W L Pct GB
Tacoma ..... 35 21 .625 --
Bremerton .. 33 25 .569 3
Victoria ... 30 29 .508 6½
Spokane .... 27 28 .591 7½
Salem ...... 28 30 .483 8
Vancouver .. 26 28 .481 8
Wenatchee .. 26 30 .464 9
Yakima ..... 22 36 .379 14
VICTORIA, June 17—Joe Blankenship and Del Owens came through with steady pitching tonight as Victoria's zooming Athletics took both ends of a double-header, 4-3 and 5-1. The dual triumph moved the A's past Vancouver into third place, as they won eight out of ten games.
The Chiefs, who were in second place just over a week ago, dropped into seventh place with their eighth consecutive loss.
All the scoring in the seven-inning opener came in the third inning. Wenatchee moved into the lead when a single and two walks loaded the bags. Neil Bryant then hit a bounder to Babe Jensen at third, who hit the runner at the plate with his throw. Two runs scored on the error, the only one in the double-header for Victoria, and a third run came in on an outfield fly.
Owens was in command the rest of the way to gain his fourth victory of the season, giving up nine hits, walking three and striking out one.
Roy Gilmore started the Victoria rally by lining a ball over the fence for his second home run of the year. Owens singled and Charlie Balassi and Vic Buccola raced out perfect bunts to load the bags. Jack Palmer then launched a hard drive off the scoreboard, hitting the Hudson's Bay sign to win $50 and tie the game. Jensen's outfield fly sent Buccola over with the winning run.
Doubles by Bill Wilson and Gene Gaviglio in the ninth inning of the finale spoiled Joe Blankenship's bid for a shutout. Blankenship managed to get his eighth win.
The A's picked on Lou McCollum for two runs in the second and three in the sixth. Singles by Sal Recca and Jensen and a double by Lou Kubiak did the damage in the first rally. In the sixth, singles by Archie Wilson and Jensen, an error by Gil Neumann, the new Wenatchee first baseman, an outfield fly and Blankenship's two-run doubt were responsible.
Wenatchee ........ 003 000 0—3 9 0
Victoria ............. 004 000 x—4 9 1
Lierman and Gardner; Owens and Recca.
Wenatchee ....... 000 000 001—1 8 2
Victoria ............ 020 003 00x—5 8 0
McCollum and Dalrymple; Blankenship and Recca.
SALEM, June 17—The leading Tacoma Tigers closed out their series with Salem Senators tonight by taking a 6-4 decision. It was the Tigers' fourth win in the five-game Western International League series.
Smart relief pitching by George Nicholas pulled the Tigers through to the win. Nicholas replaced Cy Greenlaw in the second after the Solons had exploded for all of their four runs and held Salem to just two blows the rest of the way.
Tacoma ........... 020 200 110—6 13 1
Salem ............. 040 000 000—4 5 1
Greenlaw, Nicholas (2) and Rossi, Hargadon ( ); McIrvin and Stumpf.
YAKIMA, June 17—Behind brilliant four-hit pitching of John Conant, Bremerton beat Yakima, 3-1, in the final of a four-game Western International League series here tonight. The Bluejackets copped the series, three games to one.
Two errors accounted for an unearned Yakima run in the seventh to rob Conant of a shutout.
Bremerton ........ 030 000 000—3 8 2
Yakima ............ 000 000 100—1 4 3
Conant and Volpi; Drilling, Pirack (9) and Constantino.
SPOKANE, June 17—Spokane Indians swept both ends of a double-header from Vancouver tonight, winning the seven-inning opener, 6-0, and outlasting the Caps in the second game, 11-7. The nightcap was a long, wild nightmare which saw Vancouver commit seven errors. Spokane's Jack Teagan was hit hard in every inning but went the route for his fourth win against two losses.
In the first game, Leo Thomas homered and doubled for a pair of runs, while Gene Petralli hit a pair of doubles to bring in two runs.
Two of the five Vancouver singles allowed by Frank Nelson were by Bill Reese.
Vancouver ........... 000 000 0—0 5 1
Spokane .............. 300 210 x—6 9 0
Anderson, Gunnarson (4) and Brenner; Nelson and Sheely.
Vancouver .......... 003 000 310—7 12 7
Spokane ............. 123 011 03x—10 10 2
Saltzman, Gunnarson (8) and Brenner; Teagan and Sheely.