W L Pct GB
Spokane ..... 86 43 .667 —
Vancouver ... 83 48 .634 4
Salem ....... 67 62 .510 10
Wenatchee ... 61 69 .469 25½
Victoria .... 60 72 .455 27½
Tacoma ...... 56 74 .431 30½
Yakima ...... 55 75 .418 31½
Tri-City .... 53 78 .405 34
SALEM, Aug. 23—The Spokane Indians were edged out 4-3 tonight as they failed to overcome the lead the Salem Senators established at the expense of John Marshall.
Salem chased pitcher John Marshall out of the box in the second inning after they had
collected four runs in the two frames. It was enough as Curt Schmidt held Spokane to five hits and three runs over the route.
Bob Roberts pitched seven-plus hitless innings as Marshall's relief.
Spokane .... 000 201 000—3 5 1
Salem ....... 130 000 00x—4 5 3
Marshall, Roberts (2) and Sheets; Schmidt and McKeegan.
VANCOUVER [Keith Matthews, News Herald, Aug. 23]—They say all Vernon Kindsfather ever needed this year was steady employment and he’d become a full-grown, potential major leaguer. This was only Vernon’s second victory of the entire year. Both have been with the Capilanos and have come at a time when Mr. William Schuster is most thankful for them.
Vern, after a spring training season in which he beat the Pittsburgh Pirates, had an 0-5 card with Seattle. The Rainiers shipped him off to Memphis, where the Chicago White Sox wanted a closer look at the youngster Paul Richards valued so highly.
Vern didn’t get a look-in down there. He was 0-0, never started a game, and was terribly unhappy about it.
The youngster is doing the things he likes now, pitching in turn and blowing his fast balls and curves in varying speeds.
Tacoma only got five hits off the boy last night and only one of the three runs was earned.
The Caps, meanwhile, utilized Bob Schulte’s wildness, coupled it with Dick Sinovic’s hitting and came away an easy winner.
Sinovic finally picked up his 100th RBI, then added one to it to bring his total to 1001 for the season. The smallest crowd ever to sit in at the new park, incidentally, watched this one. A mere 1400.
Tonight the same clubs meet again at 8:30 and Sandy Robertson (2-4) will do the serving for the Caps.
Tacoma ....... 000 210 000—3 5 0
Vancouver ... 301 101 01x—7 10 1
Schulte and Lundberg; Kindsfather and Cheso.
VICTORIA [Colonist, Aug. 24]—Victoria’s ambitious Athletics, hustling to make the post-season playdowns, closed the gap separating them from the fourth-place Wenatchee Chiefs to two games at Royal Athletic Park last night.
Finding their batting eyes against Al Treichel, the veteran righthander who is usually tough for them, the A’s came from behind to win from the Chiefs in the 14-3 romp.
They get a chance to get closer in the last game of the short series tonight. It will be “Bob Sturgeon Night” and the A’s will have a double incentive.
Among other gifts, the popular manager is expected to receive a contract for next season and his players will be trying to give him a second victory as their contribution. Ben Lorino gets the mound assignment and he will be facing Tom Breisinger in an all-southpaw battle.
Settling down after a shaky start in which he gave up single runs in each of the first three innings, Jim Propst was never threatened again as he marked his 12th win in 20 decisions and made it eight our of nine since Sturgeon took over.
Propst not only held the Chiefs at bay in the last six innings but he contributed something at the plate by singling in the tying runs in a four-run fourth inning which gave the A’s a 5-3 lead.
Sharing the spotlight with Propst was Bill Dunn, who has suddenly become a terror with a bat. The veteran infielder, who is keeping Sturgeon on the bench, had a perfect night with a triple, two singles and a walk and drove in three runs. His triple was a tremendous clout to left field which travelled an estimated 360 feet. Dunn has 16 hits in his last 27 trips and 23 hits in 52 trips since he started a plate surge that has lifted his average 36 points from .188 since Aug. 1.
HOMER BY PRIES
Don Pries, climbing steadily since a mid-season slump, chipped in with three hits including his fourth home run and Rocco Cardinale made his first hit at Royal Athletic Park a two-run homer in the eighth.
Wenatchee ... 111 000 000—3 7 4
Victoria ....... 001 402 34x—14 14 0
Treichel and Roberson; Propst and Cardinale.
YAKIMA [Herald, Aug. 24]—The Trl-Clty Braves crawled a little deeper into the Western International league cellar here last night and they managed to lose to the Yakima Bears 14-1.
Losing pitcher for Tri-City was Bob Costello who gave up 16 hits for hla 12th loss of the year. He has won 8. Ted Savarese held Tri-City to six hits as he notched his 10th win against 10 defeats.
The Braves only run was scored in the top of the first inning by shortstop Buddy Peterson. He singled, stole second and scored on a one-baser by Clint Cameron.
In the bottom half of the same inning, Peterson went out of ths game on his ear after a dispute over a close play at second base. Yaklma's Bill Andring was called safe. Disagreeing, Peterson charged at Umpire Charley Rose but was restrained and finally led off the field by his teammates.
Earl Richmond led Yakima hitters with four singles in five trips. The game left the hapless Tri-City Braves two full games behind their “cellar mates,” Yakima.
WILfan note: Actually, "two" isn't correct. Somehow, the AP missed a game in its win column for Yakima in mid-August and didn't fix it until the day after this story came out
Tri-City .... 100 000 000—1 6 6
Yakima ..... 203 003 51x—14 16 0
Costello and Pesut; Savarese and Tiesiera.