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Nashville, Tennessee
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Wednesday, September 2, 1981
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2S THE TENWBStAW. Ww adary. Ozxie Smith Most Marketable, Popular Padre Smith On Way 7b ehg No, 7 Xvi j " - . ; J Phils' Gorlfn Bloiffilcs Biro ATLANTA (AP) Veteran ; left-hander Steve Carlton pitched - a three-hitter for his first shut- cut of the season and Gary ' Matthews drove in all of Philadelphia's runs with a single and a homer last night, carrying the Phillies to a 3-0 victory over the . Atlanta Braves. Carlton, 11-3, never allowed a . base runner past second base. He ' struck out three and walked one ' in pitching the Phillies to their second straight triumph follow-'. ing six consecutive losses. DODGERS 3, PIRATES 2 ; LOS ANGELES (UPI) Ron Cey singled with one out in the ; 14th inning to score Ken Lan- dreaux from second base last ; night and give the Los Angeles . Dodgers a 3-2 victory over the ; Pittsburgh Pirates. Landreaux opened the 14th ; with a double off loser Odell . Jones, 2-2, and Dusty Baker struck: out tor ine nrsi out. sieve Garvey was walked intentionally ' before Cey lined his game-win-. ning hit to give Tom Niedenfuer, ; 2-0, the victory. GIANTS 4, CARDINALS 2 : SAN FRANCISCO (UPI) Vida Blue and Al Holland com-bined on a five-hitteT last night, '. leading the San Francisco Giants : to a 4-2 triumph over the St Lou-; is Cardinals for their fifth ' straight victory. Blue, 7-5, gave up four hits and . two runs in six innings and Hol-' land got his sixth save by pitch-'. ing three scoreless innings. PADRES 3, CUBS 2 SAN DIEGO (UPI) Ruppert '. Jones drove in two runs with a 1 homer and a sacrifice fly last '. night to lead the San Diego Padres to a 3-2 triumph over the 1 Chicago Cubs. : EXPOS4,REDS3 ; CINCINNATI (UPI) Warren Cromartie singled home the win-'. ning run to cap a three-run sev- enth inning last night that car-' ried the Montreal Expos to a 4-3 triumph over the Cincinnati '. Reds. ASTROS 3, METS 2 HOUSTON (AP) Scott ' Loucks scored on a wild pitch by Mike Marshall with two outs in r the ninth inning to give the Hous- Fuller Returns To VU Practice Vanderbilt University's football team worked more than two hours last night at Dudley Field in an exhaustive session which was highlighted by the return to Eractice of freshman quarter-ack Ardell Fuller. Fuller, who had missed 10 workouts prior to Monday with a . pulled Achilles tendon, partici- - pated fully in the work. He had been dressed for practice on Monday, but last night returned to his first full speed practice. Also back for at least limited work were offensive guard Jeff Madden, who has been missing 1 with a sprained knee, and linebacker Zack Spratling, who is ; still limited somewhat with a shoulder ,'njury. ' Head coach George Maclntyre - was pleased with the total effort of the squad in its last open prac- - tice before the Maryland game .; on Sept. 12. Beginning tonight, when the Commodores will held ' a major scrimmage to set the depth chart for the opening . game, all practices will be closed to the public. ton Astros their sixth straight victory, a 3-2 decision over the New York Mets last night Now that Ozzie Smith has won a Gold Glove for fieldicg excellency, his next goal is to become a .300 hitter. , "I'd like nothing better;" said the San Diego shortstop, who also realized another ambition earlier this season when he represented the National League in the All-Star Game in Cleveland. However, the most marketable and popular Padre isn't likely to reach that goal unless his productivity at the plate picks up. IT DID appear that Ozzie was headed in that direction during the First half of the majors' split season when he hit .303 in a five-week surge. But, a slump followed and the young man who batted -258, .211 and .230 his first three seasons has been been struggling to stay at .250. "I know he would like to be a .300 hitter," said teammate Rick Wise, "but he doesn't have to be. Not when you field like he does. He's the most acrobatic shortstop I've seen in my 16 years in the major leagues. There's no shortstop in baseball who can Held better than he A ) Bui does." Padre general manager Jack McKeoa also knows that the 5-10, 155-pounder Isnt your ordinary major league baseball player. Last year when rumors persisted that McKeon might trade Smith to St Louis for Garry Templeton and Tony Scott McKeon was pelted with angry calls from fans protesting the possibility. IT ISNT only the Padres who like the look of Ozzie Smith. His talent is recognized in every - clubhouse in the league. "Forget the stats," says Los Angeles manager Tom Lasorda. "Oz-zie's worth three hits a night to San Diego. That's how many base hits disappear into that glove." No one doubts that Smith would become the No. 1 shortstop In the National League if , he develops into a .300 hitter. ; Besides being awarded a Gold Glove last season, he broke a 56-year-cld major league record ., for shortstops when he recorded 621 assists, 20 more than Glenn Wright of Pittsburgh in 1924. A shortstop who plays deeper than most shortstops. Smith was the only guy in the league last year to figure in . more than 100 double plays, ending up with 113. THE LITTLE guy is a speed- -ster, too. He stole 57 bases in 1S80 and has stolen 125 in three seasons, an average of roughly 42 a year. ' ."..'. "I could do better," says Smith, "if I just wanted to run up stats. But I want to win and it's kind of hard for me to try to ' build up stats on the bases while we're losing." WHILE SMITH Is concerned over his inability to hit .300, he is realistic. ? ;;;: "Look, I'm young," h explained. "I've had to learn the hard way. Remember, I only Elayed 63 games in the minors efore I got the call Thank goodness I have enough sense to , listen to people who know how to help a guy improve "Everybody" who is concerned about my future' has told me that I should choire up on the bat, shorten my swing and bunt more." ; v HAVE YOU been takin'gSr advice? ,. - "Yeah," he replied. "WJtf&i went on that spree in the spring I choked up and widened "my stance, and it worked. Unfortunately, I went back to rftyold .ways and started, struggling again. - '. " '':"i?TVi' ' "But, that setback taught me one thing. I am not a -power hitter. That is very evident Do you know, that the next lidme run I hit will be only my second in the big leagues?" Yes, Ozzie, we do. Better still, though! is the fact that you do. UUUM7 SZfAZAJUZJ ZZJZ-ZAZ.'UZJ 's Lin. mi, i.l , i,i,.,.n,li. I I II I 11,111 I I 1 1 ..,,...., ..,16, , , mil,, .in 1 inn.. .i.iii... ,1,111 i,..n.. 1 , ,,,.,...,..,,.,. n n ,.,..., ,-. 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Taiaail7 II U II Talaaj N-aYart ad Mill m aai II Ittllttat- I ATLANTA akrkkl akrkkt Roalk 4llLarVtllt ktrBrdrf4(((1aararl Ittt kUttaaakt 111 Horaarft 1444 Gnalf 1 1 1 1 Camera Ik 44tl IraradftltltMarpaTd 44 Trlliaft 4lttRabarift 14 14 BlaAaof dt 1 1 1 Baaaaclt Ittt Afaayea 4 1 1 1 Ramlna 1144 B&aaoac Itttliulary 14 44 Carttaay 1 1 I t Roratarpk 1114 rMraaaa lit Millar at Ittt Tatd n 1 1 1 Total Mtlt E-rURarat DP-Pkllahlala t LOB-PkilftaHpaia 4, AUarrU I 1B-Raat RR-kUttkra (t afxatadL t-Baaaiartoa. Ali's Return NEW YORK (AP) In a press conference subdued compared with the previous circus-like shows that nave marked his career, three-time heavyweight champion Muhammad All said yesterday that he will return to the ring Dec. 2 to fight Trevor Berbick in the Bahamas. Ali, 39, has been unable to get a boxing license from any state commission except South Carolina since being stopped In 11 rounds in a title fight against World Boxing Council champion Larry Holmes last October in Las Vegas. Sounds' Finale J Gets Rained Out CHATTANOOGA It took more than Vh hours of work, a protest, and finally an injured player before umpires eventually decided to call last night's Southern League game here between Nashville and Chattanooga due to wet grounds. Despite a heavy thunderstorm which pounded a virtually unprotected field at Engle Stadium for more than two hours prior to game time, Lookout officials refused to cancel the meaningless regular-season finale because it had attracted one of the largest audiences of the season approximately 4,000 fans. But after Chattanooga leadoff batter Robbie Alvarez slipped and twisted a knee while rounding first base on a fly ball to right field, umpires John Hughes and Brian Cobb decided to call the game. The contest had started at 10:37 p.m. EDT. NASHVILLE SOUNDS' manager Stump Merrill had announced he was playing the game under protest because of its poor and dangerous condition. He had placed long distance phone calls to both league commissioner .Timmv Rracan and J" A Dat lama 4 aaaar, xt... r i ji.4 1 iii .a 1 r 1 1 a ia - new luia. 1 lai ni uireciur aauwrwoortt ik craaa - Bill Llvesey in an ef f ort to keep Mt Vile fklltK finwi b1iiImm Chattanooga had won three of four meetings with Nashville during the series, but the Sounds had already clinched the second-half Western Division title before the first game was played. ,;; ' Nashville finished the second half with a 43-30 recor and wound up the entire season with the best record in the Southern League at 81-62. It marked the third straight year the Sounds had posted the league's best overall season record, v The Sounds begin the best-of-five .Western Division playoffs with first-half winner Memphis tomorrow night in the Bluff City at Tim McCarver Stadium. The second game will also be played in Memphis with the final three, if necessary, slated for Greer Stadium in Nashville. CUMBERLAND LANEBJwO aaa Ckaa - Jaaa Gray IM, ARea WUaaa 471; BofcCVaaeay 137444; Mate BU-l.tT. BL Iaaauaj Injaa Clara Mite 17V4M; Jack fckaRa 114, Jar Millar 111; Hdy Baakan BAB. nnyaila MIL NBBA Nat Baaa Ooadby 171. Pad Varr tM 111, Bayvaal Bllw 44-1. II A ftrfcara - Barkara Wart 117. Baaa CaankaB 44; Jaka ktaata m-Ut; Btrka Part BM-UM Traaadttara Ovyaaa Bartarty I7M4I; Jarry lata lit. Jaa Battka IM; Traaarm an U4-L14I. Maa, Ntt OataMan Paa Garnet 174-41; Jack Prlaea IIL Beaky Caaea 111; OaUata 447, IrUAaUa Hiaaia 1A4. PLAZA LANE Saaat-Paya WUarai 111, BUly Ckrartlaa tt. Rkk-arl EyW I4I4M, Oaar aal Uaoar TM, Waa Eaaaa lja Fraaaaaaip-WUaa Fka MB4M, DaaV Pka Ml-4tt, Kiaf Paa IB4-I.M1. Rari Caa laaara VaaAareifl M44. Xi Rat. daH IU-4BB, Faar V 74, Larky II lMl Wad Wlaaa-Eatky Ptoar BM4II Taaa II Ml, Taaa 11 lAtL SAVANNAH CAPTURED the Eastern Division second-half crown last night with a 4-3 win over Knoxville and defending league champion Charlotte was bowing 6-5 to Memphis. The Braves finished only percentage points ahead of the Orioles. Last night's cancellation of the Sounds-Lookouts game, gave Chattanooga second baseman Kevin Rhomberg the stolen base title with a record 76 thefts. He finished with just two more than Nashville shortstop Otis Nixon. Mike Morgan had started on the mound for Nashville last night, seeking to improve on' his 8-7 record. He'll now be moved up in the starting rotation for the playoffs behind Jamie Werly, Stefan Wever, and Pete Filson. BARRING ANY ralnouts, the Southern League best-of-five championship playoffs are scheduled to begin Sept. 8 at the Western Division champion's field. Tickets for the playoff games at Greer Stadium are on sale at the Sounds' ticket office and will be $1 more than the regular-season prices. i A

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