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June 04, 1977 - Image 11

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Aturday, June 4, 1977 THE MICHIGAN DAILY Page Eleven
Surging Cubs lead NL East

Special to The Daily
CHICAGO - If only pen-
ants were won to May! (Or
arny June.)
The Chicago Cobs -- correc-
the enthusiastic, first-
lace Chicago Cubs, like a
hundershower in a desert, are
renching this city with vie-
TlE CUBS have had their
rslems in recent decades. It
as ben thirty-two years since
hey tast won a division crown
:r National League pennant.
Bt yo would have had a
tad time convincing the 90,000
as that packed Wrigley Field
cap. 36,000) last weekend and
.ned out, "We're No. 1! We're
o. 1!" as the Cubbies leap-
rogged past the Pittsburgh Pi-
ates into first place in the
TL East by beating the Bucs
hree straight times.
AL's tops
By The Associated Press
NW YORK-Frank Tanana,
tar 23year-old left-hander for
he California Angels, fired
hree shutouts and compiled an
'ared run average of 1.04 in
is games in May, earning him
he Asmerican League's Player
if the Month award, the AL an-
unced yesterday.
Tanana, the pride of De-
troit's Catholic Central High
school, became the first pitch-
er to sin eight games this
season, building an 8-2 record
with his hot month. He com-
pleted all six games he start-
ed in May, striking out 5o
batters in 52 innings.
on Money of Milwaukee was
anner-up for the monthly hon-
r.. The Braves infielder hit
331 With eight home runs and
3 RBIl.

The Chicagoans did it the way
they had stuck it to just about
everybody else so far this young
season-good pitching, tight de-
fense, timely hitting and Sutter.
THE STARTING pitchers did
their jobs. Though none went
the route, they gave up but two
runs apiece in working eight,
five and seven innings in
the Chicagoans 4-2, 6-3, 3-2
weekend sweep.
The pitching was backed by
inspired defense. Time and
time again, shortstop Ivan De-
Jesus robbed the frustrated Pi-
rates of hits with flowing move-
ments to his left and right.
In Saturday's contest, he
added the standing high jump
to his repertoire. The Pirates
led 2-0 and had a runner on
third with one out in the fourth
inning. DeJesus was playing
just behind the infield grass
when Pirate third baseman Phil
Garner hit a hard bouncer that
looked certain to bound into left

geles Dodger pulled the bionic
Shortstop, and timing his leap,
perfectly, snared Garner's
bouncer, held the runner and
threw a perfect strike to first.
In the Cubbies' sixth, he led
off by drawing a walk. Gene
Klines, a former Pirate himself,
followed with a single. Larry
Biitner, former Expo, hit a two-
strike single. Bobby Murcer,
former Giant, followed with an-
other two-strike safety.
Then with the bases loaded
and the Pirates still ahead 2-1,
Jery Morales, also with two
strikes, doubled off the left
field wall to clear the bases.
MANNY TRILLO, hitting a
snappy .365, singled, and one
out later, Minnesota Twin cast-
off catcher George Miterwald
drove Morales home with an-
other single.
That is the way the Cubs
have played all season. Big in-
nings, combinations of hits,
singles, doubles - rallies that

provoke such comments as
"Geez, I can't believe this is
the Cubsi"
Ah, and then there is Sutter.
To be more definitive, Sutter
is Bruce Sutter, a 24 year old
relief pitcher extraordinaire.
He has appeared in 24 of the
Cubs 45 games and has 13
saves standing beside his 0.97
ERA. In 46 and one-third in-
nings, he has walked but two
men and struck out 50.
HE DOES IT with a forkball
that drops like the guy at the
circus jumping into a bucket of
water-straight down. Johnny
Bench, Cincinnati Reds catcher,
calls it the best pitch in base-
ball. Sutter picked up saves in
all three Pittsburgh games.

The Cubs aren't even close
to clinching the division, " but
they are playing the kind of
baseball that is the mark of a
quality team, something their
fans have not seen in quite a
"Just 25 guys playing like
hell," said Cub manager Her-
man Franks, one of many be-
ing called the savior of Chica-
go's North side baseball for-
Only 118 games to go.
Open till I
at the

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you know
a what
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is all
C. x abou . ?

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But did you know that family planning
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e making sure you're healthy before,
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ecounseling and helping solve fertility
problems for couples who want to have
children but can't
Ocounseling and assisting men on their
role in family planing
* counseling young people about their
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So be sure you know AL about family
planning ... it means more than you may
have thought.
A11 these services are
available from the family planning
clinic in your community, your local
health department, or your own physician.
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