W L Pct. GB
Tacoma ..... 50 31 .617 --
Bremerton .. 49 34 .590 2½
Victoria ... 46 37 .554 5
Vancouver .. 40 36 .526 7½
Spokane .... 43 39 .524 7½
Wenatchee .. 35 47 .427 15½
Salem ...... 34 49 .410 17
Yakima ..... 29 53 .354 21½
VANCOUVER, B.C., July 8—Tacoma Tigers flashed eight runs in the sixth inning tonight to score a 10-8 victory over the Vancouver Capilanos in the first of a five-game Western International League series.
Fresh from a five-hit shutout last week, Bob Costello had only given up two hits until the sixth when a walk was followed by three straight hits, and a merry-go-round of 12 Tigers at the plate.
Four of the runs were unearned, as Buddy Hjelmaa was screened by a runner when trying to field a ground ball, and the scorer ruled an error on the play.
Dick Greco slammed a 400-foot homer in the ninth, his 13th of the season and one of the hardest hit balls here this season, but no mates were aboard.
Frank Mullens homered with a man aboard on the ninth inning for the 16th time this year.
Charlie Mead and Bill Reese also homered for Vancouver.
Costello was batted from the hill in the eventful sixth, but Tiger flinger Ray Fortier went the route, yielding 13 hits.
Tacoma ........... 000 008 101—10 11 0
Vancouver ....... 013 010 102—8 13 2
Fortier and Rossi; Costello, Snyder (6) and Brenner.
SPOKANE, July 8—Spokane Indians shellacqued the Yakima Packers 13-7 tonight for their fourth win against one loss in the five-game Western International League series.
The Indians picked up two runs in the first and were never headed the rest of the game.
Yakima .......... 000 043 000—7 11 5
Spokane ........ 200 604 10x —13 14 0
Pirack, Johnson (4) and Constantino, Tornay ( ); Werbowski, Cordell (6) and Sheely.
WENATCHEE, July 8—Salem Senators defeated the Wenatchee Chiefs, 7-4, here tonight to close their Western International League series at two wins apiece.
Jim Olson's slow curve that nicked the outside corner was effective against Wenatchee batsmen. Two doubles in the seventh that sparked two runs and a two-run homer by Gil Neumann in the eighth were the only extra base blows the Chiefs got.
For Salem, Dick Sinovic hit a home run.
Salem .............. 010 200 031—7 10 2
Wenatchee ....... 000 000 220—4 9 2
Olson and Stumpf; Lierman, Gilson (9) and Gardner.
VICTORIA, July 8—Jim Propst struck out a league season-high 14 batters and allowed only four hits as the Victoria Athletics shaded the Bremerton Bluejackets, 3-2, before a sell-out crowd tonight at Royal Athletic Park.
Propst got ninth-inning help from Joe Blankenship to record his seventh win against two defeats. He made one mistake in the first inning when he grooved a three-and-two pitch to Eddie Samcoff, who lined it over the left centre-field wall.
Al Maul was the only Bremerton player to reach second in the next seven frames when he hammered a double in the fourth.
Entering the top of the ninth with a 3-1 lead, Propst lost his control and issued consecutive walks to Samcoff and Maul. He got the next two outs, but Bremerton manager Alan Strange pulled off a double steal. Samcoff scored on a wild pitch, with Maul going to third, walked Al Ronning , then got a 3-0 count on Frank Volpi. That's when Blankenship came in and used three fastballs to strike him out to end the game.
Charlie Balassi led off the first inning for Victoria with a homer to left field. Lou Kubiak singled, Jack Palmer walked, and after a double-play, Babe Jensen doubled to right to score another run. The winning run came in the seventh when Balassi walked, took second on an infield out and scored when Wilson's hit to short took a high hop over Lil Arnerich's head.
6,850 fans turned on Fan Appreciation Night. Another 1,000 entered the park when the fence behind the first base stands was pulled down, while an estimated 3,000-4,000 were turned away. Special ground rules had to be put in place, and they cost the Athletics. Jensen hit a liner to the left field corner and into the throng. It was ruled a double and Kubiak, who was on first, was held up at third.
Bremerton ........... 100 000 001—2 4 0
Victoria .............. 200 000 10x—3 8 0
Barnise and Volpi; Propst, Blankenship (9) and Morgan.