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E-4Baseball THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER Thursday, October 24, 1991 MMO 3 Aguilera startled by pinch-hit appearance was something bad. "Everything I do positive, they (the media) turn it negative." HERZOG SYMPATHIZES: Former St. Louis manager Whitey Herzog knows how Bobby Cox must feel. In the 1987 World Series, Herzog and his Cardinals were down two games to none against the Minnesota Twins. Both losses came at the Metrodome. "It's a hell of an advantage for the Twins to be playing in that dome," said Herzog. "It's not like playing any other American League team. "They have a definite advantage. Playing in a regular stadium, I think the Braves will have the advantage. And you'll see a difference in the Twins without the DH." HOMER-FUELED: Entering Wednesday's game, homers had produced 10 of the 12 Minnesota runs in the first three games. Chuck Knoblauch accounted for both non-homer runs a single in Game 1 and a sacrifice fly in Game 3. ONE IS THE LONELIEST NUMBER: Coming into Game 4, American League pitchers as batters had managed just one hit in their last 84 at-bats (.012). BY ROB PARKER The Cincinnati Enquirer ATLANTA Rick Aguilera was thrown a curve literally. When the Twins' stopper took the mound in the 12th inning in Game 3 Tuesday night, he came from first base instead of the bullpen. It was Aguilera's pinch-hit appearance with the bases loaded and two outs that threw him off a little bit. Aguilera flied out to center field to end the inning and then gave up the game-winning run in the bottom half of the inning in Atlanta's 5-4 victory over Minnesota. "It was definitely an adjustment coming in after hitting instead of running in from the bullpen," said Aguilera before the Minnesota Twins took on the Atlanta Braves in Game 4 of the 88th World Series at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium Wednesday night. "I had to regroup and collect my thoughts about pitching instead of hitting. "It was a little different approach from what I was used to." This wasn't the first time the right-hander was called on to pinch hit. In fact, he made three such at-bats when he was with Roberts. But the Reds denied a deal like that was in the works, mainly because their needs are different. "That deal doesn't make sense," Reds manager Lou Piniella said Wednesday. "Why would we be trading for hitting? We need pitching and that's what we're here looking for." Reds general manager Bob Quinn and Piniella were seen separately huddling with numerous GMs during Wednesday's MLB-sponsored brunch. NO JUSTICE IN ATLANTA: If you haven't seen a lot of quotes from David Justice, there's a reason for the Atlanta right fielder's silence. Justice is not happy with the coverage from the Atlanta-area papers. So the Cincinnati native has kept out of sight most of the time. Even after getting a hit, stealing a base and scoring the game-winning run Tuesday, Justice took exception to references that at least he touched third base. In the playoffs, Justice cost the Braves a game by missing third base. "I'm taking a bad rap," said Justice. "I picked up the paper this morning and there the New York Mets. "I was on base twice with a walk and an error," said Aguilera. "The other time I made out." Aguilera, who flied out against Jim Clancy, thought it had a chance to be a hit. "I knew I hit it pretty well," he said. "I didn't know if it was going to be over his head or drop in front of him." It was Aguilera's first at-bat since 1989. One, he said, he could be proud of. "I was lucky to hit the ball and not make a fool of myself," he said. "I didn't feel too bad." RUMOR MILL: Scratch that possible three-way deal involving the Reds, the Boston Red Sox and San Diego Padres. On Tuesday, Boston writers reported the Reds would send Randy Myers and Scott Scudder to the Red Sox in exchange for outfielder Mike Greenwell and minor-leaguer Scott Cooper. Cooper is a highly-touted third baseman. Cooper would then be shipped to San Diego for utility man Bip Oh, what a relief it isn't Twins' bullpen suddenly hittable THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ATLANTA For eight pressure-packed postseason games, Minnesota's bullpen was practically perfect. Now, it seems the Twins can get no relief. The Twins lost, 3-2, to the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday night, knotting the World Series at two games apiece, and for the second time in less than 24 hours, Minnesota relievers were burned. Carl Willis, who hadn't allowed a run in four postseason appearances, gave up Lonnie Smith's game-tying homer in the seventh. Mark Guthrie, who had allowed one hit and no runs in his 513 postseason innings, took the loss after allowing a ninth-inning triple to Mark Lemke, who then scored the winning run on Jerry Willard's sacrifice fly off Steve Bedrosian. Wednesday, closer Rick Aguil-era gave up Lemke' s game-winning single in the 12th inning for a 5-4 Minnesota loss in Game 3. Before that, the Twins' bullpen hadn't allowed an earned run in 33'3 postseason innings going back to the 1987 World Series. "I'm not really concerned," Guthrie said. "They just got one pitch to hit off Carl and one pitch to hit off me. That's going to happen. Guys on the other team r Angels release 2 vets Winfield, f ' ' . . '.,.'.. : : : 't . I : . 'y r :--::7 K ' ' Blyleven cut THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ANAHEIM, Calif. Dave Win- field and Bert Blyleven, longtime stars who have passed 40, will not have the 1992 options on their contracts picked up by the California Angels, clearing the way for them to become free agents. Winfield hit 28 homers and drove in 86 runs this season, hitting .262. Blyleven, a right-hander 21 wins short of 300 career victories, spent the season on the disabled list after having shoulder surgery on April 16. Winfield, who last Aug. 14 be came the 23rd player to hit 400 career homers, also became the oldest player ever to hit for the cycle when he singled, doubled, tripled and homered in a game against Kansas City. -rt" - if JSf2 Blyleven had a fine season in his first year with the Angels in 1989, compiling a 17-5 record with a 2.73 earned-run average. Yanks hire Showalter The Associated Press ATLANTA The New York Atlanta's Lonnie Smith collides at the plate with Twins catcher Brian Harper as Smith tries to score on a ball hit by Terry Pendleton in the fifth inning. Harper held on to the ball; Smith was called out on the play. Yankees will hire Buck Showalter as their new manager, Gannett Series are paid, too. After Guthrie intentionally walked Jeff Blauser to put runners on first and third, Bedrosian came in and got ahead of Willard, 0-2. Then, Bedrosian also decided to throw a fastball. "We could have gone slider or changeup away to go for a ground ball and a double play," said Bedrosian. "But with two strikes, we decided to go up top with a fastball and go for the strikeout." Harper said the team hasn't lost confidence in the bullpen. "I think our bullpen has done an awfully good job. We wouldn't be where we are right now without them," he said. "The concern right now is really our hitting. We have the best hitting team in baseball and we're not hitting that great right now. I'm not worried about our bullpen." BRAVE ON BASES: The Braves ran the bases as if they were on a suicide mission. Their madness finally paid off. Lemke's sprint for home in the ninth inning on a shallow sacrifice fly bailed out the Braves' victory Wednesday night after some dubious base-running by both teams. Lemke slid cleverly from the outside into the plate, and barely eluded Minnesota catcher Brian Harper's tag on a good throw from right fielder Shane Mack. The Twins blew a scoring opportunity in the fourth inning when Mack was tagged out easily at home on a suicide squeeze as Greg Gagne missed a bunt attempt. The Braves' running mistakes were more dramatic. Lonnie Smith, urged on by arm-waving third-base coach Jimy Williams, turned himself into a misguided missile in the fifth inning as he slammed into Harper in a vain attempt to score. That blunder was compounded moments later when Terry Pendleton unwisely tried to sneak home with a slide from third when Jack Morris threw a pitch in the dirt. But Harper kept the ball in front of him, grabbed it and easily tagged out Pendleton. Until the ninth, Harper was turning home plate into a burial ground for the Braves with fine plays that belied his reputation as a defensively liability. Smith led off the fifth with a single down the line in left, then stole second. Pendleton followed with a double over Kirby Puckett's head in center, a liner that Puckett seemed to get a late start on. But Puckett took the carom off the fence, wheeled and threw to second baseman Chuck Knoblauch, who threw home ahead of Smith. Pendleton took third on the play, and, after a walk to Ron Gant, tried to score when Morris' pitch hit the dirt in front of Harper. But Harper pounced on the ball, turned and tagged out Pendleton. GLAVINE READY: By dropping Charlie Leibrandt from the rotation, the Braves will bring back Glavine for Game 5 tonight. That's the way he likes it. "I feel fine now," he said Wednesday. "I threw on the side (Tuesday) and I don't see any reason I won't feel fine (tonight)." : great night for Twins third baseman Mike Pagliarulo, who went 3-for-3 and knocked in both Twin runs. With one out and the scored tied at 1-1 in the seventh, Pagliarulo drilled John Smoltz's 1-2 pitch for a solo home run. Smith, though, got it right back in the bottom of the inning with a two-out solo homer against Carl Willis. Willis replaced starter Jack Morris, who allowed one run on six hits in six innings of work. Despite back-to-back losses, the Twins remain optimistic. "Well, we have one game here and then two at our place," said Pagliarulo. "We win tomorrow and then we have a real big advantage. "It was fun to play these games.' It's a good place to play (in Atlanta). I really enjoyed it the fans are great here. I'd enjoy it more if we would have won the games, though." Pagliarulo has Lemke to thank for that. Twice. is Suburban Newspapers reported Wednesday. The papers said general manager Gene Michael has withheld the news to comply with a commissioner's office request that teams not make major announcements during the World Series. Michael, reached by phone before he attended Game 4 of the World Series Wednesday night, did not deny that Showalter, the team's third base coach this season, will replace Stump Merrill. The rebuilding Yankees finished this season with a disappointing 71-91 record. Michael expressed disappointment that the news had broken before the team's actual announcement. "I'm embarrassed about the leak," he said. "I don't feel comfortable about the leak." Noting the guidelines of the commissioner's office, he said, "I can't confirm it." He said a new manager will be named "within a week" after the World Series ends. Showalter, reached at his Pace, Fla., home, said he 'can't verify" the report. "I haven't been made aware of that," he said. "It's not something I'm free to speculate about. I don't want to jeopardize anybody's integrity. I think it's pure speculation at this point." He was among the candidates interviewed by the Seattle Mariners in mid-October for their managerial seat. Cincinnati Reds manager Lou Piniella, who managed the Yankees twice previously, was thought to be a leading candidate. He said Wednesday that he had withdrawn from consideration: "I still have a year left on my contract with Cincinnati. I think, with a couple of changes, we can have a good team there next year." Piniella said he had very informal conversations with Michael, but that the Yankees never formally asked for permission to discuss their vacancy with him. "It never got that far," Piniella said. CONTINUED FROM PAGE E-l p.m. It's the final game in Atlanta. The last TwinsSenators franchise has now lost 13 straight postseason road losses in the World Series. Their last such victory was posted by Walter Johnson of the Washington Senators on Oct. 7, 1925 in Game 1 of the Series vs. the Pirates. "We've had two good games," said a dejected Twins' manager Tom Kelly. "But we've come on the bad side both times. "Mercy." Or should he say, "Lemke." Lemke who knocked in the game-winning run with an RBI single in the Braves' 5-4, 12-inning victory Tuesday night tripled with one out in the ninth against loser Mark Guthrie. Lemke, who was used as mostly a defensive replacement during the regular season, batted just .234 with two triples, two homers and 23 RBI. But here, the scrappy 5-foot-9, 167-pounder continued his torrid hitting the World Series. His triple capped a 3-for-4 night and upped his batting average in the Series to .417 (5-for-12) in three games. Guthrie then walked Jeff Blauser intentionally. In came Steve Bedrosian. He got Willard, pinch hitting for Francisco Cabrera, to pop out to short right. Right fielder Shane Mack caught it and fired home to catcher Brian Harper, who caught the ball. National League umpire Terry Tata called Lemke sliding around Harper and touching the plate with his hand safe, ruling Harper didn't tag Lemke on the bang-bang play. The Twins argued like crazy, but the play stayed as originally ruled. "I knew it was going to be a close play when he was setting up," said Lemke, who said he didn't get a real good jump. "We made contact with our shoulders and it enabled me to slide around to the outside and touch home plate with my hand. "He never did get the glove on me. It's a situation where if you try to run the catcher over, you're out. That's why I tried to go on the outside." Afterwards, Harper, who threw his glove down in disgust, realized that he might not have fully tagged Lemke and that Tata was right. "I get a little emotional and I know we made contact," said Harper. "Usually when that happens the guy is out. "I got caught up in the emotion ... I was angry we lost the game. I don't think I'd be that upset if I didn't think I got him. But I don't know for sure." Lemke who used the same type of slide that David Justice did when he scored on Lemke's hit Tuesday night witnessed what happened to Lonnie Smith when he tried to run over Harper in the fifth inning. With the score tied at 1-1, Smith led off with a single. He stole second base, bringing up Terry Pendleton, who had homered for the Braves' only run to that point. Pendleton ripped a liner to center. It looked as if Kirby Puckett could catch the ball, but it wound up going over his head and hitting the wall. Smith, who went back to try and tag up, was gunned down at the plate in a hard collision. Puckett grabbed the ball cleanly and fired it back to second baseman Chuck Knoblauch. Knoblauch delivered a one-hop throw to Harper. Smith came in shoulder high and rocked Harper as the two made connect. Harper tagged Smith and held on to the ball for the first out of the inning. "I had in the back of my mind the play that happened with Lonnie," said Lemke. "I felt in that situation that if I did the same thing, go directly at the catcher, no matter what I do I'm out." . Lemke's foresight erased a The Associated Press Minnesota's Jack Morris flips his Dat away after stranding a runner. Morris, batting for the first time this season in the absence of the DH, was hitless in two at-bats. MINNESOTA ATLANTA abrhbl abrhbl OddenK 4 0 0 0 USmttilf 4 12 1 KnNchtt 3 0 10 PndHnlb 4 12 1 Puckett cf 4 0 10 Gantcf 3 0 10 Hrbeklb 4 0 0 0 Justice rf 3 0 0 0 Harper c 4 19 0 Bream lb 3 0 0 0 Mack rf 4 0 0 0 Hunter lb 10 0 0 PglruloSb 3 13 2 Olson c 3 0 0 0 Lelut 3b 1 0 0 0 Lemke 2b 4 13 0 Bdrslanp 0 0 0 0 BHIard si 2 0 0 0 Gagne u 3 0 0 0 Trdway ph 10 0 0 Morris p 2 0 0 0 Blauser ss 0 0 0 0 Lerkinph 1 0 0 0 SmcJtip 2 0 0 0 Wfflsp 0 0 0 0 Gregg ph 1000 Guthrie p OOOOWohlrsp 0 0 0 0 Nwman3b 0 0 0 0 Stanton p 0 0 0 0 Cbreraph 0 0 0 0 Willard ph ' 0 0 0 1 Totals 33 I 7 1 Totals 31 3 1 u....t. ni ooo NO-2 Atlanta 001 000 WI-3 Two outs when winning run scored. LOB-Mmnesota S, Atlanta 7. 2B-Knoblauch (1), Harper (2), Pendleton (1), Lemke (I). 3B-Lemke (1). HR-Paglerulo ( I ), LoSmith (2), Pendleton ( I ). SB-Knoblauch (4),LoSmlth (I), Gant (I). CS-Mack II). SF-WII-lerd. IP H DM BB SO Minnesota Morris 0 113 4 Willis 1 V) 1 I 1 0 1 Guthrie L I 1 1 I 1 I I Bedrosian VI 0 0 0 0 0 Atlanta Smolti 7 7 2 2 0 7 Wohters Vi 0 0 0 I 0 Stanton W.I-0 I Vj3 0 0 0 0 1 aruki to second on throw home. Gagne struck out. Morris sttuck out. i run, t nin. Twins I, waves o. BRAVES' 3RD: Smolti struck nil L Smith ilnird .i Pendleton homered to right center on 3-1 count Gant singled to lelt. Gant Hole second. On Morris's wild pitch, Gant to third. Justice walked. Bream grounded out to pitcher Morris. 1 run, 2 hits. Braves 1, Twins I TWINS' 7TH: Mack struck out Pagliarulo homered to ngra on i-i coum. uagne struck out to catcher Olson Larkln, pinch hilling tor Morris, grounded out to first mseman Dream, i run, i nn. Twins 2, Braves 1. BRAVES' 7TM: Willis pitching, batting 9th. Treadway, pinch hitting tor Belliard, (lied out to letl fielder Gladden. Gregg, pinch hitting lor Smolti, struck out. L.Srmih homered to center on 0-0 count Pendteton tiled out to lelt ueuer waooen. i run, i nu. sraves 2, Twins 2. WP-Morrls. Umpires-Homo, Tata. First, Reed; Second, Montague; Third, Oenklnger; Lett, Wendelstedt, Right, Coble. T-J S7. A-50,071. How the runs scored TWINS' 2ND: Harper doubled to right center. Mack struck out. Pagkaruto Singled to loll, Harper scored, PsgM- BRAVES' fTH: Lelus to third base, batting 7th. Olson grounded oul to shortstop Gagne Lemke tripled to center Blauser Intentionally walked. Cabrera, pinch hitting tor Stanton. Bedrosian relieved Guthrie, baiting 7th. Newman to third base for Bedrosian, batting 9th. Willard, pinch hilling lor Cabrera, hit sacrifice fly to right fielder Mack, Lemke scored, i run, i nn. Braves 1, Twins 2. I

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