S T A N D I N G S
W L PCT GB
Tacoma ..... 76 48 .613 —
Yakima ..... 77 50 .606 ½
Wenatchee .. 69 57 .595 8
Tri-City ... 68 57 .591 8½
Victoria ... 58 71 .450 20½
Vancouver .. 53 71 .427 24
Salem ...... 52 73 .416 24½
Spokane .... 49 75 .395 27
TACOMA, Aug. 19 — Tacoma's front-running Tigers notched their third straight victory and their 14th in 16 starts by pummeling a pair of Salem pitchers for 17 hits and an 8-3 decision over the Senators in their game here Saturday night.
Salem ......... 000 000 003—3 6 1
Tacoma ...... 104 010 11x—8 17 2
Burak, Lew (3) and Martin; Knezovich and Sheets.
Yakima ..... 031 004 4—12 13 1
Spokane ... 110 000 0— 2 8 2
Larner, Orengo (7) and Tiesiera; Yerkes, Aubertin (5) and Weatherwax.
Yakima ..... 020 110 400—8 8 0
Spokane ... 000 100 000—1 7 0
Soriano and Tiesiera; Roberts, Curran (7) and Weatherwax.
KENNEWICK, Aug. 19—Outhit 11-5, Tri-City managed to down Wenatchee 6-5 in the second game of a doubleheader here Saturday night.
Tri-City won the first game 2-1.
Wenatchee ..... 100 000 0—1 5 0
Tri-City .......... 001 000 1—2 8 1
Dahle and Billings; Orrell and Pesut.
Wenatchee ...... 200 000 021—5 11 1
Tri-City ........... 002 040 00x—6 5 3
Ferrarese, Blankenship (8) and Neal, Billings (8); Greenlaw, Frick (3) and Pesut.
VICTORIA, [Colonist, Aug. 20]—Playing like the club they were touted to be last Spring, Victoria Athletics yesterday extended their winning streak—longest of the season—to six games by taking two games from the Vancouver Capilanos, 6-1 and 4-3, for a sweep of the current series.
Jim Hedgecock and John Marshall continued to give the A’s the excellent pitching which has been a feature of the win streak, made solely at the expense of the Caps. Hedgecock scored his 12th win, four of them against his ex-teammates, in the afternoon game, while Marshall came up with No. 14 in the arclight finale.
MARVEL AT CHANGE
Crowds totalling 3,500 watched the rejuvenated A’s move two and a half games ahead of the Caps in their private battle for leadership of the W.I.L.’s second division and marvelled at the change in the club which never seemed able to get a win streak well started.
Since the Caps scored 12 runs in the third inning of the Tuesday game at Vancouver and went on to a 15-5 triumph, they haven’t been able to do a thing with the Victoria mound staff. In rattling off the six in a row, Victoria pitchers have limited the Caps to eight runs with Ron Smith, Hedgecock, Propst, Wilkie, Hedgecock again, and Marshall doing the tossing.
Probably the biggest reason for the sudden improvement in what was expected to be the league’s best staff in pre-season reports, is the sudden stiffening of the club’s infield play. Close followers will have noticed a big drop in the number of errors and steady customers must have noted the fine defensive play of Shortstop Bill Dunn and Third-Baseman John Hack during the Vancouver series. Both came up with a series of good plays yesterday which gave both Hedgecock and Marshall a lift.
Hedgecock has seldom been better than he was yesterday. The slim southpaw had perfect control of a mocking knuckleball which baffled Vancouver hitters. He had a two-hitter going into the ninth and would up with a four-hit performance. He lost his shutout in the third when Len Tran doubled and came home on two long flies to left field.
Jim Moore, another former Capilano, was Hedgecock’s biggest offensive help. Snapping a slump, the young second-baseman batted in three runs with a triple, double and single.
Played before the larger crowd, the nightcap provided thrilling baseball with Marshall again giving his supporters the jitters before emerging on top when Lou Novikoff broke a 3-3 tie in the eighth with his tenth home run.
Hooked up in a battle with Bob Snyder, Marshall had runners on the bags in every inning but two, but escaped damage except in the fifth, when a bad-bounce double, a cheap infield hit, two solid singles and an error gave the Caps a 3-0 lead.
Moore put the A’s back in the game in the sixth when he tripled in two runs and scored the equilizer after Hack flew out. Novikoff’s game-winning home run was a tremendous clout of a low fast ball which the big fellow golfed out of the park.
Despite the closeness of the score, Marshall took time out to provide extra entertainment for his faithful followers. He got an unmerciful ribbing from the Vancouver bench but had the last laugh. He put himself in trouble by careless pitching a couple of times and then pitched out of it. At the plate, he combed Snyder for two well-tagged singles, the first of them his second hit of the season from the first-base side. He moved over after fouling a pitch off and then getting knocked down by Snyder’s next delivery and rapped a fast ball right through the box.
The A’s spend the next 12 days on the road. They play an exhibition game at Mt. Vernon tonight and then play series at Tacoma, Yakima and Vancouver before returning home to finish out the season with 12 straight games at Athletic Park.
Out of contention, the A’s will have plenty to say about the pennant winner. The two final series, each four games, are against the Tigers and the Bears. They meet the top two clubs in 15 of the 22 games left on their schedule.
Vancouver ...... 001 000 000—1 6 1
Victoria .......... 022 000 02x—6 10 1
King, Alvari (3) Gunnarson (8) and Heisner; Hedgecock and Ronning.
Vancouver ....... 000 030 000—3 8 1
Victoria ........... 000 003 01x—4 9 2
Snyder and Heisner; Marshall and Danielson.