W L PCT GB
Vancouver ... 56 27 .675 —
Spokane ..... 52 28 .642 3
Salem ....... 41 40 .506 14
Tri-City .... 38 43 .476 16½
Wenatchee ... 38 43 .469 17
Victoria .... 37 47 .440 19½
Tacoma ...... 34 48 .415 23½
Yakima ...... 30 50 .375 24½
TACOMA, July 8—Vancouver and Tacoma traded one-run decisions with Vancouver on Sunday winning the opening game of a doubleheader 3-2 and Tacoma taking the nightcap 4-3.
The Caps took the first game behind the six-hit pitching of workhorse Pete Hernandez.
They went ahead for keeps in the third winning on singles by Bob McGuire, John Ritchey and Dick Sinovic. The winning run scored on an outfield fly.
Vince DiMaggio broke a 3-3 tie in the ninth inning of the nightcap by doubling home John Kovenz for Tacoma. Kovenz had walked and advanced to second on Butch Moran's single.
The Caps got all their runs in the sixth to pull into a brief tie.
Don Tisnerat was charged with the loss. He gave up 10 hits, tossed two wild pitches, committed one error and walked seven.
Vancouver ... 012 000 0—3 8 0
Tacoma ....... 000 101 0—2 6 0
Hernandez and Ritchey; Kipp, Clark (5), Mishasek (7) and Lundberg.
Vancouver ... 000 003 000—3 8 2
Tacoma ....... 002 010 001—4 10 0
Tisnerat and Ritchey; Dodeward, Kipp (6), Mishasek (9) and Watson.
SALEM, July 8—Spokane took the opening game of a twin-bill at Salem 5-0 on four-hit pitching by Ward Rockey. Bill Bevens hung up his 12th victory of the season in pitching Salem to a 3-1 win in the afterpiece. He held Spokane to four hits.
Spokane ..... 410 000 0—5 15 1
Salem ........ 000 000 0—0 4 3
Rockey and Sheets; Wilkie, Schmidt (2) and McKeegan, Dana (6)
Spokane ..... 000 001 000—1 4 2
Salem ........ 003 000 00x—3 7 2
Conant and Sheets; Bevens and McKeegan.
WENATCHEE [Victoria Daily Colonist, July 10]—The A’s gained no ground Sunday at Yakima as they managed only a split with the Bears to leave their record on the current road trip at 3-6.
Bill Osborn gave another one of his steady performances as the A’s took advantage of four errors to make four hits good for a 6-2 win in the seven-inning opener. A five-run third inning did the trick with Larry Powell coming on—but too late—to stop Victoria from there.
John Tierney lost a tough one in the finale when his mates could get him no runs in the early innings. He was taken out for a pinch-hitter in the eighth with the score at 3-0. The A’s made it close with two runs but the Bears added four off John Brkich and Ron Smith in their half and it eventually wound up 7-3.
Victoria ...... 015 000 0—6 4 2
Yakima ....... 020 000 0—2 9 1
Osborn and Thrasher; Aubertin, Powell (3) and Tiesiera.
Victoria ...... 000 000 021—3 10 3
Yakima ....... 000 200 14x—7 8 2
Tierney, Brkich (8), Smith (8) and Martin; Anderson and Tiesiera.
KENNEWICK [Herald, July 9]—After see-sawing in and out of the first division of the Western International league over the weekend the Tri-City Braves were today resting back among the first four of the loop.
It took the six-hit pitching of Lou McCollum to bring Tri-City back to fourth place in the race after Wenatchee had momentarily dropped them to fifth. McCollum's 8-2 victory over the Chiefs Sunday night, his ninth, of the season, also dropped Wenatchee back to fifth. It was the same position they held before the series opened. McCollum's victory also gave the Braves a 2-2 split with the Chiefs.
Tri-City had Sunday night's game won by the end of the first inning. Charley Gassaway walked Al Spaeter and Bill Edelstein to start things rolling. With one out Neil Bryant, hitting in the cleanup spot since Manager Charlie Peterson revamped his lineup, singled through the box to score Spaeter. Vic Buccola followed with a single to count Edelstein and Bryant romped in on Sam Kanelos' infield roller.
Wenatchee got a run in the second when Will Hafey scored after singling, taking second on a pass to Palmer, reached third on a wild pitch and home on Neal's infield putout. Walt Pocekay homered in the fourth for the other Chief tally.
Buddy Peterson rapped screaming double in the second inning to score Spaeter and Edelstein. Clint Cameron also drove in two runs for Tri-Cit. His roller down the first base line scored Buccola in the third and his fielder's choice in the seventh counted Peterson.
Other than Wenatchee'a two runs McCollum was in trouble only once. That came in the eighth when runners reached third and first with only one out.
However, the lanky right hander got Marshall on a pop up to Spaeter and forced Hafey to ground out to Buccola.
Sam Kanelos came up with a pair of sensational stops at third to rob Wenatchee of a couple of basehits.
Tuesday the Braves leave on one of their most extended road trips of the year. . .It will also be one of the toughest. Tuesday they open in Spokane for three games. Friday they move over to Yakima, the only soft spot on the program. Following this four-game set-to the Braves move over to Salem for three more before they return to Sanders Field July 20.
Wenatchee .... 010 100 000—2 6 3
Tri-City ......... 321 000 20x—8 11 0
Gassaway and Neal; McCollum and Pesut.