W L Pct. GB
Yakima ...... 52 23 .693 —
Vancouver ... 43 29 .597 7
Spokane ..... 40 35 .533 12
Wenatchee ... 37 39 .487 15½
Salem ....... 33 41 .446 18½
Bremerton ... 33 43 .434 19½
Tacoma ...... 33 45 .423 20½
Victoria .... 29 45 .392 22½
VICTORIA, July 2—Bremerton reliever John Marshall was pelted with cushions as he attempted to get into the stands at a heckler tonight, the main sidelight to the 9-7 Victoria Athletics win over the Bluejackets.
He was sent into a 7-7 game with one out in the ninth and Vic Buccola on second. He curved a called strike to Gil McDougald and then watched his next pitch sail out of the park.
The fan incident began as follows: Bob Day rammed Tars' catcher Al Ronning while unsuccessfully trying to score in the seventh. Dugout hecklers jumped on Day in the eighth as Lil Arnerich stole a base. Day yapped back and Marshall came onto the field and had to restrained by teammates. Marshall was then jeered as he took to the mound, and then again when he failed to hold the game. On his way back to the Bremerton clubhouse, he poked at the screen in front of a fan. This was the signal for the cushion shower.
The A's scored single runs in the second and third, the first without a hit and the second on Frank Matoh's home. They trailed 6-2 in the fifth but went ahead on five runs—all coming on homers. Gil McDougald hit his firstw ith two out after Vic Buccola walked. Ray Jacobs hit a tremendous fly into Prembroke Street after Day and John Hack had singled.
Jim Propst had a fish and foul day, giving up 11 hits in going the distance, and walking 10. But he struck out eight, five times to end an inning, and left 14 stranded.
A's notes — Joe Blankenship has been sent to the club from Beaumont in the Texas League. It'll be his fourth season with the A's after setting a WIL record by winning 25 last year. ... Also joining the club is Len Noren, one of the most highly-regarded prospects in the Yankees system. Noren played last season with Ventura and spent the early part of the season with Newark but ended up in Binghamton. He appeared in 137 games for Ventura in 1948, making 151 hits for a matting mark of .290. He had 26 doubles, ten triples, two home runs and 64 RBIs.
Bremerton ....... 003 030 010—7 11 3
Victoria ........... 011 050 002—9 9 3
Pirack, Marshall (9) and Ronning; Propst and Day.
Tacoma ......... 000 320 021—8 16 3
Vancouver ..... 012 400 12x—10 17 2
Fortier and Warren; Nicholas and Brenner.
SALEM, July 2—The Western International league leading Yakima Bears took a 7-5 decision over the Salem Senators tonight to even up the clubs' current series at two games each.
Both teams collected nine hits during the fray but the Bears' claws had more authority to them.
Babe Gammino put the visitors out in front in the first inning as he hammered a two-run homer off Hank Sciarra and the Bears followed up with three more markers in the second frame with Gene Gaviglio's double being the key blow.
The Senators picked up a run in the initial inning off Lloyd Dickey and climbed into the thick of things in the third with three more off four hits and an error.
Hits by Dick Briskey, Dickey and Gaviglio gave the Yaks another run in the sixth—and that one proved to be the clincher.
Yakima President Dewey Soriano came in for Dickey in the ninth to snuff out a Salem threat.
The teams play doubleheaders Sunday and Monday.
Yakima .......... 000 000 002—2 8 1
Salem ............ 000 020 21x—5 6 1
Dickey, Soriano (9) and Orteig; Sciarra, Osborn (7), Sporer (9) and Beard.
WENATCHEE, July 2—The Wenatchee Chiefs won a 9 to 0 Western International League game from the Spokane Indians by forfeit here tonight.
But only after six Spokane players were ejected from the game by Umpire Max Skulik, and Skulik had entered the shower room with his uniform ripped by irate Spokane players.
The fracas began in the sixth inning when Skulik ejected Lyle Palmer, Indian centre fielder, for protesting a called third strike too vehemently. As inning later, Jim Neely, warming up in the bupplen, was thrown out by Umpire Rocky Flammina for continuing the protest. He was followed by Manager Jim P. Brillheart. In the eighth, Bill Werbowski, Tuck Stainback and Jack Calvey were ordered out. It was Calvey's refusal to leave that precipitated the Spokane team's descent on Skulnik.
At that point, first of the eighth with no oneout, the game was tied 8-8. Home runs were hit by Jim Warner and Richie Meyers of the Chiefs.