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The Michigan Daily-Tuesday, October 17, 1978-Page 11
SUTTON TO PITCH AGAINST HUNTER:
Stunned L.A. needs Game 6 win

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Battered and
bewildered, the Los Angeles Dodgers
stagger back into their own ballpark
tonight, hoping to prolong a World
Series that has turned upside down on
f them.
The Dodgers left California last
Thursday, sitting pretty with victories
in the first two games against the New
-York Yankees. They returned Monday
on the short end after New York swept
three straight games at Yankee
Stadium.
FIRST THE Yankees used Graig Net-
ties' glove to short-circuit Los Angeles
in Game 3. Then came a whacky
basepath controversy that supplied a
!key run and led New York to victory-in
Game 4. Finally, in Sunday's fifth con-
test, the roof fell in on the Dodgers as
New York sprayed 18 hits around
Yankee Stadium and Thurman Munson
drove in five runs in a 12-2 rout.

Los Angeles will try to halt the
Yankee express with veteran Don Sut-
ton in Tuesday night's sixth game. New
York will use Catfish Hunter, saving
ace Ron Guidry for a possible seventh
game - hoping one isn't needed. Sutton
was the third-game loser and Hunter
was charged with the loss of Game 2.
Tom Lasorda, manager of the
Dodgers, doesn't quite know how to ex-
plain what happened to his club in New
York. "We're not too happy about it ,"
he said.
WHILE HE wouldn't use the Reggie
Jackson-basepath incident in Game 4
as a crutch, Lasorda still was steaming
over the call. The Dodgers claimed
Jackson had interfered with a throw on
a potential double play and the incident
cost them a vital run in their extra-in-
ning loss.
"In the first game in New York, Net-
tles killed us with his glove," the

manager said. "He denied us a lot of
runs. The Jackson play really hurt us. I
saw the play over and over again and I
think Frank Pulli is an outstanding um-
pire and a great guy. It's just unfor-
tunate that he saw it the way he did.
That hurt us very, very badly."
The Dodgers hurt themselves with
shoddy fielding, wild pitches and
passed balls that simply compounded
the Yankee attack in the fifth game.
If the Yankees win tonight's sixth
game, it will mark the first time in
Series history that a team has lost the
first two games and then rebounded to
win the next four. Five teams have
come back from two straight losses to
win the Series but all of them needed
the full seven-game limit to do the job.
THAT, OF COURSE, is Los Angeles'
plan.
"We'll have the home-park advan-
tage," said Lasorda. "You play on your
own field, you have your own fans, you
know the way the ball will bounce."
And, as for the Yankees, they're not
interested in Series precedents. They
just want to be finished with the
Dodgers and this season.

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This Week in Sports
Sob, whimper and sniffle. The short baseball season ends this week. We
only have three major professional sports to vegetate in front of the tube
for now, but then again, baseball teams don't have cheerleaders.
Baseball
Just when everyone pulls out their winter woolies and down jackets, the
World Series shifts to Los Angeles for the final game (if you are from New
York) or games (if, you hate the Yankees). The Yanks are making a bid to
become the only team in the history of baseball to win four straight after
being down 2-0.
The Dodgers are behind the eight ball as they must win the last two to
make Jimmy the Greek look good. No'tice on the closeups how dark the cir-
cles are under Tommy Lasorda's eyes. Of course, Curt Gowdy will probably
have a feature on them since he isn't allowed to talk about anything connec-
ted with the games any more.
With the Dodgers playing such sloppy defensive baseball, the Yankees
are looking good to repeat as World Champions. L.A. is going to have to beat
Ron Guidry for the title, but must win Game 6 to get the chance.
Football
The football team is away this weekend, as beer sales around town will
testify. Besides, we're getting into Peppermint Schnapps weather. The,
Wolverines travel to Wisconsin this weekend to battle the Badgers, owners of
a 4-0-1 record.
As everyone knows, Michigan cannot afford to lose again this year in or-
der to head to Pasadena. The Wolverines' fate is in their own hands. If they
win their remaining six games, they go to the Rose Bowl. If they lose at all,
well, surprise surprise.
Last year the Badgers entered the game with'a 5-0 ledger, and were
properly labeled the worst undefeated team in the nation as the Wolverines
dismantled them 56-0. There is no room for rest, though, as Michigan still
stalks after victory number 600 in the school's history.
Hockey
The Michigan hockey team opens its season this weekend with a home-
and-home series against Bowling Green. Last year the Falcons finished a
surprising third in the nation and the Wolverines wound up a surprising
seventh in the WCHA. Friday the pucksters will skate it out at Yost, then
shoot down U.S. 23 for Saturday's game at Bowling Green. The entire hockey
story will be featured in the 1978-79 Hockey Supplement in Friday's Daily.
Other Michigan Sports
The slate is crowded this week with plenty of other sports action. If
running is your kick, then check out the cross country team along with
famous alumni Bill'Donakowski and Greg Meyer at the 'M' golf course this
Saturday morning in the Michigan Federation 10,000 meter run. The field
hockey team takes on Albion here on Thursday in a final tuneup before it
heads up to East Lansing the next two days for the Big Ten Tournament.
Finally, Sandy Vong's spikers head all the way to Ypsilanti on Thursday for
a match against Eastern Michigan, before the volleyballers return home for
Saturday morning's serve against Toledo.
-BRIAN MARTIN
BILLBOARD
Michigan students interested in
purchasing basketball season tickets
must apply for their tickets this Friday
and Saturday, October 20-21 between 8
a.m. and 4 p.m. at the Track/Tennis
'Building. The tickets are priced at $26.
Bring cash or check as well as your
student identification.

Dodger skipper defends
infielders amid criticism

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LOS ANGELES (AP)-Angered by
criticism that surfaced when Los
Angeles lost three straight World Series
games in New York, Dodger Manager
Tom Lasorda defended his beleaguered
infield at a Monday afternoon press
conference.
"They were the outstanding defen-
sive infield in the National League in
1978 and they got us here," said Lasor-
da. "I don't blame them for being mad
at the criticism they got in New York."
Lasorda said he felt his infielders had
trouble adjusting to Yankee Stadium
playing conditions which he said were
much different from those at Dodger
Stadium.

"The ball doesn't roll as quick at
Yankee Stadium as it does at ,Dodger
Stadium," he said. "Ours is a harder,
faster infield.
"Our infielders are outstanding
players. I've said all along that they
had some tough balls to handle in New
York. "
Don Sutton, who will start tonight's
sixth game for Los Angeles against the
Yankees' Catfish Hunter, echoed his
manager's defense of the Dodger in-
fielders.
"These guys got me 21 wins in 1976
and got me to the World Series last year
and this year and three times in the last
five years," the veteran right-hander
said.

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