W L PCT GB
Vancouver ... 58 27 .682 —
Spokane ..... 54 29 .651 3
Salem ....... 41 42 .496 16
Wenatchee ... 40 48 .482 17
Tri-City .... 39 45 .464 18½
Victoria .... 37 49 .430 21½
Tacoma ...... 34 50 .405 23½
Yakima ...... 32 50 .390 24½
SALEM, Ore., July 11 [Vancouver Sun]—Happy Bud Beasley can’t be considered as a threat to Bob Snyder for pitching honors with Vancouver’s baseball Capilanos. But he’s doing not badly nonetheless, as witness his third straight Western International League victory accomplished Wednesday night here over Salem Senators.
The win made it two straight for the league-leading Caps over Salem’s third-place club. Carl Gunnarson (5-4) will likely be manager Bill Schuster’s choice to try for a clean sweep of the three-game set on Thursday night.
Last evening, the veteran Beasley held Salem to seven hits and had only one bad inning, the fourth. The Solons bunched three hits for two runs in that frame.
But the Caps had already scored two of their own in the second, when four base hits knocked Salem starter Aldon Wilkie out of the box. And after relief artist Loren Monroe had held them scoreless for the next four innings, they broke lose.
Leadoff man Bob McGuire did most of the damage after two Caps were out. His line drive rolled all the way to the fence and wound up with a run scoring triple. Then he tallied himself on Gordon Brunswick’s single.
Beasley himself finished off the Vancouver scoring with a ninth-inning infield single that sent across one run. The Caps had previously loaded the bases for him.
Thursday night’s game winds up a long 11-game road trip for the Vancouver club. They left home on July 3, but they’ll be back at their palatial new stadium on Friday night to meet the Wenatchee Chiefs. Pete Hernandez (9-1) is the probably Cap pitching nominee.
Vancouver ... 200 000 210—5-12-1
Salem ......... 000 200 000—2- 7-0
Beasley and Ritchey; Wilkie, Monroe (1), Lew (9) and McKeegan.
SPOKANE, July 11—This is supposed to “Be Kind To Umpire Week” here but the Tri-City Braves apparently are under the impression it is also “Be Kind To Spokane.”
Wednesday night they “gave” the Indians their second straight victory of the series assuring Spokane of at least two of the three games. Tri-City came up with four crucial errors which accounted for five of the seven Spokane counters. The visiting Braves also left the bags clogged with 14 base runners.
Spokane launched its attack in the fourth frame with four runs scored on three singles, a double, a walk and an error.
Three errors, two walks and one hit gave them an additional three counters in the seventh.
Nick Pesut's single sent Clint Cameron home in the fourth inning with Tri-City's lone run.
It was the fourth consecutive setback for southpaw Cy Greenlaw who weathered the brutal storm until the seventh. Rookie Buzz Berriesford came on then to finish out the game. Greenlaw did his best to win by hitting safely two out of three times, the only Tri-City player to collect more than one safe blow.
Tri-City got as many hits, nine, as did Spokane but John Marshall carefully spaced them out over the full distance to chalk up his fourth win. Marshall gave up four walks. Marshall also whiffed eight of the Braves and Greenlaw logged three strikeouts.
Three of the critical errors were charged to third baseman. Sam Kanelos while the other was assessed to Buddy Peterson, shortstop.
The teams finish out their series Thurday night with a single game. Tri-City then moves to Yakima for four games in Parker Field.
Tri-City ....... 000 100 000—1 9 4
Spokane ...... 000 400 30x—7 9 3
Greenlaw, Berriesford (7) and Pesut; Marshall and Sheets.
WENATCHEE, July 12 [Victoria Colonist]—Pitching troubles continued to plague the Victoria Athletics at Wenatchee last night but the club also failed again to show anything at the plate. The Chiefs made it two straight and left the A’s with a 3-8 record on its current disastrous road trip.
Giving his regulars a needed extra day of rest, Manager Bob Sturgeon called on John Brkich. The teen-age rookie lasted less than three innings in his first starting assignment and a good relief chore by Ron Smith was wasted when the A’s couldn’t get to Mike Kanshin in the clutches.
It was Smith’s seventh appearance since July 2.
Brkich gave up three walks and three singles in the first inning for three runs and the Chiefs made it 6-0 in the third when Len Neal walloped a three-run homer. Smith held the runners to one run from there but the A’s could do no better than avoid a shutout in the ninth on singles by Art Thrasher, who played part of the game at third base, Bill Dunn and Don Pries.
The A’s wind up their road trip tonight with Jim Hedgecock set to face the Chiefs in the finale. They return home tomorrow for a home stand against Tacoma, Wenatchee and Vancouver in that order.
Victoria ........ 000 000 001—1- 6-2
Wenatchee ... 303 100 00x—7-10-0
Brkich, Smith (3) and Martin; Kanshin and Neal.
TACOMA, July 11—The Yakima Bears rallied in the late innings Wednesday night to defeat the Tacoma Tigers 8 to 4 in a Western International League baseball game.
It was the Bears' sixth straight victory over the Tigers on the Tigers' homefield.
To make it worse, Tacoma was ahead 4-1 before Yakima tied it in the sixth with a three-run rally. The Bears iced the game in the seventh with three runs off
two singles, Mike Baxes' triple, a walk and Will Tiesiera's single.
Yakima ..... 000 103 301—8-12-4
Tacoma .... 100 300 000—4-11-0
Boemler and Tiesiera; Schulte, Mishasek (6), Knezovich (7), Clark (9) and Lundberg.
Umpires Have No Answer To That
SPOKANE, July 12 — This Is “Be Kind to Umpires Week” here, a gag promoted by the Spokane baseball club, but the arbiters are getting the same old abuse—even out of the ball park.
Umpires Mickey Hanich and Joe Iacovetti drove to Ferris Field in a bright new convertible last night, a week's gift by the club. There was much fanfare But the umps couldn't find the brake in time and smashed into a big wire incinerator, smashing it flat.
“Can't you see?” barked a policeman. The umps didn't reply but took the field for the Spokane-Tri-City Western International league game.