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June 27, 1976

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 60

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-AP Wirepholo 'Safe,' Says Umpire Marty Springstead, Bringing An Argument Boston Catcher Carlton Fisk Insists He Tagged Runner Out at Home PATIENCE Petrocelli Waits for Pitch, Gives Red Sox 2-1 Victory BOSTON JAP) - Rico Petrocelli, struggling to break out of a batting slump like most of his teammates on the Boston Red Sox. quietly admitted that patience paid off Saturday. "I was waiting for a pitch that I could get into the a i r ; I didn't want to be greedy," Petrocelli said after his ninth-inning sacrifice fly lifted the Red Sox to a 2-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers. Petrocelli also singled across Boston's first run. With runners on first and third after an intentional walk with one out, Petrocelli said he was a little surprised when he, too, wasn't passed intentionally. "I thought he (Detroit pitcher Dave Roberts) was goi ng to load the bases," Petrocelli said. "However, he had me hitting on the ground all day and probably thought he could get the double play. "Then he got a change-up or a slow curve out over the plate and I hit it deep enough. It's just good to win. This has been a bad streak for us and I just hope this gets us going." Had to Be Good "Boy, we really overpowered them today, didn't we?" Boston Manager Darrell Johnson said jokingly. "Really, though, we just had a pitcher, Luis Tiant, who enabled us to win by pitching that good. Luis Syracuse Defeats Charlies SYRACUSE, N.Y. -League-leading Syracuse scored six runs on four hits in the fifth inning here Saturday night to nip the visiting Charleston Charlies, 6-5. in International League baseball. Charleston wasted a four-hit performance by Mitchell Page during the game which was interupted twice by rain which sent the majority of an 8,054 tournout scurrying home before the conclusion. Wendell Alston, George Zeber, Rick Bladt and Terry Whitfield contributed run- scoring hits in Syracuse's winning rally. Page slammed two doubles and a pair of singles and Dave Augustine hammered his fifth homer and doubled to pace the Charleston attack. In the third inning, Augustine's leadoff homer opened the scoring. Miguel Dilone tripled and scored on a sacrifice fly by Craig Reynolds. A walk to Tommy Thomas, Page's double and Ken Macha's single produced the third run. Augustine's double, a walk to Thomas, Page's run-scoring double and an error accounted for two Charleston runs in the seventh inning. The loss left the Charlies with a 3-2 record on the road trip which winds up with a 6 p.m. game here today. John Morlan (2-3) of ihe Charlies and Ken Clay (4-3) of the Chiefs will be the starting pitchers. See major league boxtcores on Page 10F. had to be good. Roberts was darn good. He was around the knees all day with a good sinker and good control." Bobby Darwin, given a starting assignment in the outfield as 1975 American League Most Valuable Player Fred Lynn was benched, opened the ninth with a double just out of Alex Johnson's reach near the leftfield line. Rick Miller ran for Darwin and took third on Carl Yastrzemski's fly to right. Dwight Evans was walked intentionally to set up a possible double play, but Petrocelli scored Miller with a fly ball to deep left- center. Tiant, 9-5. scattered eight hits in the nationally televised game. He needed only 84 pitches in outdueling Detroit's Dave Roberts, 7-6. who allowed just six hits. The Tigers picked up a run in the fourth on a single by Tom Veryzer, a double by Ben Oglivie and Jason Thompson's sacrifice fly. Right fielder Darwin's throw to the plate'appeared in time to nail Veryzer, but the runner apparently eluded catcher Carlton Fisk's tag. The Red Sox argued the call. Red Sox Tie Score The Red Sox tied the score in their half of the fourth. With two out, Yastrzemski singled, took third as Evans' grounder went through second baseman Pedro Garcia for an error and scored on a single by P e t r o r e l l i . St. Louis 3, Philadelphia 2-Mike Tyson's sacrifice fly scored the winning run in the 10th inning as the Cardinals, behind the relief pitching of Al Hrabosky, defeated the Phillies. Pittsburgh 7, Montreal 6-Three innings of effective relief pitching by Larry Demery led the Pirates. Demery got the win to raise his record to 5-1. Houston 3, Cincinnati 0--Joaquin Andu- jar shut out the normally hard-hitting Reds by scattering 10 hits. Jose Cruz delivered all of the Astros' runs with a bases- loaded double. Loser Pat Zachery limited the Astros to two hits but walked nine. Minnesota 11, Oakland 2~Rod Carew drove in five runs with a grand slam home run and a double. The A's again played without pitchers Vida Blue and Rollie Fingers and outfielder Joe Rudi. who are not allowed to play by order of owner Charles Finley. Short of pitchers as a result, A's manager Chuck Tanner left starter Paul Mitchell in the game for 6 1-3 innings although he was tagged for all 11 runs on 15 hits. New York M e t s 10, Chicago Cubs 2--John Milner hit a grand slam and Dave Kingman blasted Bill Bonham's next pitch for his 25th homer for the Mets. Bonham, 6-5, retired the first seven bat-- ters he faced before Jerry Grote singled with one out in the third inning. Pitcher Jerry Koosman and Mike Phillips walked to load the bases before Felix Millan singled in a run. Milner followed with his ninth homer of the season and Kingman hit the next pitch completely out of Wrigley Field for his f i f t h homer in five games in Chicago this year. New York Y a n k e e s 6, M i l w a u k e e 3--Chris Chambliss and Elrod Hendricks drove in two runs apiece to power the Yanks. The victory was the Yankees' 10th in their last 12 games and raised their lead in the American League East to eight games over second-place Cleveland. Baltimore 2, Cleveland 1--Unbeaten Wayne Garland, staked to two runs in the first inning, hurled his eighth straight victory. Garland, who has won three in a row since being moved into the starting rotation, allowed eight hits while hurling the second complete games of his career. Gerulaitis Rallies To Eliminate Ashe By Geoffrey Miller WIMBLEDON, England (AP) - Vitas G e r u l a i t i s knocked o u t d e f e n d i n g champion Arthur Ashe in the biggest upset of the Wimbledon tennis tournament Saturday and led a four-man American charge into '*· quarter-finals. Gerulaitis, 21, of New York, came from behind for a 4-6, 8-9, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 victory. He had never previously survived the first round at Wimbledon. The other Americans in the quarter-finals are J i m m y Confiors, Roscoe Tanner and Charlie Pasarell. Ashe had been struggling all week to find his 1975 form. The last time a defending champion failed to make the quarters was in 1970, when Rod Laver went out in the fourth round. The heat wave intense, with the'temper- ature reaching 106 degrees in the sunbaked bowl of the center court. Ashe, looking weary and disspirited after his defeat, said he was a victim of the heat and tension. As Ashe's game drooped in the hot sun, his opponent's punishing forehands became stronger. Gerulaitis ended the match with a series of devastating forehand returns to break Ashe's service for the last time. "Those forehands of his were unbelievable," Ashe said. "I got three good first services in, yet I trailed 15-40." Gerulaitis said Ashe was aiming at his forehand, which had been his weakness earlier in the match. "In that last game he served wide to my forehand." Gerulaitis said. "I guessed what he was going to do, and 1 guessed right each time." Ashe's exit left Connors, the 1974 champion from Belleville, HI., and Hie Nastase of Romania as favorities to reach next Saturday's final. Connors destroyed Stan Smith, the 1972 champion from Sea Pines, S.C., 6-4, 6-1, 6-3. Nastase eliminated Onny Parun of New Zealand 7-5, 6-4, 6-3. N e i t h e r C o n n o r s n o r N a s t a s e h a s dropped a set in four rounds thus far. Smith could make.jio impression against Connors' serveand-volley game. The supercharged left-hander lost only four points on his service in the first set, and only three in the second. In a one-sided second set, after. Smith had taken a 1-0 lead. Connors yielded only five points in winning six straight games. Tanner, the cannonball server from Lookout Mountain, Tenn., thundered to a 6-3, 6-4, 6- 4 triumph over Nikki Pilic, Yugoslavian left-hander. The American did not lose a service game. Pasarell, of Puerto Rico, pulled off another marathon come-from-behind victory. After trailing by two sets, he came back and defeated Phil Dent of Australia 2-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6- 0, 7-5. In the previous round, Pasarell did the same thing, recovering from two sets down and overcoming Italy's Adriano Panatta. Bjorn Borg, despite a groin injury, hit top form in demolishing Brian Gottfried of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., 6-2, 6-2, 7-5. Earlier in the day, the Swede asked for the match !o be postponed and even talked of pulling out if he did not get his way. He decided to play after a doctor had examined him. Meanwhile, Raul Ramirez of Mexico beat bearded Bernie Mitton of South Afri- Sun Chari ·ginia Vitas Gerulaitis Stages Wimbledon Upset ca 9-8,3-6, 6-1, 6-1 and Guillermo Vilas of Argentina ousted the last Australian hope, Tony Roche, 6-4, 3-6, 5-7,6-3, 6-4. In the quarter-finals, it will be: Gerulaitis vs. Ramirez, Nastase vs. Pasarell, Vilas vs. Borg, and Tanner vs. Connors. Marise Kruger, 17-year-old South African starlet, led Britain's Virginia Wade 5-2 in the final set and was within range of creating the sensation of the day in the women's singles. But the hard-hitting English player rallied to win 2-6, 6-3, 7-5. Title favorite Chris Evert of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., defeated Betty Stove of The Page IF · --June 27, 1976 Netherlands 6-2,6-2. It was a comparatively hard match for the American, who previously had lost only three games in three rounds. Three-time champion Maria Bueno of Brazil, now 36, made a sentimental return to the center court after an absence of eight years. She showed much of her old- time grace and magic before Sue Barker of Britain beat her 2-6, 6-2, 6-1. In the women's quarter-finals, the lineup will be: Miss Evert vs. Olga Morozova, Soviet U n i o n ; Martina Mavratilova, Czechoslovakia, vs. Miss Barker; Kerry Reid, Australia, vs. Mrs. Wade, and Rosie Casals, San Francisco, vs. Evonne Goola- gong, Australia. Dickson Has 5-Shot Lead OAK BROOK, 111. I: AP) - Bob Dickson, who has been f i g h t i n g collapses of his game dor two years, thought another might be coming Saturday. But he pulled himself together to maintain a five-stroke lead after three rounds of the Western Open, despite shooting a 74. Winlcss since the San Diego Open in 1973 and not among the ebempted 60 leading money winnners the last two seasons, Dickson entered the third round with a six- shot margin, the largest halfway lead of the PGA tour this year. In a bright, breezy day at the tough Butler National Course, Dickson started his round with two pars but then turned in three bogeys in a row. "I was in the rough and the sand on the third hole, got in another trap on the fourth and missed the green on the fifth," Dickson said, "I was pretty shaky. It was just nerves. I finally got straight on the sixth playing with confidence. After the three bogeys I didn't give up but I'll admit I was concerned." Dickson's 39 on the front side cut his lead to a mere two strokes as Al Geiberger moved in. But Geiberger stumbled with three bogeys on the back nine to finish with 73 and 215 to share second with Charles Coody who also had a 73. Then Dickson began hitting well again. "Putting is really what saved me," he said. "I had crucial four and five footers for par and I made them. I got pumped up and tried to slow down but the tempo stayed fast." Coody started out with birdies on two of the first three holes but had a double bogey on eight for a 36 wliich placed him at even par after 27 holes. But another bogey at 10 and one at 17 when he was in the rough and had a bad chip shot left him with a 37 for a 73. Bob Dickson Charlci Coody Al Geiberger Joe Porter Gil Morgan BUI Mnllon Hole Irwln Peter Ooslerhuis Steve Verlnto George Burns Jay wbrcwer John Mahaffey Dnvc Stockton Rex Cn Id well Bobby Wolicl Rlk Mnssongalo Jock Ewlng Jim Dent Gary Koch Andy Norm Mark Hayes Tony Ccrdn Bobby Watson Mac McLcndtn Jim Wicchcrs Larry Nelson Terry Leslie John Lister Dick Rhyan Ben Crenshaw Tom Watson Terrence Dill Ed Snwd Calvin Pectc Danny Edwards Tom Evans Joey Dills Bobby Stroble Jim Simons 67-69-74-210 70-72-73-J15 71-71-73-215 71-74-71-216 71-7J-73-2I6 74-72-71-217 71-74-72-217 73-73-72-211 73-71-74-211 70-73-76-219 72-75-72-2H 73-72-75-220 75-72-73-220 71-76-74-221 73-75-73-221 73-75-73-221 76-74-71-221 74-76-72-222 74-74-76-222 74-75-73-222 76-73-73-222 71-12-69-222 77-74-71-222 73-74-76-223 75-75-71-223 75-71-70-223 77-70-77-224 72-73-79-224 75-78-71-224 74-76-74-224 7B-71-75-224 76-73-75-224 76-76-72-224 72-75-78-225 74-74-77-225 75-75-75-225 74-76-75-725 76-74-75-225 77-75-73-225 Finley Defies Strike Threat, Refuses to Play Threesome By Fred Rothenberg AP Sports Writer Oakland owner Charles 0. Finley ordered A's Manager Chuck Tanner not to play Vida Blue. Rollie Fingers and Joe Rudi Saturday, setting up a dramatic confrontation with the rest of his players who have threatened to strike on Sunday. "If they do strike, I just may go along and let them strike," Finley told San Francisco radio station KGO. "Don't be h bl Syricuse 1 1 0 Alston dti 0 0 I Zeber 2b 2 0 0 Bladt I ! 0 4 1 Whitlleld rf 0 I 1 Bergmann IB 0 0 0 Oineen cl 0 0 Bernhardt 36 0 0 0 I Charleston Dilone If Reynolds ss Thooiai dh Page IB Macna 3D Louis cf Nicosia c Edwards 2b Augustine rf Totals aiarliilon M3 ?! «, , Syrian* ON DM OOr-« E-Reynokls, Macha, Richardo J. 28-Page 2, Augustine, Bladt, Whittled. 3B-Dllone. HR-Augustlne (5). SB-Tliorrm. lOB-Charleston 7, Syracuse 9. DP- 0 0 0 Stelmasckc 3 2 J 33 i I 1 Richards a 4 Totill33 ab 4 3 5 4 3 3 . 3 0 0 2 1 1 4 1 1 » i 200-5 ·T-.JdnwILW) S « 6 ( 1 1 Williams 3 1 0 0 4 J Sawyer (W 7-2) «/3 » J J \ ' PoUnsky M/3 0 0 0 0 0 HBP-Auoustlne (by Polinsky), Mach» (ny PollnsKy) A-1054. T-J:M. ^Straining Bruce Jenner of San Jose, Calif., lets loose with a personal record toss of 169 feet, 7 inches in the decathlon discus event at the Olympic trials Saturday in Eugene, Ore. The 1S?5 world decathlon champion set a world record of 8,538 points in winning the decathlon trials. See story of Page 7F. (APWirephoto) surprised if there isn't any ball game in Oakland tomorrow." Finley. in Chicago, was in constant contact with Tanner, at Oakland, before Saturday's game, with the manager awaiting word from Finley whether he could insert outfielder-first baseman R u d i into the starting lineup. Minutes before game time, Finley told Tanner to keep the three players out of the game, then asked to speak to Jim Todd, Oakland's player represenative. Todd said Finley told him: "The gates will be open tomorrow. We will play a game at 1:30. And you people are welcome On Friday night, Finley had threatened t o s u s p e n d a l l h i s p l a y e r s -- i f t h e y strike-and replace them with members of the Tuscon Toros of the Pacific Coast League. But he quickly changed his mind on Saturday, telling San Francisco radio station KGO: "I have decided against bringing up a farm league team tomorrow." Finley's threat followed the Friday night threat of A's players who said they would strike on Sunday if the three stagnating players-Vida Blue, Rollie Fingers and Joe Rudi--did not get back into the Oakland lineup. Marvin Miller, executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association, said Finley's change of heart was the result of some educating. "He had his mind changed for him," Miller said. Miller pointed out that a suspended player is counted within the 25-man player limit, so suspending a player does not free a spot on the roster for a minor leaguer. Apparently, Finley had a conversation to that effect with American League President Lee MacPhail early Saturday. Finley could open up spots on his roster by placing players on the disqualified list. But that action requires approval of the cornmWoner. And i$s highly unlikely that Kuhn would approve an action which Finley has forced on himself because he has refused to comply with the commissioner's order to play Blue, Fingers and Rudi, Miller said. "I think Finley better comply fast," he added. Finley's reversal was one of Saturday's major developments in this bizarre episode that now rivals an afternoon soap opera for daily disasters. --Art Teece, owner of the Salt Lake City Gulls of the Pacific Coast League, threatened to take legal action if Finley pulled the Toros out of Saturday night's game with the Gulls. But Teece later said the game, a charity affair for the blind with a sellout crowd of 10,000 expected, would be played because Finley had changed his plans. --Dick Moss, general counsel for the Players Association, Saturday sent the following notice to Finley: "This telegram is being sent on behalf of players Vida Blue, Rollie Fingers and Joe Rudi. Your refusal to permit the players to participate in championship games constitutes a default under their Uniform Player Contracts. Notice is hereby given, pursuant to Paragraph 7 (a), of thedefault and termination of said contracts." Aaron to Take Atlanta Post ATLANTA (AP) - Henry Aaron, who : left Atlanta after the 1974 baseball season in which he shattered Babe Ruth's record to become the all-time home run king, will return to the National League Braves next year in an executive capacity, the club said Saturday. Aaron, currently in the second year of ; a two-year contract as a player with the Milwaukee Brewers of the American League, will assume a front office position in player development with the Braves in 1977, John Alevizos, executive vice president and general manager * of the club, said. ; ; A forifibl announcement is n$ expected i until AaSn's obligations with tfei Brewers are coopleted and the Braves' are free of potential tampering charges. , '' . . - . . · . . . . . J

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