W L PCT GB
Salem ....... 16 7 .696 —
Spokane ..... 17 9 .654 ½
Vancouver ... 13 12 .520 4
Lewiston .... 11 11 .500 4½
Yakima ...... 12 13 .480 5
Tri-City .... 12 14 .462 5½
Calgary ..... 11 13 .458 5½
Edmonton .... 10 13 .435 6
Victoria .... 10 15 .400 7
Wenatchee .... 9 14 .391 7
VANCOUVER, B. C. — Disaster caught up with Carl Gunnarson in the sixth inning Thursday night, ending a no-score ball game and starting the Tri-City Braves on the road to an 8-4 Western International League win over the Vancouver Capilanos.
Tri-City launched a six-hit attack off Gunnarson, along with a walk, to grab five sixth-inning runs and the game. The Braves added three more in the ninth off Rod MacKay on two singles, a triple by Jess Dobernic and a double by Bob McGuire.
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VANCOUVER [Keith Matthews, July 24]—In a lot of their losing efforts this season, the Capilanos have left too much for the imagination. A case in point is Thursday’s 8-4 loss to Tri-City, and it wasn’t the defeat which hurt the most. It was the fact that Vancouver again beat themselves.
Down 5-0 in the eighth after the Braves had exploded Carl Gunnarson into a shower with a sixth-inning burst, the Caps started rolling in earnest.
K. Chorlton walked and Jack Bukowatz singles. Frank Mascaro moved them up with an infield out and Bob Duretto walked to fill ‘em up. Another free one to Gene Petralli scored one and kayoed pitcher Dale Bloom from the ball game.
Gene Taylor, the first batter to face Jess Dobernic, shot a single into left field. Bukowatz scored and Duretto was about to also when he stopped half way down the baseline towards the plate and retreated to third. He was an easy out victim. Why he was stopped nobody has satisfactorily explained, though Harvey Storeyu was coaching at third himself and as the play was behind Duretto, Harv must accept the blame for it. It cut down the rally as it was, and the imagination started to work. How long would the inning have gone on without this blunder? Nobody knows.
Again in the ninth it happened. Now the Braves led 8-2, having put across three runs in their half.
With one out, pinch-hitter Storey singled. Chorlton doubled him to third and Harvey scored on Bukowatz’ infield out. Then Mascaro caressed a 380-foot double off the left-centre field fence. Chorlton scored and Mascaro attempted to make a triple out of his wallop. Why? Well, that is the question. He already was in scoring position at second and the third run wasn’t half so important as keeping the rally alive. He was thrown out by a mile, naturally, and it was just another of those losses which left too much to the imagination.
Tonight, the Caps open one of their most important series of the year with a double-header against second-place Spokane. The game starts at 7.
Tri-City ......... 000 005 003—8 14 1
Vancouver ..... 000 000 022—4 11 0
Bloom, Dobernic (8) and Warren; Gunnarson, MacKay (6) and Leavitt.
EDMONTON — John Conant celebrated a night in his honor Thursday by pitching a five-hit 12-2 victory for Edmonton over the Yakima Bears in the opener of a four-game Western International League baseball series here.
The win was his 16th of the season against nine losses. The club staged the night for him out of recognition of his 100th WIL victory.
Conant didn't give up a hit after the fourth inning, struck out seven and walked one. He also hit safely twice in five trips. Esks wrapped up the contest with a six-run fourth inning which featured a grand slam home run by catcher Dick Morgan.
Yakima ......... 020 000 000— 2 5 0
Edmonton ..... 001 620 30x—12 13 1
Del Sarto, Tanner (4), Young (7) and Novick; Conant and Morgan.
CALGARY — Scoring two runs in the 10th inning after the Calgary Stampeders tied the count with a three-run rally in the ninth, the Wenatchee Chiefs won 7-5 here Thursday night in a Western International Baseball League baseball game played before a small crowd in chilly weather.
It was an unusual game for Calgary's short-field park. There were no home runs.
Singles by Tom Munoz and Jake Helmuth combined with a Calgary error gave the Chiefs the run that won them the game in the 10th and Don Stanford followed with another run on Mike McCormick's single.
Wenatchee .... 111 200 000 2—7 10 0
Calgary ......... 000 002 003 0—5 12 3
Oubre, Monroe (10) and Bartolomei; Stites, Francis (9) and Bricker.
VICTORIA — The Victoria Tyees ended their five-game Western International League baseball series with Spokane Thursday night by trouncing the Indians 11-3.
Southpaw Earl Dollins effectively scattered nine Spokane hits as he went all the way for his fourth win of the season. Dollins, who has dropped seven decisions, struck out 10 and walked only one.
Spokane ...... 000 010 011— 3 9 2
Victoria ....... 020 301 23x—11 10 0
Romero, Cordell (4), New (8) and Sheets; Dollins and Martin.
LEWISTON — Salem lost its manager but pushed across five runs in a hectic seventh inning here Thursday night and took an 8-5 Western International League victory over Lewiston.
The win keeps Salem at the top of the league.
Salem .......... 000 102 500—8 14 1
Lewiston ...... 100 101 200—5 8 2
Nicholas and Nelson; Marshall, Brenner (7) and Cameron.