VICTORIA, July 2—Despite Charlie Balassi's second grand-slam home run in as many nights, the Victoria Athletics fell to the Tacoma Tigers, 9-8, in a Western International League thriller tonight.
Victoria scored a pair in the ninth to come within a run but Vic Buccola stopped the rally cold when he was out attempting to steal home. An inning early, Russ Walseth ignored manager Ted Norbert's stop sign and ended an eighth-inning rally when he was out at home.
Balassi's big blow to left-centre came in the second inning to put Victoria up 4-0. Tacoma scored three in the third and went ahead with a five-run seventh. It could have been more, but Dick Greco lost credit for a home run when his clout hit one of the light gloves on the standard in left centre and fell back into play. Greco had to be content with a single instead of a homer, thanks to the ground rules.
Former infielder Hank Sciarra held the A's at bay from the second until the eight when an error started them off. After loading the bases, two balls were lost in the lights for a pair of runs, and then Walseth was cut down trying to come in from second on an error.
Buccola tripled after Archie Wilson and Dick Morgan singled in the ninth to make it 9-8. On the third pitch to Walseth, Buccola went for the plate but he was out sliding.
Tacoma ......... 003 000 500—9 16 5
Victoria ......... 040 000 022—8 11 1
Sciarra and Rossi; Blankenship, Kasparovitch (9) and Morgan.
VANCOUVER, July 2—Bremerton Bluejackets kept pace two games behind the league-leading Tacoma Tigers by trimming the Vancouver Capilanos, 6-2, tonight.
Doubles by Lil Arnerich, Ed Murphy and Al Maul, coupled with three walks and an error by Buddy Hjelmaa, gave Bremerton five runs in the fifth.
Bremerton .......... 100 050 000—6 5 3
Vancouver .......... 000 200 000—2 5 1
Marshall and Volpi; Robertson and Brenner.
YAKIMA, July 2—Roaring back from a 6-0 deficit, the Yakima Packers scored three runs in the eighth and five in the ninth to shade the Wenatchee Chiefs, 8-7, and give Hub Kittle a victory in his first game as manager. Jim Estrada's triple with the bases loaded pushed over the winning runs with one out.
Wenatchee ......... 100 000 051—7 12 2
Yakima ............... 000 000 035—8 11 0
McCollum, Lierman (9) and Gardner; Drilling, Pirack (9) and Tornay.
Salem ............ 000 200 000 00—2 6 1
Spokane ........ 020 000 000 01—3 8 2
McIrvin and Stumpf, Burgher (9); Orphal and Sheely.
New Manager in Yakima
YAKIMA, Wash., July 2—Hub Kittle, veteran Western International League pitcher, was named to succeed Vern Johnson as manger of the last-place Yakima Packers in a surprise announcement from Business Manager Richard Richards today.