Blankenship Again Hurls Win for A's
WENATCHEE - Rushed to the relief of a faltering Victoria pitching staff for the fourth time in nine days, overworked Joe Blankenship camed up with his third win tonight as he checked the Wenatchee Chiefs with one run in the last four innings after putting down an uprising in the fifth. His teammates rallied in the closing innings to score a 13-7 Western International League triumph.
Bob Jensen once more failed to survive two innings, going to the showers after four Wenacthee runners had scored. Ray Fortier then took over and again had trouble and had to give way to Blankenship.
Victoria scored three runs in each of the second and fifth frames to take a momentary 6-4 lead but the Chiefs tied it up in their half of the fifth as Fortier went to the showers. They went ahead in the sixth when Blankenship gave up his only run.
Teeing off on Tom Rose, the A's went ahead in the seventh with another trio of runs and then made it certain by scoring twice in each of the last two innings.
Leo Righetti, who jumped hit batting average ten points, led Victoria's 16-hit assault with a perfect night at the plate. He connection for three singles and a double. Pat Patterson, John Cavalli and Bill White all cracked out home runs, the first two coming with a man on.
The contest was played in a steady mist.
Victoria .......... 030 030 322—13 16 4
Wenatchee ..... 220 021 000— 7 11 3
Jensen, Fortier (2), Blankenship (5) and Master; Waltho, Rose (5), McCollum (8) and Dalrymple.
Bremerton ........ 135 00—9 9 1
Yakima ............. 000 00—0 2 0
Marshall and Volpi; Nowels and Constantino.
(five innings due to rain)
First game: seven innings
Tacoma ......... 310 000 0—4 13 0
Spokane ........ 000 102 2—5 8 0
Morgan, Greenlaw (7) and Kuper; Latino and O'Neill.
Tacoma ........ 000 304 050—12 15 5
Spokane ....... 430 323 00x—15 12 2
Gilson, Greenlaw (6) and Kuper; Costello, Forsyth (8) and O'Neill.
Vancouver at Salem, double-header, rained out.