W L Pct. GB
Yakima ...... 70 39 .642 —
Vancouver ... 64 41 .610 4
Spokane ..... 56 52 .519 8½
Wenatchee ... 52 56 .481 17½
Victoria .... 48 59 .449 21
Bremerton ... 48 60 .444 21½
Salem ....... 47 60 .439 22
Tacoma ...... 46 64 .418 23½
BREMERTON, July 30—Bremerton reached Joe Orrell for 12 hits but only managed a single run as the Wenatchee Chiefs consolidated their grip on fourth place with their third straight win over the cooled-off Bluejackets. Shooting for his 20th straight win, John Marshall drew his eighth setback in the 4-1 game.
Wenatchee ......... 111 000 010—4 10 1
Bremerton ........... 000 000 001—1 12 0
Orrell and Winter; Marshall and Walden.
VICTORIA, July 30—The Victoria Athletics handed Yakima their second 5-0 shutout of the five game series in a game Saturday afternoon, but the Bears managed to hold off a ninth-inning rally to win the second game, 2-1.
Joe Blankenship was backed up by four double-plays in the opener, as he tossed a three hitter, the first one being an unexpected bunt from Edo Vanni. He faced two batters over the minimum and walked four.
Blankenship also walked and scored Victoria's second run in the fifth inning, then smacked a lead-off homer in the seventh before Jack Hack doubled in the other two runs of the inning.
Charlie Balassi's double brought in Russ Walseth in the third inning for the first run.
With 5,300 on hand to see comedian Al Schacht in the night game, fans almost saw Victoria come from behind to tie it. Ray Orteig doubled in Edo Vanni with the first run in the fourth, then an inning later Dick Briskey scored from third when first baseman Vic Buccola messed up on Leroy Paton's ground ball.
Pinch-hitter Ray Jacobs and Walseth drew walks off Larry Powell in the ninth and were moved along by Buccola's sacrifice. Charlie Balassi grounded to short to score one run, but Walseth was cut down trying to reach third. Gil McDougald bounced into a forceout to end the game, as the A's left 13 on base during the game.
Yakima ......... 000 000 000— 0 3 0
Victoria ........ 001 010 30x — 5 10 1
Bradford and Tornay; Blankenship and Day.
Yakima ......... 000 110 000—2 6 0
Victoria ........ 000 000 001—1 5 4
Powell and Orteig; Vucurevich and Day.
VANCOUVER, July 30—Vancouver's second-place Capilanos sliced a full game from the Bears' lead by twice downing the Salem Senators, 12-4 and 8-7.
Vern Kindsfather had clear sailing in the opener as Len Tran hit two home runs and Charlie Mead and Bud Sheely each contributed one. Bud and Wayne Peterson hit Salem home runs, but they were not enough to match the eight runs which came from the four Cap clouts.
Vancouver left 15 men on base in the finale, but a walk to Jim Robinson, a balk by Stu Fredericks, Robinson's steal of third and Mead's single in the ninth broke an 8-8 tie.
Salem ................ 000 230 003—8 11 2
Vancouver .......... 300 030 O01—7 15 0
Drilling, Fredericks (9) and Carlson; Nicholas and Sheely.
TACOMA, July 30—The Tacoma Tigers kept up their bid for playoff contention by dropping the slumping Spokane Indians twice, 3-1 and 5-4. Bob Kerrigan effectively scattered nine hits in the opener, while Dick Greco won the last hame by slamming out his 27th homer in the ninth inning.
Spokane ........... 000 010 0—1 9 1
Tacoma ............ 200 100 x—3 6 0
Adams and Parks; Kerrigan and Sheets.
Spokane .......... 003 000 100—4 8 1
Tacoma ........... 202 000 001—5 7 1
Bishop and Parks; Walden and Gardner.