W L Pct. GB
Tacoma ..... 48 29 .623 —
Bremerton .. 47 31 .603 1½
Vancouver .. 39 33 .542 5½
Victoria ... 42 36 .538 6½
Spokane .... 39 36 .520 8
Wenatchee .. 32 44 .421 15½
Salem ...... 30 47 .390 18
Yakima ..... 27 48 .360 20
VICTORIA, July 4—Victoria Athletics climbed into a virtual tie with the Vancouver Capilanos and gained two full games on the leading Tacoma club as they downed the Tigers in a Saturday double-billing.
The A's won the first game in ten innings, 4-3, then breezed to a win in the nightcap, 7-3.
Trailing 3-1 in the afternoon contest, the A's tied the count in the eigh when Archie Wilson slapped his 17th triple of the season to right field after Charlie Balassi and Lou Kubiak singled,
A double play followed by a stop by Jack Palmer at second base cut off a Tacoma rally in the ninth before Victoria won it in the tenth. Kubiak led off with a single, Palmer faked a bunt, then lined a double over the drawn-in infield to win it.
Joe Blankenship came in to pitch the last two innings and got his 12th win. Tacoma reliever Angelo Venturelli was the loser.
In the finale, Jim Propst got into early trouble, loading the bags in the first two innings with no one out, but only escaping with one run. He struck out Dick Greco, Joe Rossi and Hank Vallee to end the first, then after an unearned run in the second, struck out Ray Tran and got Larry Lee to bat into a double play.
The A's big inning was the fifth, when four runs came in. Wilson's triple and Vic Buccola's double were the big hits. Wilson has now hit in 15 straight games.
Starter Bill Clary was chased during the rally and replaced by manager Jim Brillheart.
Tacoma ....... 011 100 000 0—3 8 2
Victoria ....... 100 000 020 1—4 11 0
Fortier, Venturelli (8) and Rossi; Harmsen, Logue (7), Blankenship (8) and Morgan.
Tacoma ......... 010 000 020—3 5 4
Victoria ......... 012 040 00x—7 10 2
Clary, Brillheart (5) and Hargadon; Propst, Kasparovitch (7) and Morgan.
VANCOUVER, B.C., July 3—Led by the five-hit piutching of Bob Costello, Vancouver Capilanos tonight won their first shutout victory of the Western International League baseball season, blanking the Bremerton Bluejackets, 7-0.
Costello's pitching record now stands at ten wins and six losses. It was his fourth win in a row.
A smashing circuit to the centre-field side of the Owl sign by Vancouver's Frank Mullens scored Len Tran and Joe Kaney to give the Caps three runs in the eighth inning. Mullens was the star hitter of the game, batting four for five, including a homer, a double and two singles.
Kaney and Jack Warren hit solo homers for the home club.
Bremerton ............ 000 000 000—0 5 2
Vancouver ............ 110 100 31x—7 8 1
Barnise and Volpi; Costello and Warren, Brenner (5).
SPOKANE, Wash., July 3-Spokane Indians outscored Salem, 11-7, tonight in a Western International League slugfest which lasted 3½ hours.
Salem ........... 101 000 500—7 10 1
Spokane ........ 430 200 02x—11 12 2
Peteson, Sporer (3) and Burgher; Nelson, Babbitt (7) and Sheely.
YAKIMA, Wash., July 3—Len Scarpelli's infield single in the top of the ninth sent Gil Neumann home with the run that gave Wenatchee a 5-4 win over Yakima Packers here tonight.
Wenatchee ......... 220 000 001—5 10 0
Yakima .............. 001 201 000—4 7 2
Rose and Dalrymple, Gardner (7); Ford, Pirack (2), Drilling (5) and Constantino.