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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Monday, July 11, 1988
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,C4 ALBUQUERQUE JOURNAL Monday, July 11, 1988 .Restless Nights Are Over for Geneva Cudbs THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ALBANY, N.Y. Geneva Cubs general manager Ken Shepard has a philosophy: When God serves you lemons, make lemonade. His team snapped an 18-game New York-Penn League losing streak with its 5-2 victory at Geneva over the Watertown Pirates Saturday night. With each loss, Geneva's notoriety and Shepard's popularity had soared. ' 'When the club was 1-10, the Cubs' 23-year-old general manager vowed to sleep in the team's press box until Geneva broke its losing streak. For 12 straight nights, Shepard's bed was a cot; his home, McDonough Park. 18-Game Losing Streak Ends; G.M. Can Go Home "During the time we were losing, we were the most publicized minor league baseball team in America," Shepard said Sunday in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. "Nobody likes to see their team losing, but we had to make the best of it." It was Geneva's first victory since winning 6-5 over Erie on June 20. The 18 straight losses tied a league record set by Watertown in 1985. Geneva is now 2-22 and, according to Shepard, the mood around the clubhouse is upbeat. "You could see the 'up,' " he said. "They got the monkey off their backs." It looked like Shepard would be sleeping in the press box for a 13th straight night Saturday when Watertown's Domingo Merejo hit a two-run homer in the third inning for a 2-0 Pirates lead. But Geneva tied the score with two runs in the fourth on two Watertown errors and an RBI single by Matt Franco, an 18-year-old from Thousand Oaks, Calif., who went 2-for-3 in his first game with the Cubs. In the fifth, Geneva's Elio Jose hit a leadoff double and went to third on an error by Merejo. Jose scored on a groundout by Nick Ramirez. The Cubs scored their final two runs in the eighth on an RBI single by Eric Perry and a Watertown throwing error. In the end, the Cubs had seven hits. Dave Goodwin, who has both Cubs wins this season, evened his record at 2-2. He pitched 6V3 innings, gave up nine hits, walked two and struck out two. Dan Johnston pitched 2 innings of hitless relief for his first save. Keith Richardson, 4-1, took the loss. Now, Shepard's just grateful for having his own double bed back after more than two weeks. "It's great to be back in my bed." The Cubs picked an opportune time to snap the streak, what with Chicago Cubs vice president of scouting Gordon Golsber-ry and Bill Harford, director of minor league operations, at the game. Afterward, the team celebrated in the clubhouse and showed Shepard the real cold thrill of victory. "I got doused with a bucket full of ice water," he said. Since most of the players are under the state's 21 drinking age, they were treated to free hot dogs and soda. Manager Bill Hayes got a beer. "Yeah, I popped a cold one," a relieved Hayes said. The win came on Hayes' 24th day as a professional manager. "There's still a lot more games to go," Hayes said. 4 v--t,f t " 1 tv C V - j .' 1 Y,.. : if; Ryan's Fastball Still Burns Holes in the Record Book THE ASSOCIATED PRESS HOUSTON Nolan Ryan has added another milestone to his record-setting career, joining Cy Young as the only pitchers to win 100 games for two teams in different leagues. He says these things inevitably come with time. In addition to rewriting the record books once more, Ryan snapped a five-game losing streak and a personal seven-game losing streak against the New York Mets in a 6-3 victory Saturday. "I think it kind of goes with longevity," the 41-year-old right-hander said. "After you go through a spell like I've been through, you're just glad to get it over with." With the win, Ryan became the seventh pitcher to win 100 games for two different teams. Will his next obstacle be the 300-victory plateau? "I really can't say," said Ryan, who ranks 28th on the all-time list with 267 career victories. "I'm taking each year as it comes along. I can't make any projections or predictions. I anticipate pitching next year, but I'll make that evaluation at the end of the season." The only pitchers to ever win 100 games for two different clubs are Pud Galvin, John Clarkson, Bob Caruthers, Grover Alexander, Lefty Grove, Young and now Ryan. Ryan won 138 games with the California Angels from 1972-79 and 29 for the Mets at the beginning of his career. Young won more than 100 games for Cleveland of the National League before the turn of the century and Boston of the American League afterward. Ryan already had joined Young, Jim Bunning, Gaylord Perry and Ferguson Jenkins as the only pitchers to win 100 games in each league. Ryan, 6-7, scattered eight hits and allowed all three New York runs over 7 3 innings. Juan Agosto came in for the final five outs to earn his second save. "Nolan waited a long time to get that 100th victory," Houston manager Hal Lanier said. "This was the first time in a few games we've scored some runs for him, which was a big plus." Ryan, baseball's all-time strikeout king who owns 38 major-league pitching records, also became the fifth Astro to win 100 games and moved within one victory of Jim Palmer for 27th spot on the all-time win list. As uaual, the mellow Ryan dismissed his latest feat. "I don't really get wrapped up in numbers," he said. "It doesn't really mean anything to me. "As long as I feel like I did my job that's what I get paid for I feel good." Ryan's effort also kept the Astros' momentum going into the All-Star break by winning the first two games of a three-game series against the Mets. The staggering Astros of late are assured of their first winning series since June 22 when they took two of three from Cincinnati. "The momentum aspect of it is very important," Lanier said. "We've played very good ball the last two games, especially since it was against the Mets. I'd like to get some more momentum to build on after the break." ASSOCIATED PRESS Nolan Ryan captured his 100th National League win as the Houston Astros defeated New York, 6-3. With the Saturday afternoon victory, Ryan has 100 wins in both leagues. Gooden Named All-Star Starter SAN FRANCISCO Dwight Gooden of the New York Mets will start Tuesday's All-Star Game for the National League, manager Whitey Herzog of the St. Louis Cardinals said on Sunday. American League manager Tom Kelly of Minnesota said Sunday he would not announce his choice until today but he was thought to be leaning to the Twins' Frank Viola. "I can tell you right now Gooden's going to be it," Herzog said Sunday after the Cardinals lost to the Giants 2-1. "I'll announce it in Cincinnati tomorrow. It probably would have been (Chicago's Greg) Maddux but he pitched today. (New York's David) Cone, (Los Angeles' Orel) Hershiser, Maddux and (Pittsburgh's Bob) Walk pitched today. "Even if he had pitched Friday and somebody else had pitched Saturday I still would've started Doc," Herzog said, referring to Gooden by his nickname. Gooden is 11-5 with a 3.04 earned-run average. He is tied for the NL lead in shutouts with three, tied for second in complete games with seven and tied for third in strikeouts with 102. Gooden was the starter and loser in the 1986 All-Star Game, the first NL pitcher to lose in an AL ballpark since 1971. He allowed two runs and three hits in three innings. Viola is 14-2, the most victories in the AL, and has a 2.24 ERA, also best in the league. Slumping Fairish Is Cut Loose by Rangers THE ASSOCIATED PRESS DALLAS Larry Parrish had worse slumps with the Texas Rangers and came out of them. manager Bobby Valentine didn't think he'd come out of this one, and this time, he won't get the chance. The Rangers have released their all-time leading home run hitter. "My decision was based on whether he'd be productive here, and I just didn't see that," Valentine said after the club gave Parrish his unconditional release on Friday. Parrish, who set a club record with 32 homers last season and had 100 RBI, was making $550,000 this season. He would have earned S925.000 next season had the Rangers picked up the option year of his contract. Now, the buyout of the contract will cost the .190 Average Dooms Team's Longtime Star Rangers $275,000. "We didn't think he could do enough to warrant a contact for next year," Valentine said. Parrish wasn't surprised by the decision, but he wasn't happy about it either. "You're hitting .190 going into the All-Star break, you're not surprised," he said. "I'd still like to have been given a chance to play in the second half." Along with his .190 average, Parrish had hit only seven home runs and knocked in 27 runs. He was 9-for-56 (.161) this season with runners in scoring position. The last time he was in such a slump was in 1982, his first year with the Rangers when he was hitting .186 with one home run and six RBI on July 1. He went on to hit .296 with 16 homes runs through the rest of the season. But the Rangers did not believe Parrish could repeat that performance. "Everybody waited for that hot streak to come, and it didn't come," general manager Tom Grieve said. Parrish, the designated hitter, said he was not affected by the brace he began wearing after having arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in Feburary. But he had recently stopped wearing it in the hope that would help. If Parrish clears waivers, he will become a free agent next Thursday and be eligible to sign with any team. Baltimore, needing right-handed power, and Montreal, wanting a backup to first baseman Andres Galarraga and third baseman Tim Wallach, have expressed interest in Parrish. But Parrish, who may be looking at the end of his 14-year career, said he regrets that he never played in a World Series and he believes he was not properly rewarded financially by the Rangers. "I came off a good year last year and talked to the Rangers last winter about a new contract, and it was like 'no deal,'" Parrish said. "That told me then I'd better have a good year, and maybe that made me press too much. But I've got no excuses." Pitchers Dominate All-Star Game CONTINUED FROM PAGE C1 said. "I'm representing our team." He isn't the only star who hasn't given a good representation of himself. Parrish and Sandberg are each l-for-10. "It's definitely a challenge," Parrish said. "It's hard to keep the same perspective when you get up there. I ) Yankees star Don Mattingly "I hope I'll do better." Your adrenaline is flowing and you try to key down. "I remember my first at-bat in an All-Star Game. I got up in the ninth inning against Bruce Sutter. All I had heard about was his split-finger fastball," Parrish said. "I had never seen one. That's all he threw me, and I didn't have a chance." Boggs will try to improve his l-for-6 effort, Ozzie Smith is only 1- for-12 and Ripken is stuck at 2- for-12. Tony Gwynn, the major league batting champion last year at .370, is not on the All-Star team this season. That might be good he's only l-for-8 in those games. "One of the most difficult part is that you've never seen the pitchers, sometimes not even on TV," Gwynn said. "Last year, I came up against Bret Saberhagen in the third inning and he'd been throwing at 90 mph. But he threw me two changeups and a curve." Gwynn, off-balance, grounded out in that pinch-hitting appearance. Not all the batting aces have looked like jokers in All-Star Games. Willie Mays, Stan Musial and Ted Williams all hit over .300 and Charlie Gehringer, another Hall of Famer, batted .500 for the highest lifetime average in at least five games. Among current players, Dave Winfield is batting .364 with six doubles in 11 All-Star Games. But, he's a rarity. More often, the top hitters wind up like Gwynn. "By the time the game starts, you're pretty well worn out. There's the workout and then a gala party until 1 or 2 in the morning," Gwynn said. "Then you get up and have another workout at 2:30 for a game that starts at 8." "Then you sign dozens of baseballs, there's a lot of rushing around with the team picture and signing bats for the other players. It's all fun," Gwynn said, "but you're not as ready to hit as you should be." Detroit's Anderson Wants 1,000 Wins in Both Leagues DETROIT (AP) Detroit manager Sparky Anderson says he'll return to the National League someday in order to achieve a career goal of winning 1,000 games in each league. With a 4-3 victory over Oakland on Saturday, Anderson became the first manager ever to win 800 games in both the National and American Leagues. He won 863 games in nine years as manager of the Cincinnati Reds and now is 800-632 as manager of the Tigers. "I will go back to the National League to go over 1,000," Anderson said. "I want to balance it, to be over 1,000 in both leagues. I will leave my grandkids that. Somebody will have to go over 1,000 in both leagues to beat me." Leo Durocher is the only other manager ever to win as many as 600 games with two different major league teams. Anderson's career managing record is 1,663-1,218, ranking him 10th among baseball's winningest managers. Connie Mack leads with 3,776 victories, followed by John McGraw's 2,840. "I'll stay around long enough," Anderson said. "I want to catch McGraw. But even if I don't, if you could be at least third on the all-time list, you could at least have a chance at the Hall of Fame." Anderson, 54, says he will stay in the game until he's 75, if necessary, to achieve his goal. ONLY 14 SHOPPING DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS IN JULY! 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