W L Pct. GB
Tacoma ..... 13 6 .684 —
Yakima ..... 12 6 .667 ½
Wenatchee .. 11 7 .611 1½
Salem ...... 10 7 .588 2
Tri-City .... 9 11 .450 4½
Spokane ..... 7 11 .389 5½
Vancouver ... 7 11 .389 5½
Victoria .... 4 14 .222 8½
VICTORIA, B.C., May 8—Vic Buccola, Tri-City Braves first baseman, greeted his old teammates, the Victoria Athletics, with a circuit blow in the top of the ninth to break up a 4 deadlock and spark the Braves to a 6-4 victory over Victoria Monday night. Buccola found his 1949 Western Internatonal league home so much to his liking that he also pounded out a double and two singles in five trips to the plate in the Victoria park.
It was the second victory of the season for “Bullet” Joe Orrell against three losses. Artie Wilson, Brave third baseman, contributed his share to the victory by smashing a double and single to drive in two of the six Brave runs. Shortstop Neil Bryant also strengthened his hitting and runs batted in average by collecting a double and two singles and driving one run across the plate. There were no other games scheduled in the eague.
Dick Faber, regular outfielder of the Braves, is due to return to the starting lineup Thursday when the Tri-City team moves into Vancouver. Faber has been out of the lineup since May 2 when he was called to Orange, Calif., because of illness in his immediate family.
The Braves wind up their three game series with Victoria on Wednesday and then take the boat to Vancouver to open a four-game stand which includes a double-header Saturday night.
The team will return from their current road trip on Sunday.
Monday night's contest stood all even going into the ninth inning. The Braves notched two runs in the first and fifth, and the Athletics duplicated to knot the score 4-4. Then Buccola slammed one of Bob Jensen's pitches over the short left field wall. As it turned out, that was all they needed, but Neil Bryant scored a few minutes later to doubly insure the victory.
The Braves had on their hitting clothes Mondau night collecting 13 off the offerings of Jensen, while Orrell was giving up nine, including a triple and double to Victoria center fielder Thompson.
Tri-City ....... 200 020 002—6-13-2
Victoria ........ 200 020 000—4- 9-2
Orrell and Pesut; Jensen and Ronning.
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VICTORIA, B.C., May 8 (CP)—Tri-City Braves bobbled seven times Monday night to give Victoria Athletics all of their runs but Joe Orrell overcame the handicap of his sieve-like defense to go all the way for a 6-4 triumph. It was the first game of a three-game series.
With about 1,200 cold fans out in the hopes the A's would win two in a row for the first time this season the Braves scored two runs in each of the first and fiftrh innings. They gave them right back in the Victoria half, twice bobbling three times in an inning. Orrell was tight in the clutches and pitched his way out of several bad jams. None of the Victoria runs was earned.
Meanwhile, the Braves were getting to Bob Jensen for 13 hits but had trouble bunching them for runs. Vic Buccola hit the first pitch in the ninth for a home run to break a 4-4 deadlock and Neil Bryant's single, a wild pitch and Artie Wilson's double provided an insurance run.
Buccola was the batting star with a double and two singles in addition to his game-winning home run in five trips. Bryant had two singles and a couple in five trips. Gene Thompson continued his heavy hitting for Victoria with a triple and a double in four trips.
TACOMA, Wash., May 7—The San Diego Padres, pace-setters in the Pacific Coast League, had to come from behind Monday night to defeat their Western International League farm club, the Tacoma Tigers, 8-6.
The exhibition baseball game drew 3,280 fans.
The Padres, trailing 6-3, shoved across four runs on five hits in the eighth inning and added another in the eighth for good measure. Jack Graham, slugging San Diego first baseman, led the late game attack with three hits, including a triple.
Tacoma piled up an early lead off Schoolboy Rowe, capitalizing on four San Diego errors. Rowe went the distance, giving up 14 hits—three of them by Larry Lee who smashed out a pair of triples. Tacoma used four pitchers.
San Diego (PCL).. 010 002 041—8 14 4
Tacoma (WIL) .... 002 110 200—6 14 1
Rowe and Moore; Kerrigan, Loust (4), Lazor (7), Carter (8) and Sheets, Fischer (8).
Caps Looking For Missing Outfielder
VANCOUVER, B. C., May 8—Somewhere between here and San Francisco there's a Capilano outfielder and the Caps are getting worried about him.
Jim Keating, a power-hitting outfielder who was supoosed to join Vancouver in Yakima last week can't be found.
“We aren't going to spend much time waiting for him,” Cap manager Bob Brown said Monday.
“Of course we would like to have him and the power he represents, but how long can a fellow wait, eh?”
The last anyone heard of Keating he was in San Francisco.
Boise Discards Two Players
BOISE, May 8 (AP)—Two players have been trimmed from the Boise team of the Pioneer Baseball league, Owner Hadyn Walker announced yesterday.
Pitcher Carroll Yerkes, one-game winner this year, has been sold to Spokane of the Western International league. Yerkes, with the Pilots for three seasons, joined Spokane last night.
Rookie Keith Rislo, 20-year-old infielder, has been optioned to Reno of the Far West league.
TACOMA, May 9, — Nini Tornay, Yakima catcher, leap-frogged over Tacoma's Glen Stetter and Wenatchee's Bud Hjelmaa to take the lead in the Western International league's hit parade after three weeks of play according to statistics released by the league office today.
Tornay upped his average from .436 to .493 to move ahead of Stetter who dropped from .444 to .426 and third place Hjemaa continued to move along in the runner-up spot with his .429 average, a drop of nine points during the week.
In the important runs-batted-in department, Tacoma's Wimpy Quinn was the top man, having knocked across 21 runners, although he was hitting at only a .286 clip.
Joe Rossi, bid Spokane catcher, hit one home run during the week to bring his season's total to three and take the lead among the circuit's long distance swingers.
The leading averages through games of May 7:
AB H RBI AVE
Tornay, Yak. ..... 53 24 10 .453
Hjelmaa, Wen ..... 70 30 13 .429
Stetter, Tac ..... 61 26 15 .426
Thompson, Vic .... 64 26 15 .406
Matoh, Spok ...... 68 25 8 .368
Bryant T-C ....... 76 26 18 .342
Greco, Tac ....... 65 22 6 .338
Baxes, Yak ....... 67 22 16 .328
Sheets, Tac ...... 55 18 7 .327
Fischer, Tac ..... 25 8 5 .320
Cameron, T-C ..... 25 8 9 .320
Spaeter, T-C ..... 76 25 5 .316
Charlton, Vic .... 70 22 15 .314
Murphy, Spo ...... 67 21 8 .313
Wilson, T-C ...... 64 20 11 .313
Bacciocco, Yak ... 64 20 10 .313
Drew, Wen ........ 55 17 9 .309
Larry Neal, Wen... 65 20 0 .308
Cheso, Yak. ...... 69 21 16 .304
Rossi, Spo. ...... 56 17 14 .304