Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on May 31, 1977 · Page 17
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Tue8,.Hay31,1977 GREELEY (Colo.) TRIBUNE 17 Silent Eckersley hurls no-hitter over Angels CLEVELAND (AP) - "I didn't talk to anybody," Dennis Eckersley said of his conduct in the Cleveland Indians' dugout while on his way to pitching a no-hitter. "I told the only guy who tried to talk to me to shut up. I just wanted to concentrate." The tension broke after the 22-year-old right-hander struck out Gil Flores for his 12th strikeout and sealed a 1-0 victory over Frank Tanana and the California Angels Monday night. "It's not a matter of how good a pitcher you are," said Eckersley, who now has pitched 16 2-3 consecutive no-hit innings, counting his last start. "It's a matter of how lucky you are. There are a lot of good pitchers who never get a no-hitter." The 13,400 fans at Cleveland Stadium cheered Eckersley's every pitch in the ninth. After Eckersley fell behind Bobby Grich 2-1, catcher Ray Fosse went to the mound for a reassuring word. Eckersley then fired two strikes. Pinch hitter Willie Mays Aikens filed to left and that brought up Flores, who had a .351 batting entering the game. But after Flories took the first pitch for a ball, Eckersley fanned him on the next threepitches. One of the first men to reach the mound and hug the third-year hurler was Fosse. 'There's nothing prettier or nicer than being involved in a no-hitter," Fosse said. "Of course I knew he had it all the way," Fosse said. "Early in the game he blew them away with his fast ball. Then he had a good breaking ball late in the game. The only thing I had to do was remind him to tuck his shoulder in." Fosse said Eckersley threw in pilches and about 40 per cent of them were breaking balls. Eckersley said the most exciting inning was not the ninth but the seventh. "I got the chills. I knew it was coming. I had the same feeling two years ago against Chicago, but I didn't get it that time," he said. The Indians got their run in the first, after Duane Kuiper tripled on a liner which got past centerfielder Flores. Kuiper scored on a suicide squeeze bunt by Jim Norris. Eckersley escaped trouble in the eighth after Bobby Bonds reached first on a wild pitch after striking out. Don Baylor then hit a grounder to shortstop. The umpire called Bonds out as the Indians got the double play, but Eckersley said, "He (Bonds) was safe by a mile." Sipping a beer in the locker room, Eckersley said, "This is the best game. I had everything. I was in good command of all my pitches. All that I had on my mind was winning." During his first year with the Indians in 1975, the 6-foot-2, lOOpound native of Oakland was named American League rookie pitcher of the year by the Sporting News. That year, Eckersley had a 13-7 record and a 2.60 earned run average. He slipped last season, posting a 13-12 mark with a 3,44 ERA. But he struck out 200 batters, ranking fourth in the league. His record now is 5-3. In his last start, Eckersley pitched a five-hitter in beating the Seattle Mariners 2-1 in 12 innings. He held the Mariners hitless over the last 7 23 innings. NO-HITTER MAN - Cleveland Indians pitcher Dennis Eckereley gets hugged from his teammates after hurling a no- hitter against the California Angels. Behind Eckersley is Buddy Bell. Number 10 is catcher Ray Fosse. Manager Frank Robinson is running to (he mound. The Indians won 1-0 against Frank Tanana. (AP Wirephoto) Tribune Sports pages gets look af Padres wins two from Giants Eckersley's future looks good By BOB GREENE AF Sports Writer "We've got a lot of young players, a lot of good ones. I've got to find out who can do what," Alvin Dark said. The new manager of the San Diego Padres took a look at just about everyone and found out that Mike Ivie can hit the ball. The Padres set a National run homer, powering St. I past Chicago. By HERSCHEL NISSENSON said catcher Ray Fosse, "but if a fifth-inning homer as Phila- AP Sports writer I'm around Cleveland much League record by using 41 play- paaL ^ niLa B°- delphia handed Pittsburgh Us What does the future hold for longer, I'm sure I'll catch more ers in their doubleheader sweep The Cards battered Chicago fourth straight defeat. Steve Dennis Eckersley? Will anyone of his." of the San Francisco Giants 12- P ltchm S for 21 mls as left-hand- CarUoil) 7 . 2| wcnt the route as ever get another hit off him? In his previous outing, Eck- 8 and 9-8 Monday and the er Pete Falcone, 2-5, pitched a the Phillies gained their fourth _i n 1975, he was named ersley had beat Seattle 2-1 in 12 teams set a major league six * itter - straight triumph. Reds 7, Braves 3 six-hitter. record by using 74 players in Astros 5, Dodgers 3 " the twinbill. Joaquin Andujar, with last-in"Well, I got a look at all of n i ng help from Ken Forsch, them," said Dark, who took pitched a five-hitter and Hous- mnmg rally, giving Cincinnati over his new job a few hours ton erupted for four runs in the before the Memorial Day dou- second inning in handing Los Rose singled home Cesar Gero- bleheader and made one key Angeles its third straight defeat nimo ' sna PP in * a 3 ' 3 tie ?"*· change-moving Ivie from the - the longest Dodgers losing fey scored P !n . cn - runner Ed No. 5 spot to third in the bat- string of the season. American League Rookie Pitch- innings and held the Mariners er of the Year by The Sporting hitless over the final 7 2-3 in- A two-run triple by Ken Grif- News for a 13-7 record and 2.60 nings. The no-hitter gave him a sparked a four-run eighth- earned run average. streak of 16 2-3 innings without --In 1976, he "became only the allowing a hit. The major its victory over Atlanta. Pete s j x th Cleveland pitcher to league record is 23 by Boston's strike out 200 batters in one Cy Young in 1904. season. The Angels did not come -And Monday night - the close to a hit. They managed record books will record it as only two baserunners - one National League Chicago Plttsbgh St. Louis Phila New York Clncl San San W L Pel. OB 78 1! .651 -U 16 .619 U'j 27 IS -.400 1 14 19 .55B 4 15 25 ..119 10 IS 29 .341 13'A st W L Pet. GB 33 14 .702 21 23 .477 IQ'A 23 23 .451 12 20 26 .435 12'A 19 2/ .413 13V» 17 31 .35* 16Vs Armsbrister and Rose with Ins ting order. Houston scored four" runs in triple and Joe Morfian sin(?led Ma ? 30 1977 - the Indians'22- when Eckersley walked Tony Ivie responded with seven the second inning on singles by . home Griffe y- . . year-old right-hander pitched a Solaita on a.3-2 pitch with two Expos 5-3, Mets 1-2 Tony Perez slammed a two- run homer in the first game and Andre Dawson connected with one un in the nightcap as hits for the day, including a Enos Cabell, Art Howe and Ce- record-tying five doubles. sar cedeno and Dodgers short- Cardinals 11, Cubs 0 stop Ted Martinez' error. Lou Brock had four hits, driv- ' Phillies 6, Pirates 4 ing in four runs, Jerry Mumph- Tim McCarver slammed a rey chased home three runs three-run double in the first in- 12-strikeout no-hitter in besting out in the first inning and the Frank Tanana and the Califor- other when Bobby Bonds struck nia Angels 1-0. out to open the eighth but How about 1978? Perhaps an- reached base when the third other no-hitter. Maybe even be- strike also was a wild pitch. Montreal swept a doubleheader fore this year is over. But Eckcrslty, a 6-foot-2,190- and Ken Reitz smacked a two- n ing and Ted Sizemore cracked f rom New York. "This is my first time I pound right-hander, was the caught a complete no-hitter," star of the Memorial Day base- Houston Atlanta Monday's Results Montreal 5. N.Y. 1, 1st Montreal 3, N.Y. '2, 2nd San Diego 12, San Fran I, lit San 'Dleso '· San Fran B, 2nd SI. Louis U, Chicago 0 Philadelphia 6, Pittsburgh 4 CInclnndtl 7, Atlanta 3 Houston 5, Los AngHrs 3 Today's Probable Pitchers [All Time! EDT1 Pittsburgh (Demery 3 2 ) at Philadelphia (Lerch 4-2), 7:35 Montreal (Alcala 1-2) at New York (Seaver -1-3), 8:05 p.m. Chicago (Bonham 6-3) at St. Louis (Denny 4-0), 8:35 p.m. Atlanta (Easterly 2-1) at Cincinnati [Nolan 3-0), 8 p.m. Los Angeles [Hooton 4-1} at Houston (Richard 3-4], S : 3 S p.m. San Diego (GrUlin 4-3) at San Francisco (Barr 6-4), 10:35 p.m. ' Wednesday's Games San Dleao al San Francisco New York at Montreal, night Pittsburgh at Phita, night Atlanta it Cincinnati, night Chicago at St. Louis, night LOS Angeles at Houston, night American League East W L Pet. GB Baltlmre 24 17 .605 -New York 24 20 .565 IW Boston 23 21 523 3'A MIlw 25 25 .500 4Vi Cleveind 1' 22 .ia Detroit 17 26 .395 9 Toronto 18 2S .391 9Vi W L Pel. GB 38 17 ".622 75 19 .548 V/t 31 71 .500 5tt 33 33 .500 Sth 37 33 .489 6 31 33 .477 4'A 31 30 .412 10 Resultl .V.lnn cnicago T e x a s Calif OaKland Kan City Seattle Monday's ball show, giving the 13,400 fans in Cleveland Stadium something to remember. "I had a good feeling after the fifth inning," he said. "The most exciting inning was the seventh. I got chills. I knew it was coming. I had everything, good command of all my pitches. In the bullpen before the game I didn't have good stuff, but that was a good sign because when you're bad there, you're good in the game. Tanana allowed only five hits but yielded a run in the first inning when centerfielder Gil Flores missed a'shoestring try for Kuiper's line drive and it rolled to the fence for a triple. Kuiper raced home on Jim Norris' suicide squeeze bunt. Orioles 9, Twins 7 Lee May drove in five runs with two homers and Rick Dempsey knocked in three runs with a single, double and triple fof the Orioles. Baltimore took a 7-4 lead on May's second homer, a three-run shot in the sixth, and increased the margin to 94 on Dempsey's two-run double in the seventh but had to withstand a three-run Twins rally in the seventh. Yankees 5, Red Sox 4 Reggie Jackson and Graig Nettles drilled consecutive home runs in the second inning for the Yanks - -Jackson also singled home the tie-breaking run in the fourth -- Mike Tor- rez scattered seven hits and centerfielder Mickey Rivers, who had three hits, threw out the tying run at the plate in the ninth inning. Brewers 4-3, White Sox 3-8 Ralph Garr's two-run homer and RBI hits by Lamar Johnson, Alan Bannister and Jorge Orta in the sixth inning helped Chicago win the nightcap behind Sieve Stone. Don Money drew a bases-loaded walk off Lerrin LaGrow in the eighth inning of the first game to force in the winning run in Milwaukee's victory. Alariners 7-9, Kangers,4-3 Seattle knocked out Texas pitching aces Bert Blyleven and Gaylord Perry and swept a doubleheader with a total of 26 hits. Ruppcrt Jones lashed a two-out, two-run double in the seventh inning of the opener and Bill Stein and Dave Collins homered as Blyleven was beaten. A's 6, Tigers 3 Dock Ellis, who had a 23.48 earned run average in his first four appearances for Oakland, scattered six hits in eight in- , nings as the A's handed the Tigers their sixth consecutive defeat. Royals 4, Blue Jays 1 Rookie Joe Zdeb delivered a tie-breaking single in the sixth inning and Buck Martinez doubled home another run. Milwaukee 4, Chicago 3, 1st Chicago B. Milwaukee 3, 2nd Scaltle 7, Te*as 4, 1st Seatlle 9, Texas 3, 2nd Cleveland I, California 0 Kansas City t. Toronto 1 Oakland 6, Detroit 3 Baltimore 9, Minnesota 7 New York 5, Boston 4 Today's Probable Pitcher) (All Tlmei EOT) Cali'ornO (Hart/ell 1-4) at rwiand (Garland 2-5), 7 : 3 0 tHIIIer 1-5). fl p.m. new York (Patterson l-l) at Boston (Cleveland 2-3), 7:30 p.m. Wedneidiy'i Gimif Kan CHy at Toronto, night Cleveland at Detroit, nlflfit New Y o r x at Minnesota, night Baltimore at Chicago, night Boston at TSJUS, night Oakland at Seattle, night Pro Buketbili At A Glinct By Thi Associated Prtu National Buketbill Aiiociitlon Flnah BtJt-ol-S«¥.en Sunday'; Hnull Portland 159, Philadelphia 107, Philadelphia leads series 2- Tuesday'* Gim* Philadelphia at Porlland Friday's G»mt Portland at Philadelphia SAFE AT THE PLATE -- With Seattle Mariners catcher Skip Jutze having: troubles controlling the bail, Texas Rangers Mike Hargrove slides past home plate safe during first inning action of the first game of a twin bill Sunday. Hargrove was able to score the Rangers' first run of the day off a single into center field by teammate Dave May. (AP Wirephoto) Denver extends lead with win Monday'tRuutti First Race - BB'S Consoler 9.M, 4.00, 4,99; Range Front 5.40, 3.20; Jim Print 2.«. Quiniela (2-7) 39.60. Time 30.17. Second Race - Miss Kitty Go 4.30, 4.20, 2.49; Regal Reign 4.60, 3.00; Silver Spike 7.43. Quiniela (5-B) 15.40. Twin Quln (3-7 i- B) 411.60 to IB winners. Time 30.83. Third Bade -- Dutch War Jet 31.80,7.W; Benefit I.BO, 3.40; Dr. Pepper 5.20. Quiniela (68) W.M Time 31.19. Fourth Race-- AH Troy 4.70,4.40,3.60; Xinky HOH 4.30; Pccos Ace £.40. Quhlela (31) 17.40. Time 31.48. Fifth Ract -- Visual Form 1S60, 7.30, 5.40; Osnkosh Popp«r 4.00,3.00; Direct Hit 3.80. Quiniela ( 3 4 ) 31.60. Trlfecta (3.4 J) 364.30 Time 39.45. Sixth Race - Olhkosh Stride 12.20, 11 BO. 6.00; Arapahoe Filer 16.60,7.40; Joe Parker 3.70. Quiniela (7-6) 131.20. Tim* 30.W. Seventh Race -- WP Three N Ready 7.00, 4.40, 4.20; Dutch Bella S.3C, 3.80; Joanne Bauserman 9-tf. Quiniela O x ) 33 W Time 31.03. Eighth Race -- Sentimental 17.20. 6.W.- 500; Metal Score S.OO, JO; WP Seventy Seven 5.10. Ouinlela 12.SI3S.40 Trlfecta (i- 2-« 325.JO lime 39.1S. Ninth Race - Ea!y Frank I2.M, S.20, 3 JO; Hahltat 9.W, 6.10; Clip Trouble) 3.M. Quiniela (1-4) 40.40. Trifecta (4-1-5) 345.00. Time 30.W. Tenth Race - Cle bumf. Prl« 14 40. 300- Berry's Budget 4.20, 3.10; Skirt Trouolei 3.10. Quiniela !!·« 20.00- Time Eleventh Race - Chhkosh Betty 11.00. 8 20, 5 40; JR'i June 4.00, 3.00; Summer Gent, imp. i.0. Qulnlela (2-41 35.40. Twin Quln (2 43 4) 213.20 to 43 winners. Time Twelfth Race -- BUB'S woran 13.80 10.00, 4.20; Dutch Cappy Ann 410, 4.40; Xerokee Go 3.00. Quiniela (1-3) ».«. Trllecta (1-2-5) 483.10 Time 30.94. Attendance 3,509. Handle 303.7J4. By United Press International Indianapolis regained first place in the American Association's eastern division Monday, and Denver extended its cushion over (he other western division clubs. 1 Indianapolis posted a doubleheader sweep over New Orleans, 6-3 and 5-2. Evansville slipped back into second place, losing to Oklahoma City, 6-2. Denver completed a four-game sweep of Omaha with a 6-1 verdict. The Indians erupted for five runs in the seventh inning to take the opener. Winning pitcher Mike LaCoss knocked in two of the runs. Rudy Meoli homered for the Tribe, while Benny Ayala hit one out in the bottom of the seventh for the Pelicans, who saw their four- game winning streak snapped. Brock Pemberton homered for New Orleans in a losing effort in the nightcap. Joe Keener scattered seven hits as Denver beat Omaha and extended its lead over second- place Wichita to seven and one- half games. Craig Perkins homered otf Keener but no other Royal reached third base. Stan Papi belted a round tripper for the Bears. Carl Martin pitched a five-' hitter in Oklahoma City's victory at Evansville. Two of the hits were homers by Marv Lane and Bob Molinaro. The 89ers scored four runs in the second on three hits and three Evansville errors. Fred Andrews hit a solo homer in (he fifth for the 89ers. Omaha 000 000 010 - 1 7 3 Denver 012 001 20x -- 4 11 0 Hasbach, Balilnger (4), Cram (7), Babcock 18) and Palchln; Keener and Reece. W-Keener, 4-1. L-H8SbBCh, 2-2. HR- Denver, Papl (3); Omaha, Perkins (3). SHOCK SPECIAL buy 3, get the 4th free Ken's Muffler Shops 1030 7th Avc., 351.0J20 SIARCRAFT77 FERrORMANCEVQJ CM CQJNTO\! CRUISERS RUNABOUTS FISHING BOATS EQUIPMENT 0. 1325 East 18th St. 352-9493

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