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Page 16--Wednesday, May 17, 1978-The Michigan Daily
Tigers stuck in marathon

Special tothe Daily
DETROIT-Phase One is over. It
ended last night as Seattle and Detroit
battled into the early innings.
Just as Ralph Houk hoped, his young
team got off to a good start, playing
aginst weaker Western Division clubs.
The good start was supposed to give the
young players confidence as they,
headed into Phase Two.

Well, they'll need all the confidence
they can muster, because Phase Two
begins tonight when the Tigers travel to
Milwaukee. It will be the first of 17
straight games against Eastern
Divison teams. That includes two four-
game series against the Boston Red
Sox, who trail the Tigers by mere per-
centage points.
But last night's Phase One finale
again showed the resiliency that
Detroit has displayed-all year in run-
ning up its best start ina decade.
The Tigers waited until the last
moment to tie the game. With one out in
the bottom of the ninth, Jason Thom-
pson extended his hitting streak to 13
games by belting a long double to left
center. He took third on a wild pitch by
reliever Enrique Romo and came home
when Steve Kemp crashed a sacrifice
fly to deep center. Rupert Jones made a
magnificent catch on the ball, nabbing
it on the dead run with his back at home
In fact, if it weren't for Jones' heroics
in the field, the game probably would
have ended earlier. He robbed Kemp
again on an almost identical play in the
eleventh with Thompson on first. He
also victimized Rusty Staub in the sixth
with a diving catch in the gap. In the
third he held Mark Wagner to a single
by ranging far to his left to cut off the
Tiger shortstop's slicing liner.

But, in a night filled with brilliant
defense, Steve Kemp made the most
stunning play in the top of the tenth.
With Julio Cruz on first, Craig Reynolds
lined a sinking drive to left. Kemp got a
good jump, caught the ball at his knees
and doubled up Cruz with an incredible
throw to first that would do any shor-
tstop proud.
Tiger starter Milt Wilcox pitched
superbly through four innings, holding
the Mariners to a lone walk. But he
weakened in the fifth, giving up con-
secutive singles to Juan Bernhardt, Bob
Stinson and Cruz which tied the game 1-

The Mariners scored the go-ahead
run in the sixth without benefit of a hit.
Bruce Bochte walked, and completed
the circuit of the bases courtesy of two
sacrifices sandwiched around a wild
American League
TorontoS.Caliornia 4
Cleveland 3,Oakland2
Minnesota 8, Baltimore i
National League
Cincinnati . MontreallI
Atlanta at New York, ppd, rain
Houston 6.Philadelphia!t

I ja Leagu(e Skudlitgo

Jason Thompson

Last night's games not included
W L Pct. GB
Detroit................19 9 .679 -
Boston-................22 12 .647 -
New York.............18 12 .600 2
Cleveland-.............15 16 .485 5!f
Milwaukee-............14 17 .452 6!/
Baltimore-.............13 18 .419 7%1
Toronto-...............12 19 .387 81x
Oakland...............22 11 .667 -
California-.............19 12 .613 2!t
Kansas City- .18 13 .581 3
Texas--------------..15 14 .517 5i'2
Seattle ................ 12 24 .333 12
Minnesota ............. 11 23 .324 12
Chicago ............... 9 19 .321 11
Today's Games
New York (Guidry 4-0) at cleveland (waits 3-2), n.
Toronto (Clancy 2-2) at Baltimore (McGregor2-3),
Detroit (Billingham 3-1) at Milwaukee (Augustine
4-5), n.
California(Ryan2-2) atChicago(Stone 1-1).n.
Oakland (Johnson 3-1) at Texas (Matlack 3-4). n.


Hobson sees doctor
OSTON (AP) - Butch Hobson of the gave Hobson a cortisone shot for bone
ston Red Sox will rejoin the chips in the player's right elbow and
erican League team in Detroit after sent him back on the road.
m physician Dr. Arthur Pappas "There.is no need for surgery at this,
ed out elbow surgery yesterday for time," Pappas said.
ailing third baseman. BOSTON has two days off at mid-
week and opens a four-game series in
OBSON LEFT the team in Kansas Detroit on Friday night.
and was examined in Worcester, Red Sox first baseman George Scott,
ass., at the University of meanwhile, also was sent home this
ssachusetts Medical School. Pappas week for examination of a finger injury.

W L Pet. GB
Philadelphia-..........17 12 .586 -
Montreal..............17 14 .548 1
Chicago-...............16 15 .516 2
Pittsburgh-............14 17 .452 4
New York.............14 20 .412 512
St. Louis............... 14 20 .412 512
San Francisco-......... 20 12 .625 -
Cincinnati.............19 14 .576 112
Los Angeles ........... 12 14 .576 11/
Houston ............... 14 16 .467 5
San Diego.............14 18 .438 6
Atlanta ................ 12 18 .400 7
Today's Games
st. Louis (Rasmussen 2-4) at San Diego (Shir-
ley 0-4).
chicago (Burris 2-2) at San Francisco (Blue 5-1).
Cincinnati (Bonham 4-0) at Montreal (Grimsley
6-1), .
Atlanta (P. Niekro 2-6) at New York (Espinosa
Philadelphia (Lerch 3-2) at Houston (J. Niekro
2-4), .
Pittsburgh (Rooker 2-1) at Los Angeles (John
5-1), n.
Last night's games not included

Habs go 2-up
on Bruins, 3-2
MONTREAL (AP) - Guy Lafleur Defenseman Brad Park, who scored
blasted a 40-foot shot past goalie Gerry the only goal for Boston in the opener,
Cheevers at 13:00 of overtime last traded second-period goals with Steve
night, ruining a spectacular perfor- Shutt-who also scored in the
mance by the Boston goaltender and opener-for the 1-1 tie broken by
powering the Montreal Canadiens to a Gainey's tally.
3-2 victory in the second game of the Park put Boston ahead as he had in
National Hockey League final playoff the opener, skimming a 55-foot shot
series. past Dryden's right skate. The goalie,
Lafleur took a pass from defenseman his view blocked at the last second by
Lanry Robinson, wound up at the top of the Bruins' John Wensink and Montreal
the faceoff circle, to Cheevers' left, and defenseman Serge Savard, played the
blasted the shot that gave the shot as though he expected a deflection.
Canadiens a 2-0 lead in the best-of- But Wensink, cruising in front of the
seven series. net, let the shot go through at 3:57 of the
Boston defenseman Rick Smith, second period.
whose penalties led to two Montreal The Canadiens, who rallied for a tie
power-play goals in the Canadiens' 4-1 just two minutes after Park scored
opening game triumph, stoned for his Saturday night, pulled even just 3:03
misdeeds with just 4:12 left in the third later last night. Cheevers, who excelled
period, sending a .10-foot shot past for the Bruins, made a right skate save
Canadiens' goalie Ken Dryden, pulling on a shot by Montreal defenseman
the Bruins even at two. Larry Robinson, but Shutt recovered
'Montreal's Bob Gainey had snapped from a heavy check by Park in the cor-
a 40foot wrist shot past Cheevers just ner, picked up the.disc and faked
3:38 earlier- to put the Canadiens in .Cheevers to the ice.-

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