The Times from Munster, Indiana on April 12, 1986 · 6
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SPORTS iumois AW Saturday April 12, 1986 Bulls make playoffs CHICAGO (AP) - Michael Jordan, who led the Chicago Bulls into the NBA's Eastern Conference playoffs Friday night with a 1(6-103 win over the Washington Bullets, says he never expected he'd get into the postseason this year. Jordan missed 64 games after breaking his foot and returned March IS, helping the Bulls catch Cleveland for the last playoff berth. But after Friday night's win, Jordan said, "I honestly feel better this year going into the playoffs than I did a year ago because I overcame along with the team a lot of adversity." Although Jordan scored a game-high 31 points, including a tie-breaking jumper with 60 seconds left, he didn't claim the credit for himself. "It was players like Gene Banks scoring two clutch baskets late in the fourth quarter and John Paxson taking charge that did the job," he said "I guess I never dreamed I'd be back in time to get into the playoffs, what with my broken foot and the team's other injuries, but when everybody contributes, the triumph is that much sweeter," Jordan added. . Bulls Coach Stan. Albeck called Jordan "sensational and unbelievable." "Not only does Michael hit the big jumper to put us ahead to stay, but he comes up with a key rebound that puts him on the line, and then an instant later, comes up with the steal that prevents Washington from tying the game," Albeck said. Washington Coach Kevin Loughery called the Bulls "a real dedicated team." But he said, "We lost the game on the boards ... and because we could not connect on several easy shots we had down the stretch." i imes rnoio Dy rreoericK waiion Sliding Oiler Bishop Noll second baseman Dave Holzbach puts the tag on Whiting's Rick Rodriguez during the Indiana Lake Shore Conference opener for both teams at Whiting Park Friday. Bishop Noll defeated the Oilers, 14-0, behind the no-hit pitching of Dave Malatestinic. See Page C-4 for details. Cubs defeat Pittsburgh By ALAN ROBINSON The Associated Press PITTSBURGH - The Chicago Cubs won their first game of the season Friday night with the help of two unlikely weapons. The two were Keith Moreland's glove and Steve Trout's bat. Mbreland made a possibly game-saving defensive play to help halt a Pittsburgh ninth-inning rally and winning pitcher Trout keyed a four-run fourth inning with an RBI single as the Cubs edged the Pirates 5-4 at chilly Three Rivers Stadium. "It's a crazy game sometimes, no doubt about it," said Trout, who scattered four hits over six innings until leaving with a pulled groin muscle. "We have all kinds of opportunities in St. Louis but lose two games and we come here and Rainbow Trout starts a rally by hitting the ball to shortstop," said Cubs Manager Jim Frey. "That's why managers have to go home and have a beer sometimes." Trout, 1-0 and 5-0 against the Pirates the last two seasons, retired 14 of 15 batters at one point as the Cubs built a 4-0 lead. Lee Smith, the Cubs' third pitcher, gave up a run- scoring single to Jim Morrison and sacrifice fly to Joe Orsulak in the ninth inning in struggling to his first save. With the bases loaded and one out, Morrison lined a shot into right field that looked like it might skip past Moreland. But Moreland smothered the ball, keeping it in front of him, and his quick throw to the plate barely allowed Ray to slide home safely. After Oruslak's sacrifice fly, Smith struck out reserve shortstop Rafael Belliard to end the game. "My whole family aged 10 years in the ninth inning," Smith said. Jordan broke a 102-102 deadlock with his soft 12-foot baseline jumper. Coupled with Cleveland's 117-104 loss to Boston, the victory gave Chicago a two-game lead over the Cavaliers for the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot. The Bulls conclude their regular season Sunday by playing host to Cleveland. Chicago trailed by as many as 14 points, but Paxson took charge for the Bulls in the fourth quarter by scoring nine of his 23 points, pulling them even at 96-96 with a five-point scoring burst. White Sox fall again ByJOEMOOSHIL The Associated Press CHICAGO - Marty Barrett was waiting for a breaking pitch but got a fast ball and just reacted. Barrett's reaction was a two-run triple that keyed a four-run third inning Friday night and launched the Boston Red Sox to a 7-2 victory over the winless Chicago White Sox. "I was sitting on off-speed stuff and then I got a fast ball and reacted," said Barrett, who also doubled to trigger a two-run ninth which helped make a winner of Roger Clemens, one of Boston's pitching question marks. Clemens' first start since having shoulder surgery last August was a total success. "I felt great," the big right-hander said. "No trouble with the shoulder at all." Clemens retired the first two batters in the ninth and appeared headed for a complete game but John Cangelosi drew a walk and Wayne Tolleson singled. Clemens departed and Joe Sambito retired Harold Baines to end the game. "I was a little .excited," Clemens said. "I had to get the breaks and make a few pitches, everything worked out." ' ' The loss was the fourth straight for the White Sox, marking their worst start since 1974 when they lost their first five games. Chicago took a 1-0 lead in the second when Ozzie Guillen reached on shortstop Ed Romero's throwing error and scored eventually on a wild pitch. Boston's Wade Boggs opened the third against Floyd Bannister, 0-1, with a single and went to third on Bill Buckner's double. Boggs scored as Jim Rice grounded out. Don Baylor walked, and one out later Barrett tripled to right center. Barrett scored when Romero's grounder got by third baseman Wayne Tolleson for an error. Washington hitting on all cylinders By JOHN O'MALLEY Times Sports Writer CHICAGO - When things go well everything seems to hit on all cylinders. That's pretty much the situation for Chicago Washington baseball coach Ted Krga and his Minutemen, who have won all 13 of their games this season. "We're a little surprised by the success we've enjoyed so far. We knew this team was going to be better than last year's (20-11) which finished in a tie for first place in the league (Southeast section of the Chicago Public League)," said Krga. "We've upgraded the schedule a little since I got the job. When I first started, we just scheduled games to get games on the schedule. This year I think we are playing better teams and the results are making us very happy." The Minutemen have beaten Mt. Carmel, Schurz and Public League power Fenger. Other victims have included TF South and Evergreen Park. "We are very well-rounded and seem to be coining together as a team, particularly the pitching staff, and that can be attributed to pitching coach Bob Polewski," said Krga. "He was an ex-scout with the San Diego Padres and has taken over the pitchers and done an outstanding job. "The biggest surprise has probably been our hitting. We're hitting around .325 as a team and have scored 102 runs in 13 games. Seven of the nine starters are hitting the ball very well and at over .300. There hasn't really been anyone falling off at the plate much, and when someone does slip a bit, there always seems to be someone else picking up the slack." The top hitter is senior catcher Don Frye, who is hitting .500 (17-34). Other top hitters include second baseman-pitcher Pino Santilli, who is hitting .481 (13-27), senior shortstop Steve Polewski (coach's son), who is batting .463 (19-41) and senior first baseman Darren Wolff, at .400 with 12 hits in 30 at-bats. The Minutemen have a fireballer on the mound in sophomore Alex Fernandez, who is 4-0 this season with 30 strikeouts in 26 innings. Fernandez, who also bats a healthy .338, was an all-city Chicago Public League selection as a ninth-grader. Santilli is 4-0 and Steve Rys and sophomore Barry Leavell are 2-0 for the Minutemen. "Our pitching staff is the key for us. Mr. Polewski just does an outstanding job with the kids. He is a genius with the pitchers and knows the game of baseball. He's just a great baseball man," said Krga. "Polewski has really made pitchers out of Santilli and Rys. They all keep the ball in the strike zone and keep it low, but more importantly, they keep it in play." Masters' "Amen Corner" The famous "Amen Comer", formed by the 1 1 lh, 1 2th and 13th holes, is one of the toughest challenges facing competitors in this year's Masters at the Augusta National GoH dub. W Q Dogwood" )()bpir3 &J J Q J WjElSSYardi (f) '"Azalea" ParS 46S Yard Amen Corner earns dubbing By HAL BOCK The Associated Press AUGUSTA, Ga. - They are located at the southernmost spot on the golf course, farthest from the comfort of the clubhouse, closest to the forest of green that surrounds Augusta National, home of the Masters. They are three holes No. 11, No. 12, No. 13 known as Amen Corner, and they have buried their share of Masters' dreams. Like the rest of the holes on this sprawling carpet of green, these three are named after pretty plants White Dogwood, Golden Bell and Azalea. Golf writer Herbert Warren Wind gave them their more descriptive nickname, the phrase a golfer might gratefully utter if successfully completing the hazardous far turn. Wind was working on a lengthy Masters' piece in 1958 and trying to think of an appropriate name for the corner. "You know, football has coffin corner, baseball has the hot corner," he said. "I wanted something like that." "Then I thought of one of my jazz records by a Chicago musician named Mezz Mezzrow. One side was 'Thirty-sixth and Calumet,' probably the location of his club. The other was 'Shoutin' at Amen Corner.' I thought, "That's not bad. Hit a bad shot there and it's amen for you.'" So, courtesy of Mezzrow and Wind, the treacherous trio of holes was christened. No. 11, White Dogwood, is a straight shot hole, 455 yards with a par 4, running along the outer edge of the course. The green is guarded by a small pond on the left. Then comes No. 12, Golden Bell, 155 yards, a par 3. It sounds a lot easier than it is. Winds swirl out of the pines, making every tee shot an adventure. The green sits behind the beginnings of Rae's Creek, a stream that has swallowed its share of golf balls over the years. No. 13 is the 465-yard, par-5 Azalea, which takes a sharp left turn halfway to the green and tempts golfers to ignore par and kfililirMilV 1 shoot for birdie or even eagle. The creek runs along the entire left side of the layout, breaking in front of the hole. Behind the pin are four sand traps, framed by the pink azaleas that are everywhere at Augusta National. Pretty, but treacherous. If you want to know the kind of trouble Amen Corner can cause, ask Tsuneyuki Nakajima of Japan or American Tom Weiskopf. In 1978, Nakajima took 13 strokes on No. 13, a single-hole Masters record. Not to be outdone, No. 12 extracted a record-tying 13 from Weiskopf in 1980. Nakajima still can't shake questions about his disaster, even though he birdied the 13th this year. "By now, I should have redeemed myself," he said through an interpreter. Weiskopf remembers his trouble at No. 12 very well. "I couldn't resign myself to pitch across the water," he said. "I was going to pitch close. I was trying to make an impossible shot. I didn't use good judgment and I just compounded the problem. "Once you get in trouble there, it's tough to get out." Sam Snead found a way out in 1952. , Leading the tournament in the final round, Snead's tee shot fell short and landed in the creek. He took his penalty drop into a depression, then hit intd the long-grassed embankment below the green. Looking at a 6 for the hole, Snead merely dropped his next shot into the cup for a 4 that kept him on target for the Masters green jacket. No. 13 yielded 13 eagles in 1953, but the most famous one probably belongs to Cary Middlecoff, achieved in 1955 when he won the championship. See CORNER, PageC3 Skinner hoping to run with catching opportunity CHICAGO - We cut back to better times when the Chicago White Sox were winless in no games instead of four. Two weeks ago, in Sarasota, Fla., the reticent Joel Skinner is granting his second interview in five minutes. Resident funster Tom Seaver takes note from across the clubhouse. He seizes the opportunity to rib the young Chicago White Sox cd teller "What'd you hit at Triple A, Skins?" taunts Seaver. When the answer is revealed, Seaver can hardly contain himself: "Two-forty? Two-forty? Well ... no WONDER you're the first-string catcher." As Sox players roared, Seaver realized he accomplished his mission with an age-old reverse-psychology ploy: relaxation through mock-persecution of Skinner's perceived problem. Good D, no O. After a productive spring, hitting .283, Skinner has looked the part of an uptight GENE SEYMOUR young player when he bats. Skinner didn't have a good cut in six hitless at-bats until he broke through with a well-drilled two-run single Thursday against Milwaukee. He's one-for-eight, with four strikeouts. Skinner's been pinch-hit for twice in late innings. "That can be embarrassing," said back-up catcher Marc Hill." "I've been a little eager at the beginning," said Skinner, "a little hyper. I can't try to do too much. It's a matter of confidence." Skinner needs to lighten up, in the estimation of at least one other authority on catching, Carlton Fisk. "He's excited, pressing. He ought to back off," said Fisk, the converted left fielder. "He's trying too hard to impress people. He seems to be looking for approval. It really masks his talent." Indirectly, Fisk was at the root of Skinner's woes. Fisk was moved to left in order to prolong his career, but it was against his will, as he has been quick to remind. Among the off-season comments attributed to Fisk is, "I hope Joel comes ready to play. That wasn't always the case last year." "I don't know what context that came in; I don't even bother thinking about it," said Skinner, delivering two white lies. Truth is, Skinner's trying to exorcise any and all labels. "A player's got to start somewhere. You don't just come into this league a veteran," said Skinner. "I'm sure he feels as if he's in a fishbowl," said Fisk. "I feel the same way. But the only way to gain confidence of your peers is to go out and do your job. Don't be concerned about who's saying what, or about what comparisons are being made." Fisk said there's "no direct indication" that Skinner is pressing because of Fisk. One senses Fisk would like to take Skinner under his wing, once Fisk fully adjusts to his new set of traumas. Fisk also finds it peculiar that the 25-year-old Skinner hasn't sought his advice. "We haven't talked yet, but I think we might before long," said Fisk. "Up here (in the majors), you have to grasp your place. If not, it won't be your place to grasp. He has a golden opportunity." Fisk recalled now he Droke into the majors, following a less-than-inspiring minor league hitting performance. "Took about two weeks before I ever got comfortable," he said. Fisk was the third-string catcher with Boston, behind immortals Duane Josephson and Bob Montgomery. Josephson got hurt, and Montgomery had little success throwing runners out against the swift Yankees, who were in town. "They said, 'Get Fisk in there; he's got a strong arm," recalled Fisk. "I didn't throw anyone out for two weeks, but I got two hits every day. That's how you get in the lineup. You've got to take it." The implication is Skinner lacks the necessary mental toughness. Columnist Gene Seymour writes for Copley News Service.

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