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THE COURIER-JOURNAL LOUISVILLE, KY. WEDNESDAY, JULY 18, 1990. Fulton blast spurs Birds to a 5-1 win over Sounds By GEORGE RORRER Staff Writer When Ed Fulton went to the plate for the Louisville Redbirds in the second inning last night at Cardinal Stadium, he said, all he was trying to do was hit the ball hard. He did. It flew over the 30-foot Blue Monster wall in right field and soared up to the bleachers beyond. Fulton's first career Triple-A home run didn't beat the Nashville Sounds, but it did break a 12-inning scoreless streak for the Redbirds and set the tone for a 5-1 American Association victory. It knocked the Sounds out of first place in the Eastern Division, dropping them a half-game behind Buffalo, which split a doubleheader with Syracuse, winning 2-1 and losing 2-0. The Redbirds are third, three games behind Buffalo and 2 yx behind Nashville. "We needed to win that game, and Ed needed that for his confidence," said Birds manager Gaylen Pitts, whose team had been just one game off the pace before a H road trip that ended Monday night Fulton also tripled and singled to lead a nine-hit Louisville attack. He also rode home with Todd Crosby and Bernard Gil- , v i 1 1 f - gym h 1 . -V "fit .'?; .".?7l.''i ' s. Ii r y ! off! STAFF PHOTO BY PAT McOONOGH The Redbirds' Ed Fulton was congratulated by manager Gaylen Pitts after his homer during a 5-1 win over Nashville. key on a pme-sealing, three-run triple by Geronimo Pena in a four-run seventh inning. In their previous four games, the Red-birds had gotten just 15 hits and two runs. Yes, said Fulton, he needed that Since he was summoned from Arkansas on June 9, he had managed just a .174 batting average and three extra-base hits in 16 games. "I'm still not as confident as I'd like to be behind the plate," he said. "I hope that'll come, too. Last night (at Scranton in a 3-0 loss) I had a chance to throw a couple of guys out, and if I had, we might've won the game." Fulton was playing for a sixth straight night because regular catcher Ray Stephens is sidelined with a pulled hamstring muscle. Stephens was expected to come back tonight, but in infield practice yesterday he aggravated the injury. "We're going to have to have that out of Ed, because it looks like he's going to catch for a while," Pitts said. See FULTON'S PAGE 2, col. 2, this section Scudder lifts Reds to 6-2 win From Associated Press and Gannett Dispatches CINCINNATI Scott Scudder struck out a career-high nine in an unexpected start last night, leading the National League West-leading Cincinnati Reds to a 6-2 victory over the Montreal Expos. Scudder (2-2) got a last-minute call when left-hander Danny Jackson couldn't get his shoulder loose in the bullpen before the game. Scudder allowed eight hits over 6 innings, including solo homers by Dave Martinez and Andres Galarraga. Scudder, who pitched 2 Innings in relief on Saturday, was replaced by Rob Dibble in the seventh. Randy Myers pitched the ninth. The victory pushed Cincinnati 24 games over .500 (55-31) for the first time since the end of the 1981 season. The triumph kept the Reds 7 games ahead of the second-place San Francisco Giants, who beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-3 last night The Reds scored their first four runs off rookie Mark Gardner (6-5), who had his earned run average swell from an NL-lead-ing 2.32 to 2.52. Gardner gave up three first-Inning runs the first runs he had allowed in 19 innings. The right-hander had pitched shutouts in his past two starts, beating Houston and Atlanta. Billy Hatcher opened the Reds' first with a double, Barry Larkin walked and Paul See SCUDDER PAGE 2, col. 5, this section To err is human; to call it a hit is the scorer's whimsy By ROSS NEWHAN The Los Angeles Times As Cal Ripken Jr. of the Baltimore Orioles closes in on the major-league record for consecutive errorless games by a shortstop, his performances are being watched closely by Bill Stetka, a former baseball reporter who already has had a significant impact on the streak. Serving as the official scorer in Baltimore, Stetka charged Ripken with an error for failing to bring down a relay throw from center fielder Mike Deyereaux that seemingly ended the streak at 67 games, five shy of Ed Brinkman's American League record.5. The next day, however, Stetka gave the error to Devereaux. "I probably change 10 to 12 calls a year," Stetka said. "Sometimes it's news and sometimes it isn't but my only concern is to get it right which is what I felt I did in the Ripken case. "People have called it a hometown decision, said I was trying to protect Ripken, that I was pressured into doing it, but that's the furthest thing from the truth. "If I had been pressured, I'd have quit on the spot We get paid $65 a game as official scorers, and I'm not the first to say that $1 of that is for making the calls, $1 for filling out the paperwork and $63 is for the grief." : Grief comes with the job, as it does for umpires. The best scorers, like the best umpires, go about it anonymously, but at some point they're certain to hear from a man ager, coach, player, agent club official, fan or member of the media. Scoring decisions are critical to statistics and, therefore, salaries. Take away five hits from 500 at-bats, and a .300 batting average drops to .290. Add five earned runs in a span of 200 innings, and a 2.50 earned run average increases to 2.73. Statistics are the wheel on which baseball turns, but there are no defined criteria for picking the people who help establish those statistics through their scoring, and no system of schooling for them. The role, for a half-century or more, was filled by active baseball reporters who had covered 100 or more games for three consecutive years. Then newspapers began to view the pay and the arguments as conflicts of interest. Reporters now serve as official scorers in only six of the 26 major-league ballparks. They have been replaced in recent years by a liquor store owner, a real estate broker, an Oriental rug dealer, a driver-training instructor, a retired firefighter and a sandlot umpire, among others. Stetka, the former Baltimore reporter, is the alumni director at Towson State University in Maryland. Seymour Siwoff, head of the Elias News See WHAT'S PAGE 6, col. 1, this section "We get paid $65 a game as official scorers, and I'm not the first to say that $1 of that is for making the ca!Is, $1 for filling out tho paperwork, and $83 is for the grief." John Stetka, Baltimore Orioles official scorer BOYS' NATIONAL CLAY COURTS K'-wvwiyw vMwuiij"wiyw ix'wwfm'mt.'"v'"v-""' "vim '''wvi'i'V1"''!.:.!! KmgsmmrmmmtB!&i!Q0M vimmmzt : 'V- Mm f:; r ?, A ,( i. 0S ' .V. ,N ?! t M J"V' A 'Mm ...,....,-,,,.,..- ,rll,lTO,v,n m. mmmMimnmrt.mmim 0 JttWI STAFF PHOTOS BY JOSEPH A. GARCIA Jonathan Leach, left, returned a serve to ex-SL Xavier player Bryan Minton, above. "Man, he's good. He hits it so hard," Minton said after his loss. 9 AiftsHl Last three fail to make entuckians final 16 By JOHN C PILLOW Staff Writer Louisvlllian Bryan Minton's home-court advantage may have worked against him yesterday as he was pounded 6-1, 6-0 by No. 2 seed Jonathan Leach in the United States Tennis Association's Boys' 18 National Clay Court Championships. Minton, who attended St. Xavier High School, won the first game of the first set before about 300 partisan fans at Blair-wood Health & Sports Club, but then Leach unleashed his killer serve and powerful forehand smashes. Leach, of Laguna Beach, Calif., said he came into the match ready to do battle. "I had never played him before, and since everyone around here was talking about how good he was, it made me focus," Leach said. "I was a little nervous at first, but once I settled down, I started playing well." Leach is one of the hardest hitters in the 18-year-old division, and Minton said his volleys were nearly untouchable. "Man, he's good," Minton said. "He hits it so hard. And then he hits it down the line so well. If you check the marks, all the ones on the line are his." Michael Klein of St Francis High School, the 13th seed, and Nirav Patel of Owensboro Catholic also were eliminated yesterday, leaving no Kentuckian still See KENTUCKY PAGE 7, col. 1, this section Japanese could have a yen for Keeneland Sale By DAVE KOERNER Staff Writer Officials at Keeneland Race Course faced a novel question earlier this year when they began putting together the catalog for the 47th annual Selected Yearling Sale, which runs next Monday and Tuesday. . With the thoroughbred auction drawing heavy international appeal, Keeneland wanted to publish the "conditions of sale" for the first time in foreign languages. Three were chosen: French, Arabic and Japanese. French and Arabic were naturals. France has long been a racing center in Europe, and the Middle East has left an indelible mark on the sales since the Mak-toum brothers made their first appearance in 1980 and began dropping big dollars. But in choosing Japanese, Keeneland is looking into a crystal ball. Japan is no stranger to the Keeneland sales ring. In 1979 two Japanese men bid a then-world record $1.6 million for a Hoist the Flag colt Then last year, a Japanese buyer, Zenya Yoshida, paid the sale's top price at $2.8 million in acquiring the last yearling from Northern Dancer, whose progeny sold for an average of $919,621 in 22 years at Keeneland. In past years, the Japanese often didn't return, but Yoshida and others will be back this summer and many first-timers from Japan are expected. "There's going to be quite a few Japanese," said Emmanuel de Seroux, owner of Narvick International, a California-based racing and breeding consulting firm. "Japanese do things in groups, and there could be 10 groups. And they're very serious, too; the Japanese do everything seriously." De Seroux speculates that there could be 100 Japanese at the 1991 sale. Keeneland officials also sense a Japanese invasion, but like de Seroux can't put a handle on numbers. "I've talked to quite a few people, but they may just be coming to look," said Keeneland director of sales Rogers Beasley, who spent nearly four days in Japan last month. But there doesn't seem to be a mystery In Japan's renewed interest in North American horses. Consider: See JAPANESE PAGE 7, col. 1, this section INSIDE Sports People . Pro baseball Pro basketball . Scorecard Harness racing College basketball Thoroughbred racing .2 .2 .2 .4 .4 .5 .7 Red Sox win despite Twins' 2 triple p ays See Page 2 Ailing Bosworth waived by Seahawks See Page 2 LOOKING BACK 20 YEARS AGO JULY 18, 1970 Willie Mays bounced career hit No. 3,000 through the left side of the infield off Montreal's Mike Wegener in the second inning of the San Francisco Giants' 10-1 victory over the Montreal Expos. i m mM-

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