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August 05, 1978 - Image 15

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The Michigan Daily-Saturday, August 5, 1978-Page 15
Scrappy Cubs change their style

CHICAGO (AP)-The Chicago Cubs,
whose home run power in the "friendly
confines" of Wrigley Field was once
legend, are trying to steal the National
League East title with speed, defense
and pitching.
No longer blessed with sluggers like
Ernie Banks, Hank Sauer and Bill
Nicholson, whose sweeping swings
propelled shots over the short porches,
the fans are now cheering the likes of
Ivan DeJesus, Manny Trillo, Rodney
Scott and Jerry White.
A walk or a single almost instantly
finds the runner stealing second these
days, waiting to be driven in with still
another single. Home runs are a rarity.
Going into yesterday's game with
Montreal, the Cubs had but 45 home
runs as against 67 stolen bases, many of
which have come from DeJesus and
Scott since the All-Star break.
Despite the lack of power, the Cubs
found themselves only 3 games behind
the Philadelphia Phillies after sweeping
a midweek series from the St. Louis
"You make do with what you've got,"
said Franks, refusing to admit which
players have the green light to steal on
their own, "because if they fail, I want
to take the blame."
DeJesus at short and Trillo at second
make one of the best double play com-
bos in the league and White, when
healthy, is as good a center fielder
defensively as the Cubs have had in a
long time.
It isn't likely the Cubs can seriously
makea run at the title with their Punch-
and-Judy act. But now that everything
else has fallen into place, they are
hoping the injured Dave Kingman can
come back with a splurge of power
which could give the entire team a
needed lift on offense.
Cubs expose Expos
CHICAGO (AP)-Pinch-hitter Bobby
Murcer drove in the tying run with a
bunt single in the seventh inning and
Bill Buckner followed with a run
scoring single yesterday to lead the
Chicago Cubs to a 6-4 victory over the
Montreal Expos.
The Expos had broken a 3-3 tie in the
top of the seventh on singles by Larry

AP Photo
MANNY TRILLO of the Chicago Cubs slams into Montreal catcher Gary Carter during second inning action yesterday.
Trillo was out attempting to score from second on Rick Reuschel's single to right field, with Carter getting the throw from
Ellis Valentine. The Cubs won, 6-4.

Parrish, Warren Cromarite and Chris
Speier afterRick Reuschel, 10-9, had
retired 15 batters ina row.
Greg Gross opened the bottom of the
seventh for the Cubs with a pinch-single
and Larry Bittner reached on an error
by Dave Cash. Ivan DeJesus sacrificed
both runners along before Murcer
dropped his bunt single to score Gross.
Buckner then singled to score Bittner.
The Cubs, winning their fourth in a
row, added an insurance run in the
eighth on two walks and a single.
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