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The Courier-Journal, Saturday morning, April 19, 1986 Racing Comics Sports results, 582-4871 c Earley comes on late, saves Redbirds 2-1 Astros home runs rock Soto; Tudor makes do, now 3-0 By GEORGE RORRER Staff Writer In the nerve-wracking world of baseball relief pitchers, there are saves and there are earned saves. Bill Earley of the Louisville Redbirds definitely got himself one of the latter last night at Cardinal Stadium, pitching out of jams in the eighth and ninth innings to beat the Nashville Sounds 2-1 in an American Association thriller. Louisville scored its runs in the first Inning and left it up to starting pitcher Greg Bargar and relievers Joe Boever and Earley to hang on. With a crowd of 7,499 edging forward in its seats, the defense managed to do it and lift the Redbirds back into first place in the Eastern Division by a half-game over the Sounds. "I'd a lot rather have one of those saves where you've only got to get one guy out," said Earley, who admitted he was "sweating bullets" the last two innings. Earley's forkball magic preserved a second victory in as many decisions for Bargar, who last season had the losingest record In the minor leagues (5-17). "That helps a lot," said Bargar, who shut out the Sounds for seven innings. "There were a lot of games last year when it didn't work out that way." Earley came on after Boever, who had arrived after being sent down by the parent St Louis Cardinals, had yielded a run and loaded the bases. Boever, working for the first time since April 11, yielded a leadoff double to Scott Earl and later let him in with a wild pitch. Nashville then loaded the bases on singles by Bruce Fields and Tim Tolman sandwiched around a walk to Pat Sheridan. When manager Jim Fregosi brought on the left-handed Earley, the switch-hitting Nelson Simmons turned around and batted right-handed for the first time and struck out on four pitches. Then Earley struck out German Rivera on a called third strike to end the threat. To do It, Earley said, he went with a variation of a pitch he learned from the late Freddie Martin, the man who taught the split-fingered fastball to him and Bruce Sutter when both were with the Chicago Cubs organization. "Freddie saw I didn't have overpowering stuff," Vc ir It k J -ritff-iiTnaffl - inaftrtii MtinrtimniiiiittMiirimavi iwrwrflnmniifiiMiiiiiniritiM-iiTTiiHirniiiY Jnllll(, lrlnlK-"JrrllTrlimrtmllll1atfrttiiHiMtmnllllMllYli, riii'i nnf''1 iiri Staff Photo by Ban Van Hook See BURRIS PAGE 3, col. 1, this section Louisville's Curt Ford and Nashville's Pedro Chavez watched the ball go into center field after a bad throw on Ford's steal of second last night. The Redbirds won 2-1. Auaciatad Praia ; Houston third baseman Phil Garner says opportunity comes only once a game when Cincinnati Reds ace Mario Soto is on the mound. "It you don't get him when you get that one shot at him, you're in trouble," Garner said. "If you don't get him In that one chance you get each game, he's real tough." Garner and catcher Alan Ashby helped the Astros convert their limited opportunity Into victory last night, hitting home runs to stun Soto and the Reds 6-4 at Riverfront Stadium. Garner hit a solo homer in the first, his third of the season, for the first damage against Soto (1-1). Ashby delivered the bigger blow three innings later to put Houston ahead to stay. Ashby's two-run homer gave the Astros a 4-2 lead and was the fourth homer allowed by Soto in 17 innings this year. Soto gave up a National League-high 30 homers last year. "I think what happens is if he does get his fastball up, guys hit it," Garner said. "If he keeps it down, he's tough." Right-hander Mike Scott (1-2) allowed six hits in 8 innings and struck out a career-high nine. He didn't allow a hit from the fourth through the eighth, leaving after Nick Esasky's two-run homer cut the lead to 6-4. Dave Smith earned his fourth save by getting the last two outs, with help from left fielder Denny Walling. He went over the eight-foot wall to rob Buddy Bell of a home run for the second out in the ninth. Walling also collected a pair of singles and a sixth-inning homer. After Soto's shaky first inning, Dave Concepcion's sacrifice fly tied the game 1-1 in the second. The Reds went ahead in the third when Ron Oester doubled and rode home on rookie Kal Daniels' single. Cardinals 4, Expos 2 The only thing John Tudor considers important is the bottom line. "I had a little control problem today, but I was able to make the pitches when I needed them," the St Louis left-hander said after the win at Olympic Stadium. "That's what really counts In the end." Tudor (3-0) worked 8 innings, allowing seven hits. Todd Worrell earned his third save. Mike Heath, batting .050 coming into the game, paced the St Louis offense with a homer, two doubles and three runs batted In. Tudor struck out four and walked two before leaving in the ninth after Tim Wallach's RBI double. Pirates 4, Cubs 0 Mike Brown doubled in two runs in the third inning and scored on one of Jim Morrison's four hits and Morrison hit his first homer of the season to ruin Chicago's home opener. "I get lucky here and there," said Brown, who started 1984 Cy Young Award winner Rick Sutcliffe oh his third loss of the young season against no victories. Brown reacted on a Sutcliffe fast ball after R. J. Reynolds singled and Sid Bream walked in the third. His double to center scored both. Tony Pena walked, and Morrison followed with the second of his four singles to score Brown. Mets 5, Phillies 2 Ron Darling and Jesse Orosco combined on a five-hitter and Ray Knight and George Foster had two-run singles as host New York broke a three-game losing streak. Darling (1-0) gave up four hits in See LEONARD PAGE 3, coL 3, this section Zenobia Empress beats Endear by a neck in TCA Stakes By JENNIE REES Staff Writar LEXINGTON, Ky. Keeneland's $50,000 Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes has had some light fields in the past given that it was restricted to fillies and mares owned by club members. This year, it became an open race and also a wide-open one, with no heavy favorite in yesterday's field of 11. The finish likewise reflected the strength and parity, with Zenobia Empress and jockey Earlie Fires prevailing by a neck over En- Tasso and Mogambo meet today in the Wood Memorial, and 3-year-old fillies will run in the Ashland Stakes. Stories, Pages C 6 and C 7. dear after a seven-horse charge to the wire. "It was the kind of filly race you see at Saratoga," said Neil Howard, trainer of third-place finisher Weekend Delight who came In another iy4 lengths behind. "I think the winner ran a great race. The horse that finished second ran great and I think she ran great." Weekend Delight who nosed out TCA member Russell Fortune's 5-year-old Zenobia Empress in an allowance race 10 days earlier, was favored at a little less than 4-1. But six others (including an entry) were less than 7-1. "Joe pushed her for this race," Fires said of trainer Joe Bollero. "This was the one the owner was wanting to be so honored to win." Behind the top three, it was a head to Team Room, a length to Mr. T's Tune, a head to Baroness Direct and three-quarters of a length to Pine Tree Lane. "She was running, she was flying," jockey Jerry Baily said of Claiborne Farm's Endear. "The only thing was, I thought I could hold the other filly off and I just didn't have quite enough to do it" Zenobia Empress sprinted six furlongs in 1:11 after being last for two-thirds of the race. Endear also came from well off the pace, with Weekend Delight laying closer to the early pace of Baroness Direct "She ran her fanny off," Fires said. "I lost a lot of ground turning for home. I tried to angle her out but they were bunching up so much I had to swing her out I might have lost a little ground, but she really picked them up and ran. "I was glad to see as much speed. The other day, there really were only one or two speed horses and they weren't pressing each other like they did today. They were bunched up rollin' today." Fires and Bollero are rollin', too. The victory was Fires' third of the day and third stakes of the meet following Thursday's Forerunner tri umph on 44-1 shot Autobot Fires, who also won the Beaumont on the Bollero-trained Classy Cathy, now has 11 wins, trailing only Keith Allen in the standings. Bollero also jumped to second in the trainer standings, his six wins trailing Rusty Arnold by two. "I thought Joe would have a super meet" Fires said. "My agent and I came here because Joe came here with some runnin' fillies." Zenobia Empress, a gray Illinois-bred, earned her 10th win, with See BIG PLAY PAGE C, col. 4, this section Ex-UK player Casey named new assistant By JIM TERHUNE Staff Writar LEXINGTON, Ky. Eleven years ago, Dwane Casey was a "snotty-nosed freshman scared to death," awestruck at the prospect of meeting University of Kentucky equipment manager Bill Keightly, let alone athletic director Cliff Ha-gan. Six years ago, and one NCAA and NIT championship later, Casey snipped his ties and went to war with UK. Recruiting war, that is, as he moved southwest to Western Kentucky to begin his full-time coaching career. Six months ago, he had bis first direct battle against the Eddie Sutton recruiting team. He went 0 for 2 on Rex Chapman and Reggie Hanson. "We were in the same homes, trying for the same thing, and we were unsuccessful, so that doesn't say much for me," he said. One month ago, he had his first direct coaching battle against Sutton's UK team. Western and Casey lost that one, too, 71-64 In the second round of the NCAA's Southeast Regional at Charlotte, N.C But today, in the ever-revolving basketball cycle that seems to have so many inter-connected links, Casey is back where it all began. Out of an estimated 75 applicants, including "10 to 12 head coaches from Division I and coaches who have won numerous honors in II and III," said Sutton, Casey is the new UK assistant coach. After a year as a Kentucky graduate assistant and six under Gene Keady and Clem Haskins at West-: See CASEY'S PAGE 3, col. 1, this section , ?M,,.wv, i , , m - 'kJ -k4- Ira i''v U - - f" .. - lJ : f - : Camden heroes honored The University of Louisville's "Camden Connection" of, i from left. Milt Wagner, with son Dajuan on his lap, Kevin Walls and Billy Thompson are swamped by local fans before a parade In the New Jersey city to honor the trio for helping the Cardinals to the NCAA basketball title last month. Attaclatad Prau Guarding Spencer a tall order for South BOB WHITE Staff Writar There's no one on the South team who stands taller than 6 feet 8, so the job of guarding the North's 7-2 Felton Spencer In the McDonald's Derby Festival Classic all-star basketball game at 8 tonight in Freedom Hall will go to Rodney Taylor. It's an assignment the 6-7, 240-pound Taylor relishes, even though he knows it'll be difficult "I guarded Felton at the McDonald's All-America camp last summer at Princeton, N.J., and let me tell you, it's not an easy Job," Taylor said after yesterday morning's practice at Bellarmine College. "Felton's very physical and very strong, and he doesn't have any problems moving people out of the way," said Taylor, who averaged 25 points and 14 rebounds at A. C Flora High School in Columbia, S C., and who will attend Villanova University. "I'll have to use my quickness against him. I can't outmuscle him. "Playing against Felton will get me ready for the Big East." "We're a big man short as they have Felton and Trevor Wilson," said South coach John Whitmer of Owensboro Apollo. "Taylor is the only player we have physical enough to guard Felton." Spencer, who averaged 19.1 points and 10.8 rebounds for Eastern High School after signing with the University of Louisville last November, is looking forward to playing against taller players. "I was hoping there would be somebody 6-10 or 6-11 In the game, but there's still a lot more competition than I'm used to, and that will help me a lot" Spencer said. "Every practice, I've been guarding Wilson. He's 6-8, which is bigger than most players I've gone against plus he's a lot faster. He's very strong." Wilson, of Reseda, Calif., is going to UCLA. "We don't have a center except for Felton," North coach Bill Kercher of Eastern said. "Wilson is really a forward. "Felton is the biggest kid on both teams, but I don't know how much of an advantage that will be. I'm sure he'll enjoy not having two or three men sagging in on him like they did in high school. All of these kids can play." The Derby Classic, which has been held every year but one since 1973, is played for the benefit of the Ronald McDonald House and Kosair Charities. Officials are hoping to better last year's crowd of 12,400 that saw the North win 105-92. "This will be a guards' game because there are so many good guards here," predicted Jim Broome, chairman of the Kentucky Derby Festival committee. "The big men will get their points, but the guards will control things." Two guards are McDonald's All-America choices, 6-4 Rex Chapman, the University of Kentucky sig-nee Jrom Apollo, and 6-2 Rumeal Robinson, the Cambridge, Mass., flash who is headed for Michigan. Chapman is Kentucky's Mr. Basketball and Robinson has simply "amazed" Kercher in practice. "Robinson is one of the finest guards I've ever seen play in the Derby Classic," said Kercher. "He's out of the Isiah Thomas mold. He can do it all pass, shoot and play the good 'D' (defense)." Chapman will play for the South, Robinson the North. The game will be played in four 10-minute quarters, with each five-player unit playing five minutes apiece during the first three quarters and three minutes of the fourth quarter. "The last four minutes of the game, we can play anybody we want" said Kercher. "Every player is guaranteed 18 minutes, which is great for the kids." Chapman will team with another UK signee, 6-7 Reggie Hanson of Pu-See DERBY CLASSIC PAGE 4, coL 3, this section DERBY CLASSIC ROSTERS NORTH SQUAD Player, hometown Ht Pts. Reb. College Trevor Wilson, Reseda, Calif 6-8 22.0 14.0 UCLA Quinton Burton, Columbia, Md 6-5 26.0 17.0 Providence Duane Ivory, Bronx, N.Y 6-6 27.0 17.0 undecided Dave Minor, Cincinnati 6-6 20.8 10.3 Indiana Craig Hawley, Noblesville, Ind 6-5 12.5 6.0 Louisville Felton Spencer, Eastern 7-2 19.1 10.8 Louisville Melvin Newborn. Toledo, Ohio 6-4 27.5 8.0 Minnesota Scott Draud, Fort Thomas Highlands . . 6-2 35.4 4.3 Vanderbilt - Joe Frederick, Cincinnati 6-5 25.0 8.0 Notre Dame Rumeal Robinson, Cambridge, Mass. . 6-2 18.0 10.0 Michigan . Head coach: Bill Kercher (Eastern). Assistants: Leon Mudd (Doss); Ken Shields (Fort Thomas Highlands). SOUTH SQUAD Player, hometown Ht Pts. Reb. College Avie Lester, Roxboro, N.C 6-8 17.0 11.0 N.C. Stata ' Ray Richardson, Mouth of Wilson, Va. 6-6 15.0 7.0 Auburn Wayne Sims, DeRidder. La 6-6 22.9 9.0 LSU ; Rodney Taylor, Columbia, S.C 6-7 25.0 14.0 Villanova Derrick Miller, Savannah, Ga 6-6 27.0 13.0 undecided Reggie Hanson, Pulaski County 6-7 23.3 10.0 Kentucky - John McNeil, Wilson Pike, N.C 6-3 22.9 5.8 Pittsburgh Kevin Pritchard, Tulsa, Okla 6-2 23.0 6.0 Kansas Rex Chapman, Apollo 6-4 25.6 8.3 Kentucky Teyon McCoy, Hammond, Ind 6-1 23.0 5.0 Maryland Head coach: John Whitmer (Apollo). Assistants: Joe Thompson (Trinity), Harvey Reid (Wilson Pike, N.C). 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