Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona on October 17, 1979 · Page 5
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Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona · Page 5

Phoenix, Arizona
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Wednesday, October 17, 1979
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FINAL S"Rr3Efr3rr ' The Arizona Republic C'1! V-Vli (iiSS) Wednesday, October 17, 1979 OQ C ' i Pittsburgh squares Series, blanks Orioles, 4-0 Candelaria, Tekulve stop Baltimore on 7-hit gem Baltimore's Jim Palmer (left) and Rick Dempsey are glum in the seventh inning of the sixth game Tuesday. John Candelaria and Kent Tekulve, who relieved in the seventh, silenced the Orioles. Associated Press BALTIMORE Over and over, Dave Parker repeated the cry, "Five card stud . . . showdown!," comparing the final game of the 1979 World Series to a poker game. The Pittsburgh Pirates and the Baltimore Orioles are the card sharps, and the showdown comes tonight in the seventh and final game of this Series. Parker and the Pirates pushed the Series to its limit Tuesday night, beating Baltimore, 4-0, and coming back from a two-game deficit to tie baseball's world championship showdown at three victories apiece. Parker drove in the game's first run with a seventh-inning single. Then, after Willie Stargell's sacrifice fly made it 2-0, the Pirates added two insurance runs in the eighth around a double by pesky Phil Garner. Garner had two other hits in the game, running his Series total to 11. "We know it's not going to be easy," Garner said of the seventh, winner-take-all game. "But we're a very confident club every time we go into a ball-game." The toughest part may be over for the Pirates. Twice, they've faced instant elimination after falling behind in this Series, three games to one. Now they're all even, and finally the Pirates have the Orioles in the same situation the Bucs have faced since Saturday the possibility of losing the World Series in one game. "The last two games, we've been doing the things we do best," Stargell said. "Nobody said 'die.' We just said, 'Let's go out and do it.'" And so the Pirates did it, capitalizing on the combined seven-hit shutout pitching of John Cande laria and Kent Tekulve, and the continued slump of the American League champion Orioles. Now the Series will be decided with one final game. Scott McGregor, winner of the third game, pitches for Baltimore against Jim Bibby, who started in the fourth game but was not involved in the decision. That game was the last one the Orioles have won. "Ever since I was a little kid, 5 years old, I've dreamed of pitching the seventh game of the World Series," McGregor said. "Now I'll have the chance." The Orioles had hoped he wouldn't get that chance, but Pittsburgh made sure he would by keeping the Baltimore bats under wraps. Since scoring six runs in the eighth inning of the fourth game, the Orioles have fallen into a dreadful slump, managing just one run in 19 innings. Their slumbering bats proved fatal to starter Jim Palmer, who pitched a creditable game, matching Candelaria's shutout through the first six innings. Candelaria, who has been troubled by back and rib cage injuries, was lifted for pinch hitter Lee Lacy leading off the seventh as the Pirates sought to get something going against Palmer. But Lacy struck out as a capacity Memorial Stadium crowd of 53,739 roared its approval. Soon, however, the Pirates silenced the crowd. Speedy Omar Moreno, criticized for his poor hitting in earlier games, drilled the second of his three singles in the game to right field. Then, on a hit-and-run play, Tim Foli bounced a ball up the middle. Oriole shortstop Kiko Garcia tried to field the ball and keep his foot on the base for the force Series, E2 Kent Tekulve . AuacfcM riwMs . allows 1 hit in 3 innings Skinny reliever near perfect Kidded Tekulve rebounds BALTIMORE - KENT TEKULVE is kidded a lot. Pittsburgh teammates worry that he will be washed down the drain when he showers. They claim he could hide behind a Louisville Slugger, or drink a strawberry pop and double for a thermometer. Yep, the 6-foot-4, 160-pound Tekulve, the Pirates' relief specialist, takes a lot of ribbing. He's ribbed about posing as a human 3-wood. Or a stork. Or a giraffe. Tekulve, it's said, made a collection of such descriptions. Not so, he testifies, lie tries to forget them, or at least ignore them. But is there any one description that really and truly, deep down, bugs him. The slender Tekulve adjusted his sunglasses before replying. "Yes," he said with a weak smile. "Someone once called me the poster boy for scurvy." But there was only one word to describe Tekulve on Tuesday night: effective. In the fourth game of the World Series, he relieved in the eighth and Bob Hurt was largely responsible for a six-run Oriole inning. Tuesday, he entered the sixth game in the seventh inning and was near-flawless. His three-inning stint included only one hit and three strikeouts. The difference in the two games? "I had the bail down in the strike zone," Tekulve said. "I didn't let it get up, didn't make the mistakes." With that neat .mop-up job, the Pirates, who had been fitted for a coffin only two games ago, tied the series at three with a 4-0 victory. "But I had the easy part," said Tekulve, who saved 31 regular-season games. "He had the tough part. And he did a heck of a job of 1t." He is John Candelaria. Tekulve, with his whip-like sidearm motion, look's like he is in pain. But Candelaria is in pain. With Candelaria, if it's not his back troubles, now several years old, it is the recently acquired sore ribs. "As long as I've known him, and that's six or seven years, he's gone out there in pain," said Tekulve. "But he has the ability to endure a lot of pain." Candelaria had been shocked with 6 runs in 3 innings in the third game, but Tuesday pitched six-hit, scoreless ball for 6 innings. "He threw super," said Pirate Manager Chuck Tanner. "I knew it hurt him, but he pitched right through pain." Pain. How much pain? "Well, it was bothering me a little when I warmed up," said Candelaria, "But fortunately, it never got worse when I threw in the game." Sorry, Candy Man, but your catcher doesn't buy that. The catcher. Ed Ott, Hurt, E2 IPo H75 7Z 1 i J ATA 7 , J1 i rf a .. .. Virvfiir (x. Dave Parker of Pittsburgh sprawls in the Infield more's Eddie Murray (right) teamed with Doug after stumbling over first base in the first inning DeCinces to throw out Parker. The Pirates won, 4-of the sixth World Series game Tuesday. Balti- 0, to square Series at three wins apiece. Towels jinx Seattle free throws Suns top poor-shooting Sonics o M If Jfj -i If ft S 4 Suns' Don Buse attempts to prevent Seattle's night at the Coliseum. Suns' Paul Westphal is Jack Sikma from receiving a pass Tuesday in background. Suns won, 102-86. i '. - By NORM FRAUENHEIM A committee of Hollywood's best television writers couldn't have put together a better premiere. Even the most skeptical . critic would have to call the Phoenix Suns' debut on subscription television (ON-TV) Tuesday night an unqualified success. All the elements of a good story were on display. An old rival that happened to be the National Basketball Association's defending champion was the antagonist. There was a live audience, equipped with some bright orange props. There was grace. There was some suspense. And, in the end, there was a 102-86 Phoenix victory over the Seattle Super-Sonics. An aggressive defense in the second and third quarters, an adequate job of rebounding and Alvan Adams earned the unbeaten Suns their third-straight victory before 10,253 fans at the Coliseum.. Seattle fell to an 0-2 mark. Seattle jumped out to a six-point lead a few :minutes after tipoff. But the lead was short-lived because of a Phoenix defense that raised havoc with the Sonic offense. The Suns employed a trapping defense, a strategy that kept two and sometimes three around the ball. "I would say that was a major difference," said Suns' forward Leonard "Truck" Robinson, who sank a couple of long jump shots late in the first quarter to give the Suns a three-point lead, their first of the night. "The idea was to make them use up about IS seconds or more on the shot clock. Then more often than not, they had to rush their shots." Seattle Coach Lenny Wilkens blamed the loss on impatience. The Phoenix defense was a problem, but not critical, he said. "We've seen their press before," Wilkens said. "We beat them ' a couple of times. But we just missed some easy shots early." Some of the easy shots included free throws. Seattle only sank 2 of 7 in the first quarter and 1 of 6 in the second. Part of Seattle's inability at the line could be blamed on the crowd, of course. Suns fans behind both baskets came Related story, E3 equipped with orange towels, Phoenix's version of the Pittsburgh Steelers' "Terrible Towels." The fans broke out the towels for the first time when Sonic guard Gus Williams went to the line at 9:26 of the second quarter. Williams had one shot. He missed. The Sonics staged a momentary recov ery in the first few minutes of the second period when they grabbed a three-point lead. But that was the last time the Sonics led. The Suns jumped out to an eight-point lead at the half. They turned that margin into 20 in the third quarter. The Sonics, thanks to some sudden offense from Freddie Brown, cut the margin to 11 late in the fourth quarter, but Adams made sure the Suns would win their first of 10 scheduled games on subscription television. Adams, who had 26 points and 14 rebounds, sank four jump shots from near the top of the key during the final period. Each jumper semmed to snuff out the the start of a Sonic rally. Suns, E3 (jyg Today RETIREMENT Baltimore Manager Earl Weaver hints of retirement after 1982 season. E2 ANNOUNCEMENT SET - Dallas Green is expected to be named manager of the Philadelphia Phillies Thursday. E2. IN THE RACE Arizona-Stanford winner will remain in contention for Pac-10 title. E5. MAKING A NAME - Young Rick Mears says he's learning a lot from Bobby Unser, his teammate on the Roger Penske racing team. E7. Latest line E6 NFL roundup E5 Sports broadcasts Television Pro baseball World Series; Pittsburgh at Baltimore, Ch. 3, 5 p.m. Radio Pro baseball World Series; Pittsburgh at Baltimore, KARZ (960) 5:15 p.m. Entertainment Calendar Radio E12 Cinemafare E12 TV log E9 Ell

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