YAKIMA, Sept. 7—Outhit, 9-11, the Yakima Bears utilized 13 free passes issued by three Spokane hurlers to defeat the Indians in the first game of the Western International League post-season playoffs Wednesday night 12 to 5.
The Indians threatened repeatedly but failed to cash in. They left three men stranded in four innings, three of them successively. A total of 31 runners were left stranded.
The game was markeed by a stormy session between the Indians and umpires John Nenezich, Bill Husband and Gerry Mathieu in the fifth inning over the question of whether the Indian right fielder caught a long fly ball hit by little Al Jacinto, Yakima second baseman. The arbiters ruled that Paul Zaby caught the ball on the hop and allowed the triple.
Larry Powell, starting pitcher for the new W.I. champions, held the Indians scoreless for six innings but the visitors broke through for two runs in the seventh on singles by Jos Rossi, Larry Barton, Ken Richardson and Jack Calvey.
A walk issued to Lee Howard filled the bases, but Powell pulled out of the potentially bad innings by striking out Lyle Palmer, after serving up three consecutive balls, and then inducing Tuck Stainback to hoist a fly into short right field which first baseman Bob Williams caught after a long run.
Starter Bill Werbowski yielded only five hits bin the four innings he toiled but five walks and two hit batsmen led his his defeat.
1,200 fans sat through the game, which consumed almost three hours.
Spokane ........ 000 002 120—5 11 3
Yakima .......... 111 213 30x—12 9 2
Werbowski, Howard (4), Kimball (7) and Rossi; Powell, Babbitt (8) and Tornay.
VANCOUVER, Sept. 7—Hunk Anderson and four teammates accepted well-earned plaudits and gifts from the fans and managment prior to the game, then Anderson avenged his only defeat of the season with a six-hit pitching win over Wenatchee. The Caps opened the first game of the Western International League semi-finals with a 5-1 victory over the Chiefs.
The 11-game winner only ran into serious trouble once. In the seventh, nursing a 3-1 lead with two out, Wenatchee chucker Al Libke and batterymate Jim Warner clipped out a pair of sharp singles, and Clyde Haskell walked. With the bases jammed, Anderson took Hal Rhyne to a 3-0 count before the hard-hitting right-fielder dumped a curve ball to Ray Tran at short to snuff out the threat.
It was Warner who had belted a looping left field foul line homer for the sole Chief counter in the sixth inning.
Three clean singles in the second inning moved the locals into a lead they never relinquished. With one away, Dick Sinovic, Bud Sheely and Bob McLean space singles for a single tally.
the caps, playing fast-breaking, heads-up baseball all the way, sewed up the game in the two-run fourth when K. Chorlton singled, stole second, went to third on McLean's clean belt to centre and scored on Hunk Anderson's towering fly, taken by Nick Pesut against the wall in deep right centre. McLean skipped to third on a short passed ball and scampered in one Jim Robinson's second successive double.
Two more in the eighth on Len Tran's single, Charlie Mead's double, walked to Sinovic and Sheely and Chorlton's outfield fly were just for luck.
The whole team joined in the pre-game ceremonies, and each player was presented with an inscribed cigarette case-lighter by the Capilanos Baseball Club in honor of a highly successful season.
After Thursday's game, the two teams move to Wenatchee for two or less games in the best three-out-of-five playoff series.
Wenatchee ....... 000 010 000—1 6 3
Vancouver ........ 010 200 20x—5 10 0
Libke and Pesut; Anderson and Sheely.