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Page Twelve


Saturday, July 16, 1977

Tigers fall to Jays in marathon

Special to The Daily
TORONTO-The Blue Jays' Bob Bailor
belted a one-strike pitch off of Tiger re-
liever Jim Crawford in the bottom of the
13th to give Toronto its first extra-inning
victory ever at home, 8-6.
THE GAME LASTED 3 hours and 21
minutes once it got under way, after be-
ing delayed 40 minutes by rain. The rain
made the artificial surface very slick,
sometimes stopping a ground ball dead
in its tracks.
The winner was Pete Vukovich (5-7).
The game itself was a total see-saw
Detroit took the lead 1-0 on a single
by first baseman Jason Thompson (just
named to the American League All-Star
team) and a double by rightfielder Ben
Toronto came back immediately with
a two-out rally in the bottom of the

THE BASES WERE empty when first
baseman Doug Ault was safe.at second
on an error by centerfielder Ron LeFlore.
Shortstop Hector Torres tripled Ault
home and s c o r e d rightfielder Sam
Ewing's single. The Tigers, not appre-
ciative of the home team's hospitality,
svored two runs in the top of the third
to regain the lead.
LeFlore extended his hitting streak to
ten games with leadoff triple and scored
on Tito Fuentes' single.
One out later, Steve Kemp singled and
Thompson doubled Fuentes home for his
60th RBI of the year and a 3-2 Tiger
lead. Toronto waited until the fifth for
its two-run uprising to reclaim the lead
EWING SINGLED but was forced at
second by catcher Alan Ashby. Second
baseman Steve Staggs doubled, and after

a walk to leftfielder Al Woods, center-
fielder Bob Bailor, a .337 hitter, stroked
Tiger starter Dave Roberts' first pitch
into leftfield for a two-run single.
The Bengals and Jays continued to
play Indian-givers as Detroit countered
with a pair of runs in the top of the sixth
to rest shakily on top 5-4.
4 Thompson singled for his third hit of
the evening, followed by a walk to Og-
livie, and a RBI single by catcher Milt
May. Mickey Stanley, pinch-hitting for
third baseman Phil Mankowski, lifted a
long sacrifice fly to center for the other
BUT ROBERTS tired in the seventh,
and gave up a leadoff hit to Staggs.
Woods followed with a sacrifice fly to
left for the tying run.
The Tigers looked as though they were
going to win it in the tenth as May hom-
ered over the rightfield fence, the ball
finally rolling dead in the end zone of

the football portion of the field.
The Tigers 6-5 lead was short-lived
however, as Toronto also picked up a
rin in the first extra frame.
Torres singled with two outs off of
reliever Jim Crawford after third base.
man Doug Rader walked and was mov-
ed up to second on a sacrifice bunt from
When the game reached the 13th inn-
ing, it became the longest extra-inning
affair at home in Toronto history.
There's a lot to be said about watching
a baseball game in Toronto.
DESPITE THE fact that the Blue slav
are only month-old, they. draw well. To-
ronto will be the third American League
team to draw over a million fans this
season before the All-Star break.
The fans are patient, appreciative, and
fiercely loyal.
Even so, they applaud a good play on
offense or defense, no matter who made
the play, home team or visitor.


Down to
[ -~ the wire~
By Don MocLocslon -
Fun at the ballpark ...
in Canuck land
MAJOR LEAGUE baseball sure has found a home in this Cana-
dian city.
Canucks are swarming into Exhibition Stadium to pull for their
expansion Toronto Blue Jays - even though the team possesses
the worst winning percentage in the majors.
Including last nights crowd of 23,749, the Blue Jays have
attracted 948,388 fans through the turnstiles this season. In the
American League, only Boston and New York, two solid pen-
nant contenders, have put more fans in the park.
"This new team is good for the city of Toronto," said veteran
Detroit Tiger broadcaster Ernie Harwell, "The thing that amazes
me is the 8000 season tickets they sold this year. I don't think they
can do much better than that."
"Overall, its just fantastic," added Harwell, who has seen
his share of major league cities. "It looks real good for Toronto
and I'm just glad we've got them in our league."
The spectators come to Exhibition Stadium for the novelty of
seeing a major league contest in person. However, the seating
at the ballpark is not the greatest for baseball.
There are plenty of good seats down the right and left
field lines, as well as behind home plate-but that's about it.
Bleacher seats are non-existent. A couple of sections in left-
field provide adequate seats but the centerfield stands remain
empty because they are simply too far away from the action.
Nothing at all lies beyond the fence stretching from the 375-
foot mark in right-center to the right-field corner, other than the
Toronto Argonauts football field.
Regardless of the seating situation, the Jays are averaging
24,333 fans per contest, and with a good turnout for the rest of
the Tiger series, they could reach the 1 million mark before the
All-Star break.
The fans here just seem to come out and enjoy baseball. They
are extremely vocal, and rave at the height of a Bob Bailer popup,
and even applaud the visiting Tigers.
Exhibition Stadium is situated oil the grounds of Exhibi-
tion Place - which consists of an amusement park, concert
faciRties, gardens and restaurants.
Maybe the Toronto followers come out to the ballpark for
amusement too. The Blue Jays are averaging an error-per game,
and just like with the Tigers, you don't know what to expect.
When the two teams got together last night, the fans were
amused by a couple of laughers on the field. Ron LeFlore dropped
a ball in the second inning, and the crowd roared. Later in the
show, : a Jason Thompson double down the rightfield line rolled
under the fence and onto the football field. Blue Jay manager
Roy Hartsfield aroused the fans when he charged out of the dug-
out - a dugout which has no steps - to protest a fine running,
catch by Steve Kemp in the sixth.
The throng of young spectators possibly get more of a kick
out of a Blue Jay game than any roller coaster ride outside of
the stadium could provide.
But one thing remains for sure. Major League baseball is
here to stay in Toronto, thanks to the fans-and it doesn't even
seen to matter if the Blue Jays win or lose the ballgame.

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r Star reserves named

By The Associated Press
NEW YORK-Third baseman Mike Schmidt
of Philadelphia and Pete Rose of Cincinnati
headed a list of 12 National League reserves
for the 48th All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium,
the league announced yesterday.
Schmidt, who went into last night's action
with 26 home runs, and Rose, batting .320, were
named by Cincinnati Manager Sparky Ander-
son, who will be sending out a NL team stack-
ed with seven of his own players.
winner of five straight and 13 of the last 14
of these All-Star confrontations, include: sec-

and baseman Manny Trillo and outfielder Jerir
Morales of Chicago, first baseman Willie Mot-t
tanez of Atlanta, shortstop Garry Templeton
of St. Louis, catcher Ted Simmons of St.
Louis and John Stearns of the New York Mets,
and outfielders Dave Winfield of San Diego,i
Ellis Valentine of Montreal, Reggie Smith of
Los Angeles and Ken Griffey of Cincinnati.
The NL pitching staff, also picked by Ander-
son, includes his new ace, Tom Seaver, Rick
Reuschel and Bruce Sutter of the Chicago Cubs,
Don Sutton of Los Angeles, Steve Carlton of
Philadelphia, Gary Lavelle of San Francisco,
John Candelaria of Pittsburgh and Joaquin
Andujar of Houston.

Phillies trip Cubs,42

By The Associated Press
more's single in the seventh
drove in the winning run as the
Philadelphia Phillies beat the
Chicago Cubs 4-2 yesterday in
the first game of a twi-night
Garry Maddox opened the
seventh with a chop single
and advanced to second on a
balk by loser Bill Bonham,
9-9. Tommy Hutton beat out a
hit to deep short, Maddox
moving to third.
Sizemore singled for one run,
and after pitcher Larry Chris-
tenson hit into a force play,
pinch-hitter Jerry Martin dou-
bled in another run, making it
Rangers romp
ARLINGTON-Juan Beniquez
and Jim Sundberg knocked in.
two runs apiece last night as
the Texas Rangers defeated the
Cleveland Indians in the first
game of a doubleheader.
Bert Blyleven, 8-9, coasted
to his third victory of the sea-
son against Cleveland as the
Rangers snapped a two-game
iqosing streak.
Beniquez delivered a two-out
double in the first inning as the
Rangers k n o c k e d Cleveland
starter Jim Bibby, 8-7,-for three
Sundberg entered the game in
the sixth inning and promptly
lashed a bases-loaded single up
the middle and scored on an
error by second baseman Duane
Kuiper. The Rangers also tallied

twice in the fifth inning on RBI
singles by Dave May and Clau-
dell Washington.
Bucs bust
NEW YORK - Jim Rooker
pitched a three-hitter and Dave
Parker doubled, singled, scored
two runs and knocked in one,
leading the Pittsburgh Pirates
to a 7-1 victory over the New
York Mets in the first game of
a twi-night doubleheader yester-
Rooker surrendered o n 1 y
singles to Mike Vail in the

second inning, Jerry Grote in
the fifth and John Stearns is
the eighth. The Mets scored
their run in the fifth on Doug
Flynn's sacrifice fly with the
bases loaded.
Rennie Stennett tripled and
came home on Frank Taveras
sacrifice fly, giving the Pirates
a 1-0 lead in the third. Ed Ott
opened the fourth with a walk
Parker doubled him to third and
Bill Robinson walked, loading
the bases. Al Oliver's sacrifice
fly scored Ott and another rim
canie home on a misplay by
shortstop Flynn.

Majt~or Leagme Standing
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w L Pet. GB
Boston 50 36 .581 -
Baltimore 51 3 .573 !
New York 50 39 .562 1?5
Cleveland 40 45 .470 9 9'
Milwaukee 40 47 .460 101.1
Detroit 39 48 .440 11 .
Toronto 32 56 .364 19
Chicago 52 35 .598 -
Kansas City 48 38 .558 3.
Minnesota 48 40 .ss 4>>
Texas , 4443 .505 5
Caifornia 414 4482ot10
Oakland 37 49 A30 14'
Seattle 39 53 .424 15"
Yesterday's Results
Texas 8, Cleveland 3
Late games not included
Today's Games
Detroit (*gzema, 7-4) at Toronto
(Jefereson, 5-0).
Mnnesota (Redfern, 2-4) at Oak-
land (Blue, 7-11).
Batimore (May, 10-I) at Milwau-
kee (Caldwell, 1-2), n.
New York (Torrez, 9-7) at Kansas
City (Leonlard, 8-9), a.
Cleveland (Eckersley, 9-7) at Texas
(Alexander, 9-5), n. _
Boston (Cleveland, 7-5) at Chicago
(narrios, 9-3), a.
Seattle (segut, 0-4) at California
(Ryan, 12-8), a.

w L Pet. P
Chicago 52 33 .611 -
Philadelphia 50 37 .574
Pittsburgh 49 39.56 4
St. Louis 47 42.520
Montrealt 39 47 .453 1~'
New York 34 53 .390 19
Los Angeles 57 32 .640 -
Cincinnati 48 39.55t
san Francisco 42 50 .456 m'-
Houston 41 50 .450
San Diego 39 53 44ma
Atlanta 33 56 .370 24
Yesterday's Results
Pittsburgh 8, New York 1
Philadelphia 4, Chicago 2
Cincinnati 5, SHoustont 3
Atlanta 3, San Francisco 2
Today's Games
Chicago (R. Reuschel, tV-3)
Philadelphia (Lerch, 6-2).
Pittsburgh (Kison, 6-4) at Nei
York (Swan, 4-6).
Houston (Richard, 8-6) at Cincin
nati (Norman, 9-4), n. 3-S)
.San Franctsco (Knepr, 33
Atlanta (Niekro, 9-10), n" )
St. L0i1 (Falcone, 4-) at
teal (Bansen, 4-I,), 11.
L.os Angelesl(Rhoden, 10-4) at
5.rn (D'Acquisto, 1-1), a.

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