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Page Sixteen


Wednesday, June 27, 1973

Page Sixteen THE SUMMER DAILY Wednesday, June 27, 1973


Lollch-pitching ace as tragic hero
By MILTON RICHMAN anything to do with your record?" said. "A pitcher will come up twice. Let's only had to pitcch five hard innings.
UPI Sports Editor "It's possible. I'm not gonna say my not call him an easy out, but he's an out "The rule will keep some play
NEW YORK - Mickey Lolich seemed record is lousy because of that alone man. The third time up, they may pinch around, and some people feel that's go
srfectly at peace with the whole world. though." hit for him, and generally you're gonna for baseball. They also feel it produ<
e wasn't though. "What do you think of the rule?" get the pinchc hitter out. 'Okay, let's go. more hitting and that's good, too."
Nobody would ever know that to look at "I don't like it." to the No. 8 man now. Without the desig- "Yes, it's good in that sense, but ov
m stretched out there on the clubhouse nated hitter in the lineup, he's gonna swing all I don't think it's good for basebal
our," completely relaxed with his head "Why not?"
tr, ,opeeyrlxdwt hsha h o. , at bad pitches because he knows he's fol- said Lolich.
opped up against a full bag of laundry "It's hurting us, said Lolich, lifting his "Why?.
head off the laundry bag. "It's putting a towed by the pitcher. So now he's "Why?"
hich in turn was resting against one of out "I think it takes the fun outta the gar
e green and white pillars in the dressing tremendous strain on us. You gotta go man. That means you've got yourself six for the fans. You know the grandsta
om. nine hard innings. You don't get any break outs, or two innings. Spread those six managers are a big part of the gan
All the other members of the Detroit at all. None of us is happy with it." outs over a ball game and it really comes You've seen and heard 'em whent
gers were already dressed and out on "Specifically, how do you figure the rule to more than two innings. Before this new manager makes a move. 'Oh my God, h
e field, but Mickey Lolich, who would hurts you?" - rule you could come up with- four easy gonna let him hit!' or 'Do you think he
ttch the second game of a doubleheader "Let's take normal game" lich innin go for a pinch hitter or not?' With
takea nomalgame Loich nnigs sometimes, and that meant you g__.-__r._JL.-n__h - 1itter.1-r__not?'_.W-t)


with the New York Yankees, a contest
still more than two hours away.
"How have things been going for you
"Well, I'm seven-and-seven now . . .
sounds like a drink, doesn't it? . . . but
at the beginning of the year when I was.
two-and-five, I lost two games, 2-1, and
two others, 1-0.
"Now, like I say, my record is seven-
and-seven, and I know I'm better than a
.500 pitcher."
"Does the designated hitter rule have

Summer Daily

designated hitter, all that's gone now."
Two-and-a-half hours later, after the
Tigers had dropped the opener by one run,
Mickey Lolich went out and pitched the
nightcap for them. He pitched well and
his control was excellent. It was so good,
in fact, Graig Nettles picked on a 1-and-0
pitch and deposited it into the right field
stands with one out in the ninth.
That made the Yanks the winners, 2-1.
It also made Mickey Lolich's record
7-and-8, and a wretched day all around for
him and the Detroit Tigers.


skid ends, 4-1

From Wire Service Reports
BOSTON-Thanks to Gates Brown and
newcomer Mike Strahler the American
League East won't have the Detroit Tigers
to kick around anymore. In fact the
Tigers might just do some kicking them-
f selves.
Their 4-1 victory over the Boston Red
s Sox last night ended their road trip,
known as "Our Eight Crises," as it began,
with a victory. In between the Tigers man-
" X aged eight straight defeats.
The heroes of the game were an un-
likely pair, a .230 hitting designatedl
swatter and a hurler who had pitched but
42 innings before starting for the first
time in a Bengal uniform.
Strahler was brilliant on the mound,
never once letting the famed Green Mon-
ster bother him. He pitched seven straight
scoreless innings before yeilding a run.
. zWhereas on previous relief appearances
Strahler was wild, last night he allowed
only four batters to. reach first on balls.
., The Tigers gave Strahler a one run lead
early. In the third, Aureilio Rodriguez
singled and Gates Brown followed with a
mammouth triple to right field.
Willie Horton, Detroit's fence buster who
has been carrying the team with little
*II help lately, aided the Bengal cause in the
fourth. Local product Horton led off the
inning with a home run, a shot to left.
Luis Tiant, 8-8 on the year, watched the
ball sail into the screen and kicked the
dirt in anger. The blow was Horton's
eleventh of the season.
Detroit, never quite sure that the dol-
drums in which the squad has been living
were finally .over, decided to put some
more tallies on their linescore in the very
« next inning.
Al Kaline produced the runs when he
singled sharply to drive in Eddie Brink-
- ' i - man. The ubiquitious Brown, who had
N' driven Brinkman to third on his single,
same home one batter latter when Norm
Cash lifted a sacrifice fly.
After that it was all Strahler and he
responded in style. It took the Red Sox
.«'}until the eighth to tally their lone run.
't :;,< _- . . < Dwight Evans beat out an infield hit,
AP Photo Rico Petrocelli singled off the left field
wall to move Evans to third. Here Strah-
ler's aforementioned wildness reared its
head. He "uncorked a wild pitch that
scored Evans. It was however the last
hurrah for the Red Sox, who had, ended
Ms. Billy Jean King advanced easily in her first round showdown with Lucia Bassi Detroit's string of victories in the series
of Italy yesterday, 6-0, 6-2, on the center court at Wimbeldon. It was such a one- Monday night.
sided affair that the crowd of 15,000 hardly raised a cheer. Other women who fared The ninth inning was not all peaches and
well were Virginia Wade, Rosemary Casals, Evonne Goolagong, and Chris Evert. cream for the new Tiger savior. And Billy
Although King's match took less than an hour, Evert, on the other hand, was less Martin, sensing that his new star may
than convincing in winning her match with Fsorella Bonicella. Her volleying was need some help, summoned ace John Hill-
er to get the final out. Hiller did so and
extremely patchy. Action resumes today with number one seeded Margaret Court for his night's work picked up his twelfth
beginning play. save of the season.

And so, Brown, who went "three for
three" and.Strahler, who had some trouble
with the Indians in Cleveland, helped the
Tigers out of the losing pit. Their week-
long frustration, which saw the Tigers
lose seven one-run games, five of them
in succession, was finally over and con-
vincingly so.
The offensive slump ended as the Ben-
gals pounded out nine hits, four for extra
bases. Although the Tigers hit into two
double-plays, a bugaboo they have not
been able to avoid as a result of the ab-
sence of team speed, they only stranded
five runners.
All of which goes to prove at the end
of every rainstorm is a rainbow with a pot
of gold. Or something to that effect.
Malor League

New York

W L Pct.
41 31 .569
37 33 .530
34 30 .530
34 34 .50
33 37 .472
26 45 .300

Kansas City 40 34 .541
Chicago 36 31 .545
California 37 32 .530
Oakland 39 . 34 .530
Minnesota 30 32 .134
Texas 23 - 43 .354
New York 10, Cleveland 2
Detroit 4, Boston 1
Oakland 0, Texas2
Baitmore 0, Mitwaukee S
Minnesota 4, Chicago 0
Kansas City at California (night?


St. Louis
New York
Los Angeles
San Francisco
San Diego

w L
43 30
33 33
34 36
33 37
31 37
30 30
47 20
42 33
42 32
31 34
30 47
23 50

Pet. GB
.509 -
.500 61
.478 1
.478 8%
.456 9 r
.455 9 ,
.644 -
.568 0
.569 5
.536 04
.417 16
.315 ?.4

Chicago 5, New York 1
Montreal 10, Pittsburgh 3
Philadelphia 10, St. Louis 3, lst
St. Louis 5, Phiiadelphia 4, and
Cincinnati 5, Houston I
Ls Angees 'at San Diego (night)
Atlanta at San Francisco (night)

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