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Salem ....... 31 17 .646 —
Wenatchee ... 31 19 .620 1
Spokane ..... 28 20 .583 3
Tacoma ...... 26 19 .578 3½
Bremerton ... 24 20 .545 5
Yakima ...... 20 26 .435 10
Vancouver ... 17 28 .378 12½
Victoria .... 11 39 .220 21
BREMERTON — Gene Thompson slugged a home run with two mates aboard in the fifth inning Tuesday night to break a 1-1 tie and give Yakima the cue for a 6 to 4 victory over Bremerton in the opening game of a series.
Harlond Clift contributed three doubles to the Yakima drive as Joe Kralovich kept 10 Bremerton hits well scattered.
Yakima ........... 001 030 101—6 15 0
Bremerton ....... 001 011 001—4 10 4
Kralovich and Gibb; Kittle, Lowman (8) and Volpi.
WENATCHEE [Vancouver News-Herald, June 12]—It took 13 innings of struggling to do it, but Vancouver Capilanos, with Ray Orteig wielding the big stick, finally broke their losing skein, which had extended over four games.
The Caps eked out a 6-5 victory over Wenatchee Chiefs, Orteig grabbing the hero role with a home run, his second of the game, in the 13th.
Syl Johnson’s crew were leading 3-1 in the eighth, but the second-place Chiefs pushed over a pair to tie it up at 3-3. The teams battled through four scoreless innings then, until Vancouver sent home a pair in the 12th.
But the Tribe wasn’t through, though, and they tied it all up again, driving Ron Bryant from the mound as they did so.
But Alex Palica, who suffered a loss in a relief role last week, came in to stop the Chiefs after that, and he got his reward—a win—when Orteig pounded a Chuck Cronin offering for four bases. Besides his fourth frame homer, the big third-sacker had doubled in the 10th, too, to further qualify as the Caps’ fair-haired boy.
SEEKS JOHNNY ORPHAL
On the home front, general manager Bob Brown is still on the lookout for new strength. He is checking Los Angeles further this week on the status of first-baseman Bill Wright, back with the Angels after an army stint.
Brown is dropping in at Seattle this week, too, where he intends to put in a request for Johnny Orphal, a pitcher with a rather unorthodox style but plenty of speed.
Hopes of getting Cliff Mapes, hard-hitting Rainier outfielder, have dimmed. Maples belongs to Cleveland, and the Indians want him to play AAA baseball. But with a new manager in Seattle—Bill Skiff was bounced Tuesday—there should be some shaking up in the Suds’ lineup, and you never know who might end up with the Caps.
[WILfan note: Wenatchee left 14 men stranded on base.]
Vancouver ....... 000 201 000 002 1—6 13 4
Wenatchee ...... 010 000 020 002 0—5 13 1
Bryant, Palica (12) and Spurgeon, Brenner (12); Babbitt, Cronin (9) and Pesut, Fitzgerald (9).
SALEM, June 11 — Salem's Senators, behind the effective hurling of lanky Steve Gerkin, copped the opener of their seven game series with Victoria, by a 2 to 1 score. Gerkin, the former Philadelphia Athletic hurler, won his tenth victory of the season against four losses. The lone Victoria run came on a single by Bob Cherry and a double by Pete Hughes in the eighth ining. Two Salem double plays stopped other threats.
Salem's score came in the third, when Vern Reynolds doubled to drive home Lou Kubiak who had singled, and in the sixth when Dick Wenner walked, went on to second on Al Summers' sacrifice, moved to third on a Victoria error, and scored on Hank Bartolomei's one-baser.
Andy Adams, optioned to Victoria last week, went the route for the losers and scattered Salem's eight hits effectively. Hank Souza, the locals' newest scquisition, from the parent Portland Beavers, caught the whole game for Salem.
Tonight's win kept the Senators at the top of the Western International League standing.
Victoria ....... 000 000 010—1 7 2
Salem ......... 001 001 00x—2 8 1
Adams and Clifford; Gerkin and Souza.
TACOMA, June 11—Tacoma beat Spokane 7 to 3 in a series opener of the Western International Baseball League tonight.
Richie Colombo spaced Spokane five hits over as many innings, while Tacoma did a better job of bunching its 13 hits off Bob Kinnaman.
Spokane ........ 000 000 012—3 5 1
Tacoma ......... 202 010 02x—7 13 1
Kinnaman and Paulson; Colombo and Kemper.
Sunday, June 3, 2007
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