Independent Press-Telegram from Long Beach, California on April 10, 1977 · Page 23
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· · · « ' . t* '·'*~r: ***Vafil' f * W ^ « · * * * ^*" ki *TJW Cr* · -^ «fci* .... k .^«w i^^^^^^^r ^B^^f *^S ^^^^ ^^^^ ^^^^ ^^~ ^ Dodger bats boom for Rau By Gordon VerrcH Doug Rau left Saturday night's game in the seventh inning, something he's become accustomed to in his five summers pitching for the Dodgers. What he wasn't accustomed to is the fact he actually left the game with a lead-and a good one. Moreover, the Dodgers maintained the advantage. whipping the San Francisco Giants, 8-2, behind a 14-hit attack before 40,878 Dodger Stadium fans. "I'm telling you," he bubbled afterward, recalling his four successive starts of a year ago when the Dodgers failed to score so much as one run for him. "this team can score runs. And you know I'm gonna like that. · 'ITiere are no outs in tnls lineup. I'd sure hate to be pitching against us." Rau, 28. coming off a 16-12 season, his beet in the majors, a year in which his 2.57 ERA ranked second in the entire National League, was just warming up. "Position by position," he said. "Ill put us right up there with Cincinnati. I just don't see how Cincinnati is a better club than we are. Dodger of Day BILL RUSSELL do* Wed. singled twice and drove in two ran* to pace 8-2 victory over Giants. "I'll stick my neck out and say it: if we don't win it this year. I'll be disappointed." . . He had reason for his enthusiasm. Ex-mate unkind to Halos Weelock finds a team to beat Bv Tracy RingoJsby For example: , · Everyone in the starting lineup collected at least ° ne .' Dave Lopes. Bill Russell and Ron Ccy each had three of the Dodgers'hits. « Russell. Reggie Smith and Dusty Baker each drove home two runs. . · Charlie Hough, in his first relief appearance of 1977. retired nine Gi.nts in order, the only nine batters he faced, including four on strikeouts. It all added up to the Dodgers' second successive victory of the new season, both over San Francisco, and the fifth time in a row they've flattened the Giants, including a three-game series sweep at the tail end oi the 1976 season. ... "It was a team victory all the way." proclaimed the team's cheerleader and manager. Tommy Lasorda. "There^'tremendous feeling .on the bench tot we're going to score runs." he said. "We just know we're going to score." Rau was impressive in his first start of the season, blanking San Francisco on three hits through four innings, then giving up single runs in the fifth and sixth rounds. When Marc Hill opened the seventh with a double. Hough and his knuckler arrived from the bullpen. "Charlie was fantastic," said Rau. "Heck. I threw too many breaking pitches the first four or five innings. By the sixth I didn't have a fast ball. "I wasn't anywhere near 100 per teaL But I'm going to get better the next time I start." (Continued on Page S-6. Col.4) Horsing around Minnesota Twin second baseman Bob Randall rides the shoulders of Dick Allen of the Oakland A's, who was merely Irving to break up a double play. He didn t. Randall got off the throw, doubling up Manny Sanguillen. 0 _··*«·*·*· F S T « ' TEtEVISION _ , . ,, , _ tatttr - From Heuro. Ch H »:« ».nl. : From England. C h J M p m . · Tnutb -- Ju»ray Conaon »t. the Ntiiu*. KNBC (4). noon. · Balis -- U.S. Chimptoottapi. KABC p 'cJ - Tilt Hasten. KNXT Oi. l a m BtMbaa -- AngeU it. St«U«. KTtA - Ufcri ». Pn basketban -- Lakers vs. Seattle. KIIS.lp.Ri. Horse rachf -- Santa Anita feature race. KIEV.KNX, 5:3) pra. tat JCABC Ublt ttmu and deurt racing, ni.UOpm. t RADIO Bawball -- Dodgm v«. San Francisco. KABC. 1 p.ro.: AngtU vt Seattle. KMPC.l:»p.m. Stem -- Daniels Field (San Pedro), Baseball -- Dodgers vt. San Francisco. Dodjer Stadium. ' P TM - . c . Ibrse racing--Thoroughbred*. Sanla Aoita. 1:30 p.m. , . Art* raetM - Figure 8. oval and street stoeksTXscol Park. 7 p.m. SEATTLE - After the spring triining Gary Wheelock suffered through, he was beginning to wonder il he could get anybody out. The Angels have removed those doubts. Wheelock. selected by Seattle from the Angels in the expansion draft, pitched six innings of one-hit ball Saturday night to earn the (Former) Angel of Day GARY WHEELOCK. an Angel castoff, surrendered only one run and four hits in six innings of work against his former mates for 5-1 Mariner win. _____ victory in the Mariners' 5-1 triumph. It was the Mariners second win in a row over the Angels after dropping the first two games of the season. Wheelock's only real problem was his right elbow, which tightened up after the sixth inning and forced him to watch the final three frames from the bench. "It feels awful good to come out and be able to do this in my first start," said Wheelock. who had a 10.28 earned run average in the spring and in his only spring appearance against the Angels yielded nine runs in five innings. "I WAS beginning to wonder if I could get anybody out." said Wheelock. who had 15 wins at Salt Lake last ear to lead the Pacific Coast League. "I was even beginning to wonder if I would be able to make the major league roster the way things were going." Actually. Wheelock would not have made the roster if everything had gone the way Mariner manager Darrell Johnson had hoped. But starters Dick Pole and Frank MacCormack were injured during spring training and placed on the disabled list, making room for the 25-year-old righthander room on the roster. While Wheelock is benefiting from the circumstances, Ansel manager Norm Sherry felt his team was the victim of circumstances. (Continued Page . Col. 4) ON THE INSIDE · GORDON VERRELL analyzes the National League. Page S-2. . TRACY RINGOLSBV crystal balls the American League. Page S-2. · LOEL SCHRADER gets to know Tom Lasorda. Page S-3. · RICH ROBERTS talks things over with Gene Autry. Page S-3. · BUD TUCKER discusses possibility of a Freeway Series. Page S-3. . TED TURNER making a name for himself. Page S-3. · MAJOR LEAGUE schedules. Page . A LOOK back at 1976. Page S-l. · THE DAY in baseball. Page S-5. · SATURDAY SCOREBOARD. Page S-l. · LAKERS LOSE in Portland. Page SUNDAY. APRIL 10. 1977 Section S, Poge S-l S-8. . UCLA spikers sparkle. Page S-8. · SANTA ANITA rings down curtain today. Page S-10. · ROOKIES to watch. Page S-ll. Goring hat trick helps Kings douse Flames By Al Larson .Su/fHnlw The sign told it all: "Adios Atlanta. Give Us Boston." With Butch Goring scoring three goals and Marcel Dionne adding a solo tally, the Kings sent the Atlanta Flames tumbling out of the Stanley Cup playoffs for the second year in a row. Before a frenzied tumawav crowd of 16,005. coach Bob Pulford's skaters doused the Flames, 4-2. Saturday night at the Forum in the third and deciding game of the opening round of the NHL playoffs. "It was big men against little men and this time the liulejnen won," Goring said in the Kings' dressing quarters. ··We worked the whole season for the home ice advantage and fortunately we had it and it paid off. We worked hard and deserved the game. We played better than they did," Goring added. "We're looking forward to meeting Boston again." the popular 5-9 centerman said. "They beat us in seven games last year. We're strong now. We have three fines scoring now and we didn't last year. We have a better power play, too. although Atlanta did a good job stopping it. And our penalty killing is good." the 27-year-old Goring said. "The hat trick was kind of like icing on the cake," Goring beamed. "It was a close one. We worked all year for the home ice advantage and it really showed its importance tonight." Pulford told a cluster of newsmen. "The fans were just great. They gare us a lift from the start "It was a tough, defensive game and Atlanta deserves a lot of credit Everybody gave a big effort tonight-Butchie with his three goals and Rogie (Vachon) with the big saves," Pulford said. "I thought we let down after the first two goals, but we came back." Vachon. who repulsed 25 of Atlanta's 27 shots, said. "We're glad to be going to Boston. If we had lost tonight we would have had (Continued Page S«, Col. S) Nicklaus tabs 'Gentle Ben' Crenshaw, Watson co-leaders «....» ·*! nnifo nf iho vmith mow- tuncc here, hasn't been worse than be Bob Green ARGWf H'rtter '.IAUGUSTA. Ga.-Jack Nick- lavs, who has played Augusta National Golf course better than any other person in the 41-year history of 3he Masters, strongly suggested that dynamic Ben Crenshaw is the rain to beat in today's final round. :: "Crenshaw play* a little bit like I ised to." said Nicklaus, very mjch in the chase for his sixth Misters title. "He overpowers a lot ofxolf courses. He should win this tournament several times. This is a goad course for him." :Tom Watson, tied with Cren- thjw for tb* lead a less-than-com- fodible three strokes in front of NttUaus, disagreed. The mtn he has to beat, he said, is himself. - ·That's the bigjwnon I have to overcome," said Watson, an obvi- onjs reference to the last-round collapses that have cost him titles in his last two starts. Crenshaw, apprised of Mck- laus' comment that he should win several Masters, had but one comment: . . "I hope I start tomorrow. I feel like I have the capacity to win this tournament It's a good golf course forme." Then be added: "It's a good golf course for a lot of folks." Watson started the day in a tie for the lead, appeared to be faltering, once dropping two shots back, and then rammed in a birdie putt on the final hole that put him in a tie with th« 25-year-old Crenshaw. Watson's downhill, five-foot effort on the two-tiered 18th green finished off a round of 70 and gave him a three-round total of 209. seven under the grudging par on the famed Augusta course. Crenshaw, who typifies the power and pride of the youth movement that has swept the tour this season, muscled his way to a 69- talking to the ball in flight twisting his stocky frame in body Engligh. dancing in delight when a go-ahead putt dropped, visibly agonizing when another putt missed. The man they call "Gentle Ben" and the red-haired, freckle- faced Watson, winner of two titles and leading the money list with $135,000 this season, share a one- shot advantage over Rik Hasten- gale going into the final round of the first of the year's four major tournaments. Massengale bolted into his high position with a live-under par 67 that put him at 110. Nicklaus shook off his putting woes with a $9 that left him very much in contention at Jit "It was pretty much a reverse from the first couple of days," said Nicklaus. who has finished second twice here, hasn't been worse than fourth in six years and holds a record 14 major professional championships. "I didn't play nearly as well as the first two days, but I putted a lot better." he said. "That's encouraging going into the last round. I think I can get to hitting the ball well again and if I can keep the putter going I've got a chance to do something." He was tiedith Jim Colbert, who had a 69 in the sunny, warm spring weather. The group at 213, only four strokes back and very much in the race for the famed green jacket that goes to the winner, included Hubert Green. South African veteran Gary Player. Tom Kit* and 44-year-old Rod Funseth. who shared the second round lead with Watson. (Continued PageS* Cd. II Burning the cup Ben Crenshaw saw several putts burn edge of cup but fail to drop for birdies Saturday. Popular pro shares lead ·· with Tom Watson heading into today's final Masters round in Augusta, Ga.

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