S T A N D I N G S
W L Pct GB
Yakima ...... 65 42 .607 —
Tacoma ...... 60 43 .583 3
Wenatchee ... 62 46 .574 3½
Tri-City .... 58 48 .538 6½
Victoria .... 46 60 .434 18½
Vancouver ... 44 59 .427 19
Salem ....... 42 60 .412 20½
Spokane ..... 43 62 .410 21
YAKIMA, Aug. 1—The Yakima Bears left 18 men stranded on bases as they squeezed past the Spokane Indians 4 to 3 in a Western International League baseball game Tuesday night.
Teddy Savarese spotted the Indians three runs in the first two innings, then bore down to toss a three-hitter as his teammates tied the game with a run in the third and two in the fourth.
Yakima broke its 3-3 knot with Spokane in the eighth inning when Al Jacinto walked, stole second and scored on Jim Westlake's single.
The Indians Jim Holder left the game in the seventh when he injured his back in a collision with first baseman Jim Wert while attempting to field a bunt.
Yakima ............. 001 200 010—4-13-1
Spokane ........... 120 000 000—3- 3-1
Savarese and Tornay; Holder, Curran (7), Yerkes (8), Aubertin (9) and Rossi.
TACOMA, Aug. 1 — Bob Kerrigan, Tacoma southpaw, became the first Western International league pitcher to win 16 games as he hurled a six-hit shutout against the Salem Senators to give the Tigers a 4-0 win in a series opener here Tuesday night.
Salem's John Tierney, bidding for his fourth straight triumph over the Tacoma club, blanked the Tigers without a hit for three innings, but in the fourth walked Sol Israel and Ronnie Gifford ahead of Dick Greco's 23rd homer of the campaign. Wimpy Quinn also walked walked, stole second and third while Tierney was retiring the next two batters and crossed the plate on a double steal in which he teamed with Mike Catron, who also had drawn a pass.
Salem ........ 000 000 000—0-6-0
Tacoma ..... 000 400 000—4-6-2
Tierney and Beard; Kerrigan and Sheets.
WENATCHEE, Aug. 1 — The Wenatchee Chiefs, led by leftfielder Walt Pocekay, overpowered the Vancouver Capilanos here Tuesday night, 6 to 5.
Pocekay slammed a two-run homer in the seventh to put the game in a 4-4 tie and then doubled in the winning tally in the ninth inning with two men out.
Centre fielder Dick Sinovic got the only extra-base hit of the game for Vancouver, a 385-foot homer over the centre field scoreboard in the fifth inning.
George Nicholas scattered a dozen hits, walked two and struck out five for the win.
Vancouver ..... 100 021 001—5-9-1
Wenatchee .... 100 000 311—6-12-3
Nicholas and Heisner; Dahle, Blankenship (8) and Billings.
KENNEWICK, Aug. 1—Two errors by Victoria shortstop Bill Dunn gave Tri-City a 4 to 3 victory in an eleven-inning game here Tuesday night.
The Tri-City Braves took the lead in the first inning when Vic Buccola scored on Dunn's error but were outdistanced by two Victoria runs in the seventh inning. Gene Thompson, Jim Moore singled him in and Dunn smacked an RBI triple.
John Marshall pitched out óf a bases-loaded jam in the eighth but Nick Pesut forced extra innings when he pole a long home run in the bottom of the ninth.
A tenth inning home by Bobby McGuire gave the Athletics a short-lived lead, as Clint Cameron tied it in the tenth.
Al Spaeter scored the winning run for Tri-City in the next inning. Spaeter hit a single. Vic Buccola hit a double play ball to Jim Moore at second base. Dunn, at shortstop, took the ball, but failed to touch the bag, and Spaeter moved to second. Jim Warner followed with a single.
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KENNEWICK, Aug. 2 (Don Becker, Herald)—They had one of those story book baseball games at Sanders Field last night. And fittingly enough the Tri-City Braves provided the happy ending in the 11th inning with a 4-3 victory over Victoria for the 1,700 madly screaming fans.
Tonight the two teams will go at it again starting at 7:30 p.m. Charlie Petersen, who piloted the Braves to one of their most thrilling decisions of the year and night, has nominated veteran Lou McCollum (14-9) to get the series edge for Tri-City, If the third time's the charm, then McCollum should win. Since winning his 14th victory the lanky right handed pitching ace las been turned back twice going after number 15. Both times the games were lost in the ninth.
There were heroes aplenty in the series opener, and also one sad shortstop. If you wanted drama this game had it. Laughs, excitement, and two costly errors. The errors cost John Marshall, the A's big pitching star his sixth loss of the season against 12 victories.
TWO COSTLY ONES
Bill Dunn, was the culprit whose boots turned out to be 12-league affairs. His overthrow at first in the opening canto scored Vic Buccola from first for one run, and when Dunn missed the bag on a "gimme" double play at second in the 11th, that was the end.
Gene Roenspie started on the mound for the Braves and held the A's handcuffed until the seventh. Then two triples spaced by a single gave Victoria two runs and a 2-1 edge. Gene Thompson belted a high slider for the first three base knock. And Jim Moore's single tied the score. With one out, Dunn belted a waist high curve for the second triple and drove in Moore.
That's how it stood until the ninth when Nick Pesut came to the rescue of the Braves. The solid packed backstop teed off on a Marshall cast and dropped it over the right center field wall. Marshall slammed the resin bag down in disgust as he saw his victory flickering out.
TIED IT UP AGAIN
But an ex-WSC star, Bobby McGuire, gave new life to Victoria when he picked up relief hurler Jim Olsen's first pitch for a four-mast blow to put the A's back on top 3-2. The Braves were behind for the second time. However, Olsen held Victoria the rest of the way for his seventh victory.
Jim Warner and Clint Cameron made up the difference in the bottom of the 10th. Warner walked and stole second. Then Cameron slashed a hard single to right field and Warner romped all tho way. The Braves had a chance to end it right then and there when they loaded the bases with one out. But Marshall forced Neil Bryant to pop to the mound and whiffed Dick Faber for the fourth time.
Next on the hero list was Al Spaeter who opened uhe 11th with a single. Vic Buccola hit a double-play ball to Jim Moore, the A's second baseman. Moore fired the ball to Dunn covering second as Spaeter slid in. However, Dunn moving rapidly came across the bag before he took the ball and both runners were safe.
Warner's single that rocketed off the bottom of the left field wall sent Spaeter in and the fans home.
Victoria ......... 000 000 200 10—3 9 2
Tri-City ........ 100 000 001 11—4 10 0
Marshall and Danielson; Roenspie, Olsen (9) and Pesut.
Robertson Top Pitcher; One Shy of Record
TACOMA, August 2 — By hurling two additional victories last week, Sandy Robertson, Vancouver's unbeaten right-hander, extended his string of consecutive victories to 11, just one shy of the existing Western International league record held by Frank Nelson who racked up a dozen in a row for Spokane in 1948.
All of which means that, barring unforseen circumstances, Robertson will shoot for No. 12 sometime during the Salem-Vancouver series at Vancouver on Aug. 7, 8 and 9, the dates of the Capilano's next home stand — the former University of British Columbia athletic great pitches only when the Vancouver club is at home.
When he registered wins Nos. 10 and 11 last week by beating Wenatchee 11-6 and Spokane 9-1, Robertson eclipsed previous season's of 10 in a row posted by Tacoma's Bob Kerrigan.
Strangely enough, it was the Salem club which broke Kerrigan's string by whipping the Tiger southpaw 6-3 on June 11.
Kerrigan gained his 15th win against six defeats last week to grab the runner-up rung on the W-I pitching record, it was revealed today by the office of Robert B. Abel league president.
Next in line were Victoria's John Marshall (12-5) and Wenatchee's Jay Ragni (15-7).
Although beaten in his last start thus snapping a five-game winning streak, Lloyd Dickey of Yakima remained the league strikeout king by a wide margin having posted 165 whiffs, as against the runner-up total of 139 owned by Wenatchee's Tom Breisinger.
Don Ferrarese another Wenatchee flinger, had issued the largest number of walks, 167.
(Includes games of Sunday, July 30, for all pitchers with decisions).
W L SO Pct
Robertson, Van. .... 11 0 38 1.000
Kerrigan, Tac. ..... 15 6 73 .714
Marshall, Vic. ..... 12 5 119 .796
Ragni, Wen. ........ 15 7 117 .682
Roenspie, T-C ....... 8 4 50 .667
Stone, T-C .......... 9 5 37 .643
Domenichelli, Yak. .. 9 5 51 .643
Powell, Yak. ....... 10 6 51 .625
Treichel, Wen. ..... 11 7 74 .611
Dickey, Yak. ....... 11 7 74 .611
McCollum, T-C ...... 14 9 77 .609
NON WIL MINOR LEAGUE NEWS
Gadsden Pilots Crash
GADSDEN, Ariz., Aug 1—The Gadsden, Ariz., Pilots of the Class B Southeastern League disbanded today due to financial difficulties.
The team, which was 50 and 51 in the standings, has drawn just over 50,000 fans this year, fifth-best in the loop, which saw the Anniston Rams fold seven days ago.
There are 18 players on the roster, including third baseman Billy Seal, who leads the league in batting with .358, and playing manager Billy McGhee.
WILfan note: None of the players ended up in the WIL in the dispersal sale. Seal, who made the league all-star league, was bought by Dublin in the Georgia State League to manage (and the Green Sox finished first); McGhee was released outright and signed by Columbia of the Sally League.
An official scorer was fined $37.50 by J. Walter Morris, presidenny ofn the East Texas League, for remarks made about the league umpires.
Unable to resist temptation, the scorer, who also doubled as a public-address announcer, remarked to the fans at the conclusion of a game: "There'll be new umpires tomorrow night. These bums won't be back."