W L PCT GB
Spokane ..... 16 7 .696 —
Salem ....... 14 7 .667 1
Lewiston .... 11 9 .550 3½
Yakima ...... 12 12 .500 5
Calgary ..... 11 11 .500 4½
Vancouver ... 11 11 .500 4½
Tri-City .... 11 12 .478 5
Edmonton ..... 9 13 .409 6½
Wenatchee .... 8 14 .364 7½
Victoria ..... 8 14 .364 7½
VANCOUVER [Keith Matthews, News-Herald, July 22]—It was, as someone suggested, a fine night for a baseball game. It was a pity, as a few of the 1400-odd fans suggested sometime later, that very little baseball was played on this weird, uncanny evening.
Tri-City won the “thing”, 9-5, bursting out with more base hits at the right time than the Capilanos and many, many less errors.
A steady parade of pitchers was put on view for the fans, and if nothing else, they got a full look at both staffs. Jess Dobernic, an old Coast League reliever, did a great job of relieving for the Braves and rightfully picked up the win. Pete Hernandez, who had one of his infrequent bad nights, got his fourth setback.
5 STRAIGHT HITS
Tri-City stamped Hernandez out of the game in the third inning when they made five straight hits good for five runs. In so doing the Braves overcame a 2-1 Vancouver lead and made the Caps come to them—which the townies attempted to do in gallant, but insignificant manner.
Vancouver touched Don Robertson, the second Tri-City pitcher, for two runs in the fourth and put him on the hook for keeps in the fifth with another run and bases loaded and one out situation.
GREAT IN RELIEF
That was when Jess Dobernic came out of the bullpen, and it was an unfortunate sight for Vancouver, for Jess once appeared in 55 Coast League ball games as a reliever and did such a tremendous job of it that he earned himself a shot with the Chicago Cubs. In other words, the guy is great at picking up where somebody else couldn’t finish off.
Jess stopped the Caps cold with four and two-thirds innings of one-hit relief ball. It was enough for the old timer’s 10th win of the year and Vancouver’s first loss in this series.
Tonight the clubs mix it again in a pair of games starting at 7 o’clock and for the first time this season a favorite ex-Capilano, Bob Snyder, will be appearing against his old club.
Bob will pitch in the second game with Don Robertson going in the other for the Braves. Van Fletcher and Bobby Roberts will offer the local opposition. The Little Leaguers will be on view, too, with a baseball school between games by Milwaukee Braves’ chief West Coast scout, Bill Marshall.
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VANCOUVER — Six pitchers saw action Tuesday night as the Tri-City Braves, collecting five runs in a big third inning, grabbed a 9-5 Western International League baseball victory over the Vancouver Capilanos.
Pete Hernandez was tagged with the loss, his fourth against 11 wins. He gave up a four straight hits, starting with a double and a triple, in the third inning. Before it was over, five runs had scored.
Frank Mascaro was a bright spot for Vancouver, with a couple of doubles.
Tri-City ............ 015 100 110—9 14 1
Vancouver ........ 110 210 000—5 9 3
Hedgecock, Robertson (2), Dobernic (5) and Warren; Hernandez, MacKay (3), Gunnarson (9) and Leavitt.
EDMONTON — The Edmonton Eskimos launched their first home stand in the second half of the Western International League baseball schedule Tuesday night with an 11-5 victory over the Wenatchee Chiefs.
The win gave Esks eighth place, a position they had shared with Chiefs. Paid attendance was 2,868.
Credit for the victory went to Ray McNulty, hurling his 10th win of the season against five losses. He needed help in the ninth inning afier Ross McCormack hit a three-run homer over the right-field wall.
Edmonton routed Wenatchee's starting pitcher, Keith Bowman, with two runs in the second inning and a six-run splurge in the third.
Dick Morgan and Dan Prentice paced Edmonton's 15-hit attack with three blows each. Lyle Palmer and Don Stanford each hit three for the Chiefs.
Wenatchee .... 000 020 003— 5 10 3
Edmonton ...... 026 000 03x—11 15 0
Bowman, De Carolis (3) and Bartolomei; McNulty, Day (9) and Morgan.
CALGARY — Despite a blast by Calgary Stampeders which saw three home runs off the first five pitched balls, Yakima Bears edged the Cowboys 4-3 Tuesday night in a Western Internaonal Baseball League game.
Bears counted singles in the first and second innings, then completed the score with Herman Lewis' two-run homer in the third. Great defensive play protected the slim lead.
Ken Whitehead put the first ball pitched by Ted Edmunds of Yakima over the centre-field fence to start the Stampeders. Jim Mellinger connected for the second, driving it out of the park in about the same direction. Rocky Tedesco let two pitches go by and then slammed the third over the centre wall.
Yakima ......... 102 110 000—4 7 2
Calgary ......... 300 000 000—3 11 0
Edmunds, Del Sarto (9), Rial (9) and Novick; Kapp and Bricker.
LEWISTON, Idaho— The first division race of the Western International League tightened up here Tuesday night as third-place Lewiston beat second-place Salem 6-3.
Broncs were outhit by the Senators nine to eight but Lewiston combined extra base hits with Salem errors to jump to an early lead.
Lewiston manager Bill Brenner's knuckle ball was working well as he scattered Salem's runs and then pitched shutout ball for the final four innings. His record is now 15-6.
Gene Tanselli accounted for two of Salem's three runs, getting on base with a triple in the first and a single in the fifth inning.
Salem ........... 100 110 000—3 9 3
Lewiston ....... 230 000 01x—6 8 2
Collins, Borst (2) and Nelson; Brenner and Cameron.
VICTORIA—The hit-happy Victoria Tyees slammed 22 hits off four Spokane pitchers in racking up a 23-9 triumph over the Spokane Indians in WIL baseball on Wednesday.
The hits included six doubles, a triple and three home runs as Bob Drilling coasted to his eighth win in 20 decisions.
Each of the starting players picked up at least one hit and shortstop Jim Clark was the only starter not gaining credit for an RBI.
Outfielders Dwane Helbig and Granny Gladstone each added six RBIs to their totals. Gladstone had a pair of singles, a double and a bases-loaded homer. Helbig blasted home runs in each of the fifth and sixth innings and barely missed another with a double in the second that just failed to clear the centre field fence.
Lu Branham poked three singles in five trips and Don Pries poled two doubles and a single in six trips. Drillling doubled his hit total for the season with a single and a double.
Spokane .......... 003 040 002— 9 19 2
Victoria ........... 191 063 03x—23 22 1
New, Nemes (2), Osborn (3), Command (5) and Sheets, Ogle (5); Drilling and Martin.