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Page Twelve


Saturday, June 1$, 197T

Page Twelve THE MICHIGAN DAILY Saturday, June 18, 1971


Tigers lose heartbreaker to

Cleveland in 12th


Down to
* / the wire
I_ _ .__ By Don MacLachlan
The battling Ben gals...
.. .500 approacheth
THE IDETROIT TIGERS could have made it to the .5e mark on
the season with a sweep of the Cleveland Indians this weekend.
By taking the entire four-game series from the Tribe, the
Tigers would have produced a seven game winning streak, and
that's just what theBengals need, according to manager Ralph
"We've played .500 since the first week of the season, but .
we haven't had a good winning streak," Houk said. "That six-
game losing streak hurt us too.
"You must have consistent pitching to get a winning streak
going," Houk added. "But we just can't get that four or five-game
streak going for us."
After battling in the Teepee, the Tigers head home for an
eleven-game home stand.
The Bengals need momentum to head into the three-game
clash with the New York Yankees, which starts Monday night
with Mark Fidrych hurling on national television.
And the way things are going for the Tigers now, they could
put the pieces together and play like the respected, young club
they should be.
"Hell yes, we're getting good pitching and good defense," said
rookie Dave Rozema, who pitched last night. "Once in a while,
we make a couple of mistakes, but we're getting it together-like
everybody knows we can.
"Our team is up and we're not playing bad ball," the right-
hander added. "But it doesn't seem good to us because we
know we have so much potential."'
Yes, the Tigers just might be on their way to getting over the
hill, and finally evening up their season slate.
The sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays earlier this week was
definitely a step in the right direction. In fact, the Tigers didn't
even commit an error against the last-place expansion team,
Center fielder Ron LeFlore, who homered again last night,
is finally looking like the all-star from a year ago. His aver-
age-has climbed to .265-and when Ronny's on base, the De-
troiters always get a potential run in scoring position. Oppos-
ing pitchers usually fire more fastballs on account of his
speed - and the Bengal bats thrive on fastballs.
Tito Fn tP rntiniP oc nic tha A rirn L.nt uith

Special To The Day
CLEVELAND-Little-used Andre Thornton hit
a three-run homer with two out in the bottom of
the twelfth inning last night to give the Cleveland
Indians a come-from-behind 8-5 victory over
For Thornton, who was benched in mid-May
after a horrendous start, it was the second round-
tripper of the evening.
Buddy Bell led off the inning by drawing a walk
from the Tigers second reliever, Jim Crawford,
who hid retired nine Indians in a row prior to the
AFTER DUANE Kuiper punched a single to left
through an infield drawn in for an expected bunt,
Detroit manager called Steve Grilli from the
bullpen. Grilli almost escaped unscathed, getting
Paul Dade to hit into a force out and Fred Ken-
dall to line out to right.
But Thornton jumped on Grilli's 3-1 pitch and
propelled it far over the leftfield fence, sending
Billy Carter and 21,452 other discount beer night
fans home happy.
The Tigers scored twice in the top of the first
after the first two batters were retired. Ron Le-
Flore opened the game with a walk and was
forced at second by Tito Fuentes.
Fuentes moved to second on Rusty Staub's long
fly to center, and scored on Steve Kemp's double.
Jason Thompson then singled Kemp home.
BEN OGLIVIE then followed with a single but
Milt May ended the inning with a fly out to right.
In the bottdm of the first inning, Cleveland
loaded the bases off of Tiger starter Dave Roze-

ma, but failed to score. With nobody out, Brce
Bochte struck out, and Thornton bit into a doubie
LeFlore hit his third home run in two games
in the top of the second, and the Bengals were
up 3-0.
The Indians did score in their half of tite third
Jim Norris doubled, moved to third on Duane
Kuiper's bunt and scored on Paul Dade's sacrifice
DETROIT HAD it all but wrapped up in the
fifth, scoring twice to up its lead to 5-1.
Dade threw Chuck Scrivener's grounder over
the head of Bochte at first, for a twp-base error.
LeFlore's triple scored Scrivener and Staub'
double was also worth an RBI.
Staub hit the ball so sharply down the line,
that Bochte never moved at first, and the ball
laid in the rightfield corner before Staub eve,
Don Hood replaced Clevelatld starter Rick Waiti
and stymied the Tigers, retiring all 14 men he
Thornton singled Bochte home from second in
the sixth inning to close the gap to 5-2.
STEVE FOUCALT replaced Rozema in the
seventh after the first two Indian batters singled
Foucalt s'ratggled but got Frank Duffy on a f1
to left, struck out Norris, and induced Kuiper t
ground weakly to third base.
But the fireworks flew, literally, in the bttoat
of the eighth, when Thornton knocked as-rat
homer to pull the Indians within one, and Joh
Lowenstein tied the game with his round-tripper
Crawford took to the mound for the Tigers and
was dealt the loss with Kern gaining the victora
on the strength of Thornton's late blast.

A SU tops salukis

ny The Associated Pres bye into the finals.
OMAHA, Neb. - Darrell In the first four innings, An-
Jackson limited Southern Illi- zoia State pounded out 13 hits
nois to three hits last night and built a 7-0 lead against
and BrandtnHumphry knocked Dewey Robinson, who had lop-
in three runs as top-rated Ani- pe th Su Dvis32na
zona State avenged its only ped the Sun Devils 3-2 ia
College World Series defeat second - round game.
with a 10-0 thumping of the Sa- Humphry collected four hits
lukis. including a two-run homer in
The victory sends Arizona the fifth and a triple, and desig-
State, 56-12, into Saturday nated hitter Jamie Allen knock-
night's championship game ed in two runs as did All-
against South Carolina, 43-11- America second baseman Bob
1. South Carolina received a Horner.
Major League Standiungs
,..o-sssa.. ..0a500, AI5IERI('AN LEAGUE

iiuruentes continues to surprise the American League, witnMRCNLAU
his .313 average and a respectable job in the field. East
w L Pet. GO
Along with Rozema, the pitching staff is getting fine perform- Bston 35 25 .583 -
ances from Fernando Arroyo and John Hiller - and the Bird is New Tark 3t17 51
Btaltimore 34 17 .557131!>
chirping again. Milwaukee 30 33 .476 6
Detroit 27 32 .458 7%
His victory Thursday against the Bluejays was typical Cleveland 25 31 .446 3
Fidrych style. Timely hits along with key defensive plays fell Toronto 13 30 .390 11,E
right in place in his 4-1 victory. Minnesota 36 25 .580 -
Chicago 32 27 .542 3
Getting to the even-water mark hasn't been easy for the Texas 19 It 509
Tigers this year. Without capitalizing on the sixth-place Indians, it Kan ci 12 31 .50 7
could be another frustrating season for Houk and his squad. Oaklad 331+.475 7
Seattle 18 33 .424 10,.,
After Billy Martin and the Yankees come to town, Cleveland desleeday's Results
makes a return appearance and then the Boston Red Sox move seatele a, Teas I (2ad game. )
in for a four game set. The home stand would be much tougher alio 5,Totonto 3
coming off a weak effort in Cleveland. Late gans not lehuded
Today's Games
And don't think reaching .500 isn't significant for4he Tigers. New York (Figueroa, 7-5) at BoS-
ton (Cleveland, 5-3), 2 p.m.
"Any time you get to .504 you feel you can make a move," netroit (Roberts 3-7) at Cleve-
Houk said. land (Eckersley, 6-5). 2 p.M.
Oakland (alue, 4-7) at Chicago
(narrios, 5-3), 2:15 p.m.
"It's a big thing to us because we're such a young team," Batimore (calmer, 7-6) at Tor-
Rozema said. "You know Detroit hasn't played .500 ball in the last onto (Jefferson, 3-5), 7:30 p.m.
Minansoa(Butler, 0-6) at Kia-
few years." . sas City (Splttorff, 5-4), t:30 p.m.
- Calfornia (Nolan, 4-1) at Mil- -
This15S-game stretch could really change things around -Ben- wauke(Haas, 4-3), P:0p.m.
galveDave.Seattle (enes, 0--at Texas
galvile, ave.(Blyleven, 6-7), 8:3s p.us.-

v L Pet. OBR
Chicago 31 20 .655 -
St. Louis 34 70 .507 5
Pittsburth 35.25 .561 5
Philadelphia 32 15 .533 7
Montreal 12 33 .441 121~
New. York 27 35 .435 13
Los Angeles 41 21 .621 -
cincinnati 33 27 .550 7
San Francisco 27 35 .435 14
San Diego 28 38 .424 15
souston 10 38 .407 16
Atlanta 23 41 .359 19
Yesterday's Results
Cinianati 9, Mtontteal 4
Phiadelpia115, Atlanta 5
Houston7, New " 1
Late games not included
Today's Games
Houston (Lemongello, 1-10) at
New Xork (Koosman, -6, 2:05
Cincinnati (Seaver, 1-3) at Mon-
treal (Alcala, 1-3), 2:15 p.m.
Pittsburgh (KIson, 4-3) at San
Francisco (HalickI, 6-5r. 4:05 p.m.
Atlanta (Messersmntis, 4-l) at
Phifladelphila (Clhristenson,. 5-5), 1135
Chicago (Benham, G-5) at Los
Angeles -(John, 6-4),"-1 1p.m.-
St. Louis (Rasmussen, 5-7)'t
San Diego (Vriffia, 4-4), 19 p.m,

Arizona State's 19 hits fell
three short of the one game
series record. The Sun Devils
had at least one hit in every
inning and collected four
each in the third and fourth.
Jackson, a loser to Souther
Illinois earlier, struck out fou
and allowed only one runner a
far as third base.
Steve Michael added a sal
home run for Arizona Slate an
was one of three Sun Devil
with three hits.
B i LL B O A R D
The Recreational Sports 13e
oartment has announced plan
for a pinball tournamenta n
iogging meet to be held somle
time - next week. For infoll l
tion, call the IM building at ?
Slots are still open for
Camp Adventure Day Camp 4
children 6-12 years old, and f
the Adolescent Recreational Pr
gram for kids 11-17 years ol
For information, call6?
or go to the North Campus Re
reational Building.
Building hours for all tlss
recreational buildings will be
per usual during the seme~10
Sports triviO
Manager Bill Virdon of
Houston Astros likes to go lul
- hunting. Players named
"The Quail" when he play
for Pittsburgh.
Brooks Ro 0on,ae-
- golfing visitor to Puerto
and his wife, Connie,
"side trip" to St. ThOie
air boatfo dayf

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