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SATURDAY, August 22, 198. The Sun C7 Ljtt'e League: California final cal league report Spirit nears league attendance record : Mike Anderson (10). Spirit attendance Yesterday's crowd 3,413 Season total 151,157 Average (64 dates) ,.2,362 jor-league organization, has a chance to become the first independent team to win a division title since Stockton did it in 1947. San Bernardino also is chasing the season attendance mark set by the same Ports team (154,547) and expects to break it in tonight's home game with Bakersfleld. . . . Infielder Mike Brock) had the highest defensive statistics of any second baseman in the league. In his first year as a pro, he has a fielding percentage of .971, with 13 errors. SAN JOSE Ex-major leaguer Steve McCatty has pitched six consecutive complete games, allowing a total of seven earned runs, but posting a 2-4 record. He fanned 47 and walked 18 during the stretch. . . . Southpaw Kat Kamel was 10-4 at the end of the first half but hasn't won a game since. His record now stands at 10-13 with a still-impressive 2.37 ERA. STOCKTON Reliever Keith Fleming (5-7) won last Saturday, his first victory after seven consecutive losses. ... Pitching coach Rob Derksen has been pressed into action, since Mike Frew, Ed Puig, Carl Mo-raw, Mark Ambrose and Alan Sadler all are out with injuries. VISALIA The Southern Division-last place Oaks ended a three-game losing streak with a 7-0 win over Bakersfield. Lefthander Larry Casian threw a four-hitter for the victory. Gannett News Service Continued fromCl scoring single, snapping Irvine's string of four consecutive shutouts. But the one run was all Greinke was going to allow. Firsi-inning singles by shortstop Jeff D'Amico and Johnson zapped a no-hit bid, but he retired 11 consecutive hitters in one stretch to stun Washington. "He (Greinke) gets a little jittery," said Southern Cal manager Bob Garcia. "He loses a little confidence. Then you talk to him, tell him to pitch his game, and he comes back." "He pitched a whale of a game against those guys," said coach Jones. "They're a great contact-hitting team, but he got them with his curve." Greinke struck out seven and walked three while getting his second Regional victory and lowering his tournament earned run average to 0.50. Southern Cal catcher Steve Mendoza's two-run, two-out single in the third gave Northwood a 3-1 advantage. Garcia stretched it to 5-1 with a two-run, two-out single in the fourth and Tran added a two-run single in the sixth. Washington pitcher Geoff Hi-rai got the loss, giving up nine hits as he went the distance. He struck out five and walked five. Northern California's San Benito LL earned the final by making a run-scoring wild pitch and a bases-loaded walk to third baseman Adrian Pasillas in the second inning stand up. "It feels great to beat a great team," said San Benito manager Beto Ramirez. "We made great friends with those guys. They were really the only ones we got along with. It's too bad we had to beat them. I wish it had been another team." Hawaii Waikea Lions Club LL manager Bob Palea was taking the defeat in stride. "There's nothing to be ashamed of. They did play well," said Palea. "They were really close (friends), as you see in the end they were embracing each other." Hawaii pitcher Melvin Jar-dine gave San Benito all it could handle as he struck out 13, walked five and allowed just three hits. San Benito right-hander Mike Razo earned his second victory here by fanning nine, walking five, and allowing five hits. . . The only run the Northern SpWt: Rolls over The California League's single-season attendance record is 154,547 held by the 1947 Stockton Ports. The Spirit needs 3,390 to break the record an average of 1,130 in its remaining 3 home dates. set the record in one day, so1 wet should thank everybody-and jiott, single out any one night." Shanahan plans on saving hisf thanks for Fan Appreciationr Night, which will be held on Mon-f day, the final Spirit home game of; the season. The Spirit GM said that he has planned a program! planned with several give-aways, j Tickets are going quickly fori the final Spirit homestand, andf Shanahan said that only 2$ gen- eral admission and field seating' remain. For more informationf contact the Spirit office at (714) 881-1836. t. i r San Bernardino runner to getf past second base. J Spirit notes - Spirit power hitter Brian Hartsock hasjj been suspended for two days by CaU League president Joe Gagliardi for beingl elected from two games this season', the last coming last Saturday at home. Spirit! manager Rich Dauer said the penalty isf without precedent. "I don't know of anyoner who has been subjected to mis." Dauerf said. "Usually they give you a small finef the first time it happens, and the next time r they suspend you for one game. This is ridiculous, especially since we're in the), middle of a pennant race." Dauer said h learned of the punishment Friday morning and attempted to reach the league office alt day, but his calls went unanswered. He sail that since he could not appeal the suspen-f sion, he was planning to protest -Friday? night's game ... It also appears that the! Spirit's No.1 catcher, Mike Patterson, wilt miss the remainder of the season with torrr ligaments in his left thumb. "As far as ouij plans go, we're not counting on him to bev back," said Dauer. Patterson is scheduled to undergo surgery on his hand within thei next week. . . . Joining Patterson in the re covery room will be Spirit reliever Boq-Greenlee, who will have arthroscopic sur-f gery on his right knee Tuesday. Greenlee may be able to pitch against his forme Reno Padres teammates when the jSpirif plays there Aug. 28-30. . . . Spirit rtght-f hander Craig Chamberlain (6-2) will face Dodgers rookie Doug Noch in tonight's 7:0$ game. Noch was called up from the Dodg ers' rookie club in Great Falls. Mont i, where he struck out 22 Billings batters irj his last start. r J By DAVID T. BRISTOW Sun Sports Writer The San Bernardino Spirit is on the verge of breaking the 40-year-old California League attendance record and the landmark game could come tonight. With a season attendance figure of 151,157, the club needs to draw only 3,390 more fans an average of 1,130 for each of the three home dates remaining to match the record of 154,547, which was set by the Stockton Ports in 1947. The Spirit drew 3,413 fans Friday night and a similar-size crowd is expected tonight. Spirit general manager Bill Shanahan said that the lucky fan who passes through the turnstiles at Fiscalini Field and sets the record will receive a pair of box seat season tickets for next season. Apart from that, however, there will be no special awards on the night the record is set. "Originally, we talked about doing something special for the crowd that night, but we came to the conclusion that it wasn't one crowd that set the record; it was all the fans who attended this season," said Shanahan. "We didn't Bakersfield, 5-2 gle by third baseman Tony Trip-lett. Lea fielder Tery Winfield scored the final run of the inning on a wild pitch by Pitz. Triplett went 2-for-4 for the night and extended his current hitting streak to seven games, while Kyander, who added the Spirit's final run of the game with a solo homer in the fourth, also had a pair of hits. "This is the series, right here," said Triplett. "They're on our tails and we just can't afford to lose any games to Bakersfield." Bakersfield manager Kevin Kennedy, however, did not appear the least bit worried by Friday's loss. "We had one bad inning; when you're the best pitcher in the league and have won your last seven games, you're bound to have a bad inning," said Kennedy. "My guys fought back and were never out of it; we just came up short." After the Spirit took a five-run lead with Kyander's homer in the fourth, the Dodgers starter settled down and didn't allow a Adults "COME HELP "COME RICH VS. THE Continued fromC1 starter John Rincon. "Rincon did his job he set the table and let our hitters do the rest," said Spirit coach Stan Sanchez. "He changed speeds, hit his spots and did a good job keeping their batters off balance." Rincon (3-1) went six full innings, giving up just three hits and two runs, both of which came on a home run by catcher Luis Lopez. The right-hander also struck out three and walked one. Reliever Rubio Malone took over in the seventh and got his 14th save for San Bernardino. "We know we're gonna win right now, especially if we've got good pitching," said Law, who hit his first homer of the year Friday. "If the pitchers keep us in the game, we know we're gonna score some runs." Law's solo homer in the first inning ignited a burst of four runs, which proved to be all the Spirit needed: Second' baseman Leon Baham scored on a single by designated hitter Randy Harvey, who in turn came home on a sin BAKERSFIELD Dodgers right-hander Mike Pltz (17-5) leads the California League in wins, innings pitched (192V3) and fewest hits allowed (181). . . . Infielder Jimmy Ward will miss the rest of the season with a pulled groin muscle. FRESNO The Giants hope Reno wins the second half of the Northern Division race, then takes out Stockton in the playoffs. Fresno, first-half winner of the Southern Division, has lost 10 of 11 regular-season games to the Ports. . . . After bombing Reno for 49 runs and winning three of four last week, the Giants finished with an 11-5 season edge. ... Reliever Jose Dominguez, with 13 saves, Is due off the injured list this weekend. MODESTO Right-hander Joe Law pitched a no-hitter last Saturday at Stockton. He faced 29 batters, issuing walks to Ruben Esca-lera and Bob Simonson, while striking out 10. Law (9-1) also took his eighth straight win. PALM SPRINGS Palm Springs, which plays its last 11 games on the road, reached the 50,000 plateau, a record, in total home attendance. . . . Pitcher Colin Charland has 140 strikeouts in 140 innings. ... The Angels have seven players with 10 steals or more: Dan Grunhard (25), Grant (19), Ted Milner (15). Erik Pappas (15), Dario Nunez (13), C.L Penigar (13) and Raiders: Claim Continued fromCl they play their first game in another stadium," said Bradley, who was a driving force behind bringing the team from Oakland. "The Coliseum can say whatever they want," Davis said, "but we're totally committed to Irwin-dale now." Officials from the City of Ir-windale, an industrial town of 1,060 people known for its gravel-mining pits, presented Davis on Thursday with a $10 million check which the Raiders get to keep regardless as part of a $115 million loan to build the stadium. "We had $35 million in our bank account this morning and now we have $25 million," said Hermosillo. "I think it's a good investment. We're not a bank, we're investors. When we want something, we go out and get it." Hermosillo said the city would sponsor an $80 million stadium revenue bond and commit $zt approve $10 million in general obligation bonds for street and access improvements. Raiders Stadium is to be built in an abandoned rock quarry in the northeast corner of the intersection of Interstates 210 and 605, along with team headquarters, a practice field and a hall of fame. Its cost is projected at about $150 million, and Hermosillo said the city hoped to raise the remaining $35 million from private investors. The biggest potential obstruction to the deal involves a plan by Irwindale officials to commit 80 additional acres for a stadium parking lot. Use of that parcel, part of which lies in an area designated by the Army Corps of Engineers as a flood plain, is contingent on approval from the Corps and from the L.A. County Board of Supervisors, which also has oversight powers over the Coliseum. The Raiders' John Herrera, chief of special projects, was the team's "right-hand man" in negotiating the deal, Davis said. "Irwindale offered everything we wanted, and they had money up front to prove that they wanted us," Herrera said. "We had offers from other cities, but we knew Irwindale was serious. if&t If IJ o rvm m Cal pitcher allowed..came-jnJQuiUiM),.ft-om existing bond issues,, fourth. wheri'Jardine singled, ad- to complete the $115 million loan, vanced on a groundout and wild On Nov. 3, the several hundred pitch, then scored on another Irwindale voters will be asked to RENO The loss of reliever Mike Mills, who was promoted to Triple-A Las Vegas last Saturday, could hinder the Padres' stretch drive for the Northern Division's second-half pennant. He had a league-record 26 saves. Right-hander Kevin Towers, who served as Mills' set-up man, has inherited his role as stopper. "We've just got to get quality starting innings," manager Pat Kelly said. . . . Fighting off the effects of a month-long bout with tendinitis, right-hander Jeff Childers improved to 11-1 by working seven innings and allowing two runs in the Padres' 3-2 victory at Modesto. SALINAS Spurs reliever Tim Fortugno made a starting debut Aug. 12 with seven innings of no-hit ball against Modesto. In his second start five days later against San Jose, he pitched a two-hitter to raise his record to 7-1. ... No decision on the Seattle Mariners renewing their player development contract with Salinas is expected until at least Sept. 15. ... It appears that no Salinas starter will finish with a batting average close to .300. Infielder Tom Krauee, who is mired in a 5-for-38 slump, leads the regulars at .260. . . . Right-hander Clint Zavaras fanned a season-high 15 Tuesday against San Jose, surpassing the 10-K mark for the fourth time this year. SAN BERNARDINO The Spirit, not affiliated with any ma- they'll move Representatives (from other cities) we dealt were all cordial, though." Among other cities making offers were Carson, Inglewood, and Pomona. Davis said his decision to move also stemmed from his desire to have the "No.l stadium in the AFC West." "You go to Denver, Seattle, or San Diego and those fans are right on top of you and screaming," Davis said. "I want a football stadium like that, too; one where the noise gets very loud. "The Raiders organization wants to be totally committed to football. But since we moved here, we haven't been able to be completely focused on it." Davis said the stadium will be similar in design to the Dallas Cowboys' Texas Stadium in Irving, Texas. "I've always liked that stadium," Davis said. t,o To ae c,o m m o d a te , 1 a r g e r crbwdsi the stadium will be designed so that 10,000 to 15,000 more seats can be brought in for big events. The smaller capacity will allow the team to have more sellouts and thus lift the NFL blackout in the Los Angeles market, Davis stressed. "They don't even put us on Monday Night Football anymore," Davis said. Herrera said the Raiders might be able to play their first game in the new home in 1989 "if everything went perfect," but that 1990 is more realistic. Coliseum commissioners are to meet Wednesday afternoon to discuss options, which could include litigation against the team. "I think that (a lawsuit) may be a result because of the damages done, but I hope it doesn't come to that," commissioner Richard Riordan said. "The Irwindale thing makes very little economic sense to me and other people. If the Irwindale people come to their senses, maybe he (Davis) will be back with us and we'll walk off into the sunset together..." Asked if he is fearful of lawsuits from the Coliseum, Davis replied, "I'm used to dealing with lawyers." Hermosillo said Irwindale is prepared to buy out the final year of the Coliseum's lease with the Raiders. ONTARIO 558 E. CALIFORNIA ST. 988-6461 12 SPEED DEHCL1 DRILL PRESS LIST 235.00 OUR REG. LOW PRICE 189.95 NOW ONLY ISOEA. 200 PSI Made in USA 10 23 EA. SAN 1010 "THIS IS IT!" Bill Shanahan, General Manager SET A NEW RECORD!" 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