W L Pct. GB
Victoria .... 89 50 .640 —
Spokane ..... 87 60 .591 6
Vancouver ... 68 66 .507 18½
Salem ....... 68 74 .479 22½
Lewiston .... 68 76 .472 23½
Yakima ...... 66 76 .465 24½
Tri-City .... 62 75 .453 26
Wenatchee ... 56 87 .392 35
SALEM [Victoria Colonist, Sept. 6]—At an early morning hour this morning it appeared as if the Victoria Tyees had increased their lead to six games and practically assured themselves of this city’s first championship.
The Tyees edged past the Salem Senators, 9-8, in a knock-down, drag-out affair that went 11 innings to start a double header on the right track. They were leading, 8-2, in the fifth inning of the nine-inning finale with Ben Lorino well on his way to his 25th win and the Senators with their third pitcher in action.
If the Tyees hold their lead, and they should, they will be six games ahead and 10 up on the losing side, a spot which would mean that their four-game series with the Indians next week will be meaningless if they can break even with Salem and Lewiston in their next six games.
Returning to action of Granny Gladstone, sidelined for two games because of a muscle injury, made the difference last night. Inserted into the line-up at shortstop as manager Cec Garriott benched Jim Clark when Salem opened with lefthander Bob Collins, Gladstone drove in the winning run and figured in two tallies.
He doubled in the second and scored the first run when Milt Martin followed with a two-ply blow. Gladstone started a two-run fourth with a single. A double by Dwane Helbig and outfield flys by Martin and Abernathy drove the run across.
HAN FINDS TROUBLE
LeRoy Han ran into trouble after three hitless innings and the Senators jumped ahead with a five-run rally in the fourth. Connie Perez tripled to start it. Han got two out, then walked Dick Bartle and Bob Nelson, gave up a single to Jim Deyo and walked Tom Galli. This brought on Carl Gunnarson and pinch-hitter Art Thrasher, who tripled in last there runs.
The Tyees stormed again in the sixth by scoring four times after two were out. A walk to Helbig started it. Then Abernathy doubled and Gunnarson, Lu Branham, Bob Moniz and Garriott singled.
Gladstone’s boot set up the tying runs for the Solons in their last turn at bat and forced extra innings. The Tyees went ahead in the eighth, Abernathy doubling and coming around on Gunnarson’s sacrifice bunt and Moniz’ outfield line drive. Again the Solons came through as manager Hugh Luby singled in the tying run with two out.
Garriott started off the 11th with a single, played for the single run by having Pries bunt, and second when Gladstone slapped out his third safety. The Senators threatened again with two out by loading the bags but Gunnarson got the dangerous Nelson to hit into a force play.
It was the 10th win of the season for the seasoned southpaw, who lost a tough 4-2 decision in Spokane Wednesday night.
Victoria ...... 010 204 010 01—9 15 1
Salem ........ 000 500 210 00—8 11 0
Han, Gunnarson (4) and Martin; Collins, Edmunds (5), Hemphill (6), DiBiasi (9) and Nelson.
Second Game 7 Innings
Victoria ...... 023 032 0—10 10 0
Salem ........ 002 000 2— 4 11 1
Lorino and Bottler; Francis, Collins (4), Hemphill (5), Rick (7) and Thrasher.
SPOKANE, Sept. 5—The surging Spokane Indians snapped their Western International League win streak at 12 Friday night when they tripped on the lowly Wenatchee Chiefs 2-0 after winning the first game of their double-header 4-0.
Wenatchee ..... 000 000 000—0 6 4
Spokane ......... 011 101 00x—4 8 1
Dasso and Pocekay; Palm and Sheets.
Wenatchee ..... 110 000 0—2 9 0
Spokane ......... 000 000 0—0 5 8
Stites and Pocekay; Spring, Roberts (6) and Sheets.
KENNEWICK, Sept. 5 — Vancouver threw away a Western International League baseball game Friday night as Tri-City capitalized on Capilano errors for a four-run eighth inning to win, 6-4.
Tri-City went into the eighth, trailing 2-3, when Des Charouhas walked with one away. Tommy Marier grounded to third baseman Ray Tran who threw wild to first. Vic Buccola singled to load the bases and Nick Pesut was hit by Cap pitcher Bob Snyder to bring in the first run of the inning.
The angry Tran charged in from third protesting the umpire's ruling. After a short shouting match, he returned to third. Joe Scalise hit another grounder to Tran and again the throw was wild — this time to home plate, allowing Marier to score. Bob Greenwood sacrificed Buccola home and Don Lopes ended the scoring with a single that scores Scalise.
Up until then, Snyder appeared to have it easy. He had come on in the second inning for Van Fletcher after the latter got him on the finger with a pitched ball by Bob Greenwood to bring in a run. Snyder came in to protect a 1-0 lead, later saw it tied 2-2, then led again 3-2 when Bob Duretto dynamited a 370-foot homer in the seventh.
The Caps got one back in the ninth, but Greenwood got the side out without further damage. It was his fourth win over the Caps this year against one loss and his 15th of the season.
Duretto and Jim Wert had three hits each for Vancouver.
Vancouver ..... 011 000 101—4 9 5
Tri-City ..... 000 101 04x—6 9 1
Fletcher, Snyder (2) and Leavitt; Greenwood and Pesut.
YAKIMA, Sept. 5 — Manager Bill Brenner of the Lewiston Broncs hurled five-hit ball Friday night to give his team a 6-2 victory over the Yakima Bears.
It was Brenner's 19th win of the season. He has lost nine.
Tagged with the loss was Kenny Wright, who took over in the first inning. He now has a 9-10 record.
Lewiston ....... 200 000 103 — 6 7 2
Yakima ......... 100 001 000 — 2 5 2
Brenner and Lundberg; Del Sarto, Wright and and Albini.