Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania on September 17, 1990 · Page 17
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,3nMana Gazette SPORTS Thursday, September 18, 2003 — Page 17 Giants clinch NL West title By MIKE FITZPATRICK AP Sports Writer f | Barry Bonds has waited almost ~ r a year for another shot at that Y elusive World Series ring. '.; Now, he's got his chance. ,, Bonds and the San Francisco Giants clinched the NL West tide fi and their third playoff berth in r j four years Wednesday night with < J( an 8-3 victory over the visiting ,; San Diego Padres. [, "I'm happy that we get another' , shot at going all the way," Bonds ',' t said. "I'm not surprised that ,; we're here. We won because we ''' have a good team, but there's still ,,.more games to win to get where r we want to go." '., And that's the World Series, ...which the Giants lost in seven 5. games to the Anaheim Angels ' last season. .; For Bonds, 39, it was tantaliz- t .ingly close to the championship ".he's been striving for his whole •^career. j. But even with a new manager (jthis season in Felipe Alou and a ,. bunch of new teammates. Bonds ,, ( and the Giants are right back in " the playoffs. .j. Their win Wednesday coupled _, with Los Angeles' 2-0 loss to Ari- _,zona gave San Francisco the NL ..West crown. ,,, "It's always fun," Bonds said. "These guys have been great. 1( We're not there yet. What this ,, means is a chance to show how ^far we can go now. I feel happiness for the moment, but I'm not .going to let it sink in all the way until it ends." ;' Jason Schmidt (16-5) had 11 1 strikeouts, and Andres Galarraga and Marquis Grissom each hit a two-run homer for the Giants. " By taking first place on open',\ ing day and never letting go, the defending NL champions be- l) came just the ninth wire-to-wire winner of a division or pennant .in baseball history. The last three — Baltimore in 1997, Cleveland Tin 1998 and Seattle in 2001 — NL roundup failed to reach the World Series. "We knew we were going to be pretty good, but to do what we did is amazing," general manager Brian Sabean said after getting soaked with champagne in the clubhouse. "We've proved to baseball we know what we're doing here." Marlins 11, Phillies 4 At Philadelphia, Jeff Conine homered, drove in three runs and made two outstanding defensive plays in left field for Florida. • The Marlins increased their NL wild-card lead to IVz games over the Phillies. The teams were to play again at Veterans Stadium today and have a three-game series in Florida next week. Juan Pierre had four hits and a career-high four RBIs for the Marlins, who have won nine of their last 10 against Philadelphia. Jim Thome hit his 42nd homer for the Phillies. Cubs 2, Mets 0 At Chicago, Kerry Wood (13-11) struck out 11 in his fourth complete game of the year, and Doug Glanville and Araniis Ramirez homered as the Cubs completed a three-game sweep. The sweep was Chicago's fourth of the season, but its first at home. The Cubs hadn't swept the Mets since taking a four- game series at Wrigley Field in August 1992. Chicago is a half- game behind first-place Houston in the NL Central. Braves 14, Expos 4 At Montreal, Mike Hampton (14-7) allowed three hits in five innings and hit a home run as Atlanta closed in on its record 12th straight division title. Javy Lopez and Andruw Jones also homered, and manager Bobby Cox got his 1,900th win as After beating Son Diego Wednesday, the San Francisco Giants celebrated clinching the NL West championship with their fans at Pac Bell Park. (AP photo) the Braves reduced their magic number for winning the NL East to one. Lopez's 41st homer was his 40th as a catcher, one behind Todd Hundley's major league record for the position set in 1996 for the New York Mets. Diamondbacks 2, Dodgers 0 At Los Angeles, rookie Brandon Webb (10-7) and Matt Mantei combined on a three-hitter, and Luis Gonzalez homered twice for Arizona. The Dodgers' second straight loss dropped them 3Vz games behind Florida in the NL wild-card race with 12 remaining. Mantei pitched the ninth for his 25th save in 28 chances. Brewers 7, Cardinals 6 At St. Louis, Jason Conti drove in a career-high five runs, including a go-ahead single in the ninth inning that helped Milwaukee rally past the Cardinals. Pinch-hitter Brooks Kieschnick tied it with a two-run homer off Cardinals closer Jason Isringhausen (0-1), who blew a 6-4 lead in the ninth. Rockies 7, Astros 5 At Denver, Todd Helton home- red and pinch-hitter Mark Sweeney had a two-run single, leading Darren Oliver (12-11) and Colorado over Houston. The Astros had their four-game winning streak snapped. \ Halladay wins 21st at Tigers' expense By DENNIS WASZAK Jr. J1 AP Sports Writer AL roundup Ji . Roy..Halladay and the Detroit Tigers provided a matchup of drastic contrasts: baseball's win- ningest pitcher against a team on the verge of setting the single:. season record for losses. s The end result, not surprisingly, was decidedly one-sided. Halladay shut out the Tigers for the second time in 10 days, throwing a six-hitter for his 21st victory as the Toronto Blue Jays won 6-0 on Wednesday night. "This has been a fun run," the right-hander said. Going 21-6 has made it easy for Halladay to enjoy the season. He became the first 21-game winner 'i in the majors and tied the team e: record for victories set by Jack Morris in 1992 and matched by Roger Clemens in 1997. The Tigers became just the fifth team since 1900 to lose 113 games, and the first AL team since the 1916 Philadelphia Ath• letics. That club set the league ?• record with 117 losses. i Detroit, which has lost five '•.'straight tb'ttrbp td'Sei'liS, needs at least five victories in its final 11 games to avoid matching the post-1900 record of 120 losses set by the 1962 New York Mets. "We gave up some runs today on balls that landed right in the middle of three fielders," catcher Brandon Inge said. "Those are the type of things that just keep happening in a season as bad as this." . With each win, Halladay strengthens his AL Cy Young Award credentials. "He's amazing — I've said it before, but he's Cy Young," Toronto manager Carlos Tosca said. "I saw Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling when I was in Arizona, and he's made out of the same stuff. I've run out of things to say about him." Halladay allowed six hits, didn't walk a batter and has allowed one unearned run in the last 36 innings. His most serious competition for the Cy Young appears to be Chicago's Esteban Loaiza, who's 19-8 but has struggled recently. "The only question left about the Cy Young is-if the voters 'will like this guy, who has the better stuff, or Esteban Loaiza for what he has done in the pennant race," Detroit manager Alan Trammell said. Vernon Wells hit his 32nd homer off Shane Loux (0-1) as Toronto won its sixth straight against Detroit. Minnesota 4, Chicago 2 Kenny Rogers allowed two runs and six hits in 6 1-3 innings, and Michael Ryan homered as Minnesota moved 2'/2 games ahead of Chicago in the AL Central. Rogers (12-B) struck out three and walked none in his first win since Aug. 21. Eddie Guardado pitched the ninth for his 37th save for the Twins, who look to complete a three-game sweep at the Metrodome tonight. Orioles 5, Yankees 3 At Baltimore, Larry Bigbie and Jay Gibbons homered, and the Orioles ruined David Wells' bid for his 200th career victory. Eric DuBose (3-5) allowed three runs in 6 2-3 innings for the Orioles, who won for only the fiftlrtime in their last 23 : games against the Yankees. Juan Rivera homered for New York, which leads Boston by SVz games in die AL East. Athletics 2. Angels 1 Barry Zito took a shutout into the ninth and visiting Oakland got RBI doubles from Scott Hatteberg and Billy McMillon. Zito (13-12) retired the first 15 batters before walking Adam Kennedy to lead off the sixth. Rookie Alfredo Amezaga singled one out later to break up the no- hit bid. Jim Mecir got one out for his first save. The As reduced their magic number for clinching the AL West to six. Devil Rays 7, Red Sox 0 Victor Zambrano (11-9) allowed three hits in seven innings and Rocco Baldelli homered, leading Tampa Bay over Boston — the first time the Red Sox have been shut out at Fenway Park in more than a year. Boston's lead over Seattle in the AL wild-card race fell to IVz games. "• 'TOdd 1 'Walker'sr 'ninth-inning double was Boston's 608th extra- base hit, breaking the major league record set by the 1996 Mariners. Mariners 5, Rangers 1 At Arlington, Texas, Jamie Moyer (19-7) pitched eight strong innings and Carlos Guillen hit a solo homer as Seattle ended a three-game losing streak and gained a game on Boston in the AL wild-card race. Guillen homered in the first off Ryan Drese (2-4) for the Mariners, who remained 4'/2 games behind Oakland in the AL West. Indians 9, Royals 1 At Cleveland, Jake Westbrook (7-9) scattered four hits over six- plus innings, and Travis Hafner and Alex Escobar homered as die Indians ended a four-game losing streak. The Royals are 4% games behind Minnesota and two behind Chicago in the AL Central. D'Amico pitches Bucs past Cincy , 'PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jeff . D'Amico got the help he needed j to win at home for the first time ,in more than two months. D'Amico (9-15) limited Cincin- f nati to four runs and five hits in 7 1-3 innings, and Matt Stairs homered as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Reds 8-5 on Wednesday night. ;'' The right-hander struck out ' eight and walked three in his first ^home victory since July 6. 1 "I felt like I threw the ball very well and had good location," f D'Amico said. "Everything was Ipretty consistent up until the 'eighth. I guess I just ran out of gas a little bit." (• He left with runners on first and second in the eighth with 'the Pirates leading 7-2, '\ The Reds sent 10 barters to the f plate in the eighth, scoring four ? juns against D'Amico and three 'relievers. Right-hander Julian .'Tavares ended the threat and 'preserved a 7-5 lead by striking out pinch-hitter Demell Stenson with the bases loaded. 1 Tavares got four outs for his ninth save in 12 chances as the 'Pirates (70-81) staved off clinching their ilth consecutive losing , season. The Reds lead the majors with 29 wins in their last at-bat, 1 15 extra-inning wins and 13 walk-off victories. They almost had another comeback, but Tavares got Sean Casey to bounce into a game- ending double play. "That's kind of been the story with these guys," Reds manager Dave Miley said. "It was nice to see them battle back." Stairs hit a 3-2 pitch from reliever Juan Cerros deep over the right-field stands for his 19th homer in the sixth, putting Pittsburgh up 7-1. It was the 199th homer allowed by the Reds this season, breaking a franchise record set two years ago. "I just happened to get on top of one and hit it pretty good," Stairs said. "We really needed it with the way the Reds battied back." Tike Redman, 3-for-4 with an RBI, led off the first with a walk and scored on Abraham Nunez's RBI triple. Nunez scored on second baseman D'Angelo Jimenez's throwing error on the Play- Reds starter SethEtherton (2-4) was removed after the first inning because of stiffness and soreness on the outside of his right forearm. He gave up two hits and two runs, hit a batter and walked one. Dan Serafini came on and gave up three runs and eight hits in 4 2-3 innings. The Pirates made it 3-0 in the fourth, on Redman's RBI single. Sports Desk Hours Monday through Saturday, 8-11 p.m. Call (724) 465-5555 Fax (724) 465-8267 Kraft set for big season CANONSBURG {AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins have waited patiently for Milan Kraft to develop into the player general manager Craig Patrick thought he'd be — a skilled, perhaps dominant, center — when the team selected him 21st overall in the 1998 draft. During the past three seasons, though, Kraft has become a regular on the shuttle between Pittsburgh and Wilkes-Barre, home of the Penguins' American Hockey League affiliate. But this year, expectations are high that he'll finally break out and remain in the NHL throughout the season. "This is a big year for Krafty, there's no doubt about it," Penguins first-year head coach Eddie Olczyk said. "He knows that, we've talked about it." To mat end, Kraft entered a rigorous training regimen to prepare for the upcoming season. "During the summer I worked really hard and focused on special things, so right now there isn't a question in my mind that I' did the right thing," Kraft said. "1 just have to focus on every shift, be sharp on every pass and everything." Kraft, as well as every other player fighting for a roster spot, will get an opportunity to shine over the next three days as the Penguins will play a trio of exhibition games. Pittsburgh is scheduled to play the New York Islanders Friday night in Wheeling, W.Va., and at home Saturday in Mellon Arena. The team then travels to Wilkes- Barre to play the Washington Capitals on Sunday. Along with extensive travel, players will have to figure out the Penguins' new system. "We started implementing our defensive zone from day one and (now) we're getting into what we really want to get accomplished in our neutral zone and forecheck," Olczyk said. "We start for real (Friday) night and it's an Opportunity for a lot of players." Making the team should not be a problem for Kraft. For an organization that finished with the second-worst record in the NHL a year ago, young players with upside potential won't be discarded. Another factor in Kraft's favor is if the Penguins opt to send him to the minors, he would first have to clear waivers. Very few teams would pass on a 23-year-old center that has scored 22 goals and 42 points in 141 games. "He's a guy who's had his opportunities and, at times, has played extremely well," Olczyk said. "There was a stretch last season for about ihrce weeks where he and Michal Sivek carried this team and they did the kinds of things (needed) to be players in the National Hockey League for a long time." The problem for Kraft has been a tendency to disappear. During his first season with Wilkes-Barre in 2000-01, he scored 12 goals and 19 points in 14 postseason games, but when the Penguins called him up during the Stanley Cup playoffs, he went scoreless in eight games. Kraft spent most of the 2001-02 season in Pittsburgh, but despite flashes of potential he finished with just eight goals and 16 points in 68 games. "Of course, during the season, you have games where you play your best and games when you don't. That's everybody," Kraft said. "I just want most games to be playing my best and do whatever I can to be an important part of the team." 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