S T A N D I N G S
W L Pct. GB
Yakima ..... 53 39 .576 —
Tacoma ..... 51 38 .573 ½
Wenatchee .. 52 40 .565 1
Tri City ... 49 42 .538 3½
Salem ...... 39 48 .448 11½
Victoria ... 41 51 .446 12
Spokane .... 39 51 .433 13
Vancouver .. 36 51 .414 14½
YAKIMA, July 18—The title-defending Yakima Bears unburdened a 17-hit attack on three Salem pitchers to defeat the Senators in a Western International League series opener Tuesday night, 12-4.
The Bears sewing up the contest with a five-run burst in the fifth inning which built their margin to 8-2 and routed John Tierney, the Oregonians' starter and 12-game winner. Bill Andering garnered two triples, Bill McCawley a double and three singles, and Jerry Zuvela a homer and two one-baggers to lead the Yakima assault.
Salem ..... 002 002 000— 4-6-2
Yakima .... 012 030 31x—12-17-4
Tierney, Law (5), Burak (8) and Beard, Allison (8); Dickey, Soriano (7) and Tiesiera.
SPOKANE, July 18—Johnny Conant, Spokane's veteran righthander, won his 12th Western International League game of the season Tuesday night with a 7 to 2 victory over Tacoma, knocking the Tigers out of first place.
Conant allowed only eight hits, struck out eight and coasted to victory on a big six-run third inning paced by Glen Stetter's circuit blow.
Big John has lost 11.
Tacoma ..... 100 000 001—2- 8-2
Spokane .... 000 601 00x—7-11-2
Knezovich, Loust (7) and Sheets; Conant and Rossi.
WENATCHEE, [Victoria Colonist, July 19]—One of the big reasons why Victoria’s Athletics are no closer to the W.I.L. pacesetters has been a season-long defensive weakness on the left side of the infield. Manager Marty Krug made a wholesale shift last night to plug the gap but effected no improvement as two costly errors by Shortstop Charlie Bell in the first inning cost Ron Smith three unearned runs and a 7-6 decision to Wenatchee Chiefs.
Bell, recently purchased on a look basis from the New York Yankee farm system, saw his first action for the A’s. Bill Dunn moved over to third base with John Hack going over to right field and Bob McGuire shifting to the middle pasture. Junior Krug didn’t start but finished the game at first base, after Hal Danielson batted for Jim Wert in the seventh.
Altogether, it was a bad night for the new A’s. Bell made a third boot later in the game and Danielson struck out in his pinch-hitting role with the bases loaded.
Wenatchee added a single run in the second and then scored again in the fourth after the A’s had broken through in their half for their first tally.
The A’s added their second run in the sixth and finally capitalized on Don Ferrarese’s wildness in the seventh to score four runs and take a momentary, 6-5 lead. Ferrarese hit McGuire with a pitched ball and then walked Bell, Gene Thompson and Hack to force in a run. This brought on Tom Breisinger, who wild-pitched Bell home and was reached for a two-run double by Dunn.
Breisinger received credit for the win when he started the winning two-run rally in the Wenatchee seventh with a ringing double. Smith walked Lil Arnerich and Jay Ragni singled Breisinger home with the tying run. Arnerich reached third and scored the winning win when Buddy Hjelmaa singled infield.
The win was the 13th for the Chiefs in 16 games with the A’s. John Marshall will shoot for his 12th win in tonight’s game.
Victoria ......... 000 101 400—6- 6-3
Wenatchee .... 310 100 20x—7-13-0
Smith and Ronning; Ferrarese, Breisinger (7), and Len Neal.
Vancouver at Tri-City, postponed, dust storm, followed by rain.
Lift Brave Fines New Player Signed
KENNEWICK, July 19—Fines levied against four Tri-City Brave players during their recent road trip to Canada have been cancelled by league president, Robert Abel.
The fines of $5 had been imposed on Pitchers Jim Olsen, and Joe Orrell, catcher Nick Pesut, and shortstop Buddy Peterson.
Dick Richards, general manager of the club, also announced today that the team had signed Jim Mason, Redwood City, Calif., to a 1951 contract.
Mason, 21 years old, is now playing semi-pro baseball in California. He is an infielder.
Sandy is Dandy in WIL Pitching
TACOMA, July 19—Righthander Sandy Robertson, who works only when the Vancouver Caps are at home, chalked up two victories during the last week to retain his position as the top hurler in the Western International baseball league, figures released by the league office disclosed today.
Robertson now has nine straight victories without a loss while Tri-City's Gene Roenspie is in the runner-up slot with a 9-3 record. Victoria's John Marshall received credit for two decisions to up his record to 11-4 for third place.
Lloyd Dickey, Yakima southpaw, continued to set the pace in the strike-out race, having whiffed 148 swingers to outdistance Tom Breisinger, Wenatchee left-hander, who is in second place with 112.
Don Ferrarese, another Wenatchee southpaw, walked only six batsmen during the week, but he still easily outdistanced the field in the number of free passes issued with his total of 149.
W L SO Pct.
Robertson, Van. ...... 9 0 33 1.000
Roenspie, T-C ........ 9 3 43 .750
Marshall, Vic. ...... 11 4 103 .733
Kerrigan, Tac. ...... 14 6 38 .700
Ragni, Wen. ......... 13 5 100 .684
Greenlaw, T-C ........ 4 3 25 .667
McCollum, T-C ....... 13 7 60 .650
Stone, T-C ........... 9 5 36 .643
Holder, Spok. ........ 7 4 25 .636
Hedgecock, Vic. ...... 8 5 6 .615
Domenichelli, Yak. ... 8 5 36 .615