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The San Bernardino County Sun from San Bernardino, California • Page 26

The San Bernardino County Sun from San Bernardino, California • Page 26

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TV TodayComplete listings, C6 Tho Sun Ex-NBA star Gervin chargedC2 BASEBALL Montreal at Chicago, 11:15 a WGN Atlanta at Dodgers, 7:30 p.m., TBS BOWLING La Mode Classic, 6:30 p.m., ESPN WEDNESDAY August 9, 1989 Angels lose to 10th9 fall into frst-pkce tie By BILL SCHLOTTER Special to The Sun ninth, getting out of a bases-loaded jam in that inning In quest of his seventh complete game and eighth win in a row. But it wasn't to be. The Angels opened the scoring in the second, getting a run when Kent Anderson's opposite-field flair fell untouched for a single down the right-field line to drive in Armas from second base. The Mariners got the run back in the top of the third on consecutive singles by Jim Presley, Scott Bradley and Mario Diaz. They could have had more, but after Harold Reynolds' infield hit loaded the See ANGELSC4 can League West. The pair of solo blasts broke a 4-4 tie before 27,252 fans at Anaheim Stadium, and marred another excellent starting outing by Bert Blyleven, who went nine strong innings, giving up four runs, only three of them earned. Minton, whose record fell to 1-3, entered the game in the 10th and got the first man he faced, Mariners first baseman Alvin Davis, on a fiyball to left field. But he was no mystery to Leonard, who lined a shot that tipped off Tony Armas' outstretched glove in right field and dropped over the fence, or to Coles, who ripped another just beyond Chili Davis' leaping reach in left. The Angels almost got Minton off the hook in the bottom of the 10th, when Wally Joyner led off with single to right and one out later Chili Davis walked to give the club two men on with one out. But Mariners reliever Mike Schooler was up to the challenge, getting catcher Bill Schroeder on a line drive to right field and then striking out Jack Howell to claim his 22nd save of the season. Jerry Reed, who pitched the ninth inning, got the win and is now 4-6 on the season. Minton was in no mood to talk at length about his performance after the game. It was only the second time in his long career that he has allowed even two home runs in a single game, much less back-to-back blasts. "Right now I'm struggling," he said. "I feel fine; I've got no excuses." End of interview. Blyleven again pitched very well. He hung a slider in the sixth inning that Leonard hit out for a three-run homer, but that was really his only mistake. "Bert threw about 120 excellent pitches and one bad one," Angels manager Doug Rader said. And Blyleven, 11-2 and without a loss since May 20, pitched on through the ANAHEIM The Angels have been living by the long ball all season. Tuesday night they died by it. California, which leads the major leagues in homers, gave up three of them to the Seattle Mariners last night. Two of them, by Jeffrey Leonard and Darnell Coles, came back-to-back off reliever Greg Minton in the top of the 10th inning, giving Seattle a 6-4 win and sending the Angels sliding back into a first-place tie with the Oakland Athletics in the Ameri Spirit tops Modesto in 12 innings By RICHARD GUIREMAND Sun Sports Writer Scioscia's slam gives Dodgers win rTv 1 By STEVE DILBECK Sun Sports Writer I SAN BERNARDINO The song played over the Fiscalini Field public address system during potential San Bernardino Spirit rallies urges the home team to "Play Better, Longer." Tuesday night, the Spirit did just that. Bryan King's one-out single in the 12th inning scored catcher Rich Morales to give the Spirit a 4-3 victory over the Modesto A's in front of 2,624. "We did play better, longer," Spirit manager Ralph Dick said. LOS ANGELES There's one question that's sure to make Mike Scioscia mad. Why doesn't a big bull like you hit more home runs? If Scioscia has never developed a satisfactory answer, he came up with a satisfactory swing Tuesday night when his grand slam paced the Dodgers to a 10-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves. With Franklin Stubbs adding a three-run homer, the Dodgers enjoyed a mix of their old winning formula power and CUBS WIN) The Chicago Cubs handed Montreal its sixth consecutive defeat and took a two-game lead in the National League East. NL roundupC3. -6. kit Pi 4 DAVID EULTTTT he Sun PACKING 'EM IN: The San Bernardino Spirit in its third year of existence, is on pace to break the California League attendance record. ans flocking to Fiscalini Field Unce again we didn hit very well, but we won the game. It took us 12 innings, but we won it." King's single came against side-armer Steve Dye, Modesto's fourth pitcher of the game. "I've had problems hitting this guy," King said. "Side-arm-ers are tough. I was just trying to stay out of the double play." King's single made a winner of Jose Rivas (1-0), who retired the last two hitters in the top of the 12th. Rivas was the Spirit's third pitcher and relieved Jim Newlin, who pitched 4 'a scoreless innings. "I was happy with the outing," Newlin said. "The only thing I was disappointed about was lapses in concentration. I would pitch to one hitter perfect and then walk the next one." Newlin allowed only one hit and walked three in his longest performance with the Spirit. "My longest outing in college was 3," Newlin said. "But I felt like I could have gone a few more." Willie Ambos was the last-minute starter for the Spirit in place of Kurt Stange, who is still experiencing shoulder problems. Ambos threw seven innings, allowing six hits, striking out seven and walking none in only his second start of the season, but left losing 3-1 thanks to a three-run home run by Darren Lewis. "That was as good an effort as we've seen all year," Dick said of Ambos. "He only found out he was going to start five minutes before the game and he was making only his second start of the year. "We didn't take hime out because he wasn't doing the job, but because he had thrown over 100 SeeSPIRITC7 The pitching was provided by Orel Hershiser, who while not exactly at his Cy Young best, threw his seventh complete game to tie three others for the league lead. Hershiser's eighth consecutive victory over the Braves raised his record to 14-8 and lowered his ERA to 2.40, best in the National League. The victory also pulled the Dodgers back to within 10 'a games of the San Francisco Giants in the NL West. The Dodgers have won six of their last nine. "If we win tomorrow and gain another game, then we have a chance to go up to San Francisco this weekend and make a real dent," Hershiser said. "We could climb back into this thing. It's kind of scary. "It's really frightening to know you're lO'i games out and know how poorly you've played. "I think everyone is just glad to be playing better. If we get back in the race, that'd be fantastic and added incentive. But I don't see anybody watching scoreboards here. There's so many teams ahead of us. We just need to win." They've been managing it lately with something resembling the stirring of an offense. The 10 runs matched their season high, accomplished twice earlier. In their past seven games, they've scored six or more runs four times. This is real progress. "We used to get five runs once every 10 days," Hershiser said. "I've seen it four times in the past week. You do that and you're going to win some games." It was Scioscia who got it rolling Tuesday, making it a miserable night for Atlanta All-Star pitcher John Smoltz. He took the loss to fall to 11-10. Lonnie Smith hit a solo home run off Hershiser in the first, but Scioscia brought the Dodgers back in the fourth. Singles by Eddie Murray and Stubbs and a walk loaded the bases for Sciosica. He drove a 1-0 Smoltz pitch out to right-center for his second slam of the season and fifth home run overall. This from a hitter who had been struggling. He See DODGERSC4 ByPAULOBERJUERGE Sun Sports Editor Spirit attendance Tuesday night's attendance 2,624 Season total 145,593 Average (53 home dates) 2,747 The Spirit holds the California League season attendance record of 161,511, which was set in 1987. To break the record the Spirit will have to draw 15,919 fans over its 14 remaining home dates, an average of 1,137 fans a game. Spirit is still there." Shanahan cites three factors in the Spirit's 1989 attendance surge. A winning team that remained in contention in both halves of the Cal League season. The debut of Cafe Spirit, the field-level restaurant that has attracted up to 300 additional fans a game. The cementing of Spirit baseball as a uniquely San Bernardino pastime. "We thought we were at the attendance limit two years ago," Shanahan conceded. "But we've learned that this ballpark is more than just a ballpark. It's become a San Bernardino tradition. "Just like Chicago has its Wrigley Field, San Bernardino has Fiscalini Field with the hills in the background, and the palm trees and the oleanders hanging over the outfield fence. "You name it, it's got its own flair and flavor. People feel like it's theirs." The innovative Cafe Spirit played a SeeFANSC7 It's as sure as death, taxes and the seventh-inning stretch. The San Bernardino Spirit is going to shatter its two-year-old California League attendance record. Sometime next week, the most successful franchise in the 4'a-decade history of California's only minor league will rocket past its 1987 mark of 161,51 1 paid admissions. With 14 home dates remaining, the Spirit has attracted 145,593 fans (only three of the nation's 98 Single-A franchises have drawn more), an average of 2,747 over 53 home dates. The club needs to average only 1,137 customers per home game to pull in the 15,919 to put it over the top. The Spirit's smallest crowd of the season was 1,276. It attracted 154,573 fans last season, its second in town. "Everybody thought the honeymoon was over when attendance went down last year, but the fact is we're still growing," said Spirit general manager Bill Shanahan. "The excitement for the UPDATE THE SCORES move to Div. Ill as a step down By CINDY ROBINSON "Number one, this is a smaller Division I school, in a smaller Di Sun Sports Writer Shriver, Navratilova split MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. (AP) Pam Shriver said Tuesday that she will no longer be playing doubles with Martina Navratilova, her partner for the last nine years. "We have kind of grown apart. I guess our schedules have just not matched well this year," Shriver said Tuesday at the Virginia Slims of Los Angeles tournament. "It's the first time in nine years that I'll be looking for a partner. I guess I just haven't been too focused." jf yarn- iTrl A Pam Shriver National League Dodgers 10, Atlanta 2 Chicago 4, Montreal 2 New York 9, Philadelphia 0 Pittsburgh 7, St. Louis 3 Houston 12, San Diego 3 Cincinnati 10, San Francisco 4 American League Seattle 6, Angels 4 Cleveland 3, New York 1 Baltimore 6, Minnesota 1 Detroit 6, Milwaukee 3 Toronto 7, Texas 0 Kansas City 8, Boston 1 Oakland 3, Chicago 2 (10) California League Spirit 4, Modesto 3 (12) Stockton 3, Riverside 2 Little League Eastview 6, Ken Hubbs 5(10) Inside vision I league," Schwartz said in a phone interview from Bozeman. "The money's not very good here and it's kind of a depressed eco-mony. In terms of budget and salaries it's not even as good as some Division II and HI schools. "Secondly, we were interested in the San Bernardino area for career opportunities for my wife. She's working on her doctorate in education and there's just one high school and one college here, which makes it difficult for a spouse to get a job." Also, Schwartz said, CSUSB officials made it clear that the plans are for San Bernardino to go Division II soon. San Bernardino athletic director David Suenram said that Schwartz was an appealing candidate because of his Division I and II experience. "I think the caliber of our applicants shows where we want to go," said Suenram. "Part of it is, See CAL 8TATEC3 It's not often that a coach leaves an NCAA Division I school to take a job at the Division III level. But that's exactly what Gary Schwartz has done by accepting the women's basketball coaching job at Cal State San Bernardino. He replaces Jo Anne Bly, who resigned in June. Schwartz comes to San Bernardino after three years as women's basketball coach at Montana State. Before that he coached four years at North Dakota, a Division II school. His seven-year record is 131-64. Nonetheless, he is packing his belongings in Bozeman, Mont. He plans to drive the miles and be in San Bernardino by next Thursday. The 36-year-old said there were a couple of factors that prompted the move. 1 GolfC2 TennisC2 BaseballC3 NFLC5 ScoreboardC6 Cal LeagueC7 Sanders files counterclaim ATLANTA (AP) New York Yankees farmhand Deion Sanders, who said he didn't hit anyone, filed a counterclaim of assault against a fan he says was harassing his girlfriend during a minor league baseball game in Richmond, Va. Sanders, who also is the Atlanta Falcons' first-round draft choice, was arrested Sunday on misdemeanor charges of assault for allegedly striking two fans. He denied that, and said one of them "snatched a gold chain off my female's neck." 1H I Gary Schwartz Will guide Cal Stnta womon

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