W L Pct. GB
Yakima ...... 21 4 .840 —
Salem ....... 16 9 .640 5
Vancouver ... 11 12 .478 9
Bremerton ... 12 14 .462 9½
Victoria .... 12 15 .444 10
Tacoma ...... 10 16 .385 11½
Wenatchee ... 10 16 .385 11½
Spokane ...... 9 15 .375 11½
WENATCHEE, May 18—The day is coming, mark it well, when they will be saying about the Yakima Bears what they used to say about the Yankees—“Break them up.”
The Bruins posted their 21st win in 25 starts by crushing Wenacthee, 17-1, in the Chiefs' home wigwam. The Bears, now five full games out in front of second-running Salem are playing at a colossal .840 pace.
They punched out 16 hits in Wednesday night's carryings-on. Ted Jennings led the onslaught with a pair of four stackers and a double to chase in seven runs. Hal Rhyne, chief first baseman, ran his hit streak to 16 games.
Yakima ............. 202 180 031—17 16 0
Wenatchee ........ 020 000 110—4 11 3
Didckey and Orteig, Torney (8); Orrell, Bruce (5), Weaver (6) and Pesut.
SALEM, May 18—Bud Peterson's single with the sacks sagging gave the Salem Senators a last-inning 2-1 victory over the Wenatchee Chiefs in the first game of their double header.
Salem received a three-hit pitching performance from Ray McNulty, the reformed infielder who set Vancouver down on two hits in his first start last week, topping Jim Neeley, who took the loss.
Eight Salem hits linked with four Spokane errors won the home-towners an 8-1 decision in the nightcap.
Spokane ........... 010 000 0—1 3 0
Salem .............. 000 001 1—2 7 0
Neeley, Conant (7) and Ross; McNulty and Beard.
Spokane .......... 100 001 200—4 7 4
Salem ............. 000 330 02x—8 8 1
Baker, Howard (5), Kimball (7), Conant (8) and Parks; Fortier and Beard.
VICTORIA, May 18—Victoria flailed 13 hits, including three round-trippers, and drew 10 walks off four Vancouver pitchers Wednesday night. How could they lose? The score was 16-6.
Larry Ward elbowed the win and leaving nothing to chance, whacked a home run with the sacks stuffed in the fourth.
Before it was through, he had lined a double to right in the second inning, added a single, was hit by a pitched ball and drew a walk with the bases loaded—the last two plate appearances both in the sixth inning.
Ray Jacobs smacked a two-run homer in the fifth and Gil McDougald put one out of sight with two mates aboard in the eighth.
Bob Snyder was sailing along smoothly for three innings on the mound for Vancouver, but a boot by third baseman Jim Robinson on Frank Finnegan opened the door for Ward's two-out heroics to put the A's in the lead for good.
Orrin Snyder led Vancouver's batting with two doubles and a triple.
Vancouver ............ 001 120 200—6 11 2
Victoria ................ 000 525 04x—16 13 2
Snyder, Hedgecock (5), Manier (6), Gunnarson (9) and Sheely; Ward and Morgan.
TACOMA, May 18—Proving there is a time for action as well as strategy, Tacoma manager Bob Johnson laid down his scoring pencil, picked up his bat, stalked to the plate and delivered a game-winning two-run, pinch single in the fifth inning to score what proved to be the tying and winning runs as Tacoma edged Bremerton, 7-6. The Tigers were strengthened by the addition of Outfielder Eddie Barr and are gradually shaping up as a threat.
Bremerton ............ 020 040 000—6 5 3
Tacoma ................ 203 020 00x—7 10 0
Simon, Halstead (8) and Ronning; Walden, Fortier (5) and Warren.