The Item from Sumter, South Carolina on April 22, 1987 · 21
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The Item from Sumter, South Carolina · 21

Sumter, South Carolina
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Wednesday, April 22, 1987
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4 The Sum lor Hail liom Wednesday April 22 1 987 Page I C While- Sox end Brewers’ win streak at 13 r-' " 4 m AP photo Chicago shortstop Ozzie Guillen leaps over Brewers’ Rob Deer after firing to first Tuesday The White Sox defeated Milwaukee 7-1 to end the Brewers’ j’ecord-Jying win streak at 13 7-1 loss proves Brewers are mortal By HAL BOCK AP Sports Writer CHICAGO - And In the 14th game the heavenly Milwaukee Brewers turned up merely mortal After two weeks of being practically perfect — no make that perfect period — the Brew Crew missed its cue and a chance to write some divine history Milwaukee and its fancy 13-0 record turned up distinctly flat Tuesday night losing 7-1 to the Chicago White Sox The game wasn’t as close as the final score indicated Losing is no great sin The four division champions are likely to experience the syndrome 60 times MACON Ga — Sumter’s Brian Deak cracked his second grand slam home run of the season to lift the Braves to a 5-2 victory over the Macon Pirates in the first game of a double-header Tuesday Macon won the second game 2-1 Deak’s blast his fourth of the season came in the fifth inning of a scoreless tie On a 3-1 pitch with two outs Deak deposited the offering from Pirate pitcher Ernesto Santana 62 on the other side of the right-center field fence to clear the bases and make it 4-0 The Braves added another run in the top of the sixth to make it 5-0 Macon touched Sumter starter and winner Rusty Richards for its two runs in the bottom half of the sixth Jim Czajkowski came on in relief of Richards with two outs in the sixth and picked up his second save of the year Richards 1-2 went 545 innings allowing six hits while walking one and striking out four In the second game a seventhinning rally by Sumter came up short as the Pirates held on for the win Macon was holding a 2-0 lead entering the seventh with winning pitcher Joel Forrest in complete control However Sumter’s Ken Pennington started the seventh with a hit and eventually scored on a double by Dave Plumb his second of the game to make it 2-1 Plumb has seven hits on the season all of them doubles The Braves eventually loaded the bases with’ one out when or more this season But after tying the record for the fastest getaway in major league history the young Brewers could be excused for feeling a little invincible The prophet Harry Dalton front office boss of baseball’s hottest club knew better than that So he will not go into mourning over one loss not after the two weeks his team has had “There are some bad nights in front of us” Dalton said “I know that But there are two things those 13 wins did Every one of them is there for the season and every one of them elevates the confidence level and makes them believe they can compete” Not on this night they couldn’t Pint (hn 8 — 000 041 0 — 6 9 0 M — 000 002 0 — 2 6 1 Gama Winning RBI — Daak E— Garcia DP— Maoon 1 LOB— 8umtar 9 Maoon 0 2B— Hanaal HR-Daak (4) SB— Frott Hanaal Lova SAC— Frott Richard Pitching Sumter 2 Eft 2 0 4 1 SO 4 1 2 2 ficharda W1-2 Czajkowakl 82 Mteon Santana L0-2 Murphy T— 2:01 0H 14 Sacoiid gama AS ft H SI Maoon Sumter Frott at Johnaon 2b Jonaarf Pnnlngtn 3b 3 Rogara If 3 Minton 1b Daak ph Plumb e Sabinocf Longull p Marak p Martin ph TOTALS ABftH Bl 3 0 1 0 Paguaroef 0 0 0 Vaughn 2b 0 0 0 Lova3b 110 Longmlra If 0 0 0 Hanaal 1b 0 0 0 Maalvrf 0 0 0 Garcia aa 0 2 1 McKInlayc ‘ ' " Forraatp 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1111 TOTALS 21 t 1 8 -000 000 1 - 1 3 2 — 010 100 x — 2 0 1 Gama Winning RBI — McKfnlay E— Frott Longull Garda DP— Sumtar 3 Macon 1 LOB— Sumtar 6 Macon 4 2B— Plumb 2 8AC— Vaughn Sumter Longull L1-1 Marak IP 4 2 Eft BB SO 2 2 1 0 0 2 Forraat W2-0 PB— Plumb T— 1:38 A— 400 manager Buddy Bailey sent A1 Martin in to pinch-hit Martin grounded into a 4-63 double play to end the game Rich Longuil 1-1 took the loss in his first start of the season He gave up two runs in four innings of work Paul Marak worked two shutout innings for the Braves Sumter and Macon remain in a tie for second place in the SAL’s Southern Division with 8-6 records 1V4 games behind Myrtle Beach The teams play again tonight at 7:30 Not when four of their pitchers were strafed for 11 hits Including home runs by Donnie Hill (batting 209 before the game) and Greg Walker (096) Not when they managed six base runners in the first seven innings and had half of them wiped out by double plays Not when they surrendered five runs in the first three innings And barely stirred offensively until the game was gone “What can you say when you don’t do much and they take away what opportunities you have” shrugged Mllwakee Manager Tom Trebelhom Nevertheless Trebelhorn would not go quietly Trailing by six runs Reggie Pleasant as an Atlanta Falcon The former Furman High star will try Canadian football this year with three outs left to his team Trebelhorn responded to Ozzie Guillen’s leadoff triple in the eighth with a five-man infield He succeeded in keeping the run from scoring a hollow triumph on an "otherwise bleak night for the Brewers “It puts pressure on the hitter” Trebelhom said “I was having a little fun with it” On this night the Brewers had to search for the fun There was no nohitter no late-inning comeback no nothing Just a routine loss Would Milwaukee get back to reality now that the sometimes surreal streak was over? (See BREWERS on page 4C) - V j - CHICAGO (AP) — No matter what happens from now on the Milwaukee Brewers will always have their 13-game season-opening winning streak The Brewers didn’t expect it to last forever and it didn’t ending Tuesday night with a 7-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox But the Brewers think the streak shows they’re won’t be the also-rans they were expected to be As proof they point to the way games were won — a no-hitter a pair of eight-run innings two victories by a rookie pitcher two game-winning hits by a rookie catcher and a five-run two-homer ninth inning “That’s the great part of this thing” veteran center fielder Robin Yount said “You just can’t point a finger at one guy We’re finding a different way to win games with different people doing it every time” Yount a 14-year veteran drove in the game-winner in the record-tying 13th straight victory a 6-4 defeat of the White Sox on Monday “We’ve had leads we’ve had leads and lost them and came back we’ve been behind” Yount said “We’ve had every kind of game you can imagine” The Brewers picked by many for a sixth- or seventh-place finish in the American League East swept the defending AL champion Boston Red Sox in their opening three games Boston’s top three pitchers Roger Clemens Dennis Boyd and Bruce Hurst didn’t pitch for a variety of reasons “Instead of seeing their 1-2-3 guys we saw 4-5-6” Brewers man-anger Tom Trebelhorn said although he added that the streak was “no fluke” The Brewers won the opener 5-1 behind seven shutout innings from ace Ted Higuera and then nipped the Red Sox 3-2 in the second game as rookie Chuck Crim got his first big-league victory in relief Milwaukee won the final game 12-11 after trailing 4-0 and then blowing an 11-6 lead Rookie catcher BJ Surhoff hit his first major-league homer to win the game in the eighth Then it was on to Texas where the Brewers put together eight-run innings in each of the first two games in 11-8 and 8-6 victories In the third game of the series Surhoff’s two-run single in the 12th Pleasant keeps football dream alive in Canada By KEVIN McLENDON ITEM Sports Writer Dreams die hard and Reggie Pleasant has no intention of letting his fade away without a fight Pleasant’s dream is to be a professional football player and he was Then he wasn’t Now he is again Granted playing in the Canadian Football League may not be what Pleasant envisioned during his days as a Sumter County youth but when he signed with the Toronto Argonauts last December he was continuing a quest Pleasant is not easily swayed from his objectives He was a solid football player at Furman High but few people were high on his chances of playing major college ball His small frame didn’t appear capable of taking the beatings dished out at that level Pleasant fooled them He went to Clemson and not only made the team as a defensive back but became a standout in a Tiger program laden with standouts His hard work and determination on the football field and in the weight room were rewarded by the NFL’s Atlanta Falcon’s who made him a fifth-round draft pick Unfortunately hard work and determination were not enough for the Falcons and he was released shortly before the season began A rash of injuries among the defensive back corps however caused the Falcons to re-sign drove in ' the go-ahead run The Brewers had trailed 2-1 entering the eighth but Paul Molitor tied it with a homer Milwaukee then squandered a 5-2 lead in the 11th before Surhoff’s two-out hit provided a 7-5 victory Cecil Cooper came off the disabled list at the start of the Brewers’ next series in Baltimore He drove in two runs including the game-winner with two sacrifice flys in a 63 win The next night the Brewers hit five homers in a 7-4 win With eight straight victories the Brewers suddenly had the attention of all of baseball Juan Nieves ensured that it didn’t waiver by pitching the first no-hitter in the club’s history The no-hitter was completed when Yount made a diving catch of Eddie Murray’s liner to end the 7-0 victory Milwaukee General Manager Harry Dalton who had witnessed five no-hitters while with Baltimore and California said ‘Tve never seen one end on such a dramatic play And I’ve never seen one thrown by someone so young” Nieves is 22 Returning home the Brewers rallied three times' to beat the hapless Rangers who were on a nine-games losing streak They scored seven runs in the seventh inning of the opener in a 162 win and in the second game rallied from 2-0 fop a 63 victory as Glenn Braggs drove in three runs and Rob Deer homered Sunday afternoon’s game is the one the Brewers will remember the rest of the season regardless of where the team finishes Down 61 headed into the ninth inning and with an 11-game winning streak — one away from the AL record — in jeopardy the Brewers tied the game on Deer’s three-run homer and won it on Dale Sveum’s two-run shot three batters later “This one stands by itself out of the context of the streak” Trebelhorn said after the game Trailing 63 at Chicago on Monday night Molitor off to one of his best starts ever doubled home the tying run with two outs in the seventh and scored on Yount’s blooper to right Crim got his second victory and Dan Plesac his fifth save without giving up an earned run “Everybody’s contributed’ ” hitting coach Tony Muser said “That’s the sign of a good ball club when the players can pick each other up” Pleasant and he was with the team for several weeks before being released again He then went down to Tampa Bay but didn’t make the team Pleasant is philosophical about his brief stint in NFL “Sometimes if you don’t land in the right spot at the right time your opportunity never develops” Pleasant said “There are so many good athletes fighting for so few jobs that it just comes down to getting a good break “After going down to Atlanta and being released when I was and then going to Tampa I can say that it is definitely a high-level competitive sport It’s big business” Pleasant continued ‘Tve done some traveling though and I’ve gotten a taste of playing in the NFL I’ve seen that I want to continue in pro football and this (the CFL) is just another opportunity for me They gave me a good deal and I went with it ” Pleasant is still learning about ’his new team “If I'm not mistaken Toronto was in the playoffs last year but I don’t know a whole lot about them ’’ Pleasant said “I feel like they’re a pretty good organization from talking with the personnel director and some other people” As far as the rules go there are only minor differences between the CFL and NFL according to Pleasant (See PLEASANT on page 4C) t -4-

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