W L Pct. GB
Victoria .... 66 32 .673 —
Spokane ..... 55 48 .534 13½
Vancouver ... 49 43 .533 14
Salem ....... 49 49 .500 17
Lewiston .... 47 53 .470 20
Yakima ...... 46 55 .461 21½
Wenatchee ... 42 57 .424 24½
Tri-City .... 41 58 .414 25½
WENATCHEE, July 29 — Victoria ace Ben Lorino limited Wenatchee to five hits Tuesday night as the Tyees defeated the Chiefs 4-2 in the initial game of a Western International League baseball series.
The Tyees picked up two runs in the first on Bob Moniz's single and Granny Gladstone's homer over the left field fence, added another counter in the second on a walk and Milt Martin's double and put together two bases on balls and a sacrifice for their final tally in the sixth.
Carl Gunnarson came in in the ninth to relieve Victoria's Ben Lorino and end a Wenatchee threat. The bases were loaded with Chiefs who received passes from Lorino but Gunnarson put out the fire after Bill Stiles scored on a fielders' choice.
Outfielder Ross McCormack participated in eighth double play of the season, two short of the league record for an outfielder.
Victoria .......... 210 001 000—4 6 0
Wenatchee ..... 000 100 001—2 5 0
Lorino, Gunnarson (9) and Martin; Bauhofer and Robinett.
SPOKANE, July 29 — The second-place Spokane Indians batted the Tri-City Braves further into the cellar Tuesday night when they won a Western International League baseball game 3-2 on the 11-hit pitching of John Marshall.
Big John set 12 Tri-City batters down swinging as he notched his ninth victory against 7 losses.
The Braves' center fielder John Kovenz had another big hitting night with four safeties in five times at the plate. Spokane's Mel Wasley stood up at the plate four times and was walked, hit with a pitched ball and collected two singles in his two official trips.
The outhit Indians put the game-winning runs across in the fifth inning when switch - hitter Sam Kanelos took to the right side a the plate to slam out a double which scored twd runners.
Tri City ......... 000 020 000—2 13 1
Spokane ....... 105 020 00x—3 5 0
Britain and Pesut; Marshall and Sheets.
YAKIMA, [Vancouver News-Herald, July 30]—The Capilanos won an 11-inning thriller-diller from Yakima here Tuesday night with a late-inning uprising which caught the Bears with their defenses down.
Bob Snyder was the winner, his 9th this year, but he had to “sweat” it out all the way before out-duelling Tom Del Sarto, then relief pitcher Bob Savage.
The Caps were behind 2-0 going into the eighth when they broke through on Del Sarto for the tying runs. Two walks, John Ritchey’s infield out and Gordie Brunswick’s 380-foot blast against the centre field wall for a triple brought in the runs.
Yakima went one up in their half of the eighth when John Albini, poison to Snyder all night, doubled home his third run of the night. Prior to this Albini had tripled and homered to account for all the Yakima runs.
Len Tran got that one back in a hurry when he led off the ninth inning with his fourth homer of the year, a 370-foot wallop over the left field wall.
Then the Caps erupted in a big way in the 11th. Tran started it off again by drawing a walk off Savage, then Duretto tripled on the ground into left centre, scoring Lennie. Duretto scored on Ray Tran’s squeeze bunt and Ray came home after a sacrifice, a single and Jesse Williams’ outfield fly.
Had it not been for Albini, Snyder would have been well away and won his game in regulation time. The pitcher-infielder-outfielder of the Bears homered in the fourth, tripled driving in a run in the sixth and doubled driving in a run in the eighth. The last time he faced Snyder was in the 10th and Bob walkd him. Then John stole second but was left stranded.
Jimmy Moore, the substitute first baseman who had a big night at the gateway with 15 putouts in a brilliant defensive performance, broke out into a hash of basehits with three-for-five, his biggest night this year.
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YAKIMA, July 29 — The Vancouver Capilanos shoved across three runs in the llth inning Tuesday night to win their Western International League series opener with the Yakima Bears, 6-3.
The Caps' Len Tran tied it up in the ninth with a bases-empty homer to send the game into overtime. Then they counted three times in the top of the llth off Reliefer Bob Savage on a walk to Len Tran, Bob Duretto's triple, Ray Tran's successful squeeze bunt, a sacrifice, Jim Moore's single and Jesse Williams' outfield fly.
John Albini, Yakima center fielder, almost won the game for the Bears' single-handedly. He homered with the sacks clear in the fourth, drove in another run with a triple in the sixth, brought home Yakhna's third run with a double in the eighth, walked in the tenth and stole second but died there with the winning tally.
Bears Note: Yakima outfielder Phil Steinberg is now on the voluntary retired list after notifying the club he has been advised by his doctors to remain in California to be with his wife, who has been ill since giving birth to a daughter.
Vancouver …. 000 000 021 03—6 8 1
Yakima …….. 000 101 010 00—3 7 1
Snyder and Ritchey; Del Sarto, Savage (9) and Donahue.
LEWISTON, July 29 — The Salem Senators widened the gap between first and second division in the Western International League Tuesday night by taking both ends of a baseball double-header from the Lewiston Broncs, winning the seven inning opener 3-2 and the nightcap 6-3.
Fourth place Salem rapped out twelve hits in the second contest while fifth place Lewiston managed to get eleven. Big blow for the Senators was Left Fielder Bill White's home run in the fourth with one mate aboard.
Lewiston Manager Bill Brenner started the nightcap, but wasn't effective on the mound as be absorbed his eighth defeat against thirteen victories. Bob Collins evened his record at 7-7 with the win, but his scoreless hurling streak was snapped at 26 innings when the Broncs scored on him in the second inning.
Salem ........ 101 100 0—3 9 0
Lewiston ..... 010 000 0—1 4 1
DiBiasi and Thrasher; Thomason, Powell (5) and Helmuth.
Salem ....... 101 200 011—6 12 0
Lewiston .... 011 000 001—3 11 2
Collins, Edmunds (9) and Nelson; Brenner, Powell (5), Clancy (9) and Lundberg.
Reds Buy Veteran Second Baseman From Tri City
[Modesto Bee, July 30, 1952]
Al Spaeter, a 27 year old veteran second baseman who batted .308 for Tri City last year, was purchased from that club today by the Modesto Reds.
Business Manager Charles McGrew, who announced the transaction, said Spaeter will join the Reds in Ventura today or tomorrow from his home in Los Angeles.
Spaeter has been out of baseball this year, preferring to continue his job in L.A., McGrew explained. Spaeter will use his vacation and a short leave of absence to finish out the season with Modesto.
He will bring the Reds' complement of veterans to three, the league limit. The others are Manager-Catcher Clint Cameron and first baseman Dick Wilson.
The three are old friends. Cameron played with Spaeter last year in the Western International League. Wilson and the newcomer have performed together in Winter leagues.