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SPORTS Section B/Thursday, October 14,1993 Phillies chop Braves to earn NL World Series berth Associated Press PHILADELPHIA — They went from worst to first and now the Philadelphia Phillies have beaten the best. Tommy Greene outpitched baseball's best pitcher and the refuse-to-lose Phillies again outplayed baseball's best team to beat the Braves 6-3 in Game 6 of the NL playoffs Wednesday night and win their first pennant since 1983. Dave Hollins, Darren Daulton and Mickey Morandini had two-run extra-base hits off Greg Maddux and Morandini had an even bigger hit that didn't show up in the box score as the Phillies pulled off the impossible and kept the Braves from their third straight World Series appeaerance. Only the third team in major-league history to go from last place to the pennant in one year, the Phillies — 30-1 underdogs just to win their division — will play the defending champion Toronto Blue Jays in the World Series beginning Saturday night. "We never felt that way. All year long we never felt like underdogs," Phillies manager Jim Fregosi said. "It's been an amazing year." World Series Game One Phillies at Blue Jays 7:29 p.m. Sat., Ch. 11 "Ya Gotta Believe" was the Phillies' theme when they last won pennants in 1980 and 1983, but who would have believed this? Maddux was 15-2 since July 7 and embarrassed Greene and the Phillies 14-3 in Game 2, but he couldn't win the biggest game of the season. And now there's no season left for the Braves, whose 104 wins are the most for a non-pennant winner since the 1942 Dodgers. Greene couldn't make it past the third inning of Game 2, but on the biggest night of his life, made sure the Braves wouldn't make it to Game 7, where they beat Pittsburgh in both 1991 and 1992. Fooling with the Braves with off-speed pitches mixed with his hard stuff, he figured out every hitter but Jeff Blauser, who had an RBI single and a two-run homer in the seventh when the Phillies already led 6-1 It was a cataclysmic loss for the Braves, who talked of nothing but winning the World Series after losing there the last two years — only to end up with nothing. The Braves ended the divisional playoffs like they started them 25 years ago — with a loss. They were upset by the destiny's darling New York Mets in the first divisional playoffs in 1969 and, this time, by an almost-as-big underdog while failing to become the first team since the 1942-44 Cardinals to win three straight pennants. The playoffs will revert to a four-team, three division format in 1994. Houston ends island camp with scrimmage By MANUEL MORENO JR. T7?9 Daity News GALVESTON — Houston Rockets head coach Rudy Tomjanovich probably wishes all his games could be as easy as Wednesday night's. Either way, he came out as the winning coach. A near-capacity Ball High South Gymnasium crowd watched the Rockets' Red team beat the White team 76-71 in an intrasquad exhibition game, ending Houston's six- day training camp on Galveston Island. "I'm not going to lose any sleep on this one," said Tomjanovich, whose Rockets will play their first pre-season game against the Orlando Magic Friday night in The Summit. "We had real good individual play. (Matt) Bullard shot the heck out of (the basketball). Dream's (Hakeem Alajuwon) getting sharper and sharper. But we're nowhere near ready to go." Since Tomjanovich had only 15 players to work with, he divided the teams up evenly and flip- flopped the players as the game progressed. Olajuwon started off on the Red team, but finished with the White team. He had 23 points in all, hitting 10 of 14 field goals and 3 of 4 free throws to finish as the game's leading scorer. Bullard dropped in 21 points, including five of six three-point attempts. Rounding out the double-digit scorers for the Rockets were Kenny Smith with 13 points, Mario Elie with 12, and Scott Brooks, Carl Herrera and Otis Thorpe, each with 10. Tomjanovich and Bullard agreed getting away from Houston for training camp for the second straight year was much more beneficial to the Rockets than practicing at home. "I have a real good, positive feeling," Tomjanovich said, noting he Robert Horry (25) blocks the shot of Kenny Smith in hopes the Rockets-Galveston relationship can continue. "I think everybody's glad to be here. It was the right length of time. But everybody's ready to get back. I know I am." Tomjanovich said because of the isolation from the big city atmosphere, the players become closer. _ "We accomplished a lot of positive things while we were here," he added. "Work ethics for one. We know that part of our success is not just going to happen. "You break the routine (getting away). I think it had a big effect on us last year. Our guys know what we're here for. They don't go their separate ways (after practice). It brings us together as a team." Bullard, who even got in a little fishing during the training camp, said team camaraderie is essential to the Rockets' success this sea- staff photo by Jim Stalls Wednesday's scrimmage son. "We spend most of the summer away from each other, so this gives us a chance to bond together as a team," Bullard said. "Plus, we don't have to fight the traffic. We can hop in the van and be here in two minutes. "It's a great situation for us and the city of Galveston. We really enjoy coming here." Moon eclipsed Oilers elevate Carlson to starting job Associated Press HOUSTON — Things are getting desperate for the Houston Oil- ers. Suffering through a miserable 14 start, the Oilers on Wednesday benched Pro Bowl quarterback Warren Moon and elevated Cody Carlson to start Sunday against New England. It was Moon's first demotion in 10 seasons with the Oilers. "My pride's a litfle hurt My ego's a little hurt. I think a lot of people, both media and fans, finally got what they wanted," the quarterback, obviously bothered by the move, said after practice. "It's a difficult day for me, something I've never been through before. As for what happens now, I'm going to do all I can to help this team." Moon, who threw three interceptions and lost a rumble during Monday night's 35-7 loss to Buffalo, was benched for the second time in three games during the third quarter. "I kind of expected something might happen this week," Carlson said. "We needed to change some things. Maybe that's what they (coaches) were thinking. I don't Carlson think this is the whole answer." The Oilers (1-4) are suffering through their worst start under head coach Jack Pardee, whose job is also in jeopardy. Their run-and- shoot offense has sputtered and the defense, under new coordinator Buddy Ryan, has been ineffective. "It's a very desperate move, no question about it," said offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride. "We know there are so many other contributing factors, but right now we're just grasping for anything that might turn this around." Added Pardee, "Warren is ready to play. We were just looking for something to try to win this game. To make a move like this does not mean all the blame goes to Warren. Plenty of people contributed to the situation we're in." Wednesday's demotion came amid rumors that Moon would be traded before next week's NFL deadline. The Oilers have denied any efforts to deal him. Tors, Falcons battle for first By GLENN McLAREN The Daity Nowa While the Ball High-Clear Lake matchup Friday night will go a long way in deciding the 23-5A champion, the rest of the district slate offers some key games in the race for the third playoff spot. Ball High and Clear Lake are each 3-0 in district and, barring the wheels falling off, the loser of that game should still be in good standing for a trip to the postseason. Defensively, the Tors are solid again, even though they haven't posted the shutout numbers of a year ago. Ball High leads the district in team and scoring defense, allowing just 153 yards of total offense and 8.3 points per game. District Saason Ball High 3-0 5-1-0 Clear Lake 3-0 5-0-1 South Houston 2-1 3-3-0 Dobie 1-2 4-2-0 Pasadena 1-2 2-4-0 SamRayburn 1-2 1-5-0 Texas City 1-2 1-5-0 Clear Creek 0-3 1-5-0 FRIDAY Clear Lake at Ball High, 7:30 Dobla at dear Creek, 7:30 Texai City at Pasadena, 7:30 SATURDAY S. Houston at Sam Raybum, 7:30 23-5A ANALYSIS And on offense, Ball High has improved its passing game and maintained a strong running attack. The Tors are second in the league with 1,159 rushing yards, and quarterback Elliott Johnson has passed for 488 yards and 10 touchdowns this season. Junior wide receiver Rodney Smith leads the district with nine touchdown receptions. Clear Lake is the district's offensive leader, with 1,144 rushing yards and 1,128 passing yards. Quarterback Kenneth Frieden is having a fine year, completing 71 of 117 passes for 1,128 yards and 11 touchdowns with just one interception. Junior running back Shannon Stephens has scored eight rushing touchdowns with 729 yards on 85 carries. Stephens also returned a kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown in the Falcons' 14-10 season-opening win over Alief-Hastings. At 5-0-1, the Falcons are two games ahead of their 1992 record of 3-2-1 for six weeks. A win over the Tors would give Lake the inside track at the district title, while a loss would make their week eight meeting with South Houston a key game for second place. The Tors are bidding to post their second consecutive unbeaten district campaign. A win over Lake, followed by a win over Dobie, would make another 7-0 run a pretty good bet. Behind the top two teams, however, the picture gets cloudier. South Houston, which, was 2-0 in league play until losing 40-3 last week to Texas City, meets Sam Rayfaurn (1-2) Saturday night in a key game. A South Houston win would solidify the Trojans' playoff position and drop Raybum into the longshot category. If Rayburn should bounce back from its 69-14 loss to Ball High last week and knock off South Houston, the Texans would be in the thick of things. And South Houston would fall back to the pack with back-to-back games against Clear Lake and Ball High on the schedule. Dobie (1-2) and Clear Creek (0-3) collide Friday at District Stadium, with Dobie trying to live up to preseason predictions of a playoff trip. After a 3-0 non-district run, the Longhorns stumbled in the 23-5A opener, losing 35-14 to Rayburn. A win over Pasadena and a loss to Lake have the Longhorns looking for help down the road in order to reach the postseason. Se* DISTRICT, Page 2-B Cowboys home hit by three-alarm blaze Firefighters battle blaze inside Texas Stadium Associated Press IRVING — A three-alarm fire that raged Wednesday evening at Texas Stadium severely damaged a dozen luxury suites and set about 10 rows of general admission seats ablaze. Irving Fire Battalion Chief Jimmy Sims said the fire damaged seven suites on the lower level and five on the upper level. Three more sustained extensive water damage. The boxes' contents, including television sets, furniture, mini- bars and other amenities, also were destroyed, he said. No one was injured, but officials agreed that the incident could have been deadly had it occurred during a Dallas Cowboys football game, when as many as 65,000 fans fill the facility. No events were taking place Wednesday, a Dallas Cowboys' spokesman said. "If this had happened on a game day, it would have been a real problem," firefighter Jerry Entrekin said. As the fire spread through the booths, glass exploded from the suites, causing debris to ignite the lower seats, said witness Randy Ranew, who was working at the stadium when the fire started about 5:50 p.m. "The glass started blowing out and everything started really going," said 38-year-old Lupe Castillo, who had been doing tile work in another suite when the fire began. The cause of the fire was under investigation Wednesday night, according to the Irving Fire Department. Forty-seven firefighters, including five from Dallas and four from Grand Prairie, attacked the blaze using ladder trucks from outside the stadium and engines from inside on the field. The blaze took about 45 minutes to contain. The Cowboys recently renovated the stadium, which they lease from the city, adding luxury boxes and field level seats. On July 20, a fire at Atlanta- Fulton County Stadium caused at least $1.5 million in damages to 10 luxury boxes.

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