Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on September 29, 1987 · Page 8
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8 THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL SPORTS TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29,1987 c a i i r c s I t C h £ ( Giants are champions of the West Robinson heroics pave way for first division title since 71 AP Sports The San Francisco Giants got both long relief and the long ball from pitcher Don Robinson! The combination made snort work of the San Diego Padres, leading the Giants to a 5-4 victory Monday night and their first National League West championship in 16 years. "I was looking for a breaking ball and I got it, said Robinson, 11-7, who hit the game-winning homer in the eighth inning onj top of giving the Giants five strong innings of relief pitching. Robinson's homer off San Diego reliever Lance McCullers, 8-10, gave the Giants an insurmountable lead over the second- place Cincinnati Reds, who earlier beat the Atlanta Braves 6-5. "This is the most excited I've ever been," Giants Manager Roger Craig said. "This is just the first step. You can't win the World Series until you win the division title." hi other NL action, it was ijfew York 1, Philadelphia 0, and Houston 11, Los Angeles 5. The Giants last won a division title in 1971 — by beating the Padres on the last day of the season. San Franciso got pinch-hit homers from Jeff Leonard and Chili Davis, the 100th career homer for each. San Francisco was in third place starting play Aug. 7, five games behind the Reds. Since then, the Giants have gone 33-15. San Diego tied the game for a third time in the seventh inning on Benito Santiago's RBI triple off Robinson, who came on in the fifth for starter Dave Dravecky. Santiago earlier had extended his rookie record consecutive game-hitting streak to 30 with an infield single in the second. the optimist Roger Craig, ever the confidence-booster, told the San Francisco Giants after they staggered home from a 2-7 road trip in August that they were starting to jell. They did. And the Giants have their first National League West title hi 16 years to show for it. Craig, known as the father of the split-fingered fastball from his days as a pitching coach, now has a reputation among his players as baseball's Norman Vincent Peale. Even a pessimist would concede that Craig is a prime candidate for NL Manager of the Year. "Roger preaches a positive, winning attitude," says pitcher Alice Hammaker, who was with the Giants in 1984 and 1985 when they suffered through 196 losses. "Thanks to him, this team has believed it could win." Craig arrived at the end of a 100-loss season two years ago and, in a brief lockerroom speech, confounded his players by telling them they could win the following year. The Giants, running the bases more aggressively and going with a younger lineup under Craig, won a league-high 40 come-from- behind victories last year and finished 83-79. This year they survived early- season injuries to Jeffrey Leonard, Candy Maldonado and three-fourths of the starting infield. The team slumped to 22-31 for May and June and fell 5'/2 games behind in third place following the four-game losing streak that ended the dismal road trip Aug. 5. Then, while Cincinnati and Houston faded down the stretch, San Francisco reeled off 29 victories in 40 games. "Whether we win or lose four games in a row, he's always the same," says second baseman Rohl-v Thomps.vi Craig's career has seen other dramatic rises — and falls. As a starling pitcher for the Brooklyn Dodgers, he recorded a World Series victory as a rookie in 1955 and picked up championship rings that year and in 1959. But en route to a 74-98 lifetime record, he also lost 46 games in 1962 and 1963 for New York Mets teams that went 40-120 and 51-111. His first major-league managing job lasted two years in San Diego, where he was fired after San Francisco's Chili Da vis (above), whose pinch-hit fifth inning homer was the Giants' second of the game Monday night (Jeffrey Leonard hit a two-run pinch-hit shot In the fourth), Is one of nine Giants with at least 10 home runs this season. the 1979 season despite leading the Padres to a franchise-best 84-78 record in 1978. He then served for five years as Sparky Anderson's pitching coach in Detroit, culminating in • the Tigers' World Scries victory in 1984. When the Giants contacted Craig the next fall, he was back home on his ranch in San Diego and working part-lime as a scout for the Tigers. Craig is reluctant to compare this team to the 1984 Tigers, for good reason; Detroit won 104 regular-season games while the Giants are unlikely to reach 90. But he says the rewards of managing a winner arc greater than coaching or playing for one because "you have more to do with it." "This club is a bunch of good players, some of whom are going to be stars but nobody is yet," he says. "That's why it is so gratifying. This season the Giants lead the majors in double plays and at last count had stolen 122 bases, compared with 99 two years ugo; committed 118 errors, down from 148 in 1985; and attempted an unusually high 19 suicide squeezes, bunting home nine runs. "He runs a game so well the opposing team doesn't know what the heck he's going to try," says Hammaker. Al Rosen, the club's president and general manager, describes Craig as "an absolutely marvelous handler of men." Boosters raise $8,500 Annual auction helps UHS sports By GLENN ERICKSON Journal Sport* Editor Emeritus The Ukiahi Athletic Boosters' Association raised approximately $8,500 in support of the high school athletic programs for girls and boys at Ukiahi this year. Pat Mirata told the Journal that •some 145 persons attended the recent membership dinner and auction at the Broiler Steak House in Redwood Valley. The $20 per plate dinner, including a $10 annual membership in the Boosters for each diner, raised $2300. Proceeds from the auctions, both silent and oral, came to $5100 and other income amounted to $875. There will be a Ukiahi Boosters' meeting at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Student Activities Center at Ukiahi, open to all who support Ukiahi athletics. Parents who have not yet joined the Boosters are urged to do so, with memberships being $10 per year per person. Spearheading the drive for auction items and dinner preparations were Ray Lopez, Booster president, and wife Jan; Pat and Gary Mirata; Cindy and Bruce Crook; Glenn Gawel, vice-president; and Jerry Cupp, president emeritus. Last year the dinner and auction raised $8166, but whether or not the NFL strike will materially affect the additional $2233 donated from locally generated revenues for the Ukiahi football program in '86-'87, freeing a like amount of Booster money for other sports, remains to be seen. The Boosters hope to top the $955 in additional Booster memberships by mail of '86-'87 and find other funds to reach last year's $12,470 in income. The money in 1986-87 was used to purchase: Two safety-padded volleyball uprights, Softball uniforms, pole- vault poles, crossbars and stopwatches for track and field; tapes, heading and kicking trainers and 10 soccer balls for soccer. Motel accomodations for visiting coaches during Fred Iten Tourney, plus 10 basketballs and new uniforms for basketball; replacement uniforms, exercise bike for wrestling and donation toward USSR- Hungary wrestling trip. Fifteen varsity uniforms and a protecUye'L-screen for baseball; coaching salaries, two lane lines and jackets for swim teams; and miscelaneous football added expenses. Some $2,642 additional is spent for Block-U awards, BlocV-U Booster Awrds night plaques, engraving and other expenses. Running for daylight Major League Roundup Twins clinch title, Card lead shrinks AP Sports Steve Lombardozzi found a way to help the Minnesota Twins clinch the division title on the road ... by playing under the Metrodome wherever he goes. Lombardozzi, swinging under .240 for the season, batted in four runs, including the go-ahead score with a single in the eighth inning, as Habyan, 6-6, took a three-hit \ shutout'into the ninth, but he was -j relieved by Tom Nic"dcnfuer, who « got the last iwo outs for his 12th • save. • Mariners 5, Royals 1 _• Seattle won iis fourth straight as Lee Guetterman and Jerry Reed « combined for a six-hitter and Phil \ Bradley drove in two runs. the Twins clinched the American Guetlerman, 10-4, allowed four i vonne lieu Potter Valley's Tim Brown (in dark jersey) tried to elude Anderson Valley's defense in -last Saturday's 6-0 win over the visiting Panthers. The Bearcats attempt to even their season record at 2-2 when they travel to Ferndale this Saturday for a 2 p.m. game. Youth soccer tourney a success By GLENN ERICKSON Journal Sports Editor Emeritus Host Ukiah Valley Youth Soccer Select Under-12 and Under-14 players didn't win a championship in Saturday and Sunday's 34-team, 56-game Wine Harvest Tournament, played on four Ukiahi and two Pomolita fields. But they won a Consolation Championship and were competitive in every match, a far cry from the early years of Ukiah Valley Youth Soccer years ago. Each team found it had a lot still to master in soccer technique, but the enthusiasm is there along with improvement. The Consolation Champion Under-12 'A' Ukiah boys won three out of four games to finish in third place; and the Under-14 Ukiah boys won one match, lost two and tied one, their second loss being in the Consolation Championship, 3-1 to Livermore. The Under-14 girls, though winless, were competitive. Championships were claimed at tourney's end by San Rafael, which downed Petalulma, 6-0 in the Under-12 'A' boys finale; and Vallejo, which nipped Fort Bragg, 1-0, for the Under-12 Boys' 'B' title. Also claiming championships •were Santa Rosa, which frustrated Petaluma, 4-0, in Under-14 Girls; and the Danville Mustangs, Under-14 'B' Boys champions after plastering Butte, 9-1. The Under-14 'A' champion, Humboldt, battled to a scoreless tie with Oakland's Bay Oaks, then won the title with a penalty-kick tiebreaker. There were eight tie games in the tourney over two sizzling near 100-degree days. Consolation Championship honors were won by the Ukiah Under-12 'A' team which opened with a 5-2 victory over Rohnert Park, after which the Ukiah Pumas went on to edge Chico, 4-3, bow to runner-up Pcialuma, 4-2, then come back to beat Chico by 4-3 again, for the Consolation Championship. Coach Ben Hooper's Under-12 Puma 'A' team reportedly was made up of Brian Camp, Ryan Young, Smith Pugct, Brett Pclhel, Art Muno/., Justin Milligan, Zack Marline/,, Alan Hudson, Brian Hooper, Homer Holbrook, Ryan Dickinson, Brian Denny, Rene Cabada and Jesse Anderson, proudly wearing Royal Blue and White Ukiah Puma colors. All Ukiah teams were Puma teams. The Under-14 'B' boys of the Ukiah Pumas opened with a 3-0 victory over defensively stubborn Willits; tied Petaluma, 1-1; lost to Bulle, 1-0; then bowed to Livermore, 3-1. In Sunday's game with Butte, the invaders made good on their only on-goul shot, while Ukiah peppered enemy nets with 20 or more shots without beating a lop goalie. The Consolation Championship game was tied 1-1 until late in Ihe game when Livermore scored, then added insurance as Ukiah pressed to tie it at 2-2 in an effort to force a game-deciding Shootout. Coach Dennis Lucido' Undcr-14 'B' Pumas were composed of Matt Lombard!, Keith Lucido, Kjell Akerslrom, Emilano Aragon.Jeff Ford, Roberto Garcia, David Halstad, Shane Huff, Charles Hughes, Matisse Knight, Jed Katzel, Peter LaCasse, Ian Powell, Roberto Ruiz, Jesse Shaeffcr and Darian Tucker. The girls scored in each of their games, bul Adriane Denny and her soccer teammates didn't score olten enough. Chico got three goals from one girl to win, 3-1; Petaluma lopped Ukiah, 3-1; and Santa Rosa outscorcd Ukiah, 4-1. League West with a 5-3 victory Monday night over the Texas Rangers. Taped inside Lombardozzi's hat during the game at Arlington Stadium was a picture of the Metro- dome, where the Twins finished 56-25 this season. "I feel a little more comfortable when I'm playing under the Dome," said Lombardozzi, whose three-run homer in the fourth wiped out a 3-0 Texas lead. Seattle's 5-1 victory Monday over Kansas City would have given the Twins the title had they not prevailed over she Rangers. Minnesota's road record is 29-47, worst ever for a division- winning team. In other AL games, it was New York 9, Boston 7; Baltimore 3, Detroit 0, and Milwaukee 6, Toronto 4. Twins reliever Juan Berenguer, 8-1, was the winner with 1 2-3 innings of pitching. Jeff Reardpn, picked up his 31st save by pitching the last inning. With the score tied 3-3, Kent Hrbek started the eighth inning with a single and moved to second on a groundout. Randy Bush singled, but was thrown out trying to stretch the hit into a double, with Hrbek stopping at third. Rangers starter Jose Guzman, 14-13, was lifted for Jeff Russell, who walked Tom Brunansky before Lombardozzi, who had only one hit in his last 15 at-bats before the game, singled home Hrbek, with Brunansky taking third. Reliever Milch Williams then balked Brunansky home for an insurance run. Brewers 6, Blue Jays 4 Toronto stayed 2V4 games ahead of Detroit despite the loss lo Milwaukee, which held the Blue Jays to five hits. Blue Jays starter Mike Flanagan, 6-8, gave up homers to Rob Deer and Paul Molitor. Bill Wegman, 11-11, allowed four hits and two runs in 6 1-3 innings before giving way to Paul Mirabella, then Mark Clear. Orioles 3, Tigers 0 Detroit lost a chance to close ground on Toronto as Baltimore rookie John Habyan pitched a five- hitter for 8 1-3 innings. Playing fur coaches Ray and Jan Lope/' Undcr-14 Girls icam were: Isetli Cowan, Adriane Denny, Hill- - -- ary Leland, Tawiya Lope/., Kim Jack Morris, 18-11, gave up eight h* i • i_ • VI. t T !„* J : /~\,_1~ Vt'tn ir» /aifrl^t imiinfTC AA1^ 1*1*1 C ClrilPK hits in six innings before Reed.' pitched the last three for his sixth save. Kansas City starter Mark Gubicza, 12-18, took the loss. Yankees 9, Red Sox 7 New York scored six runs in Ihe ninlh inning to complete a rally from a 7-0 deficit against Boston. Mike Easler's homer off Calvin Schiraldi, the fourth Red Sox reliever in the ninth, broke a 7-7 tie forged when pinch-hitler Jerry Roy- sler had a two-run single off loser Joe Sambito, 2-6. Bill Fullon, 1-0, allowed one hit over the lasl iwo innings for his first major-league viclory. In Ihe Naiional League Easl Monday, Howard Johnson doubled home Ihe game's only run in me second inning and John Candelaria and two relievers combined on a seven-hitler as New York beal Philadelphia, 1-0. The victory moved the Mels wilhin iwo games of ihc National League East- leading St. Louis Cardinals. The Mets have five games to play and the Cardinals seven. The Cardinals open a four-game series tonight against third-place Montreal, three games off Ihe lead. Candelaria is 2-0 since being acquired Sept. 15 from the California Angels. Candelaria, who was 8-6 in the American League, worked five innings, allowed four hits, struck out three and walked one. Rick Aguilera pitched 3 1-3 innings in his first relief appearance of the season and Randy Myers finished up. Philadelphia starter Kevin Gross, 9-15, worked seven innings, gave up just four nils. Astros 11, Dodgers 5 Terry Puhl hit a grand slam and Glenn Davis also knocked in four runs to lead Houston over Los Angeles. Puhl had four hits and Davis three, including a three-run homer. Jim Deshaies, 11 -6, was the winner with relief help frortiJeff Heathcock. Orel Hershiser, 16-15, was the loser. Mclvin, Jessica Ncison, Heidi Ogle, Blossom Pary/., Christen Pinlane, Gretchcn Rolhrock, Jeni Taylor, Jennifer Todd, Jennifer Webb and Michelle Ybarra. hits in eight innings. Morris struck out 10, but walked five and threw his 23rd wild pitch, breaking the major-league record set last year by Bobby Witt of Texas. WEDNESDAY SPORTS CALENDAR Volleyball Ukiahi hosts Petaluma, 4 p.nv

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