W L Pct. GB
Tacoma ..... 55 37 .598 --
Bremerton .. 54 39 .581 1
Victoria ... 50 41 .549 4½
Vancouver .. 45 40 .529 6½
Spokane .... 47 44 .516 7½
Wenatchee .. 41 50 .451 13½
Salem ...... 39 52 .429 15½
Yakima ..... 31 59 .344 23
Bremerton Licks Tigers
By the Associated Press
Tacoma's Tigers still had faith and hope today—but they rather wished there hadn't been quite so much charity Friday night.
The Western International League pace-setters kicked the ball around for seven errors and dropped a 6-5 decision to the runner-up Bremerton Bluejackets despite a 14-9 advantage in the hit column.
Should Bremerton sweep the remaining three games of the 10 game set—a strictly theoretical assumption—the Bluejackets could take over first place.
In other games, Vancouver dumped Victoria 7-4, Wenatchee took Salem 10-6 and Spokane measured Yakima 9-4.
The largest gathering of fans this season in the Tacoma park—5,975—watched the Tiger-Jacket contest. What they saw, in addition to the Tiger miscues, was a snappy relief performance by Bremerton's Lloyd Hittle. Removing John Conant in the eighth inning, Hittle snuffed a Tacoma rally one short of the tying run and whiffed four batters in setting the Tigers down hitless.
VANCOUVER, July 16—A capacity crowd of 4,000 saw the Vancouver Capilanos push across four runs in the seventh inning for a 7-4, come-from-behind win over the Victoria Athletics in a Western International League baseball game at Cap Stadium.
With one out, and the A's ahead 4-3, Frank Mullens walked and then Charlie Balassi lost Bill Reese's high fly in the lights and it fell for a double. Frank Logue, who had relieved starter Jim Propst in the fifth when the Caps knotted the game at 3-3, walked Charlie Mead to load the bags. Logue got a strikeout on Buddy Hjelmaa but Jack Warren brought in the tying and winning runs with a double and Orrin Snyder chipped in with a two-run single for good measure.
Vic Buccola homered to right to give Victoria a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Buccola walked and came in on Babe Jensen's homer in the third to make it 3-0. The Caps got two back in their half of the third on a double by Joe Kaney and singles by Mullens and Hjelmaa. They tied it in the fifth when Kaney doubled and Mead tripled, sending Propst to the showers.
Victoria went ahead in the seventh when Sal Recca and Russ Walseth walked, then Balassi slashed a double to left field, scoring Recca.
Victoria ............ 102 000 100—4 8 0
Vancouver ........ 002 010 40x—7 13 0
Propst, Owen (5) and Recca; R. Snyder and Brenner, Warren (3).
TACOMA, July 16—Nearly 6,000 fans, largest crowd of the season at Tacoma, saw Lloyd Hittle, southpaw ace, save the game for the Tars with some brilliant relief pitching, as Bremerton pulled off a 6-5 win over the Tigers. Hittle came in for John Conant after the Tigers had scored two runs in an eighth inning rally and struck out four of the six batters he faced to preserve the victory.
Bremerton ........... 030 010 200—6 9 1
Tacoma .............. 120 000 020—5 14 7
Conant, Hittle (8) and Ronning; Sciarra and Hargadon.
Wenatchee ......... 160 300 000—10 11 3
Salem ................ 010 012 101—6 12 2
Gilson and Gardner; Olson, Saltzman (2) and Stumpf.
Spokane ......... 320 101 101—9 12 0
Yakima ........... 200 000 011—4 8 5
Teagan and Gibb; Freeman, Kramer (2) and Peterson.