewiston, twice tying the score by hitting his 16th home run and then stealing home … No less than nine scouts, on hand for American Junior Legion regional playoffs, saw the Tyees play in their recent series in Yakima. Among them was Don (Philadelphia Phils) McShane, who sold Ben Lorino to the Tyees. “What are you doing, trying to show me up?” McShane asked Lorino, proud owner of 21 victories … Lorino will go after No. 22 this afternoon with Jehosie Heard out for his 19th in tonight’s season finale with the Caps … Tyee president Arthur Cox was bragging after the game that he had “told off” an unsuspecting reporter for failing to carry out his “orders.” Nothing like good press relations … Dick Aubertin, who could go to the top with control, was signed by Seattle after drawing his release from Salem and is now with the Caps … Johnny Price, baseball’s best side attraction, will be on hand for the September 10 game against Lewiston … Booster Club members shared 42 prizes last night but they did not include the oil heater. A mix-up resulted in the erroneous report. The heater will be given away during the last game of the season … Edo Vanni, manager of the Caps, suffering from ptomaine poisoning and, perhaps, too much of the Salem Senators, missed last night’s game and the Caps won for Ray Tran, who took over as acting manager … Jim Clark, with two scintillating plays, Chuck Abernathy and Gordie Brunswick turned in last night’s outstanding defensive plays … Look for Cal McIrvin to rejoin the Tyees and Ben Lorino to be sold soon for delivery after the season.
Vancouver ..... 111 051 003—12 13 2
Victoria ......... 300 000 000—3 6 5
Snyder and Ritchey; Gunnarson, Prior (6) and R. Bottler.
SPOKANE, Aug. 22—Spokane's prize rookie evened up his pitching record Friday night as the Indians broke the Lewiston Broncs with a 12-4 victory in the opening game of the Western International league series.
Lewiston .... 000 211 000— 4 7 1
Spokane ..... 140 030 21x—12 12 3
DeGeorge, Bowman (2) and Lundberg; Spring and Sheets.
KENNEWICK, Aug. 22 — Nick Pesut's screaming single down the right field baseline in the last of the 11th gave the Tri-City Braves a Western International League baseball win over the invading Wenatchee Chiefs here Friday night.
Wenatchee .... 000 004 000 00—4 10 1
Tri-City ......... 110 010 000 01—5 10 2
Oubre and Pocekay; Satalich and Pesut.
SALEM, Aug. 22—Tom DelSarto cut Salem down, allowing only four hits, as he pitched Yakima to a 3-1 Western International League victory Friday night.
Yakima ...... 003 000 000—3 7 0
Salem ....... 000 000 100—1 4 1
DelSarto and Donahue; Hemphill, Edwards (9) and Thrasher.