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THE SALINA JOURNAL BASEBALL FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 1996 C3 V PLAYOFFS This time Cardinals bunt St. Louis takes advantage of bunt in Game 2 victory; series moves west for next three By R.B. FALLSTROM Tlie Associated Press ATLANTA — The bunt was back, and so are the St. Louis Cardinals. A night after Tony La Russa's decision not to sacrifice cost St. Louis in a Game 1 loss to the Atlanta Braves, small ball got the Cardinals' five-run, seventh-inning rally rolling against Greg Maddux in an 8-3 victory Thursday night that evened the NL championship series at a win apiece. The bunt wasn't pretty, but it was effective. After Mike Gallego singled to start the seventh, pinch-hitter Mark Sweeney popped the bunt down the third-base line. Chipper Jones trapped it with a diving attempt, but then threw high to first for an error to put runners on second and third. "When it first went off the bat, I was like 'Oh, god,'" Sweeney said. "It really wasn't a great bunt, but it worked out. It worked out perfectly." After Royce Clayton walked, Ray Lankford broke the tie with a sacrifice fly. With the pressure now on the Braves, La Russa got what he really was looking for when Gary Gaetti broke open the game with a grand slam. The night before La Russa was grilled for letting Luis Alicea swing away with runners on first and second and no outs in the seventh inning. Alicea filed out and a potential rally fizzled. Then in the eighth, the Cardinals botched a sacrifice by Jones as Alicea, the second baseman, was late covering first base. . "I think it was rightly so that Chipper The Associated Press St. Louis' Gary Gaetti gets a high five after hitting a grand slam home run in the seventh inning Thursday night. threw the ball away," Cardinals catcher Tom Pagnozzi said. "We did it yesterday, so I think to even up the series it was nice that it happened that way. "To see two good teams blow the same type of play in back-to-back days has got to be unusual." After so much second-guessing the night before, La Russa pushed almost all of the right buttons this time. Thursday's Game St. Louis 8, Atlanta 3, series tied 1 -1 Saturday Atlanta (Qlavine 15-10) at St. Louis (Osborhe 13-9), 3115 p.m. (Fox, Salina cable 4,7) Facing a four-time Cy Young award-winner, La Russa came up with the perfect game plan: hit to the opposite field and run, run, run. The Cardinals' first four hitters were a combined l-for-33 in the regular season against Maddux, who was 5-0 with an 0.76 ERA against St. Louis the last two seasons, but this time it was a lot different. Clayton, the leadoff hitter, had two hits . and scored twice, Lankford broke the 3-3 tie in the seventh with the sacrifice fly and scored twice, Ron Gant had hits his first three times up and drove in a run and Brian Jordan had an RBI double and scored. "I think that was the key to the game, the top of the lineup getting on and putting pressure on Maddux," Jordan said. "We do that, we're going to win a lot of games." Clayton had the only hit of the four in the regular season going l-for-8 with a single. But he didn't think Maddux pitched poorly. "You can't say a guy was necessarily off," Clayton said. "Sometimes you have to take a little credit. "We had some good at-bats against a very good pitcher." Clayton took an outside fastball to right to open the game and he came all the way around to score on Gant's hit-and-run single when center fielder Marquis Grissom, awarded a Gold Glove a day earlier, let the ball get away. Baltimore uses standard formula O's use the long ball to down Yankees and even ALCS at 1 -1 By DAVID GINSBURG Tlie Associated Press NEW YORK — They won by doing what they do best: hitting home runs. A couple of two-run homers and another impressive performance by David Wells in Yankee Stadium enabled the Baltimore Orioles to beat the New York Yankees 5-3 Thursday and even the best-of-7 AL championship series at one game apiece. "That's what we do. Everybody in the lineup can hit the baU out of the ballpark," manager Davey Johnson said. "That's how we score. We don't do a lot of bunting or stealing. We don't hit- and-run and we don't hit behind the runner." Baltimore used two homers to take a 4-2 lead in Game 1, too. This time, though, the Orioles American League Thursday's Game Baltimore 5, New York 3, series tied 1-1 Today New York (Key 12-11) at Baltimore (Mussina" (19-11),. 7:07 p.m. (NBC, Salina cable 3,13) did not watch their work come undone by a 12-year-old with a glove or by an umpire's decision. In the opener, New York rallied to win with the help of a controversial home run. The Orioles put that behind them and won a game that was essential to their bid to get to-the World Series for the first time since 1983. "This one was huge," reliever Jesse Orosco said. "If don't win this one, that means we'd have to win all three at home to get ahead. We really had to win today." In Game 2, the Baltimore offense consisted primarily of a two-run homer by Todd Zeile in the third inning and a two-run shot by Rafael Palmeiro in the seventh. "We scattered some zeroes in there and then came up with a couple of big innings," Zeile said. Roberto Alomar, who has played well in the postseason despite being booed during every at-bat in Cleveland and New York, added an eighth-inning sacrifice fly to give Baltimore a 5-3 cushion. The Orioles hit a major-league record 257 homers during the regular season, and they haven't let up in the playoffs. Baltimore has 13 home runs in six postseason games, including three by Palmeiro, who has homered in each of the first two games of this series. "Raffy, you're my hero today. Not only mine, but the team's," Wells said to Palmeiro in the interview room. The homers helped Baltimore overcome an otherwise inept display of clutch hitting. The Orioles stranded 10 runners, twice left the bases loaded and went l-for-6 with runners in scoring position. Baltimore had a chance to take control at the outset when New York starter David Cone walked the bases loaded in the first inning, but Cal Ripken hit a routine fly ball to center. Cone "was tiring in the sixth when two singles and a walk filled the bases for Brady Anderson, who hit a foul fly to left that Tim Raines caught near the stands. It didn't matter, primarily because of a couple of home runs and the performance of Wells. Pitching against Cone, he had to be outstanding — and he wa!s. The left-hander gave up singles to the first three batters he faced and was down 2-0 after the first inning. That was just about the extent of the New York offense against the 33-year-old Wells, who repeatedly quelled one threat after another and won the game despite failing to record a single 1-2-3 inning. Orioles formally protest Game 1 defeat Orioles want Selig, Budig to overturn controversial loss By The Associated Press NEW YORK — The Baltimore Orioles formally asked acting commissioner Bud Selig and AL president Gene Budig to-overturn their Game 1 loss to the Yankees, saying "the best interests of baseball demand no less." Pressing their claim that the game-tying, eighth-inning home run by Derek Jeter should be overturned because of fan interference, Orioles owner Peter Angelos and general manager Pat Gillick submitted a five- page written protest Thursday that included five attached pages of newspaper articles. Baltimore asked that Game 1 Of the American League champi- GARCIA onship series be resumed with the Orioles ahead 4-3 in the eighth and Jeter at the plate. "The best interests of baseball demand that this wrong be righted," the Orioles said. "The best interest of the baseball fans is not served by the silence on the part of those who have a responsibility to speak. Here, millions of fans, the national media, and umpire himself have already spoken. It is time now for the commissioner to safeguard the integrity and- restore public confidence in baseball." Jeter's homer, pulled over the wall by a 12-year-old fan on Wednesday, tied the game 4-4 an.d New York won 5-4 in the llth on a home run by Bernie Williams. "This is an extraordinary protest based on extraordinary events," the protest said. "A human error by the umpire, making a mistaken call, would not justify the attention of the commissioner and league president. A fan impulsively interfering with the play would not justify your attention. This protest, however, strikes at the very essence of major league baseball: integrity and consistent application of the rules." When Orioles manager Davey Johnson discussed the protest after Wednesday's game, he said it was based on the lack of security in the right-field seats, not the blown call by umpire Rich Garcia. Johnson said before the game that he had been assured there would be enough security in the outfield corners to prevent fan interference. Under baseball's rules, protests are not permitted on judgment calls. But a lack of security was not addressed in the written protest. "Unlike an ordinary protest, the merits of the Orioles protest go far beyond challenging the umpire's judgment," the Orioles said. "The integrity of the game is at issue. The bedrock of the national pastime is the consistent application of fair rules." Garcia admitted after the game that Jeter's ball would not have gone over the fence, saying it probably would have been a double off the wall. Replays appeared to show that right fielder Tony Tarasco was about to catch the fly ball. The Orioles cited AL rule 3.13, which states that an umpire's judgment call can't be reversed "except that he be convinced that it is in violation of one of the rules." The Associated Press Former Los Angeles manager Tommy Lasorda (left) and new manager Bill Russell address a press conference on Thursday. Dodgers name Russell manager Lasorda's replacement will be at the LA helm for at least two years By The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Bill Russell, a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers organization since 1966, will manage the team for at least the next two seasons. Tom Lasorda, the man Russell succeeded suddenly at midseason, has been employed by the Dodgers for 47 years. "Billy's been like a son to me," Lasorda said Thursday at a packed Dodger Stadium news conference. "I'm extremely proud of him. He's served his apprenticeship. He's going to make an outstanding manager. He's already proven that." Russell, who turns 48 on Oct. 21, served as the team's bench coach for 2'/2 seasons before succeeding Lasorda on June 25 — one day after Lasorda was hospitalized with what turned out to be a mild heart attack. Lasorda, who underwent an angioplasty the next day and another last Friday, announced July 29 he was retiring as manager, and Russell was chosen to succeed him for the remainder of the season. Russell played for the Dodgers from 1970-86, and was their starting shortstop most of that time. He appeared in more Dodger games, 2,181, than any player except Zach Wheat, who played in 2,322. "We don't change managers very often, but when we do, we do it right," Dodgers president Peter O'Malley said. "(Russell) has done it all, he's done it well. I believe he has the trust, the confidence, the admiration of our players, our fans, the media." Lasorda, 69, managed the Dodgers for nearly 20 seasons before becoming a vice president of the club upon his retirement. He succeeded Walter Alston, who held the job for 23 years. O'Malley said he thought two years "was just the right number." "The next two years, at least, hopefully 18 more to tie Tommy's record," O'Malley said. "It's a happy day for all of us." Terms of Russell's contract were not announced. The Los Angeles Times reported Thursday it was worth about $700,000. The Dodgers also announced they were retaining the entire coaching staff and adding former Dodgers catcher Mike ^cioscia as bench coach. "It's a great day," an emotional Russell said. "I feel very fortunate to follow Walter Alston, Tommy Lasorda. I just hope I can do my share, to carry on the tradition. "I learned patience from Walter Alston. Tommy Lasorda taught me how to win. This is the only organization I have known. I'm proud to wear the uniform." Russell, who managed the Dodgers' Triple A Albuquerque farm team in the Pacific Coast League in 1992-93, guided the Dodgers to a 49-37 record and a berth in the playoffs as the NL wild-card team. The Dodgers were 49-33 under Russell and had won 24 of 32 games before losing their final four games of the regular season. They were then swept in three games in the first round of the playoffs. Bonds suggests trade after father is demoted By The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO — Barry Bonds, unhappy that his father was demoted by the San Francisco Giants, has suggested that he wants to be traded. But the Giants still had not heard from the six-time All-Star outfielder after trying to contact him Thursday. "From what our general manager has told us, Barry is out of pocket right now," said team spokesman Blake Rhodes. "They've tried to reach him." Bonds' agent, Dennis Gilbert of the Beverly Hills Sports Council, said his client was angry that his father, the team's batting coach, was dismissed last week without his knowledge. "Do you expect him to be happy? Nobody wants your father fired," Gilbert said Thursday. "He's mad. He's upset." BONDS Bobby Bonds, the Giants' batting coach since 1993, was demoted after the Giants finished 68-94 — last in the National League West. He has been offered a role as a roving instructor and part-time scout. Barry Bonds heard about the dismissal a few days later from his mother, not from the Giants, Gilbert said. "That's part of the problem," he said. But Gilbert would not say whether Barry Bonds, who has two years left on a six-year, $43.7 million contract, asked him to negotiate a trade. "I'm in touch with him and I'm in touch with the Giants," said Gilbert, who met with general manager Brian Sabean on Wednesday but declined to reveal what they discussed. There has been much discussion about the possibility of trading Bonds, who this season became only the second player in major league history to hit 40 home runs and steal 40 bases. He batted .308 with 129 RBI, had a National League-record 151 walks and won his sixth Gold Glove award Wednesday. President of American League not so cushy for Budig Alomar controversy, fan interference have Budig wondering what's next By HAL BOCK The Associated Press NEW YORK — What did Gene Budig ever do to deserve this? There he was, minding his business as chancellor at the University of Kansas, , teaching some journalism courses, leading the quiet life of a respected academic. Then somebody decided he'd be a dandy choice as president of baseball's American League. On the surface, that sounds like a cushy job. Throw out a first ball here and there, hand down a suspension now and then — only after an appeal and hearing, of course _ oversee the umpires, help pick the All-Star team and sign the baseballs. And it all comes with great seats, too. Easy stuff. Then they started playing postseason games, and suddenly being president of the American League became exceedingly complicated. What's Roberto Alomar doing in the Baltimore lineup after he spit at an umpire? That's what the umpires and a lot of other people wanted to know. Twice the umps ni ir»M» threatened walkouts and BUUlfe dragged baseball into federal court over the issue. Budig was in the courtroom for the second hearing when a judge issued an injunction to keep the umps working. Then there was the matter of security in the stands at Yankee Stadium. A fan reached across the foul pole in left field at the first game between Texas and New York to catch one of Juan Gonzalez's home runs, raising the question of fan interference, a subject that would surface again later. And all of Cleveland is still convinced that Baltimore's B. J. Surhoff ran out of the baseline in Game 2 of the Orioles-Indians series, allowing the Orioles to score the tie-breaking run in the bottom of the eighth inning. Meanwhile, over in the National League, president Leonard Coleman had no problems in quiet playoffs between St. Louis and San Diego and between Atlanta and Los Angeles. "Len knows how to live the good life," Budig said. But in the American League, more trouble was ahead. \, Along came Jeffrey Maier, a 12-year-old Little Leaguer from Old Tappan, N.J., seated in right field for the first game of the AL championship series between the Orioles and Yankees. When New York's Derek Jeter hit the ball to the wall in the bottom of the eighth inning, young Jeffrey did what any self-respecting 12-year- old would do. He stuck out his glove and caught a ball that looked like a sure out. Home run, ruled umpire Rich Garcia. Interference, screamed the Orioles. Oh no, thought Budig. The kid from New Jersey became a New York celebrity, hailed as a hero and dubbed "the angel in the outfield." He spent Thursday signing autographs, showing up on "Good Morning America" and lunching at the All-Star Cafe in Times Square. "His 15 minutes of fame turned into about two weeks," Baltimore pitcher^ Mike Mussina said. "The situation was perfect for the kid to get all the time he got." For Budig, it was one more headache. The Orioles filed an official protest about the lack of se.curity at Yankee Stadium, contending measures should have been taken to prevent fan interference. At least the AL president is taking it all in stride. "It's been a long and difficult period," he noted, "I'll say that." For Game 2, the Yankees posted 15 extra security guards in right field, trying to prevent any repeat of Wednesday's episode. There would be no problem with the kid from Jersey, though. Young Jeffrey was back at the ballpark as a guest of a local newspaper, seated four boxes away from Budig, who was probably wondering if 12-year-olds go to school anymore. »

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