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Salem ......... 16 9 .640 —
Yakima ........ 15 10 .600 1
Spokane ....... 15 11 .577 1½
Tacoma ........ 12 12 .500 3½
Wenatchee ..... 14 11 .560 2
Bremerton ..... 11 13 .435 4½
Vancouver ..... 10 16 .385 6½
Victoria ....... 7 18 .280 9
VANCOUVER [Clancy Loranger, News-Herald, May 21]—The critics, and the fans, who were all set to ship our Capilanos to Lower Slobbovia Saturday following their double weekend defeat, were signing a reprieve petition last night.
With a slightly-shaken line-up, and with large Hunk Anderson fireballing on the mound in a highly-efficient manner, Syl Johnson’s boys looked bright indeed in galloping to a 7-1 victory in the opener of their seven-game series with the Spokane Indians.
Anderson, who tossed three innings of relief Saturday night and complained afterwards of a sore arm, didn’t show any signs of it last night. He set down the vaunted Spokane power hitters with eight blows, and didn’t allow more than one in any inning.
The single run they got was unearned. Ray Orteig, who took over third base for Watts Gulan, opened the eighth by muffing Bob Patterson’s grounder for his second miscue of the night, and smooth Vic Picetti singled to right. A walk to Levi McCormack—on a questionable call by Umpire Rice—filled the sacks.
With nobody out, Anderson had his work cut out for him, and the big righthander, recently sent here but Seattle Rainiers, earned himself a lot of votes in the “most popular player” department as he reared back and fired his high hard one in.
He succeeded in whiffing Fred (Marty) Martinez, but burly Bob James got a piece of the ball, and Patterson scored the only Indians’ marker at McCormack was forced at second.
Meanwhile, the Brownies’ so-called powder puff hitters were teeing off on the Tribe’s Dick Powers for 13 blows, including four doubles and a triple, and with our runners performing like gazelles on the basepaths, Mel Cole’s hirelings were never in the contest. Powers, incidentally, blanked the Caps last time out, so the win was that much sweeter.
CUFF NOTES—Alex Palica, Vancouver’s ace hurler B.A. (before Anderson) will attempt to make it two straight against the visitors tonight … That hard-hitting first baseman Bob Brown was seeking turned out to be Len Gabrielson, heavy-footed ex-Seattle initial sacker … Big Gabe, who drew his release when wonder-boy Earl Torgeson came back can’t be found, however … Seattle reports he’s nowhere in sight … Meanwhile, Brown sent out another wire to Bill Wright … One plan is to save handy Jim Estrada for relief infield jobs … Jim is playing a creditable game at first, at that, and is hitting well … Earl Silverthorn moved over to left field last night, and had a busy evening … The fleet gardener had a big night all around, rapping out a triple, double and single, good for three runs, and sparkling on the bases … base umpire Harris kept up te average of the boys in blue by tossing Spokane Catcher Bob Paulson out of the game … that’s the third one here … fielding gem of the season was turned in by Art Bonnell, who leaped high into the air to grab Bob James’ line drive … Social note: Doug Ford, our here-and-there hurler, is going back again … It’s back to Seattle, for sure this time.
[WILfan note: Reg Clarkson, in Silverthorn’s slot in centre and leading off, had three hits and scored the first run of the game … Anderson struck out three and walked four whiles scattering eight hits. He is now 2 and 1.]
Spokane ....... 000 000 010—1 8 3
Vancouver .... 200 012 02x—7 13 3
Power and Paulson, Clifford (8), Anderson and Spurgeon.
ONLY GAME SCHEDULED.
Sunday, June 3, 2007
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