W L Pct. GB
Yakima ...... 72 40 .643 —
Vancouver ... 65 43 .602 5
Spokane ..... 58 53 .523 13½
Wenatchee ... 56 56 .500 16
Victoria .... 51 61 .455 21
Salem ....... 49 63 .437 23
Bremerton ... 48 63 .432 23½
Tacoma ...... 47 67 .412 26
SALEM, Aug 3—Victoria Athletics cut a Salem rally short in the second inning on Wednesday night by pulling off their second triple-play of the season. However, the triple-killing came too late. The three Senator runs already proved to be the margin of victory as the home club came through with a 4-1 triumph.
Pete Vucuruvich went the distance and had only one bad inning. He was charged with his ninth defeat when his teammates were unable to solve Dick Drilling for the necessary runs.
Four successive hits and a walk in the second plated three Salem runs and left runners at second and first with no one out. First baseman Vic Buccola then snared a line drive, stepped on first to take the second man, and fired the ball to shortstop Russ Walseth for the inning-ending out.
The A's managed their lone run in the fifth on a single, Mel Wasley's boot and an infield out by Dick Morgan. Len Noren and Morgan were the only Victoria hitters able to do anything with Drilling. Noren had two singles and a double in four trips where Morgan had two singles. Infielder Arnold Johnson broke into the line-up for the first time, taking over from Gil McDougald at second base. He went hitless in two tries.
Victoria .......... 000 010 000—1 7 0
Salem ............. 030 010 00x—4 10 1
Vucurevich and Morgan; Drilling and Beard.
WENATCHEE, Aug. 3—Fighting to ensure a spot in the Shaughnessy playdowns, Wenatchee Chiefs ran their winning streak to seven ames by trouncing the Tacoma Tigers, 8-1, behind the five-hit pitching of Joe Orrell. Glen Stetter's home run spoiled Orrell's shutout bid. Clyde Haskell and Richie Meyers hit Wenatchee home runs.
Tacoma ............. 000 001 000—1 5 1
Wenatchee ........ 200 211 02x—8 13 1
Kerrigan and Gardner; Orrell and Winter.
YAKIMA, Aug. 3—Only a longshot gambler would be willing to wager that the Yakima Bears won't be the 1949 W.I.L. champions. Determined to win the bunting at any cost, the Bears today added Gene Babbitt, one of the best relief pitchers in the low minors, to an already tough pitching staff. Babbitt was obtained from the Spokane Indians, who have had their troubles keeping above the .500 mark.
The Bears increased their lead over the Vancouver Capilanos by scoring a 3-1 decision over the runners-up to take the series lead, 2-1. Babbitt was not long in proving his worth, coming in to relieve the faltering Lloyd Dickey and save the game in the ninth.
Playing before the largest crowd ever to see a Western International League game in Yakima—4,575—Dickey pitched brilliantly until he had two out in the ninth. Then his control deserted him and he walked four men in a row to force in the Caps' only run and put the winning run on the bags. Babbitt then strolled to the mound and forced Len Tran to fly out.
Dickey struck out 11 and only walked two up until the ninth. Yakimaøs three runs came in the fourth when Bob William' single, Len Tran's boot, a hit batter and Snag Moore's double did the damage.
Vancouver ........... 000 000 001—1 6 1
Yakima ................ 000 300 00x—3 8 1
Kindsfather and Brenner, Dickey, Babbitt (9) and Orteig.
Bremerton at Spokane, postponed, rain.
Younie Leaves Russets
IDAHO FALLS, Aug. 3—A new relief pitcher has joined the Idaho Falls Russets of the Pioneer Baseball league. Frank Gabler, former New York moundsman, was released from the Great Falls Selectrics to the Russets by Seattle.
Lou Garland, Russet manager, also announced Pete Younie has been returned to Yakima, Wash.
PORTLAND, August 3—The Portland Pacific Coast League Beavers have options catcher Bill Burgher to the Salem farm club of the Western International League today. Burgher has been catching for Portland for the past year.