r T Spirit powers past Visalia, 8-4 WEDNESDAY. August 21. 1991 The Sun C3 By MARC STEIN Sun Sports Writer SAN BERNARDINO JetT Borski's first-inning Tailings continued Tuesday night, again a laughable oddity because he and his teammates win when it happens. He has pledged to stop his disturbing habit or allowing three runs in Inning One by spending more pregame time in the bullpen. Then again, the Spirit might ask him not to, having beaten the Visalia Oaks, 8-4, before 2,318 at Fiscalini Field. Five days earlier, almost the same thing happened. Borski fell behind 3-0, and still defeated Palm Springs. In that game, the Spirit scored five runs in the bottom of the first. On Tuesday, after Jay Owens' three-run homer in the first off Borski, Spirit third baseman Craig Clayton answered with his own three-run shot, giving Borski another chance to start even. "IT we could start at 7:30, I'd be all right," Borski said. "At least these guys always seem to hit well behind me. I was asking them where the five runs were tonight." Really, Borski isn't that greedy. He was thankful just to escape the first, in which Owens homered on a "hanging slider." For the next six innings, Borski threw the pitch maybe five times, holding the Oaks to a run. By lasting to the seventh, he improved to 2-0, capitalizing on two power bursts after Clayton's. Marc Newfield led off the third with his 11th homer, making it 4-4. When Greg Hunter homered to open the fourth, Borski called "a bulldog" by Spirit manager Tommy Jones had his first lead. "We kind of scrapped the breaking ball," Borski said, "and seemed to do a lot better." Hunter's was a rare blast, his first homer since May and second of the season. He is the only Spirit regular with a slugging percentage under .300. He was helped, perhaps, by familiarity. The pitcher, Oaks right-hander Ed Gustafson, played with Hunter at Washington State. "I was blowing all the way down the first-base line, trying to get that thing out of here," Hunter said. "He's gotten me out a lot more than I've hit him." The Spirit added three runs in the sixth, on Craig Bryant's RBI double, an Oaks error and Greg Pirkl's run-scoring single. The rally gave San Bernardino (23-37) its sixth victory in 10 games. "I kind of wish the season was starting right now," Jones said. "We feel pretty good about where we are as a club. We played hard against Bakersfield, and we played hard tonight." Spirit left-hander John Cum-mings held the Oaks (31-29) scoreless in the eighth and ninth. Spirit notes The Spirit was visited Tuesday by several members Irom the Seattle Mariners' tronl office, including vice presidents Woody Woodward and Roger Jongewaard and Woodward's assistant. Reggie Waller. Scouts Bob Wad-worth and Ken Compton are the others in the group, which will attend tonight's 7:05 game against Visalia Spirit inlielder Lipso Nava is day-to-day with tendinitis in his left leg. "It's been bothering mo since last month." Nava said. "I didn't say anything because I wanted to play." The native of Venezuela nonetheless plans to return before the Spirit's Aug. 28 finale. "I'm not going to wait that long." he said. ... To finish second outright among league hitters. Spirit left tielder Marc Newfield must maintain his current .309 average. Visalia s Rex De La Nuez. at 308, is one of two Oaks standouts Scott Stahoviak is the other who will miss the rest of the season. Mavs stretch lead to three games By PETE MARSHALL Special to The Sun ADELANTO This is the type of win teams like to get down the stretch. The High Desert Mavericks got solid pitching and timely hitting Tuesday night to defeat the Palm Springs Angels 4-1 before 2,(63 at Maverick Stadium. The defense was a little weak, but it didn't keep the Mavericks from winning for the fifth time in six games. The victory also gave the first-place Mavs a three-game lead in the California League's Southern Division over second-place Bakersfield, which lost to Salinas. Mavericks starter Tim Worrell (5-2) pitched a complete game, surrendering six hits while striking out eight. All was not smooth for Worrell, especially in the early going, as he gave up his only run in the first inning on an RBI single by Danny Gil. "My slider didn't come until the fourth inning," Worrell said. He was able to settle down, however, and allowed two base-runners in an inning only once after that, in the eighth on a two-out error and a walk. In the batting department, Paul Gonzalez went 2-for-3 and scored the go-ahead run in the fifth inning. With the score 1-1 in the fifth, Gonzalez led off with a triple off the wall in right. Gonzalez, who is not particularly fleet, paused rounding second but made it anyway. "I'm dragging a little bit extra," Gonzalez said. "I have to hit it to the most strategic place." The extra base proved key, because Matt Witkowski scored Gonzalez with a sacrifice fly to left. In the eighth, the Mavs got some insurance off Angels starter Luis Pakele (7-10) and two relievers. Mavericks notes The schedule for the playoffs, should the Mavericks win the division or finish with the second-best overall record, has been announced. Games 1 and 2 of the best-of-tive series would be in Bakersfield. Aug 30 and 31 at 7:30 Game 3. if the Mavericks finish in second overall, would be in Bakersfield as well, on Sept. 1. If the Mavericks win tho second half, games 3-5 would be at Maverick Stadium Sept. 1-3. The winner of the Southern Division playoff would play the winner of the Northern Division in a best three-ot-five series Sept. 6-8. That team will be either San Jose, Stockton, or Modesto. 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