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SUNDAY. JULY 12, 1992 ST. LOUIS HOST-DISPATCH SPORTS 5F BASEBALL E5 JUL 1 2 1392' Ozzie Is One Of Elite Three Joins Ex-Card Brock In Stolen-Base Feat By Rick Hummel Of the Post-Dispatch Staff LOS ANGELES Ozzie Smith's stolen base in the fifth inning Saturday gave him 20 for the season and marked the 15th consecutive year he has stolen 20 or more bases. That streak is the longest for any active player. "I've still got some legs," Smith said, smiling. "And I play on Astroturf. "Looking back on it, that's quite a feat. There aren't many people who have done that." Smith became the third player since 1900 to steal 20 or more bases for 15 consecutive seasons. He joins Honus Wagner (18 years) and Lou Brock (15 years). Smith, 37, was charged with two errors at shortstop Saturday, marking the second time that had happened in a game here this season. He has made only two other errors this season, although he said a ball hit to his left by speedy Tom Goodwin in the first inning should have been a hit. Smith said the muddy infield "was lousy. But I'm not using that as an excuse. If I get in front of it, I get an error. If I don't catch it cleanly, I get an error. Where's the justice?" Smith pointed to a ball Jose Offer-man hit off the glove of third baseman Todd Zeile on Friday night. "I'm not whining," he said, "but if you're going to score that ball a hit, you've got to score Goodwin's ball a hit today, especially a guy who can run like that. He's faster than Offer-man." Cardinals first baseman Andres Galarraga, who had a total of six hits in three games earlier on the trip, is hitless in 15 at-bats since then, hitting only two balls out of the infield. Zeile, who has 30 runs batted in for the first 86 games, said he thought he could get to 75 by the end of the season. - ' "I had over 40 actually 45 last year in the second half," he said. "And it wasn't like it was just an unbelievable Cards From page one Thompson singled three times and stole one base in three attempts. "When you're the leadoff man, you've got to run," he said. Todd Zeile, extending his hitting streak to eight games, singled to start the second. "He seems to be comfortable, finally," Torre said. Brian Jordan, who had been six for 55, beat out an infield single, his first of two hits Saturday. Then Tom Pag-nozzi grounded a double over the third-base bag, and both Zeile and Jordan scored on a track muddied by a pregame drizzle. Pagnozzi went to third on a passed ball by Scioscia. After Tim Jones flied to short center, the Cardinals put the squeeze on with Clark at bat. Clark couldn't make contact with an outside pitch, and Pagnozzi was hung up between third and home. But Scioscia fired the ball well over the head of third baseman Dave Hansen, and Pagnozzi trotted home. The Cardinals wasted singles by Thompson and Smith and Smith's stolen base in the fifth as Ray Lankford, Andres Galarraga and Jordan all couldn't drive anybody in. The Cardinals have scored only three of their last 25 runners from third with less than two out. Two were driven in on pinch-hit efforts by Bernard Gilkey, and the other was Pag-nozzi's dash home after Scioscia's error. "The longer it goes, the worse it gets because everybody's conscious of it," Torre said. Pagnozzi said: "I don't know what it is. But if we're going to get it together, scoring runners from third is the first place we have to start. When we don't get the good pitching, our hitting has to got to pick up." In their fifth, the Dodgers took advantage of Smith's second error to score their run. Smith, who has six errors this season, including a pair of two-error games here, bobbled Lenny Harris' slow roller. The tortoise-like Scioscia beat out a bunt with the infield playing back. Pinch-hitter Todd Benzinger struck out, but Harris and Scioscia worked a double steal. Jose Offerman grounded to Smith, who caught Scioscia between second and third as Harris scored. Torre, referring to the two errors, said, "I told Smith I'm glad this game was on television because if people saw it the papers, they wouldn't believe it." A diving stop by third baseman Zeile aided Clark in the sixth. Zeile took a hit away from Eric Davis, a play that proved important because Clark issued back-to-back walks to Eric Karros and Hansen later in the inning. After a visit from Coleman, Clark retired Harris on a grounder to second baseman Jones. Clark left in the seventh after giving up leadoff singles to Scioscia and pinch-hitter Mitch Webster. Webster's hit was his seventh in 15 pinch-hitting appearances. But Carpenter struck out Offerman on a low fastball and induct pinch- CARDINALS NOTEBOOK Ozzie Smith's stolen base Saturday gave him 20 this year and marked the 15th consecutive year he had stolen 20 or more. second half." Dodgers right fielder Darryl Strawberry absorbed his worst booing to date by the home fans, striking out four times Friday night. Strawberry has been slow to rebound after missing 49 games because of a herniated disc in his back. "I guess they assume I've been playing all year," Strawberry said. "I was somewhat surprised. It's not like I've been in the lineup and not performing." His salary of $4 million a year might have something to do with the fans' message. Teammate Eric Davis said: "If people expect Darryl to come in and hit every ball to the moon, it's just not going to happen that way. It's sad they feel like that." Rheal Cormier finally got his second win in 15 starts Friday night for the Cardinals. "I've been pitching pretty well," he said, "but I had nothing to show for it. When we scored three runs, I said, 'I have to keep them there.' " Cormier (2-7) struck out 1 1 Friday. After talking to veterans Bob Tewksbury and Bob McClure, Cormier came away with the attitude that "you can't let your record determine how you pitch." "If you think about your record," he said, "you're probably going to mess up. If I keep pitching like I am, the results are going to change." Cormier said at times he had been aggravated by his lack of wins. "It was aggravating at the beginning, and it's still aggravating. But you CARDINALS CARDINALS 4, DODGERS 1 Cardinals AB R H Bl BB SO Thompson If . L.Smith p O.Smith ss . . Lankford of . . Galarraga 1b Zeile 3b Jordan rf . . . . Pagnozzi c . . Jones 2b Clark p Carpenter p . d-Hudler ph . Gilkey If Totals 37 4 11 Los Angeles AB R H Bl BB SO Offerman ss Goodwin cf c-Sharperson ph Howell p Davis If Strawberry rf Karros 1b Hansen 3b Harris 2b Scioscia c Hershiser p a-Benzinger ph . . Crews p b-Webster ph-cf . Totals 1 1 0 0 Cardinals Los Angeles 130 000 0004 11 2 000 010 0001 7 2 a-struck out for Hershiser in the 5th. fa-singled for Crews in the 7th. c-grounded into double play for Goodwin in the 7th. d-flied out for Carpenter in the 9th. E O.Smith 2 (6). Offerman (20). Scioscia (7). LOB Cardinals 7, Los Angeles 8. 2B Jordan (9), Pagnozzi (16). SB Thompson (13), O.Smith (20), Harris (10), Scioscia (3). CS Pagnozzi (3), Goodwin (2). GIDP Lankford, Sharperson, Harris. Runners left in scoring position Cardinals 3 (Jordan 2, Clark); Los Angeles 4 (Sharperson, Hansen, Harris 2). Runners moved up Pagnozzi, Offerman. DP Cardinals 2; Los Angeles 2. Cardinals IP H R ER BB SO NP Clark W, 2-3 .... 6 6 1 0 3 3 96 Carpenter 2 0 0 0 0 1 22 L.Smith S, 23 ... 1 1 0 0 0 0 13 Los Angeles IP H R ER BB SO NP Hershiser L, 7-7 . 5 8 4 3 1 3 80 Crews 2 1 0 0 0 1 22 Howell 2 2 0 0 0 0 19 Clark pitched to 2 batters in the 7th. Inherited runners-scored Carpenter 2-0 IBB off Hershiser (Zeile) 1. PB Scioscia. Umpires Home, Froemming: First, Montague; Second. Hallion; Third, Winters. T 2:42. A 34,216. HOW THEY SCORED CARDINALS' FIRST Thompson singled to right and stole second. O.Smith singled to center, scoring Thompson. ONE RUN. Cardinals led 1-0. CARDINALS' SECOND Zeile singled to center. Jordan reached on an infield single. Pagnozzi doubled down the left-field line, scoring Zeile and Jordan. Pagnozzi went to third on Scioscia's passed ball and scored on Scioscia s error. THREE RUNS. Cardinals led 4-0 DODGERS' FIFTH Harris was safe on O S-mith's error. Scioscia bunted for a single. Both runners moved up on a double steal. Offerman grounded into fielder's choice short, scoring Harris. ONE RUN. Cardinals won 4-1 . hitter Mike Sharperson to bounce into an inning-ending double play. Carpenter said: "When I got to the mound, I knew I needed a strikeout. That's me maturing and listening to other guys like Mac Bob McClure and Rich Gedman. I take none of the credit mentally. The guys around me have given me the plan." Torre said he thought Carpenter's work represented the key part of the game. "We had lost the momentum when we didn't score in the fifth with second and third with nobody out, and Carpenter got it back for us," Torre said. Clark said: "Cris saved me. You're not going to have your goodstuff ev AP cannot take that out to the mound," he said. Cormier even survived Strawberry, who gave Cormier a strawberry on his left arm last year with a line drive. He fanned Strawberry three times in a row. "Same pitch every time," Cormier said. "Forkball." Dodgers outfielder Brett Butler missed his first game of the season because of a jammed shoulder. Donovan Osborne (7-4) will make the Cardinals' final start of the first half when he faces Los Angeles' Kevin Gross (4-9) Sunday. Dodgers lefthander Bob Ojeda (5-4) suspects he might be traded. Ojeda, 34, has given up only four runs in his last 27 innings, but he is on a last-place team. "I think my trade value is as big now as it has ever been," he said. "If we are still struggling and other teams are looking for a lefthander to help them win a pennant, I'm sure I'll hear my name." Orel Hershiser, the Dodgers' losing pitcher Saturday, has given up 31 hits in his last 19 innings. Cardinals coach Don Baylor said he is happy that manager Joe Torre is not threatened by his presence. "It's nice to be able to go where you want to go," Baylor said, "without worrying about whether the manager is going to be there." Cardinals starter Mark Clark's hitting streak ended at four games Saturday. Clark struck out twice and tapped to the mound. "They hooked me," Clark said. "Can't hit a curveball." REPORT CARDINALS' AVERAGES BATTING Avg. AB R H2B3BHR RBI Carpenter . .500 2 0 1 0 0 0 2 Thompson .319135 18 43 5 1 4 12 Gilkey 313150 20 47 8 2 0 13 Wilson 311 74 4 23 5 0 0 9 Jose 304 253 27 77 12 2 7 43 O.Smith .. .299 264 32 79 7 1 0 20 Pena 295 95 15 28 7 0 3 12 Lankford.. .287 324 45 93 19 4 9 35 Pagnozzi . .281 270 26 76 16 3 4 28 Olivares .. .273 33 4 9 1 0 0 2 Zeile 264 284 35 75 15 3 5 30 Alicea ... .252107 12 27 3 6 1 14 Perry 243103 10 25 7 0 0 12 Clark 235 17 0 4 0 0 0 1 'Guerrero . .221 145 10 32 6 1 1 16 Hudler 207 58 8 12 2 0 2 3 Jordan ... .203192 17 39 9 4 5 22 Oquendo . .200 10 0 2 1 0 0 1 Jones 188117 6 22 3 0 0 2 Galarraga. .184152 11 28 6 1 2 10 Osborne .. .162 37 4 6 0 1 0 0 Cormier .. .160 25 1 4 2 0 0 0 Gedman . . .120 50 0 6 2 0 0 1 Tewksbury .071 42 2 3 0 0 0 2 Worrell ... .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 L.Smith .. .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 McClure . . .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 B.Smith . .000 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 Perez 000 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 DeLeon . . . .000 16 1 0 0 0 0 0 SB: Lankford 28, O. Smith 20, Jose 13, Thompson 13, Gilkey 7, Jordan 7, Pena 5, Zeile 5, Jones 4, Galarraga 3, Perry 3, Guerrero 2, Pagnozzi 2, Hudler, Wilson. PITCHING W L ERA IP H BB SO Perez 6 1 1.65 49 0 39 16 30 Tewksbury . 9 3 1 87 134.2127 9 51 Carpenter ..3 2 2 33 50 1 34 13 26 Clark 2 3 2.79 51.2 42 14 18 Osborne ... 7 4 2.82 1081 100 21 58 L. Smith ... 2 3 3 03 38 2 33 12 33 McClure ... 1 2 3.21 28.0 27 14 13 Worrell .... 3 3 3.77 31.0 27 13 33 Olivares ... 5 4 3.78 97.2 84 31 50 DeLeon 2 6 4.21 77.0 73 27 53 Cormier ... 2 7 4.61 86.0 97 20 57 B.Smith ..0 0 6.75 2.2 3 2 1 Saves: L. Smith 23, Carpenter. 'On disabled list. CARDINALS' STATISTICS VS. EAST Home Road Totals W L W L W L Chicago 2 4 1 4 3 8 Montreal 2 1 2 1 4 2 New York 4 3 2 5 6 8 Philadelphia 2 1 1 2 3 3 Pittsburgh 1 2 1 2 2 4 Totals vs. East 11 11 7 14 18 25 VS. WEST Home Road Totals W L W L W L Atlanta 3 1 1 2 4 3 Cincinnati 2 0 0 2 2 2 Houston 2 1 2 1 4 2 Los Angeles 1 2 4 1 5 3 San Diego 1 2 5 1 6 3 San Francisco 2 1 3 3 5 4 Totals vs. West Overall Totals 11 7 15 10 26 17 22 18 22 24 44 42 UPCOMING GAMES Sunday: in Los Angeles 3:05 p.m. Monday: Open Date Tuesday: All-Star Game in San Diego Wednesday: Open Date Thursday: in Cincinnati 6:35 p.m. Friday: in Cincinnati 6:35 p.m. Saturday: in Cincinnati 6:35 p.m. ery time. Today was one of those times. Pags would set up inside, and I'd throw it outside." Carpenter said he wasn't as strong as he would have liked. "But how I feel and how I throw are two different things," he said. Veteran Bob Tewksbury has served as an example to Clark, Donovan Osborne and Rheal Cormier, who struck out 11 on Friday. Tewksbury is "like a machine out there, " Clark said. "He just places the ball in and out. We sit there and watch how he pitches, and that helps us when we go out there. Hopefully, we can continue the rest of the year like this." Stars Lose Excitement Points Over A Lack Of Run Production SAN DIEGO (AP) - Tune in Tuesday night to the All-Star Game and you'll see baseball from a neat, new perspective, thanks to a camera that CBS plans to install inside first base. Needless to say, after paying thousands of dollars for the lipstick-sized lens, CBS does not want to get its gadget broken. That being the case, maybe the network should mount it someplace where it won't get stepped on too often, someplace like home plate. The reasons are plenty, but the result is always the same no one ever scores anymore. Fact: In the last six All-Star games, the National Leaguers have scored 10 runs. In that time, they've hit one measly home run. And, the NL has failed to score more than two runs in any inning since 1978, the last time the game was played at San Diego. Fact: In the last eight All-Star games, only once has the loser scored more than two runs. In that span, only twice has a team gotten as many as 10 hits. It's too bad. Because as thrilling as it is to witness a tense pitching duel on a September afternoon, watching Roger Clemens match zeros with Jack Morris, it's just no fun to see that on a hot summer night when Mark McGwire, Barry Bonds, Kirby Puckett and Ryne Sandberg are all in attendance. Why has the National Basketball Association All-Star Game become so popular? Because Michael Jordan & Co. put on a point-fest. Why has even the National Hockey League All-Star Game become entertaining? Because Mario Lemieux and friends put the puck in the net like crazy. Just think, what was the highlight of uEDTME LP at FIRESTONE BRIDGESTONE MICHELIN" FIRESTONE TRIUMPH Price Match Guarantee: If you can find the same Michelin, Bridgestone, Firestone or Triumph -brand tires for less at of purchase, we'll match the price in anybody's current, local ad you show us. 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