W L Pct. GB
Yakima ...... 23 4 .852 —
Salem ....... 18 9 .640 5
Vancouver ... 12 13 .480 10
Bremerton ... 13 15 .464 10½
Victoria .... 13 16 .448 11
Tacoma ...... 11 17 .393 12½
Wenatchee ... 10 17 .370 13
Spokane ...... 9 16 .360 13
VANCOUVER, May 20—Bob Snyder, shelled out of the box here Wednesday night, came back tonight to even the score with the Victoria Athletics by holding them scoreless while the Capilanos counted six runs against two Victoria pitchers.
Snyder gave up four hits, two of them by Frank Matoh. he struck out eight and was never in any danger after the Caps got to Pete Vucurevich for one run in the fifth and three in the sixth. They knocked the Victoria righthander out in the seventh with another rally, good for their final two runs. Only three of the runs were earned with two boots by Matoh figuring into the run making.
A's notes — Jim Propst has been reassigned to Victoria from Beaumont in the Texas League. Willard ‘Lefty’ Boemler has been sent to Quincy of the Class B Three-I League. Boemler was the most valuable player in the California League last year, but had an 0-3 record and an ERA over 12 for Victoria. He went the distance only once and in 12 innings gave up 21 hits for as many runs and 13 walks. Righthander Don Murray, on his way to Victoria from Augusta, is now being assigned to another Yankee farm club.
Caps notes — Pitcher Larry Manier and infielder Jim Moore have been assigned to Great Falls of the Class C Pioneer League. The surprise move puts Vancouver two under the roster limit of 18, but the cuts were made to keep the team within the league's $4000 per month salary ceiling. General Manager Bob Brown says the 18-year-old Moore will be able to play every day in Great Falls.
Victoria ........... 000 000 000—0 4 2
Vancouver ....... 000 013 20x—6 9 0
Vucurevich, Pesky (7) and Morgan; Snyder and Brenner.
BREMERTON, May 20—Joe Sullivan, the ex-major league southpaw put Bremerton on the right track by pitching the Jackets to a 10-2 triumph over Tacoma. Walt Pocekay, with a triple, double and single in five trips, and Lil Arnerich, with three singles and a double, in four attempts, led the Tars at the plate.
Bremerton swatted 14 hits, and handed the loss to Mel Knezovich.
The Tigers had taken the first three games of the home-and-home series in Tacoma.
Tacoma ........... 100 010 000—2 11 6
Bremerton ....... 201 031 03x—10 14 1
Knezovich, Fortier (7) and Warren; Sullivan and Ronning.
SPOKANE, May 20—Held scoreless for seven innings by Bill Werbowski, the league-leading Yakima Bears scored four times in the eighth and then added the tying and winning runs in ninth to overcome a 5-0 deficit and edge the Spokane Indians, 6-5.
Babe Gammino brought in three of the eighth-inning counts on a home run to put the Yaks to within a run. Then in the ninth, Al Jacinto bounced one of relief pitcher Dick Bishop's slants against the field-wall to scored runners from first and second to give the Bears the lead.
Spokane got to pitcher Bob Drilling for five runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh to break up a tight pitchers' duel. Larry Powell relieved Drilling in the seventh and earned the victory.
The win was Yakima's 23rd in 27 starts.
Yakima ......... 000 000 042—6 10 1
Spokane ....... 000 012 200—5 8 1
B. Drilling, Powell (7), D. Drilling (9) and Orteig; Werbowski, Teagan (8), Bishop (9) and Rossi.
Nenezich, R. Tran Agree Ball Faster
by KEITH MATTHEWS
Umpire Johnny Nenezich and Capilanos’ player-coach Ray Tran have backed Bob Brown’s statement of a week ago which claimed the WIL's official baseball was faster than the one used last season.
Tran, who admitted he thought boss Bob Brown wrong at first, said Thursday he thought this year's ball was between 8 to 10 percent faster.
“I noticed it the other night particularly when I thought I had a double-play ball coming at me. There were runners on first and second and the batter hit one on the ground to my left. As I judged the play I should have had it, even though the runner on second intefered with my view slightly. Before I could move the ball was in the outfield,” Tran explained.
“I would like to add that I think that hot spell of weather we had here a week ago might have had something to do with the staggering number of errors committed. The infield was like a rock, and balls hit on the ground came at you like a lomomotive,” Ray added.
Nenezich explained that he had been umpiring here for close to 10 years and he had never seen a ball which “jumped” like this year’s.
The ball, which is a product of the Wilson Co., is in use in approximately 20 of the 60 leagues in Organized Baseball. One of the leagues is the Pacific Coast.
Bob Brown explained that the WIL had signed a long-tem contract with the Wilson Co., to use their balls in the WIL.
“At the time we were told that the ball would be standardized so we would be playing with the same baseball each season. However, I am beginning to wonder.”
- Sun, May 21, 1949