W L Pct GB
Salem ........ 41 23 .640 —
Wenatchee .... 42 25 .627 ½
Tacoma ....... 35 23 .603 3
Bremerton .... 32 24 .571 5
Spokane ...... 32 26 .552 6
Yakima ....... 25 37 .403 15
Vancouver .... 20 41 .328 19½
Victoria ..... 19 47 .288 23
SALEM, story unavailable
(called in 13th because of curfew)
Tacoma ........... 400 220 100 000 0—9 12 2
Salem ............. 003 400 002 000 0—9 13 8
Gay, Jimmink (5), Martin (9) and Kemper; Kowalski, Schubel (5), Gerkin (9) and Kerr.
WENATCHEE, story unavailble
Yakima ............. 002 010 100 (10)—14 14 1
Wenatchee ....... 001 003 000 1— 4 7 4
Yaylian and McConnell; Orphan, J. Fitzgerald (9), Christiansen (10) and E. Fitzgerald.
VICTORIA [Colonist, June 30]—Faced with the uninviting prospect of taking over the W.I.B.L. cellar, Vancouver Capilanos struck back at the Victoria Athletics in Royal Athletic Park yesterday in both games of the twin bill, 8-3 and 6-5, as righthander Bob Snyder came up with brilliant relief pitching to gain credit for the win in the first game and save the second for Alex Palica.
Athletics grabbed a quick two-run lead in the afternoon contest, when three solid base hits brought in a pair of first-inning runs after two were out. Ray Spurgeon, whose reappearance behind the plate for the Caps had a lot to do with their improved showing, clouted a three-run homer in the second to give the Mainlanders the lead.
Victoria tied it up in their half and drove Starter Jim Hedgecock to the showers, but Bob Snyder came in to squelch the rally. From there, Snyder was the master, allowing but one hit in the seven-plus innings he worked.
Tony Ferrara managed to get by until the eighth, when an outfield error by Ed Murphy was responsible for the two winning runs. He ran into trouble again in the ninth. Blankenship took over and made two errors, which accounted for three more markers, also unearned.
LATE RALLY FAILS IN SECOND GAME
Pee Wee Bass, the mighty mite from Oklahoma, came out to even it up for the A’s in the nightcap, but lacked the usual fine edge of his control and was in constant trouble from the first inning. He went out after five innings, giving up four runs on eight hits. Blankenship again relieved and yielded what proved to be the winning run in the seventh.
Led by smooth-fielding Bill Dunn, the Victoria infield played sensational defensive ball, keeping the score down despite 13 Vancouver hits and four bases on balls. Losers came up with four double plays.
His sneaky fast ball extremely effective, Alex Palica pitched a great game until he ran into control trouble in the late frames.
Al Steele broke the string of goose eggs on the scoreboard for Victoria in the seventh when he clouted a tremendous home run over the left-field wall with two runners aboard.
When Palica opened the ninth by passing Murphy and Steele, Snyder was rushed into the breach. He walked Cirimele to load the bags and the dangerous Pete Hughes strode to the plate with a perfect setting for a Frank Merriwell finish but forced the runner at second, Murphy scoring. Steele went to third and scored the fifth run for the A’s as Marionetti forced a runner. Buccola’s loft to Clarkson ended the rally.
Victoria’s Reg Clarkson was the big gun for the mainland nine, hitting three times in five trips and including a home run and double among his blows.
[WILfan note: Watts Gulan doubled in a run for Vancouver in the night game, and Lou Estes singled in another ... Alex Palica continued to have control troubles. He walked eight and hit a batter over the eight innings he worked.]
Vancouver ...... 030 000 023—8 9 1
Victoria .......... 210 000 000—3 6 3
Hedgecock, Snyder (2) and Spurgeon; Ferrara, Blankenship (9) and Clifford.
Vancouver ...... 001 030 200—6 13 1
Victoria .......... 000 000 302—5 6 2
Palica, Snyder (9) and Spurgeon; Bass, Blankenship (6), Hess and Paulson.
Tuesday, June 5, 2007
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