W L Pct GB
Lewiston .... 13 5 .736 —
Vancouver ... 12 6 .667 1
Wenatchee ... 11 10 .524 3
Victoria .... 10 10 .500 3½
Tri-City ..... 9 9 .500 3½
Salem ........ 6 8 .429 5
Yakima ...... 10 12 .455 4½
Edmonton ..... 8 10 .444 4½
Calgary ...... 8 12 .400 5½
Spokane ...... 7 12 .368 6
VICTORIA — Vancouver Capilanos made it four in a row over Victoria Tyees Thursday night by defeating them 8-5 as the two Western International League teams continued their nine-game series.
Second-place Vancouver won this one in the first inning, scoring six runs, taking full advantage of four bases on balls by Don Hopp.
Righthander Lonnie Myers coasted in from there to register the win although an error by shortstop Chuck Davis cost him four unearned runs in the third inning after singles by Lu Branham, Don Pries and Gale Taylor, a walk to Nap Gully and Chuck Abernathy´s sacrifice.
Branham´s double and Gully´s single in the ninth gave the Tyees their final run before some 500 faces at Royal Athletic Park.
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VICTORIA [Jim Tang, Colonist, May 15]—Victoria Tyees continued to outhit Vancouver Capilanos at Royal Athletic Park last night, but the Caps once more scored most of the runs. They got eight of the 13 to register their fourth straight win in the current nine-game series between the cross-straight WIL rivals and move within a game of the first-place Lewiston Broncs.
The Tyees, unable to find the concentrated attack needed to make up for the shortcomings of their pitching staff, still managed to do most of the hitting. They got 11 safe blows, including a triple and two doubles, as against two doubles and five singles for the Caps—yet it took an error to give them four of their five runs.
As usual, it was bases on balls that cause most of the trouble. Don Hopp, who started the season by winning his first four starts, went down to his second straight defeat chiefly because he couldn’t locate the plate in the first inning.
Hopp walked four Caps before he got the side out for the first time, and all four scored in the six-run inning as Hopp also helped matters by tossing to third base trying for a force throw with Don Pries feet off the bag.
The rookie righthander settled down for the next four innings but gave up two runs in the sixth, when he again started trouble by walking the first batter.
Although only six Caps walked last night, Tyee pitchers have now given up the rather astounding total of 168 bases on balls in 20 games. In view of this, their current .500 rating is almost as amazing.
The Tyees never recovered from that first inning although they had runners on the sacks in all but one inning. Six of their hits were made after two were out and Lonnie Myers, a slim 21-year-old with a good fast ball and good control, always seemed to be able to take charged when he got into any trouble. Manager Cec Garriott had a triple and two singles and Lu Branham, Don Pries and Gale Taylor each had two hits, but there was nothing concentrated about the attack. The Tyees were never able to get successive hits.
Bill Prior, who hasn’t had a starting assignment this season, although probably the closest thing the club has to a “stopper,” set the caps down in order in three fine—but wasted—relief innings.
Garriott shook up the team slightly, sending second-baseman Branham to shortstop, shortstop Jim Clark to the keystone, Nap Gully to left field, Taylor to right field and keeping Bob Moniz on the bench.
Fifth game of the lengthy series is scheduled tonight with Van Fletcher the Vancouver mound choice and Bill Wisneski the probably Tyee pitcher. Business manager Reg Patterson announced last night that the Joe Walcott-Rocky Marciano title fight would be broadcast at the park and that arrangements are being made for a television set for that baseball fans won’t miss out.
Vancouver ...... 600 002 000—8 7 2
Victoria .......... 004 000 001—5 11 2
Myers and Lundberg; Hopp, Prior (7) and Martin.
EDMONTON — Wenatchee Chiefs hurler Charles Oubre held Edmonton Eskimos to five hits to blank Esks 4-0 Thursday night in the first of a four-game Western International League baseball series.
Only one of the five Edmonton hits came with less than two out and Oubre never was in trouble.
Dick Morgan, Edmonton catcher, laced three hits, including a double.
Tom Munos led a nine-hit attack against Larry Manier and Leon Day, Edmonton hurlers, with three-for-five.
Wenatchee ..... 200 010 100-4 9 1
Edmonton ....... 000 000 000—0 5 4
Oubre and Bartolomei; Manier, Day (8) and Morgan.
CALGARY —Yakima Bears got off to a good start in their Western International League baseball series with Calgary Stampeders Thursday night, trouncing the Cowboys 11-5.
The Bears connected for four home runs by Elmer Clow, who planted the first pitch of the game over the left-field fence, Len Noren, Babe Gammino and Bill Maupin. Jerry Cruger and Don Hunter homered for Calgary.
Noren had a perfect night at the plate, hitting four-for-four. Starter Bill Stites was charged with the loss. Jack Rial went the route for the Bears.
Yakima ..... 113 012 003—11 13 3
Calgary .... 001 000 40x— 5 6 3
Rial and Maupin; Stites, Francis (6), Roberts (8) and Bricker.
SALEM, Ore.— Salem and Lewiston split a doubleheader before 4,550 fans here on Thursday night, Salem grabbing the first 3-0 and Glen Tuckett driving home the winning run for Lewiston in the second game, 4-3.
Joe Clardy figured in both of Salem's run-scoring innings in the opner with a triple and a double.
Manager Bill Brenner pitched Lewiston to victory in the second game, which was
scheduled for seven innings.
Lewiston ..... 000 000 000—0 3 1
Salem ......... 100 000 02x—3 4 1
Butler and Neal; Collins and Nelson.
Lewiston ...... 002 010 001—4 9 2
Salem .......... 000 100 200—3 7 2
Brenner and Cameron; Rick, Borst (4), Strombach (8) and Masterson.
KENNEWICK, Wash. — The Tri-City Braves found their batting eye Thursday night for two homers—the first hits longer than a double this season—to defeat Spokane 6-4, in a Western International League baseball game.
Jack Warren hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth to win the game.
The win gave the Braves a 2-1 edge in the three game series.
Spokane ........ 000 001 110—4 6 2
Tri-City ......... 001 002 102—6 11 2
Spring, Cordell (7) and Sheets; Dobernic and Pesut.