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Asbury Park PressSat. June 12, 1982 B3 Cards defeat Mets Forrester's dream-come-true: A no-hitter in career finale G By ELLIOTT DENMAN Press Staff Writer NEW YORK - Randy Jones' sinker didn't sink and his slider refused to slide. Nething worked the way it should have for the Mets' veteran left-hander last night and he was pounded out of the box in the third inning of an eventual 7-3 triumph by the St. Louis Cardinals. A few weeks back, they were processing Jones' nomination for "comeback player of the year." He was 5-1 and riding his best start since his Cy Young Award days with San Diego in 1976. But now he's 6-5, has lasted a total of 3 innings in his last three starts, been pounded for 15 runs and 14 hits, and even Manager George Bamberger can't say where he's headed. All he'd say after the shelling is "the bullpen isn't the answer for Randy. "He kept it down for the first inning and I thought he was headed for a good game. "But nothing stayed down after that and he was in trouble." Pitching coach Bill Monboquette's recommendation didn't work, either. Jones' usual practice on game night is to warm up twice. This time he warmed up just once but longer. Now he'll try The Tommy John Method. The Yanks' lefty sinkerballer makes a habit of throwing every day between starts, and this will become Jones' next 'remedy.' No. 2 Mets' pitcher Mike Scott was as unsuccessful as his predecessor, giving up three more hits and another run in just two-thirds of an inning, before giving way to Pat Zachry, who finally found a way to get the Cards out. It was 6-0, though, by this time and hardly mattered. The slumping Mets were on their way to their seventh loss in their last nine games and 10th in the last 14. All this is happening after the Mets' best start in 10 years. They're 29-28 and now trail the first-place Cards (3523) by 5 games. While Jones was succumbing, St. Louis' Joaquin Andujar was coming up with another superior effort. Andujar, a 29-year-old righthander from the Dominican Republic who came to St. Louis from Houston for outfielder Tony Scott a year ago, went the complete game and raised his record to 6-4. He became a doule threat, switch-hitting his way to a single in the third inning and a double in the eighth, for a pair of runs batted in. Catcher Darrell Porter had three of the Cards' 15 hits, including a two-run homer in the second inning. "Joaquin pitched a hell of a game," said Cards' Manager Whitey Herzog. "He could easily be 10-2 at this stage. I had to take him out once down 2-0 in the eighth and another time 1-0 in the seventh." The Cards had the best record in the National League East last year but were kept out of the playoffs after finishing second in both halves of the split season. They didn't get the recognition they deserved for the accomplishment and some "experts" said they'd not go far this year for lack of pitching depth. Andujar is helping to change that prognosis, at last living up to the potential he's flashed only intermittently in six seasons as an Astro. "I don't even want to talk about Houston, ' he said. "That's behind me. They didn't use me right. I didn't pitch a lot there. "I'm just happy I'm getting my chance now." He was a power-hitting outfielder in the Dominican Republic but was told by scout Willie Calbino his professional future was in pitching. "I listened to the man," said Andujar. "I changed right away." Pitching coach Hub Kittle recommended slight changes in Andujar's windup and they've paid major dividends in '82. "Now I'm a real pitcher. I've got more control. I'm a guy that hangs in there. I won't give up until I die." Jones' troubles began with Lonnie Smith's ground-rule double to start the second. Porter followed with his homer on a 2-1 pitch. It went to 3-0 rookie when Willie McGee singled home Ozrie Smith. The barrage continued in the third. Porter singled home Lonnie Smith and that signaled the end for Jones. Tom Herr greeted Scott with another single. Andujar's hit brought home Porter and McGee's single scored Herr. The Mets finally scored in the fourth when Hubie Brooks doubled home John Stearns. They cut it to 6-2 in the sixth after George Foster raced home on a forceout. But Andujar's RBI double in the eighth gave the Cards their seventh run. Bob Bailor and Dave Kingman scratched out infield singles in the eighth and, after a wild pitch, Bailor scored on Stearns' groundout. The Mets hope to reverse their recent fortunes tonight with Craig Swan (4-1) vs. Steve Mura (5-4.) Tomorrow it will be Pete Falcone (3-2) vs. John Stuper (0-0.) The Porter home run came off a Jones fastball. "I smacked it good," said Porter. "I've been hitting the best I have since I came over from Kansas City. "I've adjusted my stance and stand further back in the box. I can't go any further back than I am because the line is there. "This team has been doing so well because it's so deep. One guy gets hurt and another guy comes in and does the job." ; Porter himself is nursing a fractured index finger on his right hand suffered on a foul tip in Atlanta. He plays with pain. Gene Tenace is his regular backup, but ha a broken bone in his hand and is still on the disabled list. Xy rr , , : - W1f ' ... . Toms River South's Tom Forrester route to a no-hitter against Brick in Roenicke, Ripken set pace as Orioles batter Yankees The Associated Press BALTIMORE Gary Roenicke and Cal Ripken Jr. drove in three runs apiece last night as the Baltimore Orioles defeated the New York Yankees 9-4 to continue streaks for teams moving in opposite directions. It was the sixth victory in seven games for the Orioles, while the Yankees have lost six of their last seven. Roenicke connected for his 14th homer during Baltimore's five-run first inning after John Lowenstein's two-out, bad-hop double over first baseman John May-berry's head. Ripken followed with his fifth homer and added a two-run single in the seventh. Dave Winfield reached above the left-field fence to prevent a homer by Lowen-stein in the sixth but he couldn't hold the ball and it went for a double. Loser Mike Morgan, 3-3, retired the next two batters with Lowenstein holding, but reliever Shane Rawley yielded an RBI pinch-single to Rick Dempsey. Rawley was charged with three runs in the seventh, although Ripken's hit came off George Frazi-er. Dennis Martinez, 6-4, recorded his 13th straight victory at Memorial Stadium with three innings of relief help from Tippy Martinez. Roy Smalley drove home two New York runs with singles in the second and fourth, following doubles by Winfield and Graig Nettles. The Yankees' other two runs scored on sacrifice flies, by Bobby Murcer in the first and Butch Wynegar in the sixth. Bob Bailor of the Mets sidesteps applies the tag in sixth inning of a if - i J 1- v ' J- i " , 'J r - - - f f , - , . ; . ! . ' . - . '-.j . . .'. ' 1 01 t ' f If: Asbury Park Press lets loose with a pitch yesterday en the Ocean County championship. American League Blue Jays 2, A's 1 TORONTO Jim Clancy outdueled Oakland's Brian Kingman with a three-hitter and Damaso Garcia doubled in the wining run as the Toronto Blue Jays edged the A's. Clancy, 6-3, who limited the A's to singles by Dan Meyer and Tony Armas and a double by Dave Lopes, struck out eight and walked two to record his third complete-game victory of the season. Kingman, making his first start of the season after being recalled from Tacoma, yielded just four hits. He struck out three and walked three. Toronto scored its winning run in the fifth on Garcia's RBI double to left that scored Alfredo Griffin, who had singled. Red Sox 6, Indians 2 BOSTON Tom Burgmeier pitched eight innings innings of three-hit relief and the Boston Red Sox capitalized on Lary Sorensen's error, wild pitch and two balks for four first-inning runs to defeat the Cleveland Indians. Burgmeier, 3-0, relieved injured starter Bobby Ojeda at the start of the second inning when Ojeda pulled a hamstring muscle in his left leg. The reliever struck out two and walked two. Sorensen, 5-5, was the loser as the Red Sox triumphed for the sixth time in their last seven games. Associated Press Mike Ramsey of the Cardinals as he game last night at Shea Stadium. By RAY LENA Press Staff Writer DOVER TOWNSHIP - Every boy's baseball dream came true yesterday for Tom Forrester. In the finale of a brilliant high school career, the Toms River South senior lefthander dazzled Brick Township with a nine inning,, no-hit, 17-strikeout performance as the Indians captured their second straight Ocean County championship with a 2-0 victory. Every boy ever to pick up a bat and ball fancys himself a hero; envisions a charmed finale to fantasy where his exploits end in triumph. Forrester is just like every boy. He hoped to go out in a blaze of glory. But now he's different his dream came true. "I never pitched better. It was my last game and I wanted to make it my best; I wanted to go out in style," said Forrester, clutching his MVP trophy. "Sure I was aware of it (no-hitter);' right from the start. I'm always aware of a no-hitter," said the lean red-head, who finished with a 13-2 record. "I always try to pitch a no-hitter every game." Although Forrester was silencing the Brick bats, the outcome was in doubt until a two-out rally in the ninth, built on two hits, a walk and two Brick errors, produced the only runs of the game. Forrester's first no-hitter got off to an unlikely start when he hit leadoff batter Jim Ryerson, Brick's gutty pitcher, who turned in a five-hit effort and was hurling Angels 6, White Sox 5 CHICAGO Bruce Kison pitched a perfect game for 6 innings and Doug Di-Cinces slapped two sacrifice flies as the California Angels held off the Chicago White Sox. Kison retired the first 19 White Sox hitters before Tony Bernazard hit a 2-1 pitch into right field for a triple in the seventh inning. Bernazard scored on Steve Kemp's groundout for Chicago's first run. Kison, 5-2, was taken out of the game after Bill Almon's two-run double in the eighth. Angel Moreno came on at this point and checked the White Sox in that inning, but needed relief help himself in the ninth from Doug Corbett, who posted his seventh save after giving up a two-run double to Harold Baines. Brewers 8, Tigers 6 MILWAUKEE - Paul Molitor raced home from first base with the tie-breaking run on a wild throw by Detroit center fielder Kirk Gibson in a two-run Milwaukee eighth inning as the Brewers beat the Tigers. Marshall Edwards singled leading off the eighth against loser Aurelio Lopez, 1-1, and was forced at second by Molitor's bunt. But Ed Romero followed with a single to center, and Molitor scored when Gibson's throw wound up in the Milwaukee dugout. Royals 3, Mariners 2 KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Jerry Martin punched a one-out single to score Amos . Otis in the 12th inning, leading the Kansas City Royals to a victory over the Seattle Mariners. Lacy's homer in 9th inning enables Pirates to nip Phils The Associated Press PHILADELPHIA - Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Lee Lacy says he loves to visit Philadelphia, especially Veterans Stadium. "It's one of the best ballparks in the league to hit in. I always enjoy coming here," said Lacy after his one-out homer in the ninth inning broke up a scoreless game last night and gave the Pirates a 1-0 victory over the Phillies. Lacy said he wasn't looking for a home run pitch. "It was a breaking ball up and I was lucky enough to get the fat part of the bat on it. I was just trying to hit the ball where it was pitched." The homer, Lacy's second of the season, came on the first pitch and barely cleared the right-centerfield wall. The run was all Pittsburgh hurlers John Candelaria and Kent Tekulve needed. Candelaria pitched the first six innings for the Pirates, striking out four, walking three and allowing just a double and two singles. Tekulve, who gave up one hit over the final three innings, picked up his fifth victory against two defeats. . Lacy's blast also made a hard-luck loser of Larry Christenson, who had a career-high 11 strikeouts. "It was a high slider, a mistake," said Christenson of the home-run pitch. "I felt good tonight, but I thought I lost my slider. My breaking stuff has been a lot better lately." Christenson, 3-4, allowed nine hits and walked two as Pittsburgh broke the Phillies' three-game winning streak. The Phillies' only scoring threat came in the sixth when Pete Rose lined a one-out double to right. After a groundout, Mike Schmidt was walked intentionally and Bo Diaz also walked, loading the bases. Garry Maddox then bounced into a force out to end the inning. Expos 9, Cubs 8 MONTREAL - Tim Raines lashed a two-run double with one out in the eighth inning as the Montreal Expos defeated the Chicago, extending the Cubs' losing streak to 11 games. for the second-straight (15 innings) day. Forrester was unruffled by the rocky start. "I didn't let that bother me. He was crowding the plate," said the Montclair-bound Forrester, who lived off a lively fastball and sharp breaking curve. "He was crowding the plate. I had great control today; my fastball was down low and my curve was breaking in the dirt." When Ryerson advanced on a sacrifice by Phil Rinaldi, little could anyone guess it would be the only Brick runner to reach second in the game. Forrester followed with two quick strikeouts, one of the four innings he struck out two. Meanwhile, a pitcher's duel was unfolding as Ryerson matched Forrester's shutout inning for inning. South got just three runners as far as second base, but its only serious threat to break the scoreless deadlock came in the sixth when Mike Jenziniak was stranded at second after doubling with one out. All attention soon turned to Forrester as he retired 19 batters in a row until he walked Tim Jones with one out in the seventh. Putting a quick stop to any budding rally, Forrester picked off Jones and then retired the next four batters before he issued his second walk, a leadoff pass to Don Meyer in the ninth. Barely bothered, he ended the game by striking out the side for the second time . Forrester faced just 29 batters, two over the minimum and was backed by an errorless defense. "The greatest individual performance I've ever seen since I've been coaching," said South coach Ken Frank. "He had pop Associated Press Pete Rose of the Phillies makes one of his patented head-first slides into second base as Dale Berra of the Pirates awaits an outfield throw. National League Chicago had taken an 8-7 lead with five runs in their half of the eighth, highlighted by pinch-hitter Keith Moreland's three-run homer off reliever Woodie Fryman, 3-2. Fryman also allowed an RBI single by Leon Durham, while Ryne Sandberg tagged starter Charlie Lea for an RBI double to account for the other Chicago runs in the eighth. Montreal rallied against reliever Bill Campbell, 0-3, as Tim Wallach and Chris Speier sandwiched singles between Warren Cromartie's fly out. Pinch-hitter Brad Mills walked to load the bases and Raines followed with a double to right. Jeff Reardon picked up his ninth save by pitching a perfect ninth inning. Padres 6, Astros 2 SAN DIEGO Luis Salazar hit a three-run homer and knocked in four runs to back the combined six-hit pitching of Tim Lollar and Gary Lucas as the San Diego Padres posted a victory over the Houston Astros. Lollar, now a surprising 6-1, went eight innings, allowing one earned run on five hits, while walking two and striking out six. Lucas pitched the ninth. Houston starter Don Sutton, 7-3, allowed all six Padres runs. With one out in the fifth, Sutton walked Sixto Lezcano and Terry Kennedy followed with a sharp single to right. Salazar then hit his third home run of the season on Sutton's first pitch to erase Houston's 2-0 lead. Houston scored an unearned run in the fourth to take a 1-0 lead. Alan Knicely singled, moved to second on Kiko Garcia's sacrifice and scored when third baseman Salazar threw away Luis Pujols' grounder. In the fifth, Scott Loucks singled, moved to second on a balk by Lollar and scored on Phil Garner's single. The Padres put the game away in the seventh with three runs. Lezcano opened ith a walk and Kennedy doubled hun to third. Salazar followed with an RBI single in his heater today. What a way to end a season. I think everyone will agree, this was the greatest final game ever in this tournament." "It was a great high school game," agreed Brick coach Pat Foley. "We gave it everything we had." Ryerson retired the first two batters in the ninth, but then Jake Forrester looped a line drive single over second baseman Meyer. Forrester stole second on the firsf pitch to Kirk Stinner, who was then issued an intentional walk to get at catcher Tim Romans. Romans ruined the percentage move by singling to left on the first pitch. A strong throw from Rinaldi in left to Ryerson was in plenty of time to get Forrester at the plate, but Ryerson's throw to catcher Joe Greenberg went wide and the South led 1-0. An ensuing squeeze bunt by Scott Bruett didn't fool Ryerson, who fielded the ball, but threw wide to first, pulling first baseman Jones off the bag, allowing Stinner to score. NOTES: Chris Starr of Point Pleasant Boro was named the outstanding hitter (8-16, .500) of the tournament. South's Pat Hanley was named the outstanding pitcher. Ray Garry of Brick was the last pitcher to throw a no-hitter in the final, in 1974 when the Dragons beat Toms River North, 1-0. Toms River South OOO OOO 002 2 5 0 Brick 000 000 000 0 0 3 2B TRS: Mike Jedzimak WP Tom Forrester (13-2); LP Jim Ryerson (9-3). Records: Ocean County Tournament Final at Ocean County College Brick Twp. (21-8). Toms River South (28-5). f '-mm ... t ' "T .jJtn . n'm l nwl iirmnii im'i iii'f; " " ' to center which chased Sutton and put runners on first and third. A sacrifice fly by Kurt Bevacqua and Lollar's RBI single off reliever Dan Boone accounted for the final two runs. Dodgers 11, Reds 1 LOS ANGELES Jerry Reuss, pitching his second one hitter of the season, retired the last 27 batters he faced after giving up a leadoff double as the Los Angeles Dodgers pounded out 13-hits and battered the Cincinnati Reds to snap a four-game losing streak. Reuss, 6-5, gave up the hit to Eddie Milner on the third pitch of the game. Mil-ner, who was a last-minute replacement for Cesar Cedeno, was sacrificed to third by Ron Oester and scored on a groundout by Dave Concepcion. Ken Landreaux led the Los Angeles attack with his first homer of the season. He also tripled and singled to drive in four of the Dodgers runs. Steve Garvey added hit his sixth homer of the season and first at home. Los Angeles tied the score in the bottom of the first when Dusty Baker singled home Steve Sax, who had walked. The Dodgers scored three times in the second, two on Landreaux's home run. Braves 5, Giants 3 SAN FRANCISCO - Dale Murphy, the major league's leading home run hitter this season, cracked his 18th homer in the first inning to drive in two runs and lead the Atlanta Braves to a victory over the San Francisco Giants. Chris Chambliss added a solo homer in the third as the Braves stretched their winning streak to four games and improved their road record against National League West rivals to 12-0. The first four Atlanta runs were off Mike Chris, 0-2, who pitched only one full inning. Atlanta starter Bob Walk, 5-4, pitched six innings, giving seven hits and all three Giants' runs. Steve Bedrosian then relieved and pitched into the ninth inning before Al Hrabosky and Gene Garber came on to get the final three )0uts with Garber picking up his 10th save of the season. f-i -1 1 ii r- i - -- --'

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