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Six HOPK (ARK.) STAR Saturday, August 31,. 1994 • N.L West 1974 Rose: 'LA. is chasing us' By Ira Berkow NEA Sports Editor { (First ol two related articles) : NEW YORK - (NEA) ; There is nothing specious : about the drama of a pennant race. Eighteen-legged creatures strive against each '- other to be first at the Octo' ber wire. Thousands of pairs " of eyes watch in the night and as many throats bellow partisan demands from the • stands. In other milieux, millions of index fingers scan the • morning paper's box scores ' and standings. : It is a race as throbbing for 'the players as for the fans. With spikes clacking on the wooden runway under the cool stands leading to the .dugout, Pete Rose was saying, "I can tell you without having looked that the Dodgers' game is fourth down on the right-hand side of the Scoreboard. At this time of the season, we do a lot of Scoreboard watching." Rose is the star Cincinnati •Reds outfielder, and 1973 National League Most Valuable Player. The Reds are in pursuit of the Los Angeles Dodgers for the lead in the "N.L. West division. At this time of the season, too, the moss-encrusted cliche, "We "play them one at a time," is trotted out by the players. No .one believes them. Rose is too bumptiously honest to play that spurious game. "We sit in the dugout and watch the numbers," Rose N.L. West 1974 continued. "Is there a change in pitchers? There's trouble for one of the teams. How bad?" Tension builds as the numbers slowly, agoni/ingly are registered. PETE ROSE: "I'm a real agitator. The worst." At one point this year, the Reds were in second place 10-1/2 games behind the Dodgers! Early in August, the Reds were only 6-1/2 behind the Dodgers as the teams began a three-game series in Los Angeles. The Dodgers won the first; the Reds were on the ropes. Then Johnny Bench hit a lOth-inning homer to win the second game for Cincinnati, and he hit a two-run homer to win a 2-0 game the next day. The Reds were back in the race. "I get up in the morning," said Rose, "and I buy the paper to see how the Dodgers made out. But they play on the Coast and a lot of times the morning papers don't have the score. Then I got to start asking around. Anyone heard it on the radio? "The time difference I think is to our advantage. I mean, they always start a game knowing how we did in (he East. And if we win, (hat puts pressure on them. "Its like when I won my first batting title in 1968. I came down to the last game of the season tied with Matty Alou. Our games were at the same time. He went four-for- four. I went five-for-five. And I won the championship by a fraction. But if I had played later and had known he went four-for-four, no way I could have gotten five straight hits myself." The fans are a barometer of how a team is doing even before the Scoreboard relays the news. Radios in the stands will elicit roars of sorts when it is announced that the Dodgers have gone ahead or have fallen behind. The Reds' ears are as attuned to such signals from the stands as they are aware of the numerical transformations unfolding in center field. When Rose can, he will catch the Dodger games on his high frequency radio. In his living room in Cincinnati, he roots, moans or sits un- moving, as the situation dictates. "And like the other day when the Dodgers played Philadelphia and Larry Bowa, a friend of mine, screwed up, I gave him hell * the next time we played the Phillies," said Rose, smiling his at once tough bul ingenuous gap-tooth smile. 'I'm a real agitator. The worsl." He also agitates his closest rivals, the Dodgers, particularly his friends, like Ron Cey, Dodger third baseman. Just before the start of the recent series at Los Angeles, Rose and Cey stood together behind the batting cage. Rose reminded Cey that this was a similar race to last season, when the Reds were 11 games down to the Dodgers as late as July 1 and won 30 out of their last 40 games to overtake them. "I said to Cey," Rose recalled, "you guys know we're right on your tail. You can hear the Big Red Machine gettin' louder and louder behind you." Cey said, "What are you talkin' about, man. We're in first place, not you." "Yeah," replied Rose, "but we're in the driver's seat. You got a 6-1/2-game lead and you're chasin us." That, said Rose, was when Cey got mad and walked away. (NEXT: Cey's Rebuttal) (NEWSI'AI'EH ENTEKI'HISK ASSN.I Cey isn't listening to Rose By Ira Berkow NEA Sports Editor (Second of two related articles) NEW YORK - (NEA) Any player in a pennant race who says he doesn't even notice the Scoreboard to check on the progress of his closest rival is either lying or blind. Any player who says he is unaware of the tensions of the pennant race is either lying or dying. And any such player who finished a close second last year, and who says he is unconcerned with the maxim, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it," is either lying or unlettered. : Los Angeles Dodger third baseman Ron Cey denies none of the above. "We blew the pennant last season," says Cey. "It ain't gonna happen again." It actually wasn't the pennant. It was the National League West division. The Dodgers at one point had an 11-game lead over the Cincinnati Reds and finished in second place, 3-1/2 back. This season, the Dodgers have enjoyed a lead as thick as 10-1/2 games, which was then whittled at one point to 3-1/2 in front. "When the Reds last season began their late-season charge," recalls Cey, "we began to watch them too closely. We'd be playing two games, ours on the field and the Reds' on the Scoreboard. "I'd go up to bat with men on base, say, and I'd be thinking, "The Reds won, or the Reds just scored to go ahead of Philadelphia in the sixth inning. I'd better get a hit here to keep our rally going.' That was just putting double pressure on me. And I wasn't alone. Most of our club was doing the same." Cey was a 25-year-old rookie last season. Most of his teammates were relatively inexperienced major leaguers, and inexperienced certainly in the crucible of a big-league late-season struggle for first place. They were battling the Reds, a veteran team which had won pennants two of the previous three seasons. RON CEY: "If you don't know nothing', you can't outthink yourself out of first place." "We'd be sitting in the dugout and the Scoreboard would flash that the Reels had a big inning. We'd moan out loud, 'Oh Christ! Not again!' " "This season," continued Cey, with sensitive ha/el eyes, a perky mustardy mus- tache and billowy blond hair, "we still see the Scoreboard, but we try not to think about it. Try to let it roll off the mind. And for sure we don't say anything. We got to play one game, ours." He says that out of habit he looks at the box scores to see what players of the opposition are doing well. Perhaps this will gain an edge, to see who is hitting hot, who is running, who has good stuff. "But then I think," Cey says, "maybe it's best not to check at all. I may in the field decide to shade a batter a little one way or the other, depending on what I g^et out of the box score, and I'm liable to get burned." He also tries to turn off to the ragging of such a notorious agitator as Pete Rose, the Reds' star outfielder. "Whenever we play, or whenever I see him, like at the All-Star game, he is always saying something. 'Watch the Big Red Machine now, we're starting to roll.' Something. Anything to try to play with our minds, to force us out of our routine. Last year, it was true, we had a lead but we were chasing the Reds. Now I'll tell Rose, 'I hear you talkin', but I ain't buyinV " Cey takes solace in the fact that the Dodgers are a perceptively different club this season. For one thing, they have had several short losing streaks and have each time bounced back into even longer winning streaks. They have Mike Marshall, gotten in trade with Montreal over the winter. Marshall is the best relief pitcher in baseball, and the most fre- relievers in one," says Cey. The Dodgers have won many pennants in the past 35 years, and they've always done it with superb pitching. Now they have Messersmith and John and Sutton. Just as they've had the Erskines and Newcombes and Roes and Drysdales and Koufaxes. But they've never won without the great reliever — Hugh Casey, Joe Black, Phil Regan, Ron Perranoski. Jim Wynn, outfielder received in trade from Houston, has been a powerful addition. And converted outfielders like Davey Lopes at second, Joe Ferguson behind the plate, and Bill Russell at short are a year older and more confident. And they, like Cey, now know what it takes to win a title. Steadiness, for one thing. The Dodgers were 5-1/2 in front of Cincinnati at the All- Star break and were 5-1/2 in front later in mid-August. "Time is getting thin for the Reds," Cey says. "The biggest concern is to avoid the mental fatigue of the pennant race. Sure, we know we can make a lot more money by winning. But I think we are mostly playing for the pride, for the race involved. We have to remain kind of pure in our minds. We can't think too much, can't see too much, can't hear too much. If you don't know nothin', you can't outthink yourself out of first place." INKWSI'AI'KK ENTEKPIUSK ASSN i Hope jif Star Sports Bailey getting better Baseball Scores By The Associated Press Ryan sets new strikeout record By HERSCHEL NISSENSON AP Sports Writer California's Nolan Ryan set another strikeout record Friday night but it was overshadowed by the pitching of Minnesota's Bert Blyleven and the hitting of Oakland's Claudell Washington. The fireballing Ryan fanned nine in pitching the Angels to a 9-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. That gave him 304 for the season and made him the first pitcher in modern baseball to post three consecutive 300- strikeout campaigns. Meanwhile, Blyleven whiffed 14 Boston batters — a career high — and hurled a four-hitter as the Twins edged the Red Sox 3-2 while rookie Washington celebrated his 20th birthday a day early with three singles, an RBI double and a two-run triple and was given a $2,000 raise as the A's whipped the Detroit Tigers 10-5. Elsewhere in the American League, the New York Yankees downed the Chicago White Sox 8-5 and climbed within four games of Boston in the AL East, the Baltimore Orioles trounced the Kansas City Royals 0-2 and the Cleveland Indians turned back the Texas Rangers 7-3. Twins 3, Red Sox 2 Rod Carew, whose fourth-inning error let in both Boston runs, drove in the winner with a sacrifice fly in the ninth following a lead off walk to first base by Borgmann and a double by Steve Brye. The game was played under protest by both managers after a leadoff triple in the fourth by Minnesota's Eric Soderholm. Soderholm's drive to the left field fence was dropped by Boston's Bernie Carbo as he leaped against the fence. Carbo threw the ball wildly past third, catcher Tim Blackwell retrieved it and threw to the uncovered plate, and the ball went into right field while Soderholm trotted home. Second base umpire George Malcney said Carbo caught the ball, a/id Minnesota manager Frank Quilici raced from the dugout before Soderholm crossed the plate. The umpires finally ruled that the ball had not been caught but Quiliu's appearance negated the run and ordered Soderholm back to third, where he was stranded. Orioles 9, Royals 2 Baltimore's Mike Cuellar .scattered eight nils, including John May berry's 21st home run, for his 16th victory. Kansas City starter Bruce Dal Canton walked three men and threw two wild pitches in 1 2-3 innings while catcher Fran Healy committed a passed ball and two throwing errors. Yankees 8, White Sox 5 The Yankees scored four unearned runs in the seventh inning on one single, three consecutive throwing errors and a sacrifice fly and went on to beat the White Sox for their third consecutive triumph. Indians 7, Rangers 3 Rusty Torres' first home run of the season, a two-run shot, and Rico Carty's three-run double powered the Indians to victory. National League scores: Pittsburgh 4, Los Angeles 3; Montreal 11, Cincinnati 3; San Francisco 8, St. Louis 2; Houston 3, Philadelphia 2; New York 4, Atlanta 2; Chicago t-4, San Diego 1-3. Solunar Tables The schedule of Solunar Periods, as printed below, has been taken from Richard Alden Knight's SOLUNAR TABLES. Plan your days so that you will be fishing in good territory or hunting in good cover during these times, if you wish to find the best sport that each day has to offer. A.M. PJW. Major Minor Major Minor Date Aug. Day 31 Saturday Sept. Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday 4:15 4:55 5:35 6:20 7:05 7:55 8:45 9:40 10:35 10:45 11:25 12:30 1:20 2:10 3:00 3:50 4:45 4.45 11:05 5:20 6:00 6:45 7:30 8:20 9:10 10:00 10:55 11:45 12:10 12:55 1:40 2:30 3:20 4:10 5:05 American League East W L Pet. GB Boston 72 58 .554 New York 68 62 .523 4 Cleveland 65 64 .504 6% Baltimore 65 64 .500 7 Milwaukee 62 70 .470 11 Detroit 61 70 .466 HMs West Oakland 76 56 .576 Kan City 69 62 .527 6% Texas 68 65 .511 8% Chicago 65 67 .492 11 Minnesota 64 68 .485 12 California 52 80 .394 24 Friday's Games Oakland 10, Detroit 5 Baltimore 9, Kansas City 2 California 9, Milwaukee 2 Minnesota 3, Boston 2 Cleveland 7, Texas 3 New York 8, Chicago 5 Sunday's Games Oakland at Detroit Boston at Minnesota New York at Chicago California at Milwaukee Baltimore at Kansas City Cleveland at Texas, N Saturday's Games California (Hassler 3-9) at Milwaukee (Champion 9-3) Boston (Cleveland 9-12) at Minnesota (Goltz 6-7) p.m. Oakland (Blue 14-12) at Detroit (Coleman 10-12), N Baltimore (Palmer 4-10) at Kansas City (Splittorff 13-13), N Cleveland (J. Perry 14-9) at Texas (Jenkins 19-11), N New York (Medich 15-12) at Chicago (Kaat 14-12), N National League East W L Pet. GB Pittsburgh 69 62 .527 — St. I/>uis 68 64 .515 Itt Philaphia 64 67 .489 5 Montreal 60 69 .465 8 New York 58 71 .450 10 Chicago 54 75 .419 14 West I,os Angeles 83 48 .634 — Cincinnati 80 52 .606 3% Atlanta 73 59 .553 10% Houston 68 63 .519 15 San Fran 59 73 .447 24 San Diego 50 83 .376 34 Friday's Games Houston 3, Philadelphia 2 Montreal 11, Cincinnati 3 New York 4, Atlanta.2 '•' Chicago 5-4, San Diego 1-3; 1st game 12 innings, 2nd game 10 innings Pittsburgh 4, Los Angeles 3 San Francisco 8, St. Louis 2 Saturday's Games St. Louis (Forsch 3-3) at San Francisco (D'Acquisto 9-12) Atlanta (Reed 8-8) at New York (Koosman 13-8) Montreal (Renko 9-12) at Cincinnati (Billingham 16-8), N Houston (Richard 1-0) at Philadelphia (Lonborg 14-11), N Pittsburgh (Demery 5-4) at Los Angeles (Zahn 2-3), N Only games scheduled Sunday's Games Houston at Philadelphia Atlanta at New York Montreal at Cincinnati St. Louis at San Francisco Chicago at San Diego Pittsburgh at Los Angeles By ALEX SACtiARE AP Sports Writer Bob Bailey is getting his second wind The 31-year-old outfielder, a $135,000 bonus baby-back in 1961 who is now in his 13th major league season, says he's not getting older, he's getting better. Bailey blasted two home runs' as the Expos erupted for a club-record five homers in pounding out an 11-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds Friday night. In 1970, Bailey's second year with the Expos, he batted .287 with 28 homers. He dropped to .251 and .233 the next two < years, but bounced back to .273 ' with 26 homers in 1973. This year he's batting .277 With 19 homers and 66 RBIs. Elsewhere in the National League, Pittsburgh nipped Los Angeles 4-3, Houston edged Philadelphia 3-2, New York beat Atlanta 4-2, San Francisco defeated Stm Louis 8-2 and Chicago swept a pair from San Diego 5-1 in 12 innings and 4-3 in 10. Pirates 4, Dodgers 3 The first-place Dodgers lost a chance to extend their 3Ms- game lead over Cincinnati in the NL West when relief ace Mike Marshall gave up two singles, a sacrifice fly and Bob Robertson's tiebreaWng double in a three-run eighth inning that defeated Los Angeles 4-3. Astros 3, Phils 2 A standout relief performance by Ken Forsch preserved Houston's 3-2 triumph over Philadelphia. Forsch came on with runners on first and third and none out in the ninth and protected the one-run margin. He got Dave Cash to hit into a double-play, with Tommy Button holding third. Larry Bowa then grounded out, ending the game. Mets 4, Braves 2 h Spot starter Ray Sadecki Favorites Advance in Tennis FOREST HILLS, N.Y. (AP) — Vijay Amritraj, the miracle worker from Madras, has the material to pull off another major upset in the U.S. Open Tennis championships. Amritraj made his mark here a year ago by toppling fourth- seeded Rod Laver of Australia en route to the quarter-finals. Laver isn't around this year, but Amritraj has another No. 4 seed to contend withn fair-haired Bjorn Borg of Sweden. Their second-round showdown was rained out Friday. Tennis buffs, a hardy bunch who had sweltered under a broiling sun and were soaked in a sudden downpour, were unhappy. Seeing top-seeded Jimmy Connors beat Jeff Borowiak and No. 3 seed Stan Smith fight to the bitter end to overcome Jaime Fillol was well worth the price of a ticket. But there still were hearty boos when it was announced the two Davis Cup foes would not take the center court. The slender 6-foot-2 Amritraj is the ace of India's Davis Cup team and Borg, 5-11, anchors Sweden's squad. Their meeting today may be a preview of the Davis Cup semifinals beginning Sept. 21 to determine who will meet the winner of the Italy-South Africa series in the final. Chris Evert, the reigning champion, will meet Helen Gourlay; Ken Rosewall, runner-up to Connors at Wimbledon, will take on Bob Lutz; Romania's bad boy, Hie Nastase, faces Roy Barth; Smith will do_ battle with Frew McMillan and Billie Jean King will meet Sharon Walsh in other featured matches today. The men's first round was completed Friday when Connors returned from a rain break and, revitalized by some hot tea and honey, turned back Borowiak 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5. Connors, the Wimbledon champion seeking his first U.S. Open title, said Borowiak had the momentum going when play was stopped with Jeff leading 5-3 in the third set. Borowiak won three straight games when play resumed on a rain-slick center court but the determined Connors, still recovering from food poisoning, broke back at 4-4 in the fourth set. Smith, who shares the No.l ranking in the United States with Connors, had to get back into his match with Fillol, too. —Obey all traffic laws. Reddies open today The Hope Booster Club will have a "Meet the Bobcats" night at Hammons Stadium Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. Coach Lawrence Hutson and other staff coaches will be introduced to the public along with the players. Afterwards, the Bobcats will hold a work-out under the lights. Fans will get their first glimspe of the Bobcat brochure which will go on sale for the first time. The brochure will have a brief run-down on each player along with their picture. Everyone is urged to buy theirs early for there is only a limited supply. All parents and boosters are urged to attend their first look at the 1974 Bobcats. hurled his second consecutive complete-game victory over the Atlanta Braves. Sadecki, &7, hurled a five-hit 1-0 fictory over Atlanta last tune out, and this time he scattered six hits for the victory. Ted Martinez tripled, scoring New York's first run, then drove in two with a sixth-inning single. Giants 8, Cards 2 The Giants jumped on St. I/mis' Sonny Siebert for five runs in the first inning, three coming on Dave Kingman's 15th homer of the season. Mike Caldwell, 13-3, was the victor, and tied injured Los Angeles Dodgers lefthander Tommy John for best winning percentage .813. Cubs 5-4, Padres 1-3 The Cubs outlasted the Padres in a marathon twin-bill that lasted over 6Ms hours. In the 12th inning of the opener, Chris Ward singled and Don Kessinger doubled him to third. After George Mitterwald was intentionally walked, Carmen Fanzone cracked a run-scoring single, Rick Stelmasek tapped a sacrifice fly and Bill Grabar- kewitz smacked a two run triple. In the second game, errors by Dave Hilton and Derrel Thomas on the same play allowed the winning run in the 10 inning. American League scores: Oakland 10, Detroit 5; Baltimore 9, Kansas City 2; California 9, Milwaukee 2; Minnesota 3, Boston 2; Cleveland 7, Texas 3, and New York 8, Chicago 5. Tedd Munchak, former owner of the Carolina team, is the new American Basketball Association Commissioner. The Carolina team in the American Basketball Association was sold to a group of New York area businessmen and moved to St. Louis in July. 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