Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania on September 13, 1990 · Page 15
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Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania · Page 15

Indiana, Pennsylvania
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Thursday, September 13, 1990
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(gazette BASEBALL Monday, September 15, 2003 — Page 15 Tigers lose 11 Oth game By The Associated Press The Detroit Tigers have one thing in common with the teams at the top of the standings: They can't wait for October. By then, they won't be able to lose any more. The Tigers became the -first team in 34 years to lose 110 games in one .season, setting a team record for defeats in one year with a 7-2 loss to the Kansas City Royals on Sunday. • "At this point, the losses make no difference to me," said the Tigers' Bobby Higginsbn, who was on the 1996 Detroit team that lost 109 games. "It's been a miserable year." Detroit (38-110) has the most losses since the Montreal Expos and San Diego Padres each went 52-110 in 1969, their first seasons in the major leagues. The Tigers need at least five wins in their last 14 games to avoid matching the 1962 New York Mets for the most defeats in a season since 1900. "I think guys at this point are physically and mentally gassed," Higginson said. "It's going to take guys digging down deep to avoid 120 losses. The young guys don't know how to dig down, but they're going to have to or we'll pass 120." Angel Berroa had three hits and three RBIs for the visiting Royals. Jimmy Gobble (4-4) allowed both runs and five hits in seven innings as Kansas City remained 3Vz games behind Chicago and Minnesota, who share the AL Central lead. Nate Robertson (1-1) gave up six runs, seven hits and four walks in 21-3 innings. Athletics 6, Rangers 5 Eric Chavez drew a bases- loaded walk from Aaron Fultz to cap a three-run seventh as visiting Oakland rallied to win its sixth straight and open a 3Vz- game lead over Seattle in the AL West. The A's trailed 5-3 to start the inning, but Ramon Hernandez blooped an RBI single off Rosman Garcia (1-2), and Jermaine Dye tied it with an RBI grounder. Chad Harville (1-0) struck out his only batter for his first career win, and Keith Foulke got four outs for his^ AL-leading 42nd save. Angels 2, Mariners 1 The Mariners missed a chance to take over the AL wild-card lead when Tim Salmon hit a run-scoring single and Scott Spiezio followed with an RBI double in the eighth at Seattle, which remained a a half-game behind Boston. After a runner reached third in the ninth, Mike Cameron took a called third strike from Troy Percival and Randy Winn popped up. Kevin Gregg (2-0) got the win, and Percival recorded his 33rd save. Ryan Franklin (9-13) was the loser. White Sox 7, Red Sox 2 MarkBuehrle (13-13) had a 2-0 lead before he threw his first pitch at Fenway Park, thanks to Roberto Alomar's leadoff double and Carlos Lee's 30th homer. Lee drove in three runs for the White Astros finish sweep of Cards By BEN WALKER AP Baseball Writer Tim Redding and the Houston bullpen made it a totally lost weekend for'the St. Louis Cardinals. Redding and his relief IML combined on a three-hitter and the Astros won 41 Sunday, completing a three-game sweep that left the visiting Cardinals in Detroit reliever Jeremy Bonderman pitched four innings against the Royals on Sunday. (AP photo) Sox, who start a three-game series at Minnesota on Tuesday. Damaso Marte finished for his llth save as Chicago took two of three, limiting the top offense in the major leagues to 19 hits in the series. Joh^ Burkett (10-8) gave up five runs and six hits — five for extra bases — in six innings. Devil Rays 5, Yankees 2 Marlon Anderson's two-out single snapped an eighth-inning tie, and visiting Tampa Bay took advantage of a throwing error by third baseman Enrique Wilson to stop the Yankees' eight-game winning streak. New York maintained its 5V&-game AL East lead over second-place Boston. Toby Hall added a two-run double as the Devil Rays scored three unearned runs in the eighth and stopped a five-game skid. Travis Harper (4-7) pitched two scoreless innings, and Lance Carter got six outs for his 24th save. Felix Heredia (0-1) was the loser. Orioles 5, Blue Jays 3 Matt Riley (1-0), who had not pitched in the major leagues since Sept. 30, 1999, allowed two runs and four hits in five innings for his first career win. Jay Gibbons hit a two-run homer for visiting Baltimore, which stopped a four-game losing streak, and Jorge Julio finished for his 33rd save. Cory Udle (12-13) allowed five runs and seven hits in seven innings. Phillies, Wolf take must-win game By ALAN ROBINSON AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH — By finally beating the Pirates, the Philadelphia Phillies avoided having to sweep their upcoming three-game series against Florida to stay close in the NL wild-card race. To manager Larry Bowa, that doesn't mean they still shouldn't pry to do exactly that Randy Wolf made a just-gob d-enough Start despite being violently ill before the game and Jim Thome had three RBIs in what essentially was a must-win 10-7 Phillies victory Sunday over the Pirates. By winning for only the third time in seven games, the Phillies prevented a three-game Pirates sweep and closed within IVz games of the wild-card lead. The Marlins couldn't hold a 4-3 lead in the ninth and lost 8-4 to the Braves. The Phillies got word of the Braves' comeback just as Mike Williams was pitching a perfect ninth inning for his 27th save. As the players walked into the clubhouse. Wolf said, "There was a lot of cheering. (Brett) Myers was jumping around like he was a clown." Now, the Phillies play six of their remaining 12 against the Marlins, starting with a three- game' series that begins Tuesday at Veterans Stadium. The Phillies are 4-9 against the Marlins and have dropped eight in a row to them. Most managers don't like looking past even one game, but Bowa made an exception. "If you don't take every game like it's sudden death now, you're going to be home, watching on TV," he.said. "There's got to be a Philadelphia's Randy Wolf overcame a bout of sickness to defeat the Pirates on Sunday. (AP photo) sense of urgency. You've got to try to win every game. You've got to go for perfection. You've got to try to sweep people." Sweeping the Padres would give the Phillies a half-game back with nine games to play, no matter what Los Angeles does. The Dodgers closed within 2% games by beating the Padres 5-2 Sunday. "What you've got to do is win Game 1 then, after you do that, win Game 2," Wolf said. "It's too har.d to try to win three games when it's just the first game. "It would be great to sweep, but we've also got another series against them (Sept. 2325)." Wolf (15-9) took the ball Sunday knowing he wasn't close to being 100 percent. He got sick after eating a hotel room service meal late Saturday night and threw up repeatedly as he struggled to get some sleep. Wolf didn't dare tell Bowa, fearing the manager might start someone else in potentially the biggest game of the season. Had they lost and the Marlins won, the Phillies would have trailed by 3Vz games with 12 to play. "It tells you he's stubborn and a gamer," Bowa said. " " "" " ' Not that Wolf was telling anybody anything. Arriving at the clubhouse Sunday, he simply asked a trainer for some medicine to settle his stomach. "I knew he didn't have his good stuff, and he took a lot of deep breaths out there," Bowa said. Wolf helped give himself some breathing room with an RBI double—he has 11 RBIs — and a single as the Phillies opened a 10-1 lead. Every starter had a hit by the. third against Salomon Torres (5-5) and rookie reliever John Grabow. As Wolf began to wear down on a warm, humid day, the Phillies eventually needed almost every run. Carlos Rivera, Craig Wilson and JJ. Davis homered in the late innings and Reggie Sanders had a two-run double for the Pirates. "At this time of the year, you can't have enough runs or enough pitching," Bowa said. And, he might have added, enough games against the team that's ahead of them. Still, Bowa discounts the Phillies' inability to beat Florida since April 14. "We're playing for different stakes now," he said. CONGRATULATIONS TO BOYER CHIROPRACTIC FROM INDIANA FIRST. KATHY DELLA-PENNA, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT OFFICER FOR INDIANA FIRST BANK, CONGRATULATES JAMIE AND CHRISTINA BOYER ON THE OPENING OF THEIR NEW PRACTICE. THE NEW FACILITY IS LOCATED AT 3 SOUTH LYTLE STREET, ELDERTON. For the kind of personalized service your business deserves, see the professionals at Indiana First Bank. Whether it's for a new loan or line of credit to expand your business, or for deposit services aimed at helping you control the costs of financial services, Indiana First is committed to helping Indiana County prosper. Member FDIC LENDER INDIANA FIRST BANK A TEAM OF FINANCIAL PROFESSIONALS WORKING FOR You Visit us at Downtown Office: 935 Philadelphia St. Indiana, PA 15701 • Phone 724.349.2810 Townfair Center Office 475 S. Ben Franklin Rd. Indiana, PA 15701 • Phone 724.349.2840 Punxsirtawney Office: 8 Beyer Rd.-Wal-Mart Plaza, Punxsutawney, PA • Phone 814.938.2355 tough shape in the NL Central. "These games do end up counting more, because if you win three you're in great shape, and if you lose three you end up being in even more of a mess," Astros third baseman Morgan Ensberg said. "You have to put them away, and we did in this series. It was a great series for us." With two weeks left, Houston holds a two-game lead over Chicago while the Cardinals dropped 5Vfe games back. "They did everything better than we did," Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said. "I never thought we'd come in here and lose three, but we've got to find a way to turn the page, and we will." Then again, it's been a crazy race. Houston, St. Louis and Chicago have all been in first place this month — the last time three teams led the same division in September was 1983, when Philadelphia, Montreal and Pittsburgh topped the NL East. • On Tuesday night, the Marlins start a three-game series at Veterans Stadium. Florida is 9-4 against the Phillies this season and has beaten them eight straight times. Craig Biggio drove in three runs, and that was plenty for Redding and three Houston relievers. The Cardinals lost their fourth in a row. Next weekend, the Astros play a three-game series at Busch Stadium. "Obviously, it's going to be tough," St. Louis first baseman Tino Martinez said. "But we're not out of it yet. We've got... three more against these guys, so we've just got to stay in striking distance until they have to play us at home, and then maybe we can get back in it." Reds 1, Cubs 0 Russell Branyan singled home the only run with two outs in the ninth inning at Wrigley Field. Carlos Zambrano lost despite pitching a four-hitter. He waited out a 13-minute delay — plate umpire Steve Rippley left with a headache after being hit earlier by a foul ball — before walking Ray Olmedo to start the ninth. After a sacrifice and a wild pitch, Branyan singled. Cincinnati rookie Josh Hall limited Chicago to seven singles in seven innings. Braves 8, Marlins 4 Robert Pick's two-out, two-run single keyed a five-run rally in the ninth inning that sent Atlanta over host Florida. The Braves stopped a three- game losing streak and ended the Marlins' seven-game winning string. Atlanta increased its lead over Florida in the NL East to 9& games. Rafael Furcal's sacrifice fly tied it in the ninth. After Pick singled, An• druw Jones hit a two-run triple. Gary Sheffield hit a three-run homer for Atlanta, giving him a career-high 122 RBIs. Giants 5, Brewers 4 Rookie Todd Linden hit an RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to lift San Francisco over Milwaukee. The Giants cut their magic number for winning the NL West to five. Barry Bonds was ejected while arguing from the dugout at Pacific Bell Park. He pinch-hit in the eighth and drew a leadoff walk — his 2,062nd walk tied Babe Ruth for second place'on baseball's career list. • After leaving for a pinch-runner, Rich Aurilia struck out looking. Bonds was then tossed for haggling with plate umpire Jim Reynolds, and the Giants slugger sprung from the dugout and got in an animated argument. Dodgers 5, Padres 2 Hideo Nbmo matched a career high with his 16th win and Los Angeles finished a three-game sweep at Dodger Stadium. David Ross homered twice as the Dodgers closed within 2% games of Florida for the wild card. Los Angeles won for the 13th time in 17 games, and is 26-13 since Aug. 3. Robin Ventura, Jeromy Burnitz and Ross all homered in the third inning off San Diego rookie Ben Howard. Expos 7, Mets 3 Vladimir Guerrero hit for the cycle, completing it by homering in his final at-bat as Montreal beat New York. Guerrero doubled off Tom Glavine in the second inning, singled in the third and hit an RBI triple in the fifth. Guerrero finished off the first cycle of his pro career with a two run homer in the seventh as the Scoreboard at Olympic Stadium flashed "Le Carrousel." Mike Glavine made his major league debut when he grounded out as a pinch-hitter for his older brother. Diamondbacks 5, Rockies 0 Randy Johnson pitched a one- hitter for his first shutout in exactly a year, leading Arizona at Bank One Ballpark. Rene Reyes got Colorado's only hit, grounding an opposite-field single to right with one out in the fifth inning. Johnson struck out 12 in his 35th career shutout. 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