W L PCT
Tacoma 45 32 .584
Wenatchee 45 35 .563
Yakima 44 35 .557
Tri-City 45 36 .556
Spokane 36 43 .456
Salem 33 43 .434
Victoria 34 46 .425
Vancouver 32 44 .421
WENATCHEE, July 7 — Bombing starter Bob Kerrigan for seven runs in the first inning, the Wenatchee Chiefs coasted to an 8-2 win over the Tacoma Tigers here Friday night.
The win put Wenatchee into second place in the race, one and one half games behind Tacoma.
Tacoma ........... 101 000 000—2 9 3
Wenatchee ...... 700 000 10x—8 10 2
Kerrigan, Knezovich (1), Bowman (8) and Sheets; Treichel and Len Neal.
KENNEWICK, July 7—The Tri-City Braves scored 11 runs in the first four innings Friday night and then coasted past Salem 12 to 4 to open a Western International league series.
The Braves enjoyed their biggest spree after two were out and the bases empty in the fourth. Seven men came to the plate and six of them scored, chasing Salem starter Bill Osborn.
Osborn retired the first two men in the inning. Then in rapid-fire order Jim Warner doubled, Dick Faber walked, Buddy Peterson singled, Nick Pesut walked, Ned Bryant aoubled and Osborn left the mound in favor of Ralph Lineberger. Merle Frick's double and a single by Joe Orrell completed the big inning.
Orrell spaced five Salem hits nicely and pitched the entire game for the Braves.
Merle Frick socked a homer with the bases empty in the second for Tri-City.
Salem ........ 000 101 200—4 5 0
Tri-City ..... 131 600 10x—12 16 0
Osborn, Lineberger (4), Burak (9) and Beard; Orrell and Pesut.
SPOKANE, July 7—The veteran Aldon Wilkie pitched Victoria to a neat 6 to 3 eight-hit victory over the Spokane Indians Friday night before a crowd of 2,294 partisans.
The Vics unloaded early on left hander Carroll Yerkes, the Spokane starter. Jim Moore tripled with one on in the first and later scored himself to give the Athletics a 2-0 edge.
Ed Nulty, a Spokane reserve catcher who broke his leg on a slide several weeks ago, was honoured with a “night” before the ball game. The fans not only showered him with gifts, they gave him a bathtub. He is still on crutches.
Victoria ........ 213 000 000—6 13 2
Spokane ....... 000 100 200—3 8 4
Wilkie and Ronning; Yerkes, Roberts (3) and Rossi.
YAKIMA, July 7—Vancouver had to call upon Bob Snyder to put out the fire in the ninth inning but managed to outlast the Yakima Bears 2-0 in a Western International League series opener here Friday night.
Starter Kevin King allowed only four jits in 8 1-3 innings but when he issued his eighth and ninth walks in the ninth, Manager Bill Brenner called upon Snyder.
Snyder forced Will Tiesiera to hit into a fielder’s choice and Reno Cheso to fly out.
Yakima threatened throughout the game but three sparkling double plays by the Caps preserved the shutout.
A single by Ray Tran, Reg Clarkson’s double and a fielder’s choice scored the Caps’ first run in the fourth inning. Charlie Mead’s double, followed by Bill Heisner’s single, accounted for the other run in the fifth.
Vancouver .... 000 110 000—2 6 3
Yakima ......... 000 000 000—0 4 2
King, Snyder (9) and Heisner; Bradford and Tiesiera.