W L Pct. GB
Tacoma ..... 38 22 .633 --
Bremerton .. 38 25 .603 1½
Spokane .... 30 29 .508 7½
Vancouver .. 30 29 .508 7½
Victoria ... 32 32 .500 8
Salem ...... 28 35 .444 11½
Wenatchee .. 27 34 .443 11½
Yakima ..... 23 40 .365 16½
VICTORIA, June 21—Joe Blankenship gained his ninth victory of the season and snapped a three-game losing streak tonight as Victoria defeated the Yakima Packers, 5-1, in the opening game of a three-game series.
Blankenship allowed a run in the second then blanked Yakima the rest of the way.
Bob Drilling, who entered the contest with a 1 and 11 record for the Packers, allowed Victoria to tie the game in the bottom of the second when Archie Wilson hit the first of two triples and Babe Jensen sent him home with the first of two doubles.
Drilling, who relied exclusively on a fastball, lost it in the seventh. Jensen singled, went to second on an out by Sal Recca, then broke the tie on Vic Buccola's double. Blankenship and Charlie Balassi walked to fill the bags and Lou Kubiak bounced one through the middle for two more runs. Wilson's second triple and Jensen's second double accounted for a run in the eighth.
A's notes - Catcher Dick Morgan has finally arrived in Victoria. He was delayed for seven days by an auto accident in Montana.
Yakima .......... 010 000 000—1 8 0
Victoria ......... 010 000 31x—5 10 1
Drilling and Tornay; Blankenship and Recca.
VANCOUVER, June 21—Orrin Snyder's single in the tenth inning tonight gave the Vancouver Capilanos a 7-6 win over the Salem Senators in the opener of a four-game Western International League series.
The contest in which neither pitcher racked up a strikeout was the first loss for the Senators' Jim Olson — against nine victories —and the first win for Sandy Robertson of Vancouver.
The Caps' extra-inning run came after surging Salem roared back in the top of the ninth with three runs on singles by Sammy Samhammer, Dick Sinovic and Bill Burgher and a sharp double by Mel Nunes. The burst tied the count 6-6.
Snyder's single scored Bill Reese who had doubled. The same two Caps started off a five-run outburst in the seventh. Their singles, two walks and two Salem errors gave Vancouver a 6-2 lead.
Salem ............ 100 100 013 0—6 10 1
Vancouver ...... 000 001 500 1—7 12 0
Olson and Stumpf, Burgher (4); Anderson, Robertson (4) and Warren.
BREMERTON, June 21—Bremerton's red-hot Bluejackets won their sixth game in a row and their 16th in their last 19 starts as they shut out the Wenatchee Chiefs, 2-0, in the opener of their Western International League series.
The victory pared the idle Tacoma Tigers' margin over the runner-up Bluejackets to 1½ games. Joe Sullivan, ex-major leaguer, limited the Chiefs to there hits. Bill Wilson doubled to become the only Wenatchee player who got past first base.
Wenatchee .......... 000 000 000—0 3 0
Bremerton ........... 000 000 02x—2 6 1
Cronin and Dalrymple; Sullivan and Ronning.
(only games scheduled)
NON WIL MINOR LEAGUE NEWS
Katcher now pitching for Lubbock.
It has the fans all confused.
To make it worse, Frank Katcher, the pitcher, hurls with either hand.
Katcher, Stilwell, Okla., rookie, recently assigned to the Lubbock Huggers of the West Texas-New Mexico League, switched from left-handed to right-handed pitching after he hurt his left shoulder in France. Now his left arm has recovered, giving him the choice.
- June 21, 1948