W L Pct. GB
Yakima ...... 13 4 .765 —
Salem ....... 12 6 .667 1½
Bremerton ... 11 7 .611 2½
Wenatchee .... 9 10 .474 5
Vancouver .... 7 8 .467 5
Tacoma ....... 7 11 .389 6½
Victoria ..... 6 13 .316 8
Spokane ...... 5 11 .313 7½
VANCOUVER, May 10—The Vancouver Capilanos successly executed the hit-and-run two innings in a row, opening the door for a 12-5 win over the Wenatchee Chiefs tonight.
The Caps were ahead 3-2 in the third winning, while Len Tran on second and Charlie Mead on first. With the hit-and-run on, Ray Tran drove hard to Ritchie Meyers at short, but with the runners moving, Meyers could only get the out at first. Bud Sheely then singled to right and two runs were in.
The first run of the inning that tied the game was when Enrique Fernandez doubled in a run, then took third on the throw by sliding into the bag.
A hit-and-run played a role in Vancouver's three-run fourth. Bob McLean walked, then broke for second as Carl Gunnarson swung at the ball. He popped it high into the air and it felt safe between first and second. Jim Robinson bunted, but Bill Caplinger, the Wenatchee pitcher, tossed it through second to get Gunnarson and McLean scored on the error. That unglued the Chiefs enough that they allowed two more in that inning.
Charlie Mead his his third homer of the season in the first inning. Three Wenatchee home runs were entered on the scorecard—Meyers' coming on the second pitch of the ball game over the left field wall, Hal Rhyne and Nick Pesut's going over the right field screen.
Gunnarson allowed 15 hits in winning the game, walking three and striking out give. Caplinger was the loser as the Caps hit him and Stan Gilson for 14 safeties. Capilinger struck out one, Gilson, none. Caplinger walked two, Gilson, six.
The Chiefs left a dozen stranded while the Caps countered with a baker's dozen. The losers also had five wildly-applauded errors, bringing the total to an astonishing 13 in two games, and tossed in two hit batsmen, a wild pitch and two passed balls in a performance that belonged anywhere but in Class B baseball.
Wenatchee ........ 101 100 101—5 15 5
Vancouver ......... 203 301 12x—12 14 1
Caplinger, Gilson (4) and Pesut; Gunnarson and Sheely.
SPOKANE, May 10—The Spokane Indians came home to parade their 1949 edition before more than 6,100 hometown fans for the first time this year. Five Spokane pitchers showed their wares, but Tacoma provided most of the action in running up a one-sided 21-7 victory. It was Spokane's eighth straight loss.
The season opened late in Spokane as new stands and bleachers had to be erected to replace those that burned last October. They were rushed into completion in time for the game.
Mayor Arthur Meehan tossed out the first pitch. It was the only ball of the night the Tigers didn't try to belt out of the park. Incidentally, hizzoner, on the mound, crossed up Indian co-owner Roy Hotchkiss, at the plate, by tossing the first pitch high into the grandstand screen.
After the dedication speeches and festivities were over, the Tigers soon got down to business. Three Tacomans showed they liked the new Spokane ball park by batting out home runs. Jack Warren hit one over the centre field fence with one on in the first inning, and Bob Johnson and Dick Greco each blasted a four-bagger in the third frame, with the bases clear in both cases.
Tacoma ........ 202 351 053—21 23 0
Spokane ....... 004 003 000—7 13 4
Lazor, Walden (7) and Warren; Baker, Conant (3), Teagan (6), Kimball (7), Howard (8) and Rossi.
BREMERTON, May 10—Bremerton used a two-run home run by Bill Taylor in the fifth inning to ice its series opener with Yakima, 6-3. But it was chiefly a four-run third inning, plus John Marshall's wild but effective seven-hit pitching, that counted the win. Three Yakima errors, two singles and a double provided the third-inning punch.
Yakima ........... 101 000 100—3 7 4
Bremerton ....... 004 020 00x—6 9 1
Powell, D. Drilling (6), B. Drilling (7) and Orteig; Marshall and Ronning.
VICTORIA, May 10—Salem manufactured a seven-run spree in the second inning against Victoria in an easy 11-1 win tonight. Larry Orteig's bases-loaded homer was big blow of the frame.
Jim Olson scattered five hits—three of them by pitchers. Rex Jones, playing in right field, punched out two singles while relief pitcher Frank Cirimeli accounted for the lone run with his blast over the left centre field wall on a 3-1 count in the third.
Meanwhile, Will Boemler failed to get a man out in the second inning. He's pitched only one inning of baseball in his two starts here and has had ten earned runs charged against him.
Singles by Bob Cherry, Bill Beard, Jim Wert, Olson and Wayne Peterson around a walk to Al Spaeter brought in three runs—and brought in Cirimeli to face Bud Peterson with the bags loaded and no one out. He popped up to shortstop Bob Keeler, but Orteig blasted his home run to cap the inning.
Beard also homered for the Solons to touch off a three-run rally in the eighth.
Salem ......... 070 000 031—11 14 1
Victoria ....... 001 000 000—1 5 3
Olson and Beard; Boemler, Cirimeli (2) and Day.