W L Pct. GB
Yakima ...... 24 10 .706 —
Salem ....... 20 12 .625 3
Vancouver ... 16 15 .516 6½
Bremerton ... 18 18 .500 7
Wenatchee ... 15 19 .441 9
Victoria .... 15 21 .417 10
Spokane ..... 13 19 .406 10
Tacoma ...... 14 21 .400 10½
YAKIMA, May 26—Yakima Bears are in definite, if not immediate, danger of losing their Western International League lead. The pace-setters went down to their fifth straight defeat tonight as the second-place Salem Senators moved to within three games by pounding out a 12-4 triumph.
The winners came up with most of their runs in two big scoring innings, plating four on six hits in the third, and then tallying six times in the sixth due to four hits, the wildness of the Drilling brothers and some lax defensive play. Starter Bob Drilling walked in one run before giving way to his younger brother, Dick.
Larry Orteig, younger brother of Yakima's catcher Ray, showed the way for the Senators by batting in four runs with a pair of doubles.
Salem ........... 104 006 001—12 16 1
Yakima ......... 001 000 030—4 7 2
Olson and Beard; B. Drilling, D. Drilling (6) and Orteig.
SPOKANE, May 26—Spokane Indians, showing some signs of belatedly becoming a pennant factor, moved close to the second division leadership by downing Wenatchee Chiefs, 6-4, on the strength of Ken Kimball's seven hit tossing. Ken Richardson’s two-run homer in the fourth was the big blow.
Wenatchee ............ 000 001 300—4 7 1
Spokane ................ 000 213 00x—6 10 0
McCollum and Pesut; Kimball and Rossi.
VICTORIA, May 26—Tobacco-chewing righthander John Marshall outdueled Frank Prowse, though he gave up more hits, as the Bremerton Bluejackets defeated the Victoria Athletics, 5-1, tonight.
A hit batsman and two singles loaded the bases for Bremerton in the second, and after getting an out, Prowse managed to get Lou Briganti to bounce to short. Instead of throwing home for the easy force, shortstop Bob Keeler was thinking double-play. But he only got the force at second and a run scored on the fielder’s choice. Jay Ragni ended up at third, and went home when Prowse tried to pick him off and overthrew the ball.
Dick Sabatini doubled and Bill Taylor singled to add a run in the third, and the Jackets added two in the ninth inning, which featured an indecisive triple.
Briganti led off with a hit to right-centre. The ball bounced up between the fence and the sign. Before it could be returned to the infield, Briganti rested on third. Victoria manager Ted Norbert claimed it was a ground-rule double and umpire Jerry Mathieu finally agreed and reversed the call. Bremerton manager Alan Strange came out to argue and Mathieu changed it back to a triple. Out came Norbert again and the hit became a double again. Stunningly, Strange returned and managed to convince Mathieu to change it back to a triple again and that’s where it stood.
Victoria’s old run came when Gil McDougald and John Hack singled and Frank Matoh doubled to send in McDougald. Hack broke for him when he saw that Marshall had dropped the ball but was tagged out.
A’s note — Righthander Tobey Tobias has joined the team. Playing with Grand Forks in the Class ‘C’ Northern League last year, he compiled a 2.03 ERA, second-best among pitchers who appeared in more than 150 games. He saw action in 298 games, completed 11 of them, and finished with a 12-5 record. He gave upm 118 hits, 115 walks and 40 earned runs in 177 innings, striking out 133. … Jim Propst is at home in Kansas City, refusing to report from Beaumont.
Bremerton ........... 021 000 002—5 10 0
Victoria ............... 000 010 000—1 11 2
Marshall and Ronning; Prowse and Day.
Vancouver and Tacoma, rained out.