W L Pct. GB
Yakima ...... 63 32 .668 —
Vancouver ... 56 36 .609 5½
Spokane ..... 52 45 .536 12
Wenatchee ... 47 50 .485 17
Salem ....... 43 52 .453 20
Bremerton ... 42 55 .438 22
Victoria .... 41 53 .436 23½
Tacoma ...... 39 60 .394 26
WENATCHEE, July 20—Veteran Lou McCollum was plunked for 15 hits but still came out the winner as the Wenatchee Chiefs defeated the Victoria Athletics, 9-7.
The Chiefs reached Pete Vucurevich for two runs in the first inning and built up a 6-1 lead in the third with a four-run cluster after Charlie Balassi put the A's on the scoresheet with a home run in the top half of the inning. Ritchie Meyers' three-run homer was the big blow.
The A's scored three in the fifth but the Chiefs matched the effort in their half to chase Vucurevich. Wenatchee as blanked the rest of the way, but the A's pecked away for runs in each of the last three frames.
Balassi had three hits in a losing cause.
Victoria ............ 001 030 111—7 15 2
Wenatchee ....... 204 030 00x—9 12 2
Vucurevich, Tobias (5), Logue (8) and Morgan; McCollum and Winter.
SALEM, July 20—Salem Senators divided shutouts with Tacoma Tigers tonight. The Senators took the first tilt 1-0, but the cellar-dwelling Tigers came back with a 3-0 second game win.
Pitching was sharp here as Jim Olson and Vince Lazor each gave up but five hits for Salem and Tacoma respectively in the opener. The Oregonians got three of their quintet in the fourth inning to garner the win.
In the second clash, Tacoma was outhit 8-6 but got the blows when needed. Salem had eight stranded base-runners in the first four frames.
Tacoma ......... 000 000 0—0 6 2
Salem ............ 000 301 x—4 5 0
Lazor and Sheets; Olson and Carlson.
Tacoma ......... 020 100 000—3 6 1
Salem ............ 000 000 000—0 8 4
Kerrigan and Gardner; Fredericks and Beard.
SPOKANE, July 20—Hunk Anderson hurled a three-hitter in the seven-inning opener to give the Vancouver Capilanos a 6-3 win over the Spokane Indians, who took the night game, 8-6.
Paul Zaby singled in a third inning run for the Indians to tie the first game at 1-1. Tuck Stainback's fly ball in the sixth brought in another and Jack Parks homered for the third run in the seventh. However, Anderson homered to bring in two of three runs in Vancouver's half of the last inning.
Bob Costello lost his control in the seventh inning of the finale. After he had given up his sixth walk, the Indians jumped on him for four hits to score four runs.
Vancouver ......... 100 002 3—6 9 0
Spokane ............ 001 001 1—3 3 3
Anderson and Sheeley; Bishop and Rossi.
Vancouver ......... 003 110 010—6 14 1
Spokane ............ 000 120 41x—8 10 2
Costello, Hedgecock (7) and Sheely; Adams, Kimball (6), Werbowski (8) and Parks.
YAKIMA, July 20—Yakima hammered another half-game wedge between its No. 1 ranking and the second place Vancouver Capilanos tonight.
The Western International League leaders boosted their margin to five and a half games by nosing out Bremerton 3-2.
Nini Tornay's line single to rightfield scored Bob Williams in the sixth inning to break up a scoreless deadlock and set the Yakimans on their way to victory. It was a duel of southpaws with Yakima's Larry Powell giving up but four blows and Bremerton's Dave Dahle only five.
Bremerton ............ 000 000 020—2 4 1
Yakima ................ 000 001 20x—3 5 4
Dahle and Neal; Powell and Tornay.
** thursday, 21st, pg. 11. Whitehead story on Sinovic.