W L Pct. GB
Tacoma ..... 13 6 .684 --
Salem ...... 13 11 .542 2½
Wenatchee .. 12 11 .522 3
Victoria ... 13 13 .500 3½
Yakima ..... 13 13 .500 3½
Bremerton .. 11 11 .500 3½
Vancouver ... 9 14 .391 6
Spokane ..... 9 14 .391 6
VANCOUVER, May 16—Cal McIrvin won his fifth straight game, and second against the Vancouver Capilanos, as the Salem Senators won 8-3 in a Western International League game here tonight.
His opposite number, Carl Gunnarson, was hit 17 times. Seven of nine men bingled before he left in the second inning with the bases loaded, three runs in and no one out. Bob Costello took over, caused Mel Nunes to hit into a double-play and retired Al Spaeter.
The Solons smacked Vancouver for 17 hits, two by McIrvin, who drove in a pair of runs. Joe Gedzius had four, including a double.
Caps Notes - Before the contest, veteran outfielder Ralph (Sammy) Samhammer, was given his unconditional release to get Vancouver down to the 17-man roster limit. Salem and Spokane are said to be interested in signing him.
Salem .............. 120 102 002—8 17 0
Vancouver ........ 020 010 000—3 10 2
McIrvin and Hanson; Gunnarson, Costello (2) and Brenner.
VICTORIA, May 15—After breaking a 5-5 tie in the eighth inning of the first game for a 6-5 win, the Victoria Athletics dropped the second game of a double-header with the Yakima Packers, 6-4, despite a four-run ninth inning.
The A's overcame a 5-0, first-inning deficit in the first game. After southpaw Jim Propst walked the first hitter, he threw wildly to second on a force play. Paul Jones duplicated the same error, and before Frank Logue was sent to the rescue, five runs were in. Logue came in with the bases loaded and forced Monty Pfyl to bat into a double play to end the inning.
The A's finally broke through off Bill Freeman with a run in the fifth on two walks and an error.
They tied it in the sixth when Archie Wilson slashed a triple after Dalton doubled in a run, Jones walked and Jack Palmer singled.
Wilson drew a walk with two out in the eighth, stole second and carried in the winning tally on Lou Kubiak's single.
In the second game, the A's unloaded on Max Strait for three runs and Len Kasparovitch retired twelve men in order when he gave up a walk to Monty Pfyl in the Yakima sixth with one out. Peterson and Larry Orteig singled and two runs scored when Wilson left the ball roll through in centre.
Wilson doubled in a run in the Victoria sixth to make it 4-2.
Trouble brewed in the ninth when a base on balls started a Yakima rally. Gene Thompson received the pass and after an out, Diamond Cecil rapped out a single before Kasparovitch grooved a single to Ray Fortier for a double to tie it. Frank Constantino was given an intentional walk to get to Strait, who hit a slow roller to Mike Dalton at short, who forced the runner at second. He then turned and threw to third baseman Babe Jensen to try pick off Fortier, but Jensen wasn't expecting the throw and Fortier easily scored on the error.
Yakima ........... 500 000 000—5 7 1
Victoria .......... 000 014 01x—6 7 2
Freeman, Pirack (2) and Eastwood; Propst, Logue (1) and Recca.
Yakima .......... 000 002 003—7 7 3
Victoria ......... 030 001 004—4 8 2
Strait and Constantino, Eastwood (9); Kasparovitch and Recca.
Tacoma ....... 240 013 00x—10 12 0
Spokane ...... 000 201 000—3 7 5
Orphal and Sheely; Fortier, Venturelli (6) and Rossi.
Wenatchee ........ 120 321 010 - 10 18 3
Bremerton .......... 001 200 000 - 3 7 5
McCollum and Dalrymple; Chelli and Volpi, Ronning (5).
A's Add Pair, Assign Three, Buccola Here
VICTORIA, May 15—Cutting down and adding players at the same time, Victoria Athletics have added Vic Buccola, fancy-fielding first baseman who played with the club in 1946. He has been assigned to Victoria by Oakland.
Business Manager Reg Patterson announced tonight that Bill Harmsen, a right-handed pitcher from Quincy, has been send to the A's by the parent New York Yankees and would join the club this coming week.
Although Harmsen's 1947 record is mediocre, Yankee officials claim that he has definite possibilities. He split last season with Joplin in the Class "C" Western Association and Quincy, in the Class "B" Three-I League.
At Joplin, Harmsen appeared in 20 games, winning nine and losing 10. He hurled a total of 134 innings and gave up 163 hits. His earned-run rating was 4.43. At Quincy, Harmsen won three and lost four, pitching 53 innings and giving up 61 hits.
To make room for the new players and to cut down to the league player limit of 17, the A's have assigned three players to Class "C" clubs. Southpaw Art Kuehl left this morning for Twin Falls and infielders Frank Cirimele and Paul Jones are due to leave tomorrow for Ventura. At least one more player will have to be cut loose when Harmsen reports.