W L Pct GB
Lewiston .... 10 2 .893 —
Victoria ..... 8 5 .615 2½
Vancouver .... 7 5 .583 3
Yakima ....... 7 7 .500 4
Tri-City ..... 6 6 .500 4
Edmonton ..... 5 5 .500 4
Spokane ...... 5 8 .385 5½
Wenatchee .... 5 8 .385 5½
Calgary ...... 4 8 .333 6
Salem ........ 3 6 .333 6
LEWISTON, Idaho — The Lewiston Broncs turned almost every ball that came their way into a hit Thursday night in thumping Yakima 26-1 to win their Western International League baseball series with the Bears 2-1.
Three Yakima reliefers went to the mound to try to put out the fire after starter Hal Flynn gave up four walks in a row and then a home run to Ken Richardson in the second inning. But none was immune from the Broncs' hitting. Lewiston racked up 23 hits.
They scored 10 runs in the second frame and came back in the third for seven more, on three walks and seven hits. Duwain Chipman, taking over the mound for Yakima at the end of the third, held them scoreless through the fourth inning, but gave up two doubles, two singles and two walks in the fifth for four more runs. Then Dick Neal homered in the sixth to account for two of three runs in that frame.
Yakima ........ 000 000 100— 1 5 2
Lewiston ..... 0(10)7 043 02x—26 23 1
Flynn, Locke (2), Young (3), Chipman (3), Creech (8) and Day, Mountainet (5); Marshall and Cameron, Neal (6).
VANCOUVER — Starting off with five runs in the first inning, Salem Senators swamped Vancouver Capilanos 8-2 here Thursday in the opener of a four-game Western International baseball series.
Senators took their first-inning runs on five base hits and three Vancouver errors. Most of the hits were of the infield variety but the field was in bad shape after heavy rain earlier in the day and the Cap fielders did some costly slithering.
Salem came through with another run in the second, Gene Tanselli hitting a triple and scoring after a fly to right field by Connie Perez, and in the third Cap starter Bud Guldborg was lifted for Lonnie Myers.
Salem ........... 510 000 200 — 8 13 2
Vancouver ... 000 010 010 — 2 8 3
Hemphill and Masterson; Guldborg, Myers (3) and Lundberg.
SPOKANE — Edmonton Eskimos broke open a scoreless game with two runs in the seventh inning last night to down Spokane Indians 4-1 and sweep their three-game Western International League baseball series with the Indians.
Dick Morgan and playing-manager Bob Sturgeon got on base in the seventh and scored on fly balls by John Cohant for the margin of victory.
Eskimos added two more runs in the ninth inning on two walks and Sam Kanelos' triple to center field.
Three double-plays by Edmonton infielders held Indians to one run, in the eighth inning, as John Conant went the distance to register the victory for Edmonton
Spokane starter Bill Franks went down to defeat.
Edmonton .. 000 000 202 — 4 9 1
Spokane ..... 000 000 010 — 1 6 0
Conant and Morgan; Franks, Worth (6), Cordell (7) and Sheets.
VICTORIA [Colonist, May 8]—Victoria Tyees frittered away some of their best scoring chances at Royal Athletic Park last night, then lost in the 10th inning, 7-6, as Tri-City Braves snapped their winning streak at four games and ended their undefeated record at home at six games.
The Tyees remained in second place with Vancouver Capilanos losing to Salem. However, Lewiston Broncs increased their lead to two and a half games by blasting Yakima Bears.
MISS BIG CHANCE
Bases on balls, base-running chances that didn’t work, an untimely error and, most of all, failure to cash in on a none-out bases-loaded opportunity in the ninth cost the Tyees victory. But it was again spectator entertainment with runners on the bags at all times and extra innings for the second straight game.
Starter Bill Wisneski and his relief, Berlyn Hodges and Bill Prior, held the Braves to six hits but the Tyees put 17 Braves on the base paths through 14 bases on balls, two errors and a hit batsman. Four of the 17 scored and two other runners were forced in by walks. Wisneski was the chief offender, walking 12 and hitting one and was lucky to escape with the defeat, which went to Prior through an unearned run in the tenth.
Led by Gale Taylor, who batted in four runs with a triple and two singles, the Tyees twice overtook the Braves and went ahead, 6-3, with two runs in the seventh. But Wisneski started off the eighth by hitting Terry Carroll. Singles by Ray Tran and pinch-hitter Rufe Johnson and walks to Vic Buccola and Len Tran after Edo Vanni had failed to sacrifice saw the Braves score twice and have the bases loaded for Hodgesm who was in the bullpen half a dozen times before finally waved to the mound.
Hodges had to face the hard-hitting Jack Warren and got the big outfielder with a beautiful called third strike. He allowed a run to score by wild-pitching, walked Nick Pesut and then ended the inning by getting Tom Marrier on an outfield loft. The young southpaw didn’t let a ninth-inning error upset him and the Tyees came to bat in their half with the score tied 6-6.
Relief pitcher Buck Tanner walked Chuck Abernathy and Gale Taylor to start the inning and then Cec Garriott called on his bench. Jim Clark batted for Herman Charles and laid a beautiful bunt down the third-base line which refused to roll foul.
That loaded them up and left everyone confident that the needed run would result. But the Tri-City outfield moved in close and Vanni was able to get to pinch-hitter Nap Gully’s line drive and Carroll had no trouble getting under pinch-hitter Lou Branham’s short fly. The Tyees elected to gamble again here and Abernathy was an easy out trying to score after the catch.
DIDN’T PAY OFF
It was their fourth base-running failure. In the second, with one run in, no one out, and runners on second and first, Taylor was thrown out trying to steal third and the rally ended there. Martin hit the third of four Tyee triples in the third but was out at the plate as Wisneski missed bunting on an attempted squeeze play. And, in the seventh, after leading off with a walk, Garriott was cut down at second for the first out. The Tyees scored twice later in the inning.
An error by Ron Odekirk, moved to second base in the wholesale shifts for the 10th inning, a base on balls and Pesut’s third hit gave Tri-City its winning run, but the Tyees threatened in their half. Don Pries doubled with one out and Vanni took a chance as he walked Garriott intentionally to put the winning run on base. The strategy worked as Bob Moniz, hitless in his last 10 trips, flew out, and Abernathy fouled to Buccola.
Pries pulled off the fielding gem of the game in the seventh as he prevented what might have been a big inning with two fine catches, one behind first base and the second in centre field. Vanni took a double off Pries in the sixth with a neat stab of a line smash.
The same clubs meet again tonight with Bob Drilling due to get his first start for the Tyees.
Tri-City ……….. 002 010 003 1 — 7 6 0
Victoria ………… 011 020 200 0 — 6 13 2
Snyder, Tanner (3) and Pesut; Wisneski, Hodges (6), Prior (10) and Martin, Brusa (10).
WENATCHEE — Calgary's catcher, Don Bricker, singled home the winning run as the visitors scored three times in the ninth inning Thursday to defeat Wenatchee 6-3 in a Western International League game.
Ed Kapp, who was sold to Calgary by the Chiefs shortly-before the season opened, scattered eight hits for his second victory of the season.
Calgary ......... 012 000 003 — 6 11 0
Wenatchee .... 300 000 000 — 3 8 2
Kapp and Bricker; Amaya and Cuitti.