The Morning Call from Allentown, Pennsylvania on May 14, 1993 · 49
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THIRD FOURTH THE MORNING CALL. FRIDAY, MAY 14, 1993 C7 R-PHILS Red Bairomis host Phils "I'm not here to see the Phillies, I'm a Red Baron fan," said Paul from Dickson City. "The guys in the big leagues are overpaid. At least the guys here are going to hustle because they want to make the big leagues. Philadelphia can have the prima donnas, we'll take our Red Barons." Well, maybe that "Phillies fever" hasn't exactly become an epidemic just yet. his slow bouncer to short, T.R. Lewis looked out but was called safe on another bang-bang play at the bag, allowing Jose Millares to score the game's first run. Farmer later gave up only one run in a bases-loaded, no-out jam the next inning, and was finally chased in the seventh after Wawruck doubled and Lewis singled to start the inning. A double play scored the third run, and fillares belted an RBI triple and scored on Wawruck's single in the eighth. Although Farmer gave up 10 hits and walked three in his six-plus innings, McCormack was encouraged by his stint, his longest since April 13. "He was in trouble but was still throwing good and keeping the ball down," he said. "He got away from himself in the third, and the quality of pitches weren't there. But he still made the good pitch when he had to to get away with minimal damage. "But his start was big, because at least he went six innings and pitched pretty decent so we didn't have to get him out early." stole home as Tim Holland got himself caught in an inning-ending rundown. But Keith Kimberlin drew a one-out walk, and Carlo Colombino followed with a single in the bottom of the inning. However, Sam Taylor was rung up as he tried to check his swing, and Gene Schall batting a robust .337 entering the game ended an 0-for-5 night by looking at a called third strike. "We battled back, and we've been doing that quite a bit," noted McCormack, whose bullpen will be bolstered a bit when Ricky Bottali-co (1-0, four saves at Clearwater) arrives from Clearwater. "But we have to start creating things earlierin the fourth, fifth and sixth innings and give ourselves room to work." Bowie had room to work because Farmer was in trouble in six of the seven innings he started, allowing the leadoff batter to reach base in all but one of those frames. The converted outfielder, who hasn't won since Opening Day, gave up one run in the third on an apparent make-up call at first. One pitch after Jim Wawruck looked safe but was called out on pitchers who can compete against anybody." The Phils' Fab Five gets to go head-to-head against the much-more-publicized "Fab Five" of the Atlanta Braves starting tonight in Georgia. Some are billing it as a National League Championship Series preview. "Everybody talkin' about it bein' a great series," Duncan said with a Dominican Republic accent. "We know Atlanta has one of the best pitching staffs. We just wanna take it a game at a time. We know it's still early. We don't listen to the people who say this race will be over by the Fourth of July. We don't want to win the division by 15 games; we just want to win it." And the Phillies keep winning new fans with each huge rally or improbable escape from disaster. "The fans have been great all over," said Incaviglia. "We've been playing in front of big crowds, even on the road. That all comes down to winning ballgames. People want to see you. "It's nice to play in front of 35,000 or 40,000 people instead of 5,000 or 10,000. It brings the level of your game up and keeps you intense. I think a lot of people are surprised by how we're playing, hut we saw in the first coude weeks of spring training that we had a pretty good ballclub. We believe in each other." Will they have everyone believing in them right into October? "People are excited right now because we're winning; it's only natural," said pitcher Danny Jackson. "When you've struggled like this club has in recent years, the excitement is that much greater. Plus, when you get out to a hot start like we have, everybody hops on the bandwagon. We want to keep them on board all year." When the Phillies were introduced by P.A. announcer John Da-vies as the "best team in baseball," a huge roar surged through the stands. Mickey Morandini, of all people. INCREDIBLY LOW TIRE PRICES!! FRIDAY 514 & SATURDAY 515 ONLY! FREE FREE FREE FREE FREE FREE Continued From Page C1 Cormack had only Gaddy who he said would only appear in a closing situation left in his pen. So when he saw the chance to set up a potential game"-winriing two-run single by Jose Fernandez, he took it. But just two pitches after Fer nandez almost completed the comeback himself with a towering drive that drifted just foul beyond the right-field foul pole, Baysox catcher Gregg Zaun gunned down Lewis at second, preserving the one-run lead. After Bowie, playing out of Bal timore's Memorial Stadium while its new park is being built this summer, literally stole an insurance run in the top of the ninth, Reading also brought the potential winning run to the plate with one out in the bottom of the frame. However, Tommy Taylor completed the shaky save with a pair of strikeouts, one on a checked-swing call, the other on a full-count called third strike. "Under normal circumstances, Lewis probably wouldn't have gone so we could keep a hole for Jose to shoot for," McCormack admitted. "But I was looking for it right then, the one base hit that scores 'em both if he steals that one. That's a chance you take when you're strapped." Reading had just six hits off winner Jason Satre (4-1) through the first seven innings, scoring in the fourth on singles by Pat Brady and Jeff Jackson and Mickey Hyde's RBI double just over the third-base bag. But with one on and two outs in the eighth, Brady singled, Jackson walked, and Hyde dropped a two-run single to left, chasing Satre and cutting the lead to 5-3. Then, Lewis slapped the first pitch from reliever Jim Dedrick, who had allowed just nine hits and no earned runs in 22 innings, to right, driving in Jackson and sending Hyde to third. But after Fernandez brought the 5,427 fans to their feet with his near back-breaker, Lewis was gunned down on one of the several bang-bang plays in the game. "Jose hit it good, and it was tough to watch," McCormack said. The Baysox (18-12) got a run in the ninth when Stanton Cameron IV Another Williams MOOSIC (AP) The Philadelphia Phillies recalled right-handed pitcher Mike Williams yesterday to take the place of Larry Andersen, who was placed on the disabled list Wednesday. Williams, the International League leader in wins, is 6-0 with a 3.09 earned-run average in seven starts for ScrantonWilkes-Barre of the International League. 'ftlnlJiWliir Blue Mountain League Catasauqua 1 1 . Andretti 7 Mark Washburn cracked a three-run home run in an 11-run fourth inning as Catasauqua erupted in this Blue Mountain League game last night. Catasauqua scored its runs on just seven hits, two walks and a pair of errors by winless Andretti (0-3). Bethleon 11, Washington 2 Tim Schwarz had a two-run homer in the second inning and finished with three RBI to lead the Bethleon Blue Jays over Washington. The Blue Jays (3-0) totaled 11 hits. Hellertown 6. Limeport 1 Hellertown outhit Limeport 11-9 with Joe Zaia going 2-for-4, Greg Wittman 2-for-3 and Ron Horvath 2-for-3 with an RBI. Neal Pagotta went the distance for the win, walking none and striking out six. Bicentennial 11, Saylors-burg 4 Bicentennial benefitted from three home runs (Jay Rothen hausler, Jeff Kilpatrick and Rich Fenstermaker) which produced six runs in beating Saylorsburg. Banko's 12, West Bethlehem 9 Roger Beshens won for Banko's as he held visiting West Bethlehem to four hits in the five innings he worked. He walked four and struck out nine. Josh Williams had a solo shot in the fourth as did Mike Stockley in the fifth for Banko's. Homering in a losing effort was Dave Toth who had a grand slam. tTires J3 m Rl 73 m ni FREE FREE FREE JOE'S VALUE PACKAGE . . . NO CHARGE Prices include Mounting, Valve Stems, Tire Disposal, Computer Spin Balance, Tire Rotation and Road Hazard Warranty! FREE FREE FREE Radial TA Solid Performer Classic . 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"It's too early to get excited, but they look awfully good," said Sal from Olymphant after purchasing a scorebook. "Usually by now, they're dead in the water. If nothing else, they should be in the race most of the year." Even fans of other National League East clubs are beginning to see the proverbial writing on the wall. "I'm a Cardinal fan, but I've got to admit that the Phillies look real good," said Bill Jandrasitz, a former resident of Northampton who now lives in Lake Hauto. "1 don't know if they can keep it up. I guess if the Cardinals don't win it, I'd like to see the Phillies do it." "I'm a Pirate fan, but it looks like the Phillies have everything you need to win the division," said Gib of Scranton. Down on the field before the game, the Phillies heard the screams and yells of autograph seekers and picture takers anytime they ventured near their dugout, which was lined three or four fans deep in most areas. It was royal treatment usually reserved for rock stars. Occasionally, an extra polite fan could be heard, saying "Mr. Chamberlain, can I please have your autograph?" But, mostly, the screaming pleas of "Wes, Wes! Come here, Wes!" or "Hey, Pete Incaviglia, how 'bout an autograph!" dominated as fans ranging from 6 to 60 boxed out one another like Charles Barkley fighting David Robinson for a rebound along the third-base railing. "No doubt about it, the fans are excited everywhere we go because this is the first time since the early '80s that the Phillies have a good shot at winning the division," said Mariano Duncan. "Our division is wide open and we've taken advantage by playing good baseball. "Our pitching staff deserves a lot of credit. Last year, we basically just had two starting pitchers with Curt Schilling and Terry Mulholland. Now we have five CBS Continued From Page CI definitely feel there's an etiquette." Milwaukee Brewers president Bud Selig, chairman of the ruling executive council, wasn't interested in the CBS offer and said there would be a vote sometime after May 23 on the ABC-NBC deal, which calls for a partnership that-would split revenue instead of an up-front rights fee. Pilson said the CBS offer calls for a rights fee of less than 50 percent of the current deal, which averages $265 million per season, plus revenue sharing. Philadelphia Phillies president Bill Giles estimated the ABC-NBC offer would be worth about $145 million in 1994. "The committee has spent seven or eight months doing business the way you're supposed to do business, not playing one network against the other," Selig said. "Their interest was a level playing field, and I think we achieved that." CBS officials said several teams came to them earlier this week and asked them to make a counteroffer. Any deals must be , approved by eight of 14 teams in each league. While many small-market owners said they were leaning toward the ABC-NBC, owners of large-market teams were ambiguous about their intentions. "I feel better that there was no vote today," George Steinbrenner of the New York Yankees said. "I would say the large-market clubs have to look at it very carefully." "I think everybody has concerns about a large business transaction," Fred Wilpon of the New York Mets said. "It's a very serious, important move for baseball." Paul Beeston of the Toronto Blue Jays, said by other teams to oppose the ABC-NBC deal, wouldn't comment. Haywood Sullivan of the Boston Red Sox, speaking just before Pilson's announcement, was coy. "I don't know what the alternative is," he said, refusing to elaborate. The CBS offer would allow baseball to sell an opening round of ex- panded playoffs to either another network or to a cable network. Congressmen have said the ABC-NBC deal would lead to pay-per-view, which Selig denied. "The emphasis here, it seems to me, is not only that this is the first time an entire package of sports has been on prime time, but on free, over-the-air TV," Selig said. "With all that's going on, it's worth remembering this is a package on free, over-the-air, TV." Selig had said last fall that owners wanted earlier starting times for postseason games. The ABC-NBC deal calls for Saturday and Sunday games to be moved up to 7:20 p.m. EDT, but for weeknight games to remain at 8:35 p.m. AfJD got one of the biggest hands. It was so big that Jackson waved his arms as in a Wayne's World "We're Not Worthy!" salute. He also got down on his knees and kissed Morandini's spikes. But once the game began, the Red Barons drew the biggest cheers. After all, the Red Barons are in first place, too in the International League's East Division with a record of 19-14. And the Red Barons are defending divisional champs. 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