W L Pct GB
Spokane ..... 89 45 .664 —
Vancouver ... 88 49 .642 2½
Salem ....... 70 64 .522 19
Wenatchee ... 63 71 .470 26
Victoria .... 61 76 .445 29½
Tacoma ...... 58 78 .426 32
Yakima ...... 57 77 .425 32
Tri-City .... 55 81 .404 35
TACOMA, Wash., [Vancouver Province, Aug. 29]—“If only my pitchers keep coming through, we’ll win that pennant yet,” Manager Bill Schuster of the Capilanos told The Daily Province immediately after the invaders from Vancouver had knocked off Tacoma Tigers twice Tuesday night, 5-0 and 6-5.
With Spokane rained out, the double victory boosted the Caps within two and a half games of first place.
George Nicholas was the hero of the first triumph, pitching a two two-hitter at the Tigers for the shutout [the hits were singles by Mike Catron and Merv Dubbers].
In the afterpiece, Ron Smith’s brilliant relief pitching and some solid slugging by hits mates pulled victory out of the fire in the last three innings.
When Vern Kindsfather retired at the end of the sixth, the Tigers were leading 5-1. But the Caps tied things up in the seventh and went on to win the game in the ninth.
Their winning rally was staged without the aid of catcher John Ritchey, bounced out of the contest for disputing a decision in the sixth.
Two triples featured the Caps’ uprising, Dick Sinovic starting it with a three-bagger, and K. Chorlton batting in the last two runs when Bob McGuire, Jimmy Moore and pinch hitter Chuck Abernathy had singled.
PROTEST NO WORRY
Young Jimmy Moore connected for the all-important single, in the ninth, driving in Cheso with the deciding run.
Schuster, rushing to move along for the Tri-City series opening today, was not at all worried about the Spokane protest of the Wenatchee game transferred to Vancouver. “They can’t win that,” he declared. “Transfer of dates is a matter for the league president.”
At Tri-City tonight, Schuster plans to start Pete Hernandez, with his ace pitcher, Bob Snyder, on deck for Thursday.
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Schuster who has been sidelined with a leg injury for two months, made a brief appearance at third base when Cheso moved from the hot corner to behind the plate to replace the ousted Ritchey.
Vancouver ...... 021 002 0—5 6 3
Tacoma ......... 000 00 0—0 2 1
Nicholas and Ritchey; Schulte, Knezovich (2) and Lundberg.
Vancouver ...... 010 000 401—6 10 1
Tacoma ......... 011 300 000—5 10 0
Kindsfather, Smith (7) and Ritchey, Cheso (7); Dodeward, Clark (9) and Lundberg, Armstrong (8)
Victoria at Spokane, rained out.
Tri-City at Salem, rained out.
Wenatchee at Yakima, rained out.