W L PCT GB
Spokane ..... 71 39 .645 —
Vancouver ... 71 41 .634 1
Salem ....... 56 53 .514 15½
Wenatchee ... 55 53 .509 16
Victoria .... 50 64 .439 22
Tri-City .... 48 65 .425 23½
Yakima ...... 47 65 .420 25
Tacoma ...... 46 64 .418 25
SPOKANE, Aug. 4 — The Spokane Indians took over possession of the Western International League lead Saturday night, sweeping the Tacoma Tigers by scores of 10 to 5 and 8 to 7.
A weird three-run uprising by the Indians in the third inning put the first game away.
The second game was still in progress at midnight.
Tacoma ...... 000 400 1— 5-8-3
Spokane ..... 023 023 x—10-8-2
Schulte, Israel (3), Knezovich (6) and Watson; Palm, Aubertin (4) and Sheets.
Tacoma ...... 002 000 000—2 10 3
Spokane ..... 313 004 02x—13 12 0
Mishasek, Kipp (3), Brillheart (6) and Lundberg; Marshall and Nulty.
VANCOUVER [Province, Monday, Aug. 6]—It’s Penticton Peach Festival Night at Capilano Stadium tonight, but it’s doubtful if the local baseball Caps will feel in a very festive mood.
As the Brownies go into a new series against Tri-City Braves at the Ontario Street ball park, they find themselves in second place in the WIL, one and one-half games back of Spokane.
In the first place before Saturday’s game, the Caps fell back when the Spokes took three weekend games from the Tacoma Tigers while Vancouver’s Bob Snyder was losing a pitching duel with Yakima’s Dick Barrett, 4-1.
Both Vancouver’s Snyder and Yakima’s Barrett Saturday provided the nearly-flawless pitching that featured the entire series between the Caps and the Bears. The different was one inning, the fourth.
That frame, a walk to little Al Jacinto started Snyder’s downfall. Mike Baxes followed with a single, and Jerry Zuvela brought them both home with a tremendous triple that rolled deep into centre field. A long fly by Will Tiesiera scored Zuvela with the game’s final run, as Snyder got the next two men and stayed out of trouble thereafter.
Baxes had scored Yakima’s first run, coming up with the new stadium’s second inside-the-park homer in the opening inning. John Ritchey got the first one recently. Baxes’ blow rolled right to the centre field wall, some 400 feet from home plate.
The Caps square it in their half of the first, Gordie Brunswick tripling to deep left and scoring on Ritchey’s outfield fly.
Barrett, long-time pitching mainstay of Seattle’s Coast League club, and a veteran of a couple of sojourns in the majors, had things under control from there in. He tired toward the end, though, and in his capacity as acting manager brought on left-hander Ted Savarese in the ninth.
Ted gave up a single and a walk, but the Brownies couldn’t score—not even for manager Bill Schuster, who was celebrating birthday No. 37.
The Caps played without shortstop Ray Tran, who was spiked on the foot. He’ll be out for a few days.
WILfan note: The standings mentioned in this story are after Sunday's games. There was no Sunday paper in Vancouver in those days, so Saturday's game story was in Monday's paper.
Yakima ........ 100 300 000—4 5 0
Vancouver ... 100 000 000—1 7 0
Barrett, Savarese (9) and Tiesiera; Snyder and Ritchey.
SALEM, Aug. 4 — Salem batsmen knocked Wenatchee hurler Lou Tost out of a Western International league ball game Saturday night by collecting 10 hits in a 9-run third inning. Salem went on to win the game 13 to 3. The victory gave Salem a half-game edge over Wenatchee for third place in league standings.
Wenatchee .... 100 200 000— 3- 7-5
Salem ........... 209 100 01x—13-16-0
Tost, Gassaway (3) and Roberson; Bevens and McKeegan.
VICTORIA, B.C., Aug. 4— Ben Jaffey's pinch hit home run in the bottom of the ninth inning Saturday night gave the Victoria Athletics a three-two win over the Tri-City Braves, in a Western International League game played here. The victory gave the A's a four game series sweep.
In the bottom of the ninth inning Marve Dierks walked and advanced to second on Milt Martin's sacrifice. Bill Dunn struck, setting the stage for pinch hitter Jaffey who lined a 400 foot drive over Clint Cameron's head in right field for an inside the park home run. The A's scored their first run in the third inning when Martin tripled and came in on Dunn's single.
Tri-City scored one in the first on three singles, and the second in the second inning when Charlie Peterson doubled and scored on Spaeter's single.
Winning pitcher John Tierney (8 and 13) and taking the loss was Lou McColium (10 and 13).
In the afternoon game Victoria came from behind a three-run deficit to defeat Tri-City 8-5.
Victoria got to starter Ken Michelson in the fifth inning, scoring three runs on three singles, two walks and an error, and then scoring the winning and insurance runs in the sixth. Three runs were scored on doubles and three bases on balls.
Gene Thompson hit a two-run homer for the A's in the first inning. But the batting star of the game was Buddy Peterson of the Braves, who clouted three homers, in the first, third and fifth innings. His final circuit blow came with one mate aboard.
A's note: Bob White has rejoined the Boise team in the Class C Pioneer League. He had asked to be released from Victoria so he could play regularly . . . John Hack, former Victoria infielder who is now in the Pioneer League, has been fined $25 and suspended indefinitely for striking an umpire.
Tri-City ..... 000 000 0—0-1 2
Victoria ..... 300 030 x—6 7 0
Costello, Stone (6) and Pesut; Osborn and Thrasher.
Tri-City ..... 111 020 000— 5 12 2
Victoria ..... 200 033 00x— 8 9 0
Michelson, Stone (6) and Pesut; Propst, Lorino (5) and Thrasher