Independent from Long Beach, California on June 5, 1968 · Page 35
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BUCSBLANKED, 5-0-6TH fN ROW! Drysdale by a Landslide «y c/ By GEORGE LEDERER And then there were six. On election night, Don Drysdale punched out another all-zero ballot and wrote his own ticket to the Hall of Fame. Drysdale shut out the Pirates, 5-0, for an unprecedented sixth consecutive blank. He turned in a three- imiiimiiiiiiimiiiiimiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiimimiiiiiiiiiiiiimiiiiiiiiiiiiiim QUARRY BROTHERS, KIN NEARLY DROWN Jerry Quarry, 23-year-old heavyweight fighter, Tuesday was hauled from the surf at Newport Beach after being pulled under by a big wave. ' Police said Quarry appeared "to be in bad shape" when he was hauled into the beach by a passing surfer, Randy Ladow, 21, of Newport Beach. The boxer, his brother Mike, 17, and their brother-in- law were swimming together when the wave struck, pulling Jerry and Mike under. Both were taken to Hoag Memorial Hospital in Newport Beach. The brothers were released later in the evening after an examination. imiiimimiiiimiiimiiiiiimmiiiMiiiiMiiiiimiimiiminiiiiiimiiiMiii DAVE LEWIS Sporh Editor Two-Team Races Seen in Stretch As the major league clubs passed the first of three milestones in the annual pennant races---Memorial Day -- and headed into the critical month of June, many fans were ready to concede the flags to the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers. And, as things stand now, those two clubs are going to be difficult to beat out. Although the teams in both leagues are still pretty well bunched up, our Baseball Trend Chart developed several years ago indicates that the championship races will have settled down to two-team duels by September. The San Francisco Giants figure to carry 'the Cardinals right down to the wire, while Minnesota looms as the biggest threat to the Tigers. They are the only four teams at the present time with the potential in our Trend Chart to win 90 or more games. As we have pointed out from time to time, the chart is designed to pick up the trends. Prolonged winning or losing streaks can change the picture radically. And the chart cannot foresee injuries, which always play a vital part in the pennant races. * * * FOR INSTANCE, June willsbe a,critical month for tiie Tigers with Al Kaline out of "teflon with a hairline fracture in his right forearm. However, they have won seven out of the 12 games since Kaline was sidelined . . . thus it appears that manager Mayo Smith has enough bench to stave off a serious slump. Despite a 2'/4-game lead, Detroit actually is only one game ahead of its opening pace of last year when the Tigers tied with Minnesota for second a game behind the pennant-winning Boston Red Sox. But they have a big chance to pull way ahead of their '67 pace this month because they played only 12-19 ball last June. The Trend Chart shows that Detroit has a potential of 96 victories, while that of Minnesota has slipped to 91 due to the Twins' costly five-game losing streak which finally came to an end Monday with a win over the Yanks. Although 5 games behind the Tigers, the Twins still are a game ahead of their '67 pace despite last week's losing streak. * * * THE TWINS HAVE WASTED some great pitching so far, expecially against Chicago and Cleveland. They have lost 11 of their 15 games with those two clubs. In contrast, Detroit is 7-1 against the same two teams. Minnesota is a club which should get stronger as the season progresses, but it is vital in the meantime that the Twins don't let tne Tigers get any farther ahead of them. The Twins hold a 3-2 edge in their first five head- to-head battles with Detroit and need to win the season series decisively to cut the Tigers' present advantage. The.Trend Chart shows Baltimore in a possible challenging position with a potential of 89 victories; Boston with 84. However, with Jim Lonborg nearly ready to return to the starting rotation, the Red Sox could roar back into serious contention in the next couple of months. As for the other clubs, Cleveland's present potential is 83; Chicago, 78; Angels, 77; New York, 73; A's, 72, and Washington, 68. IRONICALLY, THE CARDINALS are running two . games behind their opening pace of a year ago ... yet are leading the National League by two games, whereas at the same point in ;67 they were in second place with a better record. x St. Louis began its surge to the pennant last year with a red-hot June (20-11) as they finally climbed into the lead in mid-month and never relinquished it the rest of the season. 'And it looks as if the Cardinals are out to break it open again in June. They ran their latest winning streak to seven in a row with victories on the last two days of May and fjve more on the first four days of this month. Meanwhile, the Giants, qho finally were second for the third year in a row, went into their usual "June swoon" in '67 ... playing .500 ball (16-16) to fall six games behind the Cardinals. * * * THEY NEVER HAD A CHANCE to put any pressure on -the Cards after that. They fell as many as 13 games back after Juan Manorial was hurt Aug. 4, but came through with a blazing finish in the final month with a 217 record 'to finish second lO'/i games back of the Cardinals. The Giants are even with their opening pace of a year ago, and when they moved into first place a few days ago there were high hopes that they wouldn't be plagued by their June jinx. However, they have lost five of their last six games .. and they were costly setbacks, too. ·Yet, the Trend Chart shows that the Giants are the only ones who figure right now to give the Cards a run for it. \ · Both clubs have the potential of winning as many as ' 85 games... while the other teams lag far behind. · The Cubs, Dodgers, Atlanta, Cincinnati and Philadelphia have potentials of 85 victories down to 80; Pittsburgh has 77; Houston, 69, and theMets, 62. hitter on 89 pitches with only one outfield putout, so complete was his command. One shutout streak remains to be broken by Drysdale, who said he felt more pressure during the day than he did during the game. Still standing is Walter Johnson's record of 56 co- secutive scoreless innings, set in 1913. Drysdale has 54. All the rest came tumbling down, a redundancy tune with Drysdale's last six performances. Drysdale, who has pitched shutouts for his seven wins, matching his high of 165, erased Carl Hubbell's National League record of 46% scoreless innings by striking out Bill Mazeroski for out No. 2 in the second inning. They retired the ball and Drysdale retired 25 more P i r a t e s before a tense crowd of 30,442, probably twice the total of an ordinary night. Second baseman Paul Popovich was the defensive h e r o , as he has been throughout the streak. He made two plays worthy of asterisks, one taking a hit from Roberto Clemente in the second inning, the other p r e s e r v i n g the shutout string with Maury Wills running and a Pirate on third in the sixth. A bloop double by Gary Kolb, batting for losing pitcher Jim Bunning, was the second Pirate hit with one out in the sixth. Kolb took third as Matty Alou grounded out routinely to Popovich. There was nothing routine about the next play. Popovich had to charge Wills' slow roller and throw on the dead run. The throw beat Wills by a whisker. "It was a do-or-die play," said Popovich. "I didn't have time to think about it. You either make it or you don't. Thank God, I did. Don is a great pitcher. He d e s e r v e s everything he gets." Drysdale put his arms around Popovich in the locker room and thanked him again. "That was the best play of the night, also the biggest. Pop has made some great plays for me, and it's tough to rate one greater than the other, but that was it." Kolb was the only Pirate to get past first base. The other hits were a fifth-in- WEDNESDAY. JUNE 5, 1968 SECTION C--PAGE C-l SAVANNA'S HIP-STER Savanna High coach Jim Reach made right decision when he started Andy Bielanski on mound instead of behind plate. Pitcher-catcher handcuffed Polygon four hits en route to 5-1 victory and GIF baseball title. --sun photos HY SKIP SHUMAN Savanna Whips Poly for First GIF Title By KEN PIVERNETZ Savanna High baseball coach Jim Reach broke his pitching rotation for the first time this season Tuesday and it paid of f. Talented Andy Bielanski, who is only a junior, made it look easy as he pitched the Rebels to a 5-1 win over Poly at Cerritos College and g i v e the Anaheim s c h o o l its first GIF championship in any sport. Bielanski thus emerges as the star of the 1968 playoffs with four of his team's five wins and an over-all 14-1 record. Poly managed only four hits and none after the first inning until pinch hitter Roger Jones legged out an infield hit with two out in the seventh. R e a c h had alternated Bielanski and Jerry Schicht throughout the season, but came back with Bielanski in the finals. It proved to be a wise move. The Rebels snapped Jim G e o r g e ' s 11-game win streak in handing the big righthander only his second loss of the season. George was wild, walking five and hitting a batter in the three innings he worked as Savanna scored four of its five runs. Savanna had George in trouble at the very outset of the game. Scott Pickler singled to right and went to second when Roland Houston overthrew first. Bielanski walked on a 3-2 pitch and, a f t e r Rick Clendenning fanned, Jack Bergman drew another walk to load the bases. This set the stage for a single up the middle by Bob Canary that scored Pickler and Bielanski and the Freeway League champs had all the runs they needed. Two more walks and a hit batter loaded the bases in the third for Savanna. After Bud Arnold made a bare-h a n d e d pickup to force Bielanski at the plate, shortstop George Ahibrow booted Steve Humphrey's ground ball to allow one run across and Tom Hoover walked to force across another tally. Poly's only run came in the first. Jerry Jaso legged out an infield hit to score Houston after the speedy right fielder had led off with a sinking liner to right and advanced to second when Hoover bobbled the D o n z e 1 McDonald out to advance ball grounded Houston. Jaso twisted his knee on the play and, though he stayed in the game, he had to leave two innings later when it was reinjured on a force play at second. An indication of Bielanski's mastery was that the S a v a n n a outfielders had only two putouts all day. An overflow crowd of 2,400 watched the Rebels become the first Orange County school to win a baseball title in 41 years. Fullerton last turned the trick in 1927. ning leadoff single by Donn Clendenon and a two-out single by Wills in the ninth. Two others reached base. Manny Mota was hit by a pitch in the second inning and Jerry May forced him at second. Mota was hit on the helmet and the thud took away quickly the shouting touched off by Popovich's play on Clemente to start the inning. The message board had just flashed news of the NL r e c o r d-tying out when Mota went down and didn't move for almost a minute. Mota recovered from the blow,- Drysdale. from the shock at the same time. Mazeroski struck out on a fast ball and Drysdale "felt a lot better" from then on. "I wasn't aware that the strikeout broke Hubbell's record," said Drysdale. "At that time it was a scoreless game and I had my work cut .out against Bunning. He's just as likely to shut us out. "But I felt a lot better after that. I was strong throughout and I felt relaxed, much more so than any of the last three. "I did feel the pressure all day, especially before the game. I was glad to get to the ball park and put that uniform on. From 7 to 7:25, while I was waiting to get my arm rubbed, it seemed like an eternity." Drysdale said he tried to relax from the moment he got up at noon. "I had grapefruit and coffee, then put on some Sinatra and Dean Martin records." At 3:30 he took his wife, Ginger, and daughter, Kelly, to his restaurant, Drysdale's Dugout, for dinner. It was a ritual that began by accident. "I ate alone there the night I started the streak (against the Cubs, May 14). The next time (1-0 against Houston,. May 18) I asked Ginger to come along. After that, I decided to take the whole family. I had the same meal, a steak sandwich and cottage cheese. "You can bet I'll be there again Saturday. But right (Continued Page C-6, Col. 4) * * * PITTSBURGH DODGERS a b r h b l abrhbl MAlou f t 4 0 0 0 Parker Ib 1 2 2 1 Wills 3b ' 4 0 1 0 WDavis i t 4 1 1 0 Slarcell Ib 4 0 0 0 Gabflelin If 3 1 1 0 Clemenle rf 3 0 0 0 Palrey If 0 0 0 0 Mola U 0 0 0 0 Haller c 4 0 2 0 ClnJenon Ib 2 0 1 0 KBover 3b 2 0 1 1 Mazroskl 2b 3 0 0 0 Fairly rf 4 0 0 0 JMay c 3 0 0 0 Popovlch 2b 3 0 0 0 Alley i! 3 0 0 0 Versallu 11 3 1 0 0 Burm'.ng p 1 0 D 0 Drvsdale p 3 0 1 0 Kolb ph 1 0 1 0 Pirarro p 0 0 0 0 Jimenez ph 1 0 0 0 SUMMIT MEETING Coach John Herbold, who had watched pitcher. Jim George carry Poly High to GIF finals, can · offer nothing more than moral support after his ace was touched for four runs in three innings./ Angels Try Less--Win By FRED CLAIRE Staff Writer Total M O J O Total 29 5 » 2 Pittsburgh - . _ 0 0 0 Ota l o g -- » Dodgerl 0 0 0 3 1 1 I « X -- S ,E-- BunnkiB, PJzarro, DP-- Pittsburgh t, DodTers 1. LOB-- Pltlsburga 3. Dodgers 6. 2a-Ko!b. 3B--Hnller. HR--Parfcer (21. IP H R E R B B S O Bunning (L.3-6) _.-. i 5 3 5 2 5 Pliarro - - . 3 3 2 1 4 3 DrvsdaK (W.7-3) . .° 3 0 0 0 I HBP--Drvsdale (Mala). T--2:23. A-- 3M22. SFOJR.TS ::::·» POLY R PjcW«p,2b Blnskl,D Clndn'jig.c Bera man ,3b Canary,** H m ph r«v s,cf Hoove r r rf TELEVISION NFL Action, KTLA (5), 8 p.m. Wrestling, K T L A (5), 8:30 p.m. RADIO A n g e l s vs. Baltimore, KMPC, 5 p.m. Dodgers vs. Pittsburgh, KFI, 8 p.m. 4 M 0 Houston,,-* 2 1 C 0 McDchaWjIf 3 1 1 0 J#so,2b 2 1 2 0 Manllo,?b 4 0 1 2 Horne.c 4 1 7 0 Arno'd 3b 2 0 1 1 5 0 1 0 Ambrow,ss 0 0 0 Jcnei.pft } 0 0 0 Arr 4 0 0 0 Bn VfW 0 0 0 1 0 1 4 0 0 0 3 0 0 1 Total! 2 9 5 9 3 Totals 2 5 1 4 1 Saywn. 502 110 J-5 poly .. 100 000 I--1 E -- Bergman. Hoover. Houston, Norwood, Amtjfow. 2B -- Bercman, Hoover, SB -- Berg.Tian, Hoover, Morgan, Hum- otirevs. LOB -- Savanna 10, Poly 4. Sac. (L. R E R B B S O 1 1 0 2 4 2 5 3 . 1 Horse Racing -- Hollywood Park, first post 1:45 p.m. Legion Baseball -- San Pedro vs. Lakewood, 6:30 p.m.; Sam T h o m a s vs. Alamitos Bay, 8:15 p.m., both games at Blair Field. Baseball -- Dodgers vs. Pittsburgh, D o d g e r Stadium, 8 p.m. Soccer -- Manchester City vs. Dunfermline, Coliseum, 8 p.m. Wrestling -- Olympic Auditorium, 8 p.m. Softball -- Nitehawks vs. Lakewood, Mayfair Park, 8:15 p.m. ^Berfl'man""(bY George). T.--2"30. iiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiMiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiniiimiii DODGER GM. CONFIRMED Official: It's Fresco! L. Fresco Thompson T u e s d a y was appointed general manager of the Dodgers, succeeding E. J. (Buzzie) Bavasi, who is leaving to become part owner of the National League's new San Diego club. The announcement was made in this newspaper Sunday. Thompson, who will be G3 Thursday, is in New York, representing the Dodgers at the free-agent draft meeting. Thompson has been in the Dodger organization since 1940. He became a vice- president at the start of Walter O'Malley's regime in 1951. For the past 26 years he served as director of the club's minor league system. A FORMER captain of the Philadelphia Phillies, Thompson was a major league infielder nine years and had a lifetime average of .298. His best year with the bat was 1929, but his .324 average was only sixth best among the Phillies. Bilt Schweppe, Thompson's assistant, is expected to succeed him as Dodger farm director. --George Lcderer BALTIMORE -- Here's the prescription for a team plagued by. a prolonged batting slum: Call for a "no curfew" the night of a loss and then don't take batting practice the next day. It works at least it worked for the Angels, who defeated the Baltimore Orioles 5-3 in 10 innings Tuesday night to halt a three- game losing streak. After the Angels' 2-0 loss to Baltimore Monday night, Bill Rigney gave his team a' few strong words and then topped them off with ''no curfew tonight." The Angels weren't able to take batting practice prior to Tuesday night's game due to a minor league p r e l i m i n a r y contest a t Memorial Stadium. H o w e v e r , the Angels managed to ring out eight hits, and a single by pinch- hitter Tom Satriano in the 10th produced two runs and the margin of victory. Satriano's single was the Angels' lone hit in the 10th as the Halos received four walks--three intentional-while Rigney and Orioles' skipper Hank Bauer took turns inserting pinch-hitters and pitchers. The m a n a g i n g really came on strong as Rigney sent Bubba Morton to the plate to pinch hit for Ed K i r k p a t r i c k b u t Bauer countered by calling for right-handed pitcher Roger Nelson. Rigney then called Morton back to the bench and sent Satriano to the plate. S a t r i a n o took a. called strike, then had a healthy swing for strike two. "Rigney yelled at me from the dugout to cut down on my swing," Satriano revealed later. Satriano did cut down on his swing and on the next pitch he sent a high hopper that escaped Nelson and went over second base to produce two runs. "That ball had eyes," said Satriano. "It just made it past the pitcher and then between the shortstop and second baseman." It appeared for awhile the Angels were going to be 3-1 winners. That was the score entering the last of the n i n t h when Oriole c a t c h e r Ellie Hendricks slammed a two-run homer with two oirt to tie the game at 3-all. H w~s a to"" 1 ' ;; "- · Sammy Ellis to come out of without a win. The first ; two Oriole batters in the ' garner-Paul Blair and Curt · Blefary--had a double and ; single but Ellis yielded only one run on Boog Powell's · sacrifice fly. '.'. Ellis' proceeded to retire ', 14 successive Orioles be- . fore Blefary walked with ' out in the sixth. "I can't pitch much bet- ' ter," Ellis said: "If Ido I'll strike out 15 and pitch a no hitter." · ; "He's pitched 17 good in- [ (Continued Page C-3, Col. 1) ' AMERICAN LEAGUE W L Pet GB Detroit ...31 19 .620 -- ' Bait 28 21 .571 2Y 2 · Cleve. .. .29 22 .569 2'/ 2 · Minn 26 24 .520 5 ! Boston ...25 25 .500 6 · Oakland . .23 25 .479 7 ; Angels ...23 28 .451 8/ 2 · New York 22 28 .440 9 ' Chicago ..21 27 .438 9 Wash. .. .20 29 .408 I0'/j ! Tuesday's Results Boston 2-0, Detroit 0-1. Cleveland 2, Chicago 1. Wash. 4 Oakland 2. Angels 5, Ball. 3. Minn. 3. New York 0. (^"-oT'aTcieverand IWII- Krausse 2-4) at Washltw'cn 5-1) ·! Battimwii' (Paicual 4-3). Aiwli .(Wrigtit Detroit (Cain 14 or Pallerson 1-2) at Boilon (CulD 2-2). ' NATIONAL LEAGUE W L Pet GB St. Louis 29 21 .580 -Atlanta 27 23 .540 2 Phila. 24 21 .533 V/-, San Fran. 27 24 .529 2V 2 Chicago 25 24 .510 3'/ 2 Dodgers 27 26 .509 3'/j Cincin. 24 24 .500 4 New York 21 27 .438 7 Houston 21 28 .429 V'/j Pitts. 19 '26 .422 7^ Tuesday's Results New York 5, Chicago 0. Cincin. 3, Atlanta 1. St. Louis 3, Houston 2. Dodgers 5, Pitts. 0. Phila. 5, San Fran. 1. New Yor ' Phll Frartcljco ( si. (Oierk aver 2-5} at Chlcagt. M) at OnclnrtaH I flj^*' n'ghl. !) It 54) l I4oujton

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