W L PCT. GB
Spokane ..... 75 40 .652 —
Vancouver ... 74 43 .632 2½
Salem ....... 61 55 .575 15
Wenatchee ... 57 58 .496 18½
Victoria .... 54 65 .454 23½
Tri-City .... 50 68 .424 27
Yakima ...... 48 69 .410 28½
Tacoma ...... 47 69 .405 29
YAKIMA, Aug. 10 — The Spokane Indians came up with three runs in the seventh inning Friday night to crack a 3-3 tie and went on to defeat the Yakima Bears 9-4 in a
Western International league baseball game.
The victory coupled with Vancouver's loss to Victoria again established the Indians with a two and a half game league lead.
Spokane ... 300 000 312—9 14 0
Yakima ..... 100 002 100—4 5 0
Roberts, Aubertin (7), Wyatt (7), and Sheets; Brenner, Savarese (7), Palm (8) and Tiesiera.
VICTORIA [Colonist, Aug 11, 1951]—Victoria Athletics still face a formidable task but they are edging toward fourth place in the W.I.L.
Last night at Royal Athletic Park, the A’s evened their season’s series with the Vancouver Capilanos with a 4-1 triumph behind the fine three-hit pitching of Jim Propst.
EIGHT IN NINE
The victory moved the A’s within five games of the last playoff spot, was their fourth straight and their eighth over Bill Schuster’s former league leaders. Tuesday morning, the A’s were eight games behind the fourth-place Wenatchee Chiefs.
Propst, rested since Saturday, was at the top of his form—and he had to be to best Ron Smith, who pitched well in his first start against his old team-mates, wound up by giving them the verdict with some bad fielding.
STRIKES OUT TEN
A great curve ball finding the plate for 10 strikeouts, Propst made only one mistake and but for Smith¨s trouble with two sixth-inning bunts, it might have cost him the decision. Dick Sinovic slammed a pitch over the centre-field wall in the fourth. Sinovic also had a single in the eighth. Ray Tran, who singled with one out in the first, was the only other Capilano to hit safely.
Pitching one-hit baseball through the first five innings, Smith saw the A’s score four times in a weird sixth inning without once hitting the ball out of the infield.
SMITH HAS TROUBLE
Propst started it all when he beat out a bounder down the third-base line. Jim Clark bunted and both runners were safe as Smith fumbled. Don Pries laid down another bunt and the speedy Propst, who can run with the best, beat the attempted force at third and the bags were loaded with no one out.
Ben Jeffey singled off first-baseman Bob McLean’s glove, the ball rolling a few feet away, and Propst raced over with the tying run. The winning run scored as Gene Thompson grounded to McLean. Hal Jackson was walked to fill the bags again, but Smith hit Bill White and the fourth run scored as Milt Martin grounded out.
CLARK, JEFFEY HELP
Clark and Jeffey helped Propst no end with some sensational defensive play. Clark was brilliant as he threw Len Tran out from the edge of the outfield grass after a backhanded grab of a solidly hit daisy-cutter and took Sinovic’s bid for a base hit behind second for a force-out. Jeffey came up with a sensational diving catch of a short fly by Ritchey in the fourth.
The latter play caused some additional excitement as the irrepressible Schuster made merry at the expense of Umpires Rose and Valencourt. The Caps argued that Jeffey had dropped the ball and recovered quickly. Later in the inning, Valencourt asked the Vancouver manager to keep his heckling players in the dugout.
“Tell them yourself,” Schuster sputtered, and headed back to the third-base coaching lines. Valencourt tried but go nowhere, then gave Schuster five minutes, an unheard of period, to get it done. Schuster, who paraded his players from the dugout with much bowing and hat-tipping and sent them to the clubhouse across the playing field, later had to send in for McLean when Gordie Brunswick, playing first base, hurt an ankle after crashing into the stands.
Brunswick, subbing for Chuck Abernathy, was chasing Sturgeon’s foul fly in the fifth.
TWO GAMES TODAY
The four-game series, which concludes Monday, continue today with afternoon and evening games. Bill Osborn and Ben Lorino are the Victoria mound selections. They will be opposed by George Nicholas and Pete Hernandez.
Vancouver ..... 000 100 000—1 3 1
Victoria ......... 000 004 00x—4 5 0
Smith and Ritchey; Propst and Martin.
KENNEWICK, Aug. 10 — Clint Cameron's eighth-inning single drove home Buddy Peterson with the winning run Friday night as the Western International league Tri-City Braves downed the Salem Senators, 3-2.
Cameron's clout broke up a fine pitching duel between Salem's Ray McNulty and Dick Stone of the Braves. Cameron also hit a home run with the bases empty in the sixth which tied the contest at 2-2.
Salem ....... 010 001 000—2 6 2
Tri-City ..... 000 101 01x—3 7 0
McNulty and McKeegan; Stone and Pesut.
WENATCHEE, Aug. 10 — Bob Schulte, Tacoma Tigers lefty, scattered eight hits Friday to pitch Tacoma to a 8-0 victory over Wenatchee in a Western International league baseball game.
Tacoma .......... 112 001 012 — 8 15 0
Wenatchee ..... 000 000 000 — 0 8 4
Schulte and Watson, Lundberg (3); Kanshin, Gassaway (4) and Roberson.