W L Pct GB
Lewiston .... 7 0 1.000
Tri-City .... 5 2 .714 2
Yakima ...... 6 3 .667 2
Victoria .... 4 4 .500 3½
Vancouver ... 3 4 .429 4
Spokane ..... 3 5 .375 4½
Wenatchee ... 3 5 .375 4½
Salem ....... 1 3 .250 4½
Calgary ..... 2 5 .286 5
Edmonton .... 1 4 .200 5
KENNEWICK [Victoria Colonist, May 3]—Expected pitching difficulties showed up at Tri-City last night as the Tyees went down to their fourth defeat in eight decisions when the Braves unloaded for nine runs in the seventh inning and went on to even the series with a 16-5 triumph.
The four-game series concludes today with two games and the Tyees will probably rely on Bill Wisneski and Bill Bottler, two of their “first-line” pitchers. They return home tomorrow for series with Salem and Tri-City, in that order, and will undoubtedly welcome the appearance of Bill Prior and Dick Drilling, who is expected to be on hand. And outfielder Bob Moniz, who should also be on hand for the game, will also receive a warm welcome.
[Zeb] Walker, Mike Williams, Berlyn Hodges and converted first baseman Chuck Abernathy—all shared in last night’s Tri-City outburst and none of them indicated they can stop class “A” bats.
The Tyees did a fair amount of hitting to twice take the lead. Singles by Nap Gully and Gale Taylor and an outfield fly by Joe Clardy gave them a 1-0 lead in the second inning. A double by Jim Clark, who seems to have won back his shortstop job from Ron Odekirk, a base on balls, two errors and two infield outs upped their lead to 3-0 in the third.
After the Braves had drawn even at 3-3, Milt Martin hit a long home run in the fifth and Clark scored on a hit by Don Pries in the sixth after singling and stealing second to give the Tyees a 5-3 bulge.
The Braves got one back in their turn in the sixth and then went to town in the seventh, starting on Williams, who had relieved Walker in the fourth.
A double and a single caused manager Cec Garriott to call on Hodges. The young southpaw fell afoul of two bunt singles after whiffing the first hitting and made an error on one to help put himself in a big jam. Three more singles and a base on balls brought on Abernathy. He promptly walked the first two batters he faced, struck out the third, and then gave up a two-run single before getting the side out.
Three hits and a walk didn’t help Abernathy’s earned-run average as the Braves tapered off with three eighth-inning runs.
Victoria ...... 012 011 000— 5 8 3
Tri-City ..... 001 201 93x—16 16 2
Walker, Williams (4), Hodges (7), Abernathy (7) and Martin, Brusa (8); Tanner, Dobernic (7) and Pesut.
SPOKANE, May 2—The cellar-dwelling Spokane Indians of the Western International Baseball League found their home park to their liking as they won both ends of a split doubleheader, edging Calgary 6-5 in the first game and 2-1 in the 11-inning nightcap.
A crowd of 1,989 saw Ralph Romero, Spokane's newest pitching acquisition, become the first hurler to go the distance for his club this season.
The afternoon crowd was the smallest opeing-day attendance in Spokane history but less than 1,600 turned out in the night game. Pinch-hitter Art Worth sent the game inton extra innings by singling in Spokane's first run in the eighth.
Calgary ... 003 001 100—5 8 3
Spokane ... 010 120 101—6 14 2
Kapp, Schulte (9) and Lillard; Romero and Sheets.
(Second game—11 innings)
Calgary ............... 100 000 000 00—1 5 0
Spokane .............. 000 000 010 01—2 9 5
Hippner and Bricker; Spring, DeWitt (9), Franks (11) and Triandos, Sheets (9).
LEWISTON, Idaho, May 2 — The Lewiston Broncs tappped Edmonton pitchers for 13 hits Saturday night to down the Eskimos 10-3 for their seventh straight Western International League baseball win.
Edmonton ....... 000 000 021— 3 13 4
Lewiston ......... 030 411 01x—10 9 1
Tisnerat, Eskenberry (4), Prentice (9) and Morgan; Brenner and Cameron.
YAKIMA, May 2 — Harold Flinn pulled himself out of a tight hole Saturday night to nip a ninth inning rally by Vancouver and win a hard-earned victory for Yakima, 2-1, in a Western International League baseball game.
Yakima got its game winners in the first inning on three singles and a stolen base. They held the Capilanos scoreless until the ninth inning.
Vancouver ..... 000 000 001—1 8 1
Yakima .......... 200 000 00x—2 6 0
Guldborg, Thompson (8) and Lundberg; Flinn and Day.
Wenatchee vs. Salem, postponed, rain.
Esks Obtain McNulty
EDMONTON, Alta., May 2 — The signing of righthanded pitcher Ray McNulty, a free agent just released by San Francisco Seals, was announced Saturday night by General Manager John Ducey of Edmonton Eskimos of the Western International Baseball League.
The 28-year-old McNulty is due to join the Eskimo pitching staff Tuesday at Spokane. He pitched for Salem Senators last season, winning 19 games and losing 16 for the fourth best won-loss record in the league.
McNulty was released by the Seals because he didn't want to be traded east to the International League.