The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas on April 28, 1986 · Page 11
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The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas · Page 11

Baytown, Texas
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Monday, April 28, 1986
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THE BAYTOWN SUN Monday, April tt, Utt 141 SPORTS •Mets end Tudor streak, 2-B •Rockets eye game No. 2, 3-B •Rangers win playoff series, 3-B Lucky break helps Strange to Open win THE WOODLANDS (AP) — Curtis Strange sank a 30-foot birdie putt on the third sudden death playoff hole to win the $500,000 Houston Open over Calvin Peete. But the stroke that started Strange toward Sunday's $90,000 payday came in Thursday's opening round on the 13th hole when he angrily broke the putter that helped him win a PGA Tour record $542,321 in 1985. It turned out to be Strange's lucky break. After snapping the shaft of his putter on a wooden bridge, Strange chunked the head into a lake and parred the final five holes pulling with his pitching wedge. He finished the firsl round al even par 72 and slarled Sunday's final round three slrokes off ihe pace. Bui Strange birdied the first three holes Sunday and charged into a tie wilh Peele wilh a 15- foot birdie putt on No. 17. Slrange's new pulter worked again on the third exlra hole when his second shol stopped 30 feet from the hole. "1 pulled great Ihe last two days using a puller I'd had around Ihe house." Strange said. Slrange sank his pressure pull but Peete. who had led or shared the lead all four rounds, stroked his 20-foot pull lo the lefl of Ihe hole. "I slroked it like 1 wanled lo. but I mis-read Ihe green and il broke lolhe left." Peete said. Peete. who earned $54,000. shol a final round 69 and Strange had a G-under-par GG lo end regulalion play lied wilh 14- under-par274 72-hole totals. Peete had starled Ihe final day tied wilh Tom Walson and Jav Haas with 205 totals, 11-under- par. Watson fell off the pace with a 71 and to finish third at 276 and earn $34,000. Watson narrowly missed a 188-yard drive to the green for an eagle on No. 18 that would have put him in the playoff. Peete and Strange parred the first two playoff holes. Peete's 20-foot birdie putt on the par 4, 376-yard No. 17 stopped at the lip to force the third playoff hole. It was one of several chances Peete squandered in trying to win his third tournament this year. "Playing against the top players, you can't beat them with pars." Peete said. "I just didn't play as good as I should have. This was his tournament. If it had been mine I would have won." Strange held his cool in the final round with a par at 13 and his 15-foot birdie pull on No. 17 pulled him even with Peete for the firsl lime and set up the tense finish. Peele missed a birdie putt by three inches on No. 17 that would have broken the deadlock but he got another chance at victory when Strange drove his second shol inlo Ihe rough at No. 18. But Strange blasted out of the rough to within eight feel of the hole and sank the putt to save par and force the sudden death. Peete, hearing the cheers for Strange on 18, still had to two- putt from the fringe to get his par on 18. Haas finished with a 2-over- par 74 and tied for fourth place with Bruce Lietzke and David Edwards at 6-under-par 279 lo earn $20,667. Knepper continues streak by Astros' pitching staff 6-0 . HOUSTON (APi - Three consecutive complete-game pitching performances by the Houston Aslros starling staff have pushed Ihe Aslros lo a Iwo- game lead over the San Francisco Giants in the National League Western Division. The Cincinnati Reds were the victims of the streak — which included a"3-l win by Nolan Ryan Friday night, a 1-0 shutout by Mike Scott Saturday night, and a 6-0 shutout by Bob Knepper Sunday afternoon. Knepper's victory was his fourth in as many decisions, tops in the National League. "Our pitching is in a great groove," said Astros manager Hal Lanier, "Everything is real positive with this team." Knepper allowed only four hits while striking out four and walking two. The Reds hit 16 ground balls. "My sinker ball was super today. 1 could throw it any time," said Knepper. "It also helps when the team is scoring runs and playing great defense behind me." Defense was not the Reds' strong point on this day. They committed four errors in the first two innings, leading to three Astros runs. Bill Doran led off the first inning with a single off Reds starter and loser John Denny (1-2). • Errors by shortstop Kurt Stillwell and second baseman Ron Oester on ground balls by Craig Reynolds and Jose Cruz led to one run by Doran, and Reynolds scored later on a double play ground ball. In the second inning, Terry Puhl scored the Astros' third run on an errant throw by Reds catcher Bo Diaz, who was attempting to throw out Doran stealing second base. Puhl had singled to lead off the inning and advanced to third when Doran's routine fly ball was dropped in right field by Dave Parker. "We gave them six or seven outs in those first two innings," says Reds manager Pete Rose. "I thought Denny pitched a super game. We are just not hitting the ball and taking advantage of our scoring opportunities." The Astros added single runs in the fourth and fifth innings on a sacrifice fly by Denny Walling scoring Cruz and a solo home run by Reynolds, his second of the year. Doran drove in Walling in the eighth inning for the sixth and final run. CINCINNATI a EDavlscf Powerp Sllllwellss .... Parker rf Esasky Ib TJoneslt Bell 3b BDIazc Oester 2b Denny p Concept ton ph Prlcep Perex 16 Totals ! fair a» Ml to 4 0 4 4 3 4 3 2 .3 1 .1 0 1 M r 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 H 1 1 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 bl 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 HOUSTON j Doran 2b CReynoldsss. Cruz If Hatcher If .... GDavislb.... Basset Walling 3b.... Puhl rf Walker cf .... Mlzerockc... Knepper p — Totals MO « Ib 5 .4 3 .0 .3 .4 .3 3 .0 .3 .4 3t 0 r 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 t w h 1 0 0 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 s- M 1 1 0 0 0 I 0 0 o tt 4 •« in to* n*-t Game-winning RBI — Cruz (11. E — StUlwel), Oester, Parker, BDIaz, Doran. DP — Cincinnati 1, Houston 1. LOB — Cincinnati 5, Houston 7. IB - Walling. HR - CReynolds (2). SB - Doran (8). SF —Willing. IP H R ER BB 90 CtBClSJMtt Denny (L, 1-2) 4 i S 2 2 0 Price 3 0 0 0 1 S Power 1 2 1 ] 1 I CURTIS STRANGE celebrates a birdie putt on the third hole of a sudden-death playoff Sunday. It was good for a first-place finish in the Houston Open and a check for $90,000. Calvin Peete picked up $54,000 for placing second in the PGA tournament at The Woodlands. (AP photo) St£V CLASSIFIED 422-8323 Dayton UVHRE 9O DAYS Dayton Tirp SAME AS CASH Radial traction *53" fuel efficiency! Dayton Blue Ribbon IV Steel Belted Radiat • Two steel belts for strength and durability • Easy-rolling radial polyester cord body conserves gas 185/80R 13 budget prices! Dayton Jhorobred Poly SlronQ s^OOtr-. nQpng po've*ter cora oodv 62 *26 CUSTOM WHEEL Btoek, Silt** <xGoId • Clean owoctynamiC (Hope wlrh rMneKomb poMem • Lomt hear nrjk r«hnok>g> di» iipct« tvo*.* generated Sect la • F>ne»l ise foding and failure. I!! [SUPCftlOft SAL! PRICED VMM SIM.l °° BRIGHT ANODIZED ALUMINUM FINISH Long-wearing, fuel efficient radial whitewalls! Dayton nvxcXx«O [III/7M-U |Mf/7M-U J»»»/7M-1» £]n>/7ia.u \ r «•« ,,-J 41.11 j*> 4».M Ifl/MN- 44.M 1 '-• 'V vy iM— ' .•. ,^.^lff . ,-f-j ii ••**! ^"'-^f^/ J.H •>••;-"•"«« MARCH DULS! Toifoto Protoctors Doh»o Chromo SMO HOilS Trvcfc Stop Motos 14x6 WWto Spoho Wfcool locks M2" LONG'S TIRE The unexpected Rebels surprise San Jac with double-header sweep By DAVID BERKOWITZ Lee College did something to San Jacinto College North Saturday that only one other baseball team has managed this season. The Rebels swept a doubleheader from the Gators. By defeating San Jacinto 6-3 and 3-2 at Jenkins Park, the Rebels matched a feat accomplished by McLennan Community College on April 1. It is interesting to note that after returning from that sobering trip to Waco, the Gators turned around and took two Texas Junior College Athletic Conference games from the Rebels. Little did LC Coach Dick Smith and Co. realize that it would mark the beginning of a disappointing set of circumstances. LC went on to lose its next four conference games and drop, for all intents and purposes, out of the playoff chase. With only two state tournament berths allowed the TJCAC, a 2-8 record didn't offer the Rebels much hope with 10 games remaining. While they no doubt enjoyed regaining some lost pride Saturday, the Rebels need a miracle of sorts to place second in the TJCAC. Since Laredo Junior College handed Alvin Community College 7-5 and 2-1 losses on Sunday, the Golden Palominos are 11-5 in the TJCAC. The Rebels could improve to 11-9 if they sweep double-headers Wednesday at Alvin and Saturday at home against Texas Southmost College. San Jacinto has something to worry about if it intends to wrap up another in a long line of TJCAC championships. It holds only a one-game lead on Laredo, heading into this final week of play. After playing at Texas Southmost on Wednesday, the Gators will host Laredo on Saturday. Chalk up the Rebels' sweep of the Gators to outstanding pit- ching and plenty of hitting. Jerry Littlejohn, Byron Farrell and Dwight Fruge combined to hold San Jacinto to 12 hits, while they received 21 hits worth of support from their teammates. For excitement's sake, the second game was the sizzler. II was a game in which the Rebels fought back from an early deficit, and then held off a late challenge. San Japinto went ahead 2-0 in the opening inning on run- scoring singles by Thomas McGee and Donald Wright. A one-out error kept the' inning alive, but a double play helped bail the Rebels out of further damage. With hard-throwing (90 mph fastball) Toby Nivens on the mound, San Jacinto Coach Wayne Graham had to feel rather comfortable with the lead. The fact that the freshman right-hander had defeated LC twice this season improved thoughts of a split. But the Rebels had something else in mind. It began with a run- scoring single in the third inning by Mike Easley, and it hit its climax when left fielder Lonnie Walker ripped a two-run double in the fifth. LC had collected nine hits off Nivens, while the Gators managed only five in as many innings against Fruge. The last of McGee's three hits in the game led off the sixth inning, but Fruge set down the fourth, fifth and sixth batters in San Jacinto's lineup to douse the fire. After getting two quick outs in the final inning, Fruge yielded a single to lead-off batter David Vasquez. But the sophomore right-hander then induced Michael Randle to hit into a force out to end the game. Fruge, who struck out two and walked two, improved his record to 8-2. Nivens fell to 8-4. (See REBELS, Page 2-B) Bring Midas anyone's written estimate for installing a muffler and we'll meet it or beat it. No ifs, ands or buts. 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