Thursday, May 11, 1972
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Thursday, May 11, 1972 THE MICHIGAN DAILY Page Eleven
Prom Wire Service Reports two gone in the third. The blast
The Cleveland Indians, pres- was the third of the year for
ently on their most sustained Johnson.
warpath in ages, ambushed the In Chicago, Tiger starter Tom
Kansas City Royals 7-2 yester- Timmerman had to leave the
day for their fourth straight vic- game with a torn finger nail in
tory and eighth in their last the fourth inning and from then
nine. The win, coupled with the on five Bengal relievers proved
Tigers' 7-0 loss to Chicago, virtually ineffective as the White
vaulted the Tribe into first place sixth and four more times in the
in the American League East. sixth and focr more times in the
Starter Gaylord Perry, who eighth to blank the Tigers. Be-
hurled a five hitter to raise his hind the solid pitching of starter
record to 5-2, contributed to the Tom Bradley (3-1), the White
massacre with two singles and Sox were able to snap a three
a run batted in. game losing streak.
However, the big blow for the Chicago got all the runs it
Tribe was a towering three run needed when catcher Ed Her-
homer by Alex Johnson off loser mann sliced a single off Ron
Mike Hedlund (e-3) following a Perranoski, the third Tiger ,itch-
walk to Del Unser and a pop er of the day, to score runs two
single by Jack Brohamer with and three after Pat Kelly had
' the Shadow Knows
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Just look ...
Swho's in first
JUST CALL 'em the first-place Indians now.
Although it sounds awfully incredible, the perennial door-
mats, the laughingstock Cleveland Indians are this morning
listed at the top of the American League East. Today's sports
pages will be saved for posterity by the few extant Indian fans.
Baltimore will probably wind up winning the division title
again and Detroit still is the only team that really does have
a chance to catch the Birdies, but Cleveland's team is for real.
Last year the Indians tied an all-time team record for
ineptitude with 102 defeats and the baseball strike looked like
a big plus for Cleveland. It meant six fewer games to lose.
But when play finally got started this April the Indians
looked a whole different ball club. And they were. Rookie
manager Ken Aspromonte and General Manager Gabe Paul
were busy in the off-season making deals that brought
proven stars Alex Johnson and Gaylord Perry and outstand-
ing prospect Milt Wilcox to Cleveland.
To get the veteran Perry the Indians sacrificed bad-boy
"Sudden Sam" McDowell. Although they lost in age, the Tribe
gained in consistency for the 33-year old Perry has already
compiled a 5-2 record in seven starts with a 2.02 earned run
average, plus a save, while working every four days in Aspro-
monte's three man rotation.
The 22-year old Wilcox, a steal from Cincinnati, has joined
with Perry to give Cleveland a one-two punch the equivalent of
Detroit's Mickey Lolich and Joe Coleman. Wilcox is 4-2, with
four complete games, two shutouts, and a league topping e.r.a
And a third solid starter has emerged in rookie Dick Tidrow
(2-2) whose main problem has been lack of hitting support.
Once it comes time for a fourth and fifth starter-in
about two weeks-the Indians, like the Tigers, will get their
real test. Maybe if Stunning7?) Steve Dunning, now toiling
at Portland, can come through like he was supposed to when
signed out of Stanford two years ago, the Indians can stay
Well, maybe that's impossible but Cleveland can win
games this year. Last year the team e.r.a was over 4.20 and
.they lost 70 of their final 100 games. So far in '72 the e.r.a. has
been nearly halved to 2.30 and a winning attitude seems to have
been instilled into the young team by their young manager.
Ray Fosse, the American League's outstandig young
catcher, is the team leader. Besides being a steady receiver who
needs little rest Fosse is hitting .310 with no strikeouts and
should be able to stay near or at that level all season.
Johnson, who shows no lack of hustle with his new team
has cracked three home runs and is batting near .300 with his
solid line drives. He fields as well as any left fielder and is a
consistently tough clutch hitter.
Rookies Buddy Bell and John Brohamer have been pleasant
surprises and have filled holes at right field and second base
respectively. Bell isn't even 21 yet but he's a steady .250 or
better hitter with good speed and a good glove.
Brohamer, who wasn't even considered, a good AAA
prospect has somehow turned into a .340 batter in the early
going. That won't last, for sure, but he may be even better
than CleVeland's long line of great second basemen in the
last decade - Jerry Kindall, Pedro Gonzalez, Gus Gil, Vern
Fuller, Dave Nelson, Eddie Leon.
Last year's AL rookie of the year Chris Chambliss hasn't
even got started, but sub' Tommie McCraw has hit a shocking
.330 while contributing stellar defense. Center fielder Del Unser
and shortstop Frank Duffy have also helped with the defense,
The Tigers can have their Kalines, Freehans, Loliches,
and Brinkmans; the Orioles their Powells, Robinsons, Mc-
Nallys, and Palmers. Cleveland is happy with Perry, Wilcox,
Johnson, and Fvwse and is ready for some post-season
activity fir the first time in 18 years.
Anyway, they probably won't finish last.
topof totem pole
scored the first run on an 'rror
by usually solid-fielding sasrt-
stop Ed Brinkman.
The Baltimore Orioles ept
pace in the American East as
they capitalized on a bases load-... .
ed throwing error by Texas
catcher Ken Suarez to nip the
Rangers 1-0. The miscue ruined -
a brilliant two hit performance
by Texas hurler, Pete Brobeeg
Suarez, in an attempt to com-
plete an inning-ending double
play hit Brooks Robinson in the
the back on a throw to first
which allowed Merv Rettemund
to race home from second to
score the winner.
Dave McNally 14-0) also ptrh-
ed a fine game as he roded to -
hi fourth shutout of te young
season. _' .,,a
Following in thse steps of his}
brother Gaylord, Jim Perry
(3-1) pitched eight Shutout ir'-
nings to lead the Minnesota
Twins to a 2-0 victory over the
hapless New York Tankees. ar-
mono Killebrew provided all the
runs Perry needed as he clotted "'a
hs 517th homer in the send -Associated Press
off loser Mike Kekich (2-2). The CHICAGO CUB Glenn Beckert ton top) has just forced Cesar
blast moved Killebrew within Geronimo (below) of Cincinnati and relayed to first base to
four of Ted Williams on the all- complete a double play in yesterday's Cub win over the Reds.
time homerun list. Above them both is umpire Ed Sudol's chest.
ets nip Doders
From Wire Service Reports
NEW YORK - With Willie
Mays back in town for trade
meetings and the New York
Mets hosting the Los Angeles
Dodgers, it was like old times in
the Big Apple. Furthermore, it
was happy times for the Mets
fans as Teddy Martinez' infield
single with two out in the four-
teenth inning allowed Bud Har-
relson to score and give the Mets
a comeback 4-3 victory.
Down 3-0, the Mets struggled
back and eventually tied it 3-3
on Rusty Staub's solo blast in
the eighth off Dodger starter Al
Tug McGraw. who pitched five
innings of one-hit relief picked
up his second victory without a
Meanwhile, the Houston As-
tros broke loose for -six runs in
the eighth inning to whip the
St. Louis Carditals 10-7. The
eruption was capped by Roger
Metzger's first major league
sacker and Jimmy Stewart's
pinch triple to break the tie.
The win enabled the amazin'
Astros to regain sole possession
of first place in the National
West as well as preventing Car-
dinal starter, Bob Gibson from
gaining his first victory of the
Down in Atlanta, the Pitts-
burgh Pirates fought back to
narow a 4-0 deficit to 4-3 but to
no avail, as the hard hitting
Braves scored four runs on five
hits and two. Bus errors in the
seventh inning to give Atlanta
and starter Phil Niekro (4-3) an
Further north in Montreal,
steady Sam McDowell (5-0)
scattered seven hits and struck
out eight to lead the San Fran-
cisco Giants to a 7-3 trouncing
against the Montreal Expos. The
game was decided in the eighth
inning as Tito Fuentes high-
y Professional League Standings
American League Today's Cames
East San Francisco (Bryant, 0-.),at Montreal
w L Pet. G; (Renko, 1-2), night
Cleveland 12 7 .632 - San Diego (Arlin, 2-3) at Philadelphia
Baltimore 11 7 .611 % (Champion, 3-0), night
Detroit 11 7 .611 / Los Angeles (Singer, 2-2 and John, 2-2)
Boston 5 10 .333 5 at New York (McAndrew, 1-0 and Sea-
New York 6 13 .316 6 ver, 4-1), 2, day-night
Milwaukee 5 12 .250 6 Houston (Reuss, 2-1 or Dierker, 2-1) at
west St. Louis (wise, 2-2)
Minesotan 14 4 .711 - nIy games scheduled.
Oaktland 12 5 .750 11
Chicago 10 9 .526 454
Texa a 1155.421 61/
Kansas City 8 13 .381 7%
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Montreal 12 8 .600 1 a look for yourself.
Chicago 10 11 .476 3/4
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St. Laouis 5 12 .43955
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San Diego 10 12 .454 4
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lighted a six-run uprising by
singling twice in the inning.
The San Diego Padres, off to
their best start ever, got home
runs from Nate Colbert and
Fred Kendall to back the five
hit pitching of starter Clay Kir-
by (3-1) and defeat the Phila-
delphia Phillies, 5-3.
For the surprising Padres, it
was their fifth win in their last
Finally, C a r m e n Fanzone,
trumpeteer turned major league
slugger, highlighted a four run
fourth inning for the Chicago
Cubs with a two run double and
these were the only runs needed
as the Cubs tripped the Cincin-
nati Reds 4-2.
Winning pitcher Milt Pappas
(3-2), the seventeenth straight
righthander to start against the
Reds, contributed to his own
cause with a run scoring single.
The defeat sent Gary Nolan (3
1) to his first defeat of the
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