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Salem ....... 28 17 .622 —
Spokane ..... 27 17 .613 ½
Wenatchee ... 28 18 .609 ½
Tacoma ...... 23 18 .561 3
Bremerton ... 23 19 .548 3½
Yakima ...... 19 23 .452 7½
Vancouver ... 16 27 .372 11
Victoria .... 11 36 .234 18
VANCOUVER, B. C., June 7—Fast work on the part of Bremerton second baseman "Fats" Curtis won a Western International league baseball game between Vancouver Capilanos and the Bluejackets here Friday night. Bremerton triumphed 8-6.
[WILfan note: The available AP snippet isn't more specific. Guessing from the short Sun story, he threw out Jim Estrada "by a half stride" at first base to end the game.]
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VANCOUVER [Dan Ekman, News-Herald, June 8]—Our Capilanos have yet to win a game in their current WIL series with the Bremerton Bluejackets. But last night at the Stadium, they staged a mighty late-inning rally and restored much of fandom’s waning faith, before bowing 8-6 for the third straight loss.
Today the Johnson boys will attempt twice to crash the win column, at 2 and 8 o’clock, with Bob Snyder and Alex Palica handling heaving chores. Thereafter, the clubs move to Bremerton to close out the series on Sunday.
Ray Orteig faced the Jackets last eve, and it was generally agreed when the shelling was over that Ray should have stood at third. He allowed only eight hits, but unfortunately three of these were of the four-base variety. Control was his greatest stumbling block, however, for he issued 10 free passes.
The Caps were ahead, 2-1, when the misery caught hold of Ray in the fifth. With two gone, he proceeded to load the canvass on guest tickets. Before he escaped the mire, Bremerton had shoved two runs across and were in front to stay.
Then three round-trippers in two innings appeared to tie the can to the Caps for keeps. But they picked up a singleton in the eighth, and chased Bremerton starting hurler, Jim Lowman, out of the game in the ninth, when Frank Mullens singled in the fifth Cap run.
Ray Medeghini came in just in time to face Lew Estes, who hadn’t done a thing all evening except hit into two double plays. Lew was almost certainly due and he almost delivered. But his terrific fly to left centre fell inches inside the wall, and although Kretchmar scored on the throw in, that was all for the Caps. Spurgeon did his best to keep it going with a sharp single to left field, but Jim Estrada grounded out with the tying runs on base.
CUFF NOTES—League-leading slugger Danny Amaral cut loose with a vengeance after being passed twice … His three-for-three included a round-tripper … DeVaurs and Barisoff got the other Bremerton homers … Amaral, notoriously bad on the bases, got picked off twice by Spurgeon … It isn’t wise to try stealing on Ray … Monday and Tuesday nights of next week, the Los Angeles and San Diego squads of Abe Saperstein’s West Coast Negro League will appear at the Stadium … They’re share double bills each night with the Senior Leaguers … Cleve Ramsey has returned to the lineup at third base, played not too badly considering the fact he’s a misfit in that slot … He didn’t do a thing with the willow, though.
[WILfan notes: Mullens had three hits and batted in the first run of the game. Reg Clarkson’s single made is 2-0 in the second. Orteig’s single in the sixth moved the Caps to within a run, 5-4, and Estrada brought home a runner in the eighth.]
Bremerton ....... 001 021 310—8 8 3
Vancouver ...... 110 001 012—6 14 2
Lowman, Medeghini, (9) and Volpi; Orteig and Spurgeon.
VICTORIA [Colonist, June 8]—Manager Tedd Gullick personally escorted the Salem Senators to their third win over the Victoria Athletics at Royal Athletic Park last night with two circuit blows, driving in eight runs, as the visiting W.I.B.L. club trounced the tail-enders, 11-8, in a game in which base hits were at a premium.
The win kept Salem in the league lead by half a game with Spokane keeping on the pace by trimming Tacoma, 12-7.
Although the losers picked up but four scattered bingles, Senators were forced to call on three pitchers to take the verdict. Neither club exhibited any of their usual power with Gullic’s blows the pay-off as the rest of the Salem line-up contributed only four singles.
Victorua jumped into a three-run lead in the first without a base hit figuring in the scoring and went along nicely behind big Bob Jensen until the sixth, Gullic’s fourmaster being the only hit for Salem.
One run was already in and two were out in the sixth with Vico and Wenner on the bags when Gullic clashed out his second wallop to sent the Senators ahead, 5-3.
Crawford and Wenner received successive passes to open the frame and Steele dropped Jensen’s toss on Vico’s sacrifice to load the bags. Wnner walked, forcing in Crawford, Manager Norbert called on Joe Blankenship. Gullic stepped into the first pitch and drove it high over the left centre-field wall for a grand slam home run. Two singles and a stolen base completed the Salem scoring in the ninth.
DOUBLE PLAYS STOP RALLIES BY ATHLETICS
Salem starter Lee Pallin went to the showers in the second when he still was unable to find the plate, but Don Miles nipped the rally by causing Cherry to ground into the first of three Salem twin-killings.
Miles got by nicely until the eighth when he weakened to pass the first three batters, but Lefty Ken Wyatt rushed in and throttled the Victoria rally with a neat bit of relief hurling.
A twin bill today will wind up the current home stay of the Athletics with the two clubs moving to Salem for a seven-game set next week. Carl Gunnarson will get the call in the second game for Salem with Ed Kowalski the likely choice in the other. Pee Wee Bass is certain to star one game for the Victorians with Joe Blankenship looming as the only available starter for the other. Games will start at 2:30 and 8.
Salem ............ 010 004 051—11 7 3
Victoria .......... 300 000 000— 3 4 4
Fallin, Miles (2) Wyatt (8) and Kerr; Jensen, Blankenship (8) and Clifford.
SPOKANE — The Spokane Indians Friday night scored seven runs as Tacoma's defense collapsed in the fifth inning to win a 12 to 5 decision.
Tacoma ............ 000 020 201— 5 7 5
Spokane ........... 201 072 00x—12 13 1
Jungbluth, Hansen (5) and Kemper; Powers and Paulson.
YAKIMA — story unavailable
Wenatchee .... 100 123 220—11 13 0
Yakima .......... 201 000 000— 3 7 4
Fitzgerald, Orphan (3). and Pesut; Bohnen, Strait (6), Kasepchuk (9) and Gibb.
Sunday, June 3, 2007
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