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C-4Baseball THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER Sunday, October 13, 1991 RM03 League Championship Series A Puckett, Morris key assaul Pittsburgh to toss Tomlin at Atlanta .V' - - A .A T w the eighth. Mack hit a sacrifice in the ninth for the Twins' final run. Borders, who had three hits, doubled in another Toronto run in the sixth. Toronto was finally able to solve Chuck Knoblauch, who entered the game 6-for-12. He was hitless in five at-bats. But that was a small victory, indeed, for the Blue Jays. "We've always played well on the road," Knoblauch said. "I'm not surprised in what we did. We have good pitching and when we get 'that, our offense will come around sooner or later." How the runs scored BLUE JAYS' SECOND: Olerud popped out to shortstop Gagne. Gruber lined out to sett fielder Gladden. Maldonado singled to center. On Morris's wild pitch, Mai-donsdo to second. Borders singled to center, Maldonado scored. Lee grounded out to first baseman Hrbek. 1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 1f tt en. Blue Jays 1, Twins 0. TWINS' FOURTH: Puckett homered to center on 14 count. Hrbek flied out to center fielder While. Davis doubled to right. Harper grounded out to shortstop Lee, Davis to third Mack walked. Pagliarulo singled to center, Davis scored, Mack to third. Gagne hit by pilch, Pagliarulo to second. Gladden singled to right, Mack and Pagliarulo scored, Gagne to third. WeHs relieved Stottlemyre. Gladden stole second. Knoblauch struck out. 4 runs, 4 hits, 0 errors, 2 left en. Twins 4, Blue Jays I TWINS' SIXTH: Harper doubled down the left Held line. Mack grounded out to shortstop Lee. Pagliarulo doubled to left center, Harper scored. Acker relieved Wells. Gagne struck out. Gladden singled to left center, Pagliarulo scored. Knoblauch grounded into fielder's choice, shortstop Lee to second baseman Alomar, Gladden forced at second. 2 runs, 1 hits, 0 errors, 1 left on. Twins 4, Blue Jays I BLUE JAYS' SIXTH: Olerud filed out to left fielder Gladden. Gruber doubled to left. Maldonado grounded out to shortstop Gagne, Gruber to third. Borders doubled down the left field line, Gruber scored. Lee grounded out to shortstop Gagne. 1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 left on. Twins 4, Blue Jays 2. TWINS' SEVENTH: Timlin pitching. Puckett singled to pitcher. Hrbek grounded out to second baseman Alomar, Puckett to second. Davis intentionally walked. Harper safe on fielder's choice attempt, Puckett to third, Davis to second, and on third baseman Gruber's throwing error, Puckett scored, Davis to third. Mack struck out. Pagliarulo flied out to right fielder Maldonado. 1 run, 1 tilt, 1 error, 2 left on. Twins J, Blue Jays 2. TWINS' EIGHTH: Gagne struck out. Gladden singled past shortstop. Knoblauch safe on shortstop Lee's throwing error. Gladden to third. Puckett hit sacrifice fly to second baseman Alomar, Gladden scored, Knoblauch to second Hrbek Hied out to left fielder Wilson. I run, 1 hit, 1 error, 1 left on. Twins I, Blue Jays I TWINS' NINTH: MacDonakt pitching. Davis doubled to right. Brown ran for Davis. Harper flied out to right fielder Maldonado, Brown to third. Mack hit sacrifice fly to center fielder White, Brown scored. Leius, pinch hitting for Pagliarulo, walked. Gagne flied out to center fielder White. 1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 left en. Twins 9, Blue Jays I BLUE JAYS' NINTH: Leius to third base, batting 8th. Bedrosian pitching. Multiniks, pinch hitting for Lee, walked. Wilson struck out. White singled to shortstop, Mulliniks to second and to third on shortstop Gagne's throwing error. Alomar singled to center, Mulliniks scored, White to second. Carter struck out. Olerud lined out to second baseman Knoblauch. 1 run, 2 hits, 1 error, 2 left on. Twins 9, Blue Jays 3. . , 1 ' , - 7 ,V iff tWllrff I II l l l I I ' l II mmmmmh (m The Associated PressHans Deryk Twins pitcher Jack Morris weathers a trying moment during the early stages of the game. Morris, however, settled down to dominate the Blue Jays and earn his second victory in the ALCS. New dad speechless PITTSBURGH Pirates manager Jim Leyland was so happy about becoming a father that he couldn't say anything, his mother-in-law said. Leyland's wife, Katie, gave birth at 3:20 p.m. Friday to a son, Patrick James Leyland, who weighed 7 pounds, 2 ounces. The proud father was too choked up to speak, said Mrs. Leyland's mother, Laverne O'Connor, who answered the telephone at the Leyland home. "You know him. He was crying. He was so excited. He couldn't say anything," Mrs. O'Connor said. Two years ago, the Leylands had a stillborn-son, Braves mania A local barber college was giving free haircuts outside the stadium Saturday. The only hitch was you had to agree to have the letter A or a tomahawk carved into your hair. When rap star M.C. Hammer entered the Braves' locker room after the game, somebody told him to take Deion Sanders' locker. "Where is it?" Hammer asked. "No that can't be it. There are no lights around it." Turner enjoys spotlight ATLANTA Ted Turner finally got to see the Braves win a playoff game in Atlanta. Turner, who bought the Braves in 1976 and is chairman of Turner Broadcasting System, had a front-row seat for Atlanta's 10-3 victory over Pittsburgh. "I've had the team for 17 years and we've never won a playoff game, only been in the playoffs once. This is very, very exciting," he said when interviewed by CBS. "We're going to have the Olympics in a few years and it's a clean, nice city. But it's been called loserville for good reason because no one has ever won a pro sports title here." THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ATLANTA Doug Drabek is out and Randy Tomlin is in as the starting pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates in Game 4 of the NL playoffs today against the Atlanta Braves. Tomlin, a left-hander, was chosen Saturday after Pittsburgh manager Jim Leyland watched Drabek, who injured his right hamstring in the opener, throw in the outfield. Tomlin (8-7) will face Charlie Leibrandt (15-13). Leyland was forced to go with Tomlin instead of Drabek, who suffered a pulled left hamstring in the Pirates' 5-1 victory Wednesday night when he tried to stretch a double into a triple. "He's still iffy," Leyland said of Drabek before Saturday's third game. Drabek limited the Braves to three hits in six innings in the opener. Leyland said if Drabek cannot go in Game 5 Monday night, Bob Walk probably would start. Tomlin, 25, in his second full year with the Pirates, only pitched two scoreless innings against the Braves this season. "I'm excited," Tomlin said. "It's a great opportunity. "I'm looking forward to seeing the crowd. I've seen it on TV. Now it's going to be exciting for real." For Leibrandt, pitching in a playoff game before a big crowd will not be new. The left-hander pitched in the NL playoffs in 1979 with Cincinnati and 1984-85 with Kansas City, posting a 1-3 record. Leibrandt has had a roller-coaster season this year. Recently, after winning six in a row, he has not lasted past the fifth inning in his final two starts. "I think I was a little out of sync, out of rhythm," he said. "And I was falling behind a lot. When I'm throwing the ball well, I'm constantly ahead of the hitters." i rud to ground out. Carter, who suffered a strained ligament in his right ankle while crashing into the right-field fence in Game 3, was unable to play defensively and was the designated hitter. Toronto's top offensive threat looked overmatched against Morris. He struck out twice and grounded out weakly to third base two times. He also struck out against reliever Steve Bedrosian in the ninth. "I'm in a lot of pain," Carter admitted. "But I still feel I can help the team." With Carter ineffective, Morris was never in serious trouble. Unlike his victory in Game 1, when he lost all but one run of a 5-0 lead, he remained in control throughout Game 4. Bedrosian finished up in the ninth inning, allowing an unearned run on Roberto Alomar's RBI single. Pagliarulo, who won Game 3 with a lOth-inning homer, continued to produce with a run-scoring double in the sixth. Kelly Gruber's third error of the series helped the Twins add a run in the seventh and shortstop Manuel Lee's error led to a run in the third out. With Chili Davis on with a double, Stottlemyre walked Shane Mack, was touched for a run-scoring single by Mike Pagliarulo, hit Greg Gagne with a pitch and then gave up a bloop two-run single to Dan Gladden. Gladden's hit broke an 0-for-12 streak after he had singled in his first two at-bats in the series. He later added another run-scoring single. That was plenty of support for Morris on a night when he was in command of all his pitches against a Toronto lineup that has been stagnant throughout the series. "Everyone enjoys playing behind Jack when he's in command like that," Gladden said. "For some reason, we seem to pick our level up a little bit behind him." Toronto took a 1-0 lead on Pat Borders' RBI single in the second inning. But just as they had the night before, the Blue Jays missed an opportunity to expand their lead. Devon White and Roberto Alomar singled and then executed a double steal with one out in the third. But Morris struck out Carter on three pitches and got John Ole- Four-run 4th decisive BY MIKE KLOCKE Gannett News Service TORONTO It's there for the taking now, a chance for the Minnesota Twins to wrap up the all-indoor American League Championship Series right here in Toronto. Jack Morris won his second game of the series and Kirby Puckett started the key four-run fourth inning with a home run as the Twins beat the Toronto Blue Jays, 9-3, on Saturday night to take a 3-1 playoffs lead. "You get those four runs and get a little breathing room I got after them at that point," Morris said. "I threw the ball well in some tough situations." In the deafening din of their own Metrodome and the stark silence of the SkyDome, the Twins have taken command and appear intent on sending struggling Toronto to its third ALCS defeat in seven years. Having lost two straight at the SkyDome, the Blue Jays are expected to send to the mound for Game 5 (4:12 p.m. EDT, CBS) Tom Candiotti, who was ripped mercilessly by the Twins in Game 1, instead of Game 2 winner Juan Guzman. Kevin Tapani will try to pitch the clincher for Minnesota. "I'm still going to go with Candiotti tomorrow," said Toronto manager Cito Gaston. "Even if Guzman won tomorrow, we'd still have to come back and win the next two. I know in '85 we were up 3-1 and couldn't win another ball-game (against Kansas City in ALCS)." As Todd Stottlemyre struggled during the Twins' four-run fourth inning and a game-but-hobbled Joe Carter flailed almost helplessly at the plate, the dire situation for the Blue Jays came into focus. Toronto must not only win today, but also would need two wins at the Metrodome where the Twins were supposed to have their advantage. And because of Saturday's lopsided score, Rick Aguilera and the Minnesota bullpen which has allowed only one unearned run in the series will be fresh for Game 5. Trailing, 1-0, Puckett started Minnesota's fourth inning with a 426-foot homer to center. Things got progressively worse for Stottlemyre, who simply could not get NL CONTINUED FROM PAGE C-l runs during the regular season. "It's hard to say why. The infield is quick here, almost like artificial turf, and the fan support means a lot." The day did not begin auspiciously for the Braves when Orlando Merced homered for the Pirates on the first pitch. "It was a rude awakening," said Atlanta starter John Smoltz. "Oh, my God," Olson said to himself. "It's going to be a long day." After the Braves' four-run first, though, the game began to drag for Pittsburgh. The Pirates mounted several threats and even brought the tying run to the plate in the eighth inning but they could never put together a decent rally. They left 11 men on base, including five on second and one on third. And when Braves reliever Alejandro Pena got Merced to foul to Olson and Jay Bell to take a third strike with the bases loaded in the eighth, the Pirates were done. "That could have been a rough inning if we didn't get out of it," said Atlanta manager Bobby Cox. Fastball, said Pena, when asked what he retired Merced on. Fastball, he repeated, when asked about Bell, who had homered his previous time at-bat. Pena is now a perfect 12 for 12 in save situations since coming to the Braves from the Mets Aug. 29. "There's not a whole lot of strategy when Alejandro is out there," said Olson. "It's fastball batter against fastball pitcher. Today, the fastball pitcher won." Smoltz was not at his sharpest, giving up eight hits and two walks in 6Vi innings. He had been battling a cold for four days. Worse, he was troubled by a pitching shoulder that pops out of its socket occasionally. "The best way I can describe it is that I'm very loose-jointed," said Smoltz. "I can take my arm and stretch it in ways that most pitch-, ers can't. By no means, though,1 , has it hindered the way I've been able to throw. I just had a tough time loosening up today." Said Cox: "It wasn't his best. But it was a good, gutty performance.. He always came back and Puckett's power, a Twin blessing MINNESOTA Gladden If Knoblauch 2b Puckett cf Hrbek lb CDavis dh JBrown dh Harper c Mackrf Pagliarulo 3b Leius 3b Gagne ss Totals Minnesota Toronto TORONTO abrhbi 5 1 3 3 While cf 5 0 0 0 R Alomar 2b 4 2 3 2 Carter dh 5 0 0 0 Olerud lb 4 12 0 Gruber 3b 0 10 0 CnMaldonadorf 5 1 1 0 Borders c 3 111 MnLeess 4 2 2 2 Mulliniks ph 0 0 0 0 MWilsontf 4 0 10 39 913 I Totals abrhbi 5 0 2 0 5 0 2 1 5 0 0 0 5 0 10 4 110 4 110 4 0 3 2 3 0 0 0 0 10 0 3 0 10 31 311 1 000 402 Hl-9 ON Ml 001-1 E-Gogne (1), Gruber (3), MnLee (I). LOB-Minne-sota 9, Toronto 10. 2B-CDavis 2 (2), Harper (2), Pagliarulo (I), Gruber (1), Borders (I). HR-Puckett (1). SB-Gladden (2), White (2), RAtomer (2). CS-Gagne (I). SF-Puckett, Mack. IP H R ER BB SO Minnesota Morris W,24 S 9 2 Bedrosian I 2 1 Toronto Stottlemyre L,0-1 3 7 4 Wells 1 Vs , 2 2 Acker V) 1 0 Timlin 1 2 2 MacDonakt 1 1111 HBP-by Stottlemyre (Gagne). WP-Morrls 2. UmpiresHome, Welke; First, ReiHy; Second, McKean; Third, Barnett; Lett, Johnson; Right, Roe. T 3:15. A 51,526. The Associated Press after his three-run home run in man Llnd, Olson to third, Lemke to second. Bream homered to right on 0-1 count, Olson, Lemke and Bream scored. Mitchell Wed out to center fielder Van Slyke. Pendteton safe on shortstop Bell's throwing error. Gant struck out. 3 runs, 1 hit, 1 error, 1 left en. Braves M, Pirates X Atlanta's Sid Bream is congratulated by Greg Olson and Mark Lemke the eighth. Carter struck out three times, once with runners on second and third, and twice grounded weakly to third base. He stranded five runners in all. Blue Jays stay upbeat The Blue Jays are facing a difficult task in trying to overcome a three games-to-one deficit, but they aren't showing any signs of despair. "We've had pressure on us all season. Why get down now? It's not over," said catcher Pat Borders Reliever Mike Timlin added, "The percentages say it's tough to come back from 3-1. Percentages don't always work out. We'll try to beat the percentages." The Minnesota Twins, moreover, aren't taking their lead for granted either. "There is no danger of over-confidence on this team. We celebrate for a little while, then we go back to work," said Hrbek. Kelly image update The national media are discovering a new, charming Tom Kelly. The Minnesota manager, who in the past has been uncomfortable with reporters, has been taking lessons this season from a media consultant. The result: Reporters are seeing a fun side of Kelly that previously was hidden to all but friends and his Twins players. "I don't think you guys know him like we know him," Kent Hrbek told a cluster of reporters Saturday. "He doesn't like that part of the game. He doesn't like talking too much. He's gotten a lot better, I think." Kelly, on what he would be doing if he weren't in baseball: "Probably shoveling manure on a farm." Any farm in particular? "Any farm that would take me." THE ASSOCIATED PRESS TORONTO Things are right again for the Minnesota Twins. They're a game away from the World Series and Kirby Puckett is at the center of the action. Puckett had three hits the biggest a leadoff homer that started a four-run fourth inning. "It got us going and we scored four runs," Minnesota's Kent Hrbek said. "It got us fired up. And after we came back, we got the crowd out of it a little bit. We even got them booing, which is one thing you like to do, make the crowd work for you." Puckett wasn't about to get himself in a dander about going l-for-7 in the first two games of the series. In the last two games, however, he's gone 5-for-9 with three RBI. "A lot of people were talking about l-for-7. I don't worry about that," said Puckett, a career .320 hitter who batted .319 this season. "I work too hard to worry. If it's meant to be, it's going to happen. Some days it's going to be there, some days it's not. In six of my first seven at-bats, it wasn't. Now I think I'm doing OK." Ping-Pong, flop-flop After Toronto's Joe Carter strained a ligament in his right ankle while trying to climb the wall to catch Shane Mack's triple in Friday's 3-2 loss, Carter said he had too little range to play his customary right field position. So he was the Blue Jays' designated hitter. "Being DH, I just have to go in between at-bats and play Ping-Pong, stay loose," Carter said. "That's just something I've developed." Ping-Pong? "I really don't like DHing," said Carter, who demonstrated it by going 0-for-5 in Saturday's 9-3 loss. "Sitting on the bench, it's like having a day off. I go in there just to stay active. The clubhouse guy's a pretty good Ping-Pong player. I haven't beaten him yet." PITTSBURGH ATLANTA abrhbi abrhbi Merced lb 5 111 LoSmthlf 3 10 0 RoRdgip 0 0 0 0 KIMilchelllf 100 0 JBellss 5 13 1 Pendleton3b 5 0 2 1 VnSlykecf 3 0 10 Gantcf 5 2 2 1 Bonilla rl 5 0 0 0 Justice rt 3 111 Bonds If 5 110 Hunter lb 4 111 Buechele 3b 4 0 2 0 Pena p 0 0 0 0 LaVaHerec 2 0 0 0 Olsonc 3 3 2 2 Slaught c 10 10 Lemke 2b 2 10 0 Lind2b 4 0 11 Blivdss 3 0 11 Smiley p 0 0 0 0 Smolti p 3 0 10 Espy oh lOOOStantonp 0 0 0 0 BLandrump 0 0 0 0 Wohlers p 0 0 0 0 Varsho ph 1 0 0 0 Bream lb 1113 Patterson p 0 0 0 0 Wlkersonph 100 0 Kipper p 0 0 0 0 McClendon lb 0 0 0 0 Total 37 3 10 3 Totals 33101110 Pittsburgh M0 100 NO- J Atlanta 411 000 I3i-Ki made a pitch. It wasn't a bad start ... it just wasn't his best." The day was another disappointment for the Pirates' power trio of Barry Bonds, Bobby Bonilla and Andy Van Slyke, who were a combined 2 for 13 with no runs batted in. Bonds, a disaster in last year's playoff loss to Cincinnati, is hitting .182 in this series and doesn't have an RBI or an extra-base hit. "That's the difference," Justice said. "We clutched up today. We got the hits when we needed them. If they had clutched up like we did, this would have been a very close game." As for Smiley, he couldn't last" into the third inning even though he had won his last seven decisions and hadn't lost on the road since July. "We got beat up pretty good today," said Pirates manager Jim Leyland. "You just can't let them put two and three runs on the board at a time. We did not look like a good team today." How the runs scored PIRATES' FIRST: Merced homered to center on 0-0 count. Ben singled to right. Van Slyke popped out to first baseman Hunter. Bonilla fHed out to center fielder Gant. Bonds tiled out to right fielder Justice. 1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 left on. Pirates 1, Braves 0. BRAVES' FIRST: L.Smith struck out. Pendleton fouled out to second baseman Llnd. Gant doubled to right. Justice doubled down the left field line, Gant scored. Hunter doubled down the left field line, Justice scored. Olson homered to left center on 2-2 count, Hunter and Olson scored. Lemke popped out to second baseman Llnd. 4 runs, 4 hits, 0 errors, 0 left on. Braves 4, Pirates I BRAVES' SECOND: BeMard Ikied out to second baseman Lmd Smolti struck out. L Smith hit by pitch. LSmith sate on third, though caught stealing, on first baseman Merced's fielding error. Pendleton doubled to right center, LSmith scored. Gant popped out to shortstop Bell. 1 run, 1 hM, I error, 1 left on. Braves 5, Pirates I BRAVES' THIRD: Landrum pitching, batting 9th. Jus-Ike walked. Hunter struck out. Justice caught stealing, catcher LaVaWere to shortstop Bel. Olson singled to right. Olson stole second. Lemke Intentionally waked. BeMard singled to center, Olson scored, Lemke to third and, on throw home, Beiard to second. Smolti struck out. I run, 1 hits, errors, 2 ten en. Braves 4, Pirates I PIRATES' FOURTH: Bonds singled to center. Bue-chele tiled out to right fielder Justice. Bonds stole second. LaVaWere walked. Lmd singled to left center, Bonds scored, LaVeNero to second. Varsho, pinch tutting for Landrum, struck out. Merced filed out to center fielder Gant. 1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 2 left en. Braves 4, Pirates 2. PIRATES' SEVENTH: Mitchell to Hit field. Merced struck out. Bell homered to left center on 0-1 count Stanton relieved Smolti. Van Slyke walked. On Stanton's wild pitch, Van Slyke to second. Bonilla grounded out to first baseman Hunter. Bonds grounded out to first baseman Hunter, 1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 left en. Braves 4, Pirates 1 BRAVES' SEVENTH: Pendleton grounded out to third baseman Buechele. Gant homered to left on 1-1 count. Justice fouled out to third baseman Buechele. Hunter fHed out to left fielder Bonds. I run, I till, 0 errors, 0 left en. Braves 7, Pirates X BRAVES' EIGHTH: Rodrlguet pitching, batting 1st. Slaught catching, batting 7th. McClendon to first base, batting 9th. Olson walked Lemke walked, Olson to second. Beiard sacrificed, third baseman Buechele to second bast- E-Merced ( 1 ), JBel ( 1 ). LOB-Plttsburgh 1 1, Atlanta 5. 2B-JBel (I), Buechele (2), Pendleton (II, Gant II), Justice (II, Hunter (II. HR-Merced (II, JBel (1), Gant ( 1 ), Olson ( I ), Bream ( 1 ). SB-Bonds (3), Olson ( 1 ), Smolti (I). CS-LoSmlth (I), Justice (I). S-Belllard. IP H R ER BB SO Pittsburgh Smiley LO-1 2 5 5 4 0 2 BLandrum 1 2 112 2 Patterson 2 1 0 0 0 3 Kipper I 2 110 1 RoRodriguei 1 1 3 3 2 1 Atlanta SmcltiW,!4 t v I 3 3 2 7 Stanton v I 0 0 I 0 Wohleri Vi 1 0 0 1 1 Pena S, J IVi 0 0 0 0 I Stanton pitched to I batter in the lift. HBP-by Smiley (LoSmlth). WP-Stanton. Umpires-Home, DeMuthi First, Gregg, Second, Davidson; Third, Froemrnlng; Lett, Harvey; Right, Pui. T 3:11. A-50,905.