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Friday, May 31, 1991
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Reno Gazette -Journal BASEBALL 2C TENNIS 3C NBANHL 4C PORTS AT A GLANCE 5C FRIDAY MAY 31, 1991 SPORTS EDITOR: JAMIE TURNER, 788-6345 EES C3 D American League California 7, Chicago 6 Baltimore 9, Boston 3 Oakland 8, Toronto 6 Minnesota 4, Kansas City 2 Seattle 1 1, Texas 4 D National League San Diego 4, Houston 0 Atlanta 7, San Francisco 2 Cincinnati 7, Los Angeles 2 D Cal League Stockton 27, Reno 3 a NBA Playoffs Los Angeles 9 1 , Portland 90 (Lakers win series, 4-2) ATLANTA 7, SAN FRANCISCO 2 Braves' HRs give Downs a downer By Dave Albee GANNETT NEWS SERVICE SAN FRANCISCO Just when the San Francisco Giants thought they were about ready to get their record back to sea level, along came the Atlanta Braves on Thursday night with an anchor. They dropped it on Kelly Downs and Scott Garrelts. Home runs by Dave Justice, Sid Bream, Jeff Blauser and Ron Gant powered John Smoltz and the Braves to a 7-2 victory over the Giants, who were trying to win a third straight game for only the second time this season. Justice belted a two-run homer, his seventh of the season, off Downs, 2-3, the Giants' starter and loser, then Bream followed with his seventh home run on the next pitch. Prior to the back-to-back home runs on consecutive pitches. Justice and Bream collectively had a lifetime batting average of .193 (6-for-31) against Downs. Ironically. Downs had yielded only one home run (by Montreal's Andres Galarraga on May 19) in his last 98 innings since last Aug. 29 before the Braves went back-to-back deep on him. Blauser stroked his second homer of the season off Garrelts, who relieved Downs to start the sixth inning. Gant stroked his ninth homer of the year off Garrelts. a solo blast in the seventh. It was the fourth consecutive win by the Braves, all on the road, since losing back-to-back games to the Giants in Atlanta over the weekend. It was Smoltz's first win since May 4. He was 1-6 with a 4.26 earned run average entering the game. In spite of the less-than-aus-picious statistics. Smoltz took a one-hitter into the sixth inning. Matt Williams' two-run triple narrowed the margin, but Smoltz got Robby Thompson to fly out deep to left to end the threat. JUNIOR OLYMPICS Townseil on track for success By John Trent GAZETTE-JCH RNAL Audrey Townseil had a hard time keeping her hair in place Wednesday as a stiff wind buffeted Mackay Stadium. Weather aside, Townsell's hair was about the only thing that hasn't fallen neatly into place this season for the sixth-grader at Whitehead Elementary' School. In December, Townseil won the national midget (10-1 1 years old) cross country championship at Omaha. Neb. Last weekend at the Pacific Association Age Group Championships at Hayward. Calif.. Townseil took first place in the 800. 1 .500 and 3.000 meters. Tow nsell w ill be one of the featured entrants in this weekend's Mt. Rose Kiwanis Club Junior Olympics at Mackay Stadium. the meet begins at 8 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and is open to all athletes under 1 8 years old. Entry' fee is S 5. Townseil. who began running at age six and has competed in the Junior Olympics practically every vear since, expects to do well. She'll use this weekend's meet as a gauge of her fitness, according to Silver State Junior Striders coach Bruce Susong. Susong said Townseil could approach the level of Reed High School sophomore Miesha Mar-7cll. who won national age group titles as a Junior Strider and has since cone on to w in three Nevada D Rip City: The 1976-1977 NBA Champion Portland Blazers will run a fantasy camp for adults 30 and older at Lake Tahoe Aug. 1 1 -1 5. Bill Walton, Maurice Lucas, Lionel Hollins and others will participate at Harvey's resort. Current Blazers Clyde Drexler and Jerome Kersey. Deadline for camp deposits is June 10. D Co-ed volleyball: City of Sparks Leisure Services summer volleyball at Alf Sorensen Community Center, beginning June 10. Registration for 10-game season is $70 per team. Call 353-2376. '-''' Jilt V ,.v -L f t,i-. ' FINGERTIP CONTROL: Magic OAKLAND 8, TORONTO 6 A's long night pays off with comeback win By John Shea GANNETT NEWS SKR ICE TORONTO It was the type of getaway day that can drive a traveling secretary batty. The Oakland A's wild 8-6 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays Thursday night lasted an three hours and 39 minutes and ended at 11: 17 Eastern time. Thirteen minutes later, the A's charter was scheduled to depart for Chicago from Toronto's Pearson International Airport. So much for advance planning. Because there was a curfew of AAA individual state titles at Reed. "Audrey might even be better than Miesha." Susong said. "The whole thing is to never stop improving." Townsell's best times this season would already put her among Nevada high school distance running's elite. Her best time in the 3.000 meters 10 minutes. 35 seconds would convert to roughly an 1 1 : 1 8 for 3.200 meters. The winning time at the high school state meet in Las Vegas two w eeks ago w as 1 1:26. "She's only now starting to grow and improve." Susong said. "She's not nearly as fast at the shorter distances as Miesha, but w ho know s?" The 1 1 -year-old Townseil. who maintains an A-minus average in school, prefers to concentrate on the present. She is. after all. two years away from entering high school. "I've been kind of surprised with the way I've been running." Townseil said. "But I've been working hard. I want to win nationals in track, of course. My best chance of w inning would probablv be in the 1.50003.000." Susong said Townsell's best attribute is her work ethic, and nowhere was it more apparent than in Wednesday's frigid breezes. "I've got to run on days like this." Townseil said. "Because in meets, the weather might be like this You have to be prepared." STRETCH: Monica Seles leans into backhand in defeating Mariaan de French Open Thursday. Story, 3C. Johnson (left) and Portland's Buck Wi midnight for the final flights to take off, all was not calm for traveling secretary Mickey Morabito. whose main responsibilities include getting the team and equipment out of town in time. A 3:39 game the sixth time this year the A's surpassed the 3' hour barrier didn't help Mora-bito's cause. But for one very good reason, no one in the A's traveling party other than Morabito seemed concerned over the scheduling foulups. The A's had succeeded in perhaps their most grueling, gut- " . 'X Mantyn Newton Gajene jourra) ON A QUICK PACE: Audrey Townseil figures to be on the Junior Olympics' fast track this weekend at Mackay Stadium. i f , i Associated tress a two-fisted Swart at the "They got lucky when they beat us once at Portland. We have more talent than the Lakers." Portland guard Terry Porter. Associated Press Nams battle for the ball Thursday. wrenching effort of the 46-game season. The game started out fairly routinely, with Rickey Henderson hitting the game's second pitch over the left-field wall, extending to 46 his big-league record for most home runs leading off a game. But things slowed quickly thereafter. Bob Welch and Todd Stott-lemyre combined to throw 211 pitches, and neither lasted more than six innings. Dennis Fckersley. in a rare elongated outing, threw 45 pitches himself. STOCKTON 27, RENO 3 Silver Sox No contest: Thirteen consecutive batters reach base as Stockton blows game open with 14-run sixth inning. By John Trent GAZETTE-JOl RN AL Even Stockton Ports manager Chris Bando had his hands full trying to stop his California League team from scoring Thursday night at Moana Stadium. Certainly, the Reno Silver Sox had no answers in a 27-3 loss that snapped Reno's three-game winning streak. Stockton's offensive outburst was so awesome that Bando went as far as to grab one of his own runners as he rounded third base to stop him from scoring during a 14-run sixth inning. Perhaps Reno should have tried utilizing tackles to stop the Ports earlier. Or nominated Stockton for entry into the World League of American Football. The game was semi-respect D Douglas' Estes honored: Shawn Estes, a senior pitcher at Douglas High School, was selected to Gatorade's Circle of Champions as Nevada's Baseball Player of the Year. The 6-foot-2 lefty went 8-2 this season with a 0.80 ERA, 1 4 1 strikeouts and 27 walks in 61 innings. D Warm weather, please: The Class AAA state golf tournament, postponed two weeks ago when four inches of snow fell on Elko's Ruby View Golf Course, will be held today at Dayton Country Club beginning at noon. The four Northern schools that qualified are Reno, Carson, Douglas and Reed. Las Vegas Valley is favored to win. NBA PLAYOFFS bakers eke Blazers fall short, 91-90: Portland's errors in final minute set up dream series of Magic vs. Jordan. By Ken Peters ASSOCIATED PRESS INGLEWOOD. Calif. Mike Dunleavy breathed a sigh of relief. "It doesn't get any better than this." the Los Angeles rookie coach said after the Lakers won a tough series against Portland and a trip to the N BA Finals with a 9 1 -90 victory' Thursday night. "The only reason I took the LA job." Dunleavy said, "was that I thought the Lakers had a chance to win the championship. Here it See LAKERS on page 4C Me retired the final three batters of the eighth inning after Joe Klink surrendered a leadoff double to Manny Lee. But he wasn't as fortunate in the ninth. The inning's first two batters. Joe Carter and John Olerud. singled. Carter fouled off several pitches before shooting the ball through the middle, and Eckersley said. "That was a serious at-bat he put on me." Then came a seven-pitch sequence against Pat Tabler. A couple of fastballs for a 1-1 count, three breaking balls that were fouled off. a fastball fouled off. absorb a frigid rout able. 8-3. until Stockton's incredibly inexorable sixth inning. The most uninteresting aspect about the inning was that the Ports scored 1 4 runs. It took Reno 13 batters in the 51 -minute inning before the Sox recorded an out. Stockton first baseman Bo Dodson blasted a three-run homer to right field, then later in the inning added a two-run double. Dodson was robbed of a third at-bat in the inning when the Ports' 19th batter. Dwayne Mosey, was retired on a ground out to end the onslaught. Temporarily. There were some interesting highjinks: In the sixth, the first 13 batters Stockton sent to the plate scored. Strangely, the crowd of 424 came alive not soon after, chanting the Little League refrain "Hey. batter." Actually, the strategy was as effective as anything the Silver Sox tried. The Ports could only muster one more run in the inning. Two Reno pitchers walked seven batters, hit one and served up a wild pitch in the inning. In the seventh. Stockton pinch-hitter Randy Snyder (Home team in CAPS) B American League YANKEES 1.25 Brewers INDIANS 1.35 Tigers BLUE JAYS 1.10 Angels RED SOX 1.10 Orioles A's 1.20 W.SOX ROYALS 1.55 Twins RANGERS 1.25 Mariners B National League EXPOS 1.25 Cubs PHILLIES 1.05 Pirates CARDS 1.30 Mets Astros 1.10 PADRES DODGERS 1.15 Reds GIANTS 1.25 Braves B WLAF Dragons 4 FIRE Monarchs 2i KNIGHTS EXPERIENCE COUNTS? LAKERS IN FINALS 1962: Lost to Boston, 4 games to 3. 1963: Lost to Boston, 4-2. 1965: Lost to Boston, 4-1. 1966: Lost to Boston, 4-3. 1968: Lost to Boston, 4-2. 1969: Lost to Boston. 4-3. 1970: Lost to New York, 4-3. 1972: Beat New York, 4-1. 1973: Lost to New York. 4-1. 1980: Beat Philadelphia, 4-2. 1982: Beat Philadelphia. 4-2. 1983: Lost to Phila., 4-0. 1984: Lost to Boston. 4-3. 1985: Beat Boston, 4-2. 1987: Beat Boston, 4-2. 1988: Beat Detroit, 4-3. 1989: Lost to Detroit, 4-0. Chicago: Has never been in Finals. over Jays and finally an inside fastball that Tabler missed. Greg Mers" sharp single to right loaded the bases for pinch-hitter Mark Whiten, who fiied to medium-deep left field. Rickey Henderson, playing Whiten in the gap. never had a chance, but Walt Weiss raced back from shortstop to make an impressive catch-and-throw that saved at least one run. Then came Lee. who came to bat with seven hits in the series. Another seven-pitch sequence ensued, with Lee lining to Willie Wilson in center for the game's final out. THE RECORD BOOK OUCH Cal League record for most runs by one club: No. it's not from last night. Fresno scored 34 runs against Ventura on Way 23. 1947. reached on a single, advanced to second on a wild pitch, scooted to third on another wild pitch and scored on a third wild pitch. In the eighth. Snyder again scored on a w ild pitch. Reno's most effective pitchers might have been position players Cliff W illiams and Troy Clemens. Williams, who worked the eighth, held the Ports to one run despite two wild pitches and three walks. Clemens struck out one and allowed no runs in the ninth. That was the only inning except the first that the Ports bats were silenced. Dodson finished 4-4. Designated hitter Oreste Marrero was 3-5 with 6 RBIs. Marrero had a triple and a three-run home run in the sixth. The series continues tonieht at 7 o'clock w hen Reno's RickOde-kirk (1-5) meets Stockton's Otis Green ( 7-1 ). i ORIGINAL DEFECTIVE i

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