The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 13, 1996 · Page 25
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THE SALINA JOURNAL BASEBALL SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13, 1996 D5 NATIONAL LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES Osborne gives Cards big boost Troubled season all in the past for pitcher after Game 3 effort By R.B. FALLSTROM The Associated Press ST. LOUIS — The guy who used lp be the St. Louis Cardinals' walk- .3h£ calamity will now be known ;fof.something much more positive. ;£jfonovan Osborne began the "•S(&ar on a bad note when he turned .J^lcar into the path of a pickup ; Stick shortly before spring training began. In August, he was ar- •r*ested in Houston for smarting off to a bar bouncer who had asked Jlim to leave. In September he gashed the thumb on his pitching hand reaching for a broken champagne bottle during the NL Cen. Ural-clinching celebration in Pitts: burgh. ; That's all in the past. Osborne is an NLCS hero after becoming the second consecutive St. Louis pitcher to beat one of baseball's best staff. The Cardinals feeat the Atlanta Braves 3-2 in Game 3 Saturday, giving St. Louis a 2-1 lead in the best-of-7 series. "It was kind of nice to talk about baseball," Osborne said. "That's what I'm here for. •• "Things happen off the field, they happen to everybody. But guys like me who are in the lime, light, everybody hears about it. > jifou keep it out of your mind the .*^eflt you can." C^.liike Ron Gant, who hit two r.jicjme runs, Osborne missed the $njire 1994 season after undergo- H&gtshoulder surgery. Despite all • ^f-his troubles, he was 13-9 with a %53 ERA — best among Cardinals ' Starters — and set career highs for ;yictories, innings (198.2) in his -first full season back. The Associated Press St. Louis' Ron Gant (5) celebrates his first-inning two-run home run that drove In teammate Royce Clayton on Saturday. Osborne worked seven innings and allowed two runs on seven hits in beating Atlanta starter Tom Glavine. It was a performance that continued a role-reversal trend in the series. In Game 2, Todd Stottlemyre outpitched four- time Cy Young Award winner Greg Maddux, far off form, in an 83 victory. "Our guys, oh, they're doing fine," Cardinals third baseman Gary Gaetti said. "That was an awesome job by Donovan." In six playoff games, only one St. Louis starter has worked fewer than six innings. That was Osborne, coming off the thumb injury and working on 12 days' rest when he allowed four runs and seven hits in four innings of the Cardinals' series clincher against San Diego on Oct. 5. "We both have great staffs," Osborne said. "Our staff has been underrated the whole year. Today is just an example of our good hitters hitting their good pitching." Osborne barely made it through the first inning when he allowed two hits, a walk and Chipper Jones' sacrifice fly. Shortstop Royce Clayton bailed him out on the 21st pitch of the inning when he snared Jermaine Dye's liner with runners on second and third for the final out. "It was real big," Osborne said. "If he doesn't make it, it can really open up a big lead and blow the game open." Over the next three innings he allowed only one hit, an infield single by Mark Lemke with one out in the third. Osborne stranded two runners in the fifth and sixth, getting Jones to ground out with men on first and second in the fifth and retiring Jeff Blauser on a warning track fly ball to left in the same situation the next inning. Osborne said a conversation with pitching coach Dave Duncan after the first inning settled him down. "The first thing he said to me when he walked in was, 'I've just got to calm down a little bit,'" Duncan said. "And he did." Osborne left after allowing singles by Jones and Fred McGriff to start the eighth, and the Cardinals' bullpen held the lead. Mark Petkovsek got out of the eighth with only a sacrifice fly by Dye, Rick Honeycutt retired pinch-hitter Ryan Klesko on one pitch to start the ninth and Dennis Eckersley got the last two outs for his fourth save of the postseason. The 42-year-old Eckersley struck out Marquis Grissom and retired Lemke on a fly ball to center for the final out. "He got two outs with four pitches," manager Tony La Russa said. "He's the type of guy like Greg Maddux. If you don't swing, suddenly you're O-and-2." *•*; » Uraves unaccustomed to being behind Py JIM SALTER The Associated Press •'I ST. LOUIS — For the first time 'since 1993, the Atlanta Braves ' have some catching up to, do. •* -The St. Louis Cardinals beat At^ lanta 3-2 Saturday, putting the Cardinals up two games to one in :;fh:e NL championship series. And il^jhe next two games are in St. a Not that the Braves are ready to fKr'ow in the tomahawk. :.'Js ."What, do you think we're giv- •Ing up?" said Ryan Klesko. "No Ayay. This team can go out and win a few games in a row, and I guess that's what we'll have to do." • • Playing from behind is an unac- \f • ;T LABOR customed position for the Braves, who have won five straight division championships and been dominant in recent postseason play. Prior to Thursday, Atlanta had won 15 of its last 18 playoff and World Series games. The Braves haven't lost a postseason series since the Phillies beat them for the 1993 pennant. In 1995, the Braves won three of four from Colorado in the opening round, swept Cincinnati, then beat Cleveland 4-2 in the World Series. The trend continued this year when Atlanta swept Los Angeles and won Game 1 against St. Louis. The Cardinals have rallied against two pitchers with five Cy Young awards between them. Gary Gaetti's grand slam was the topper in an 8-3 win over Greg Maddux Thursday, and Ron Gant hit two long home runs in Saturday's win over Tom Glavine. "We're down two to one, but we've been in this position before," Glavine said. "You're not going to see anybody panic." The Braves, with their big three starters of John Smoltz, Maddux and Glavine, were favored to beat St. Louis. Now, though, the pressure falls on the fourth starter, Denny Neagle. Neagle was 14-6 with a 3.05 earned run average when the Braves acquired him Aug. 28. But with Atlanta, he was a disappointment, going 2-3 with a 5.59 ERA. He has pitched just one inning in the playoffs, a mop-up inning after Gaetti's homer in Game 2. "It's just as much of a must-win for us as we've ever had," Atlanta third baseman Chipper Jones said. "You don't want to be down 3-1 on their home turf." Neagle admitted he felt the pressure. "I'm sure I'll sleep a little less tonight," he said. "I'm sure I'll be nervous, but once I throw my first couple of pitches, I'll be OK." Besides, after pitching for the last-place Pirates, he's happy to be here. "I thought I'd be working on my golf game right now. I'm just going to make the most of it," Neagle said. New labor deal still uncertain ;Royals' chief executive Officer reportedly wants management to pull out By The Associated Press ' '• BALTIMORE — With perhaps fcss than two weeks remaining be : 'fpre the start of free-agent filing, Jit's still unclear whether acting commissioner Bud Selig will, agree to a labor deal with the players. ^.Chicago White Sox owner Jerry Jjleinsdorf again argued during an owners' conference call this week Ihat management should pull its proposal off the table, threaten another industry shutdown next season and try to get a salary cap, a management source said on the condition he not be identified. David Glass, the Kansas City Royals' chief executive officer, also advocated withdrawing management's proposals, the source said. Colorado Rockies chairman Jerry McMorris, one of the advocates for a deal, has become increasingly angry that talks have stalled. The pro-deal forces, according to several sources, are upset that Glass is trying to block a deal. Glass has no money invested in the Royals and has been running the team following the death of the club's founder, Ewing Kauffman. Union officials have said it's unlikely they would agree to a deal following the start of free-agent filing, which begins the day after the World Series ends. Players have 15 days to file, but can't start negotiating money terms with new teams until after the filing period ends. That provides an extra two weeks for players and owners to conclude a deal, but union officials say the 19 or so players who would become eligible for free agency if there is a deal would be adversely effected if they are forced to file at the end of the window. According to a union source who spoke on the condition he not be identified, a sizable number of players voted to give their player representatives the authority to ratify an agreement along the outline of the one negotiated in Au- gust by union head Donald Fehr and management lawyer Randy Levine. Fehr and Levine have spent two months waiting for Selig to make the next move, and Levine has told many owners that Selig has the necessary 21 votes to approve a deal if he wants to. Selig, refusing to comment on the substance of his talks with other owners, says he's still working on trying to get a consensus. According to lawyers on the players' side, if there isn't a deal in the next few weeks, there won't be one for several years. Selig's indecision would be an indication that owners can't get 21 votes for peace or 21 votes for war. That would mean several more seasons under the deal that expired in December 1993 and several more seasons with Selig as acting commissioner. 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