Stars Win One and Almost Another
VANCOUVER - A late rally came up short in the second game for the Yakima Stars, and they had to settle for a split of the Western International League opener with Vancouver on Thursday.
The Stars won the first match, 6-2, while the Capilanos took the second, 8-7.
Hal Saltzman made his Vancouver debut and quickly gave up four runs in the first inning, which was all the Stars needed.
John Cordell tossed a six hitter in the opener, Frank Mullens' two-run single in the first inning causing the only damage against him.
Gordon Goldsberry aided Cordell with a two-run single, while Buddy Phillips smacked a solo homer.
Mullens did some damage in the nightcap. Jack Meister struck him out in the first inning, but didn't in the fourth. The former Capilano grooved a fastball to Mullens, who took it over the centre-field fence and a grand-slam home run that put Vancouver ahead 7-2. The Caps added another in the eighth on two walks and Meister's wild pitch.
But the Stars put three quick runs on the board in the eighth. Carl Gunnarson was pulled in favour of Bob Snyder, who struck out Harlond Clift and Les Barnes to end the innning.
Snyder allowed a two-out homer to Henry Robinson to move the Stars to within a run, but struck out Phillips to end the game.
Mullens had a grand-slam home run in the fourth inning, his 22nd round-tripper of the year, good for 93 RBIs this season.
Yakima .......... 402 000 0—6 8 3
Vancouver ..... 200 000 0—2 6 2
Cordell and Constantine, Phillips (6); Saltzman and Stumpf.
Yakima ......... 000 210 031—7 10 3
Vancouver ... 012 400 10x—8 7 4
Meister, Romple (8) and Phillips; Gunnarson, Snyder (8) and Brenner, Stumpf (4).
Athletics Fumble Another One Away
SPOKANE, July 31 - For the second night in a row, the Victoria Athletics were charged with five errors as they gave the Spokane Indians a 3-2 win in the opener of their Western International League series at Ferris Field.
Three of the errors were by John Cavalli and responsible for the first two runs off Joe Blankenship, who left 13 Indians stranded in a valiant attempt for his tenth pitching victory.
Blankenship closed the door after two tainted Spokane runs in the second until the ninth, when the Indians loaded the bags after two were out. Doug Donnan then produced a game-winning single to send the noisy crowd of 3,200 home happy.
John Hooper walked, stole second and counted on Vic Mastro's single in the fourth and Victoria tied it in the second when Mastro beat out a bunt, advanced to third on two infield outs and scored on Leo Righetti's single.
Victoria ......... 000 100 100—2 4 5
Spokane ........ 020 000 001—3 9 1
Blankenship and Anske, Mastro (9); Werbowsku and O'Neill.
WENATCHEE, July 31 - Big Lou Estes, outfielder, in his first appearance for Wenatchee after purchase from Vancouver Wednesday was a one-man wrecking crew in the Chiefs' 7-2 win over Bremerton tonight.
Estes got a home run with one on base, a double, two singles and a walk in five trips to the plate. He drove in four runs and scored two himself, and his extra base hits were the only ones of the game.
Lou McCollum spaced ten hits to take the win, with four double plays helping him.
Wenatchee ........ 202 001 200—7 13 2
Bremerton ........ 000 000 101—2 10 2
McCollum and Winter; Johnston, Ahearn (8) and Volpi,
TACOMA, July 31 - Salem Senators scored eight runs against Tacoma in the fourth to take a 9-3 lead, but could not hold the clawing Tigers and eventually dropped a 10-9 decision as Stan Gilson came up with a flossy relief chore and Guy Miller came through with the winning single in the seventh.
Salem ............ 100 800 000— 9 13 2
Tacoma ........ 120 051 10x—10 11 4
Wyatt, Sporer (5) and Beard; Tinsley, Gilson (4) and Clifford, Kuper (7).