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SPORTS

Page 10

Sunday, October 12, 1980

The Michigan Daily

Philadelphia stays alive with 5-3 win

HOUSTON From AP
Run-scoring doubles by pinch hitter.
Greg Luzinski and Manny Trillo in the
10th inning gave the Phillies a 5-3 vic-
tory over the Astros Saturday in a con-
troversy-filled game that extended the
National League playoff championship
series to a fifth game.
The game started lazily until a 20-
minute rhubarb erupted in the fourth
inning of the. fourth game of the
National League playoffs Saturday
between the Philadelphia Phillies and
Houston Astros over a hotly disputed
play, which at first was called a triple
play then changed to a double play.
AFTER THE controversial call, both
managers-Bill Virdon, of Houston and
Dallas Green of Philadelphian-said
they were playing the game under
protest.
A decision was reached by the six
umpires only after several huddles, a
vigorous protest by Green and a con-

sultation between the umpires and
National League President Chub
Feeney.
The Phillies had Bake McBride at
second and Manny Trillo at first with
none out and Garry Maddox the batter.
MADDOX HIT a soft liner toward
Houston pitcher Vern Ruhle.
Ruhle threw to first, as if he had
caught the ball in the air and was trying
for a double. play on Trillo, who had
started toward second. First baseman
Art Howe, noting that McBride had
stepped-off second, ran to the bag and
stepped on it for an apparent triple
play.
That 'tarted the argument. There
was some question as to whether Ruhle
had caught the ball on the fly or had
trapped it before throwing to first.
Television replays showed the action
from several angles, but they were in-
conclusive.

Controversial victory
forces decisive fifth game

THE LONG argument finally ended
when plate umpire Doug Harvey, the
chief of the umpiring crew, ruled that
McBride was safe at second because
the runner had advanced because of
Harvey's initial call, which was wrong
and created confusion.
The Astros, who had left the field,
were- ordered back, and the inning
finally ended when Larry Bowa groun-
ded out.
There has been only triple play in the
history of post-season competition.
That was in the fifth inning of the fifth
game of the 1920 World Series between
the Cleveland Indians and Brooklyn
Dodgers. It was an unassisted triple
play in old League Park in Cleveland by
second baseman Bill Wambsganss of
the Indians.
FEENEY, WHO was sitting behind

the Astros' dugout, said: "We have a
good umpiring crew. I don't think there
will be a protest allowed, but we will see
after the game."
The Astros struck quickly after dust
from the rhubarb had settled and
scored their first run in the bottom of
the fourth.
Cabell started it with a double off the
left field wall and went to third on a
ground out by Joe Morgan. Cabell
scored on Howe's sacrifice fly to Lonnie
Smith in left field.
SMITH BOBBLED the ball on an at-
tempted throw, but chased it down and
threw out Gary Woods trying to take
third base on the play. Woods had
walked to get on base.
The Astros struck again in the fifth
inning when catcher Luis Pujols sur-
prised center fielder Maddox by hitting

a triple off the 406 marker. He then
scored on Landestoy's single to left
field.
Another controversial play in the six-
th inning robbed the Astros of a run
when Woods was called out for leaving
third base too soon on a fly ball to right
field by Pujols. Woods crossed home
plate standing, but following the ap-
peal, Engel called Woods out and the
Astros did not protest. ,
PHILADELPHIA starter Steve
Carlton left the game in the seventh in-
ning after walking Puhl and Cabell with
two out. Reliever Ken Saucier came on
and walked Morgan, loading the bases.
But pinch hitter Denny Walling, the
hero of Friday's 1-0, 11-inning victory,
grounded out to end the threat.
Pete Rose started the Phils' winning
rally in the 10th with a one-out single to
center and, after Mike Schmdit flied
out, Luzinski blasted reliever Joe Sam-
bito's pitch into the left field corner.
The hustling Rose charged around
the bases and scored the go-ahead run
when substitute catcher Bruce Bochy
could not field the relay throw.
Luzinski, who had homered in the
opening game of the series, then scored
the fifth run when Trillo ripped his
double to left center of Sambito, the
loser.
FOLLOWING THE uprising, Tug
McGraw, the Phils' ace reliever, came
in and protected the margin, forcing the
decisive fifth game.
The Astros had tied the score 3-3 in
the ninth off reliever Warren Brusstar
on a walk to Rafael Landestoy, a
sacrifice by Sambito and Terry Puhl's
line single to right field.
It was the third consecutive extra-in-
ning game between the evenly matched

teams, and marked the first time in
playoff history that three games in a
row had gone into overtime.
THE PHILS had taken a 3-2 lead with
three runs in the eighth, ending a
scoreless streak of 281-3 innings.
Philadelphia got three straight
singles off Houston starter Vern Ruble
in the eighth. The third hit, a single by
Rose, scored Greg Gross with the Phils'
first run and relief pitcher Dave Smith
then yielded a single to Schmidt as the
tying run scored.
Sambito came in and struck out Bake
McBride, but Trillo hit a low liner to
right field that produced the go-ahead
run.
HOUSTON RIGHT fielder Jeff
Leonard caught the ball just before it
hit the'Astroturf, but his throw to the
plate was too late to prevent Rose from
scoring.
In the third controversial play of the
game, Houston catcher Bochy fired the
ball to second baseman Joe Morgan,
covering first base, to double off Sch-
midt. Schmidt thought Trillo's drive
had fallen for a hit.
Gross, pinch hitting for relief pitcher
Ron Reed, led off the Phils' eighth with
a single to center. Lonnie Smith and
Rose then singled, knocking out Ruble.
AFTER THE Phils' big inning,
Brusstar came in and stopped the
*Astros in the eighth, but couldn't hold
the 3-2 lead in the ninth.
The Phils' triumph tied the best-of-
five series at,.two victories apiece. The
final game will be played Sunday night
in the Astrodome. The probable pit-
chers for the decisive game are rookie
Marty Bystrom for Philadelphia and,
either Ken Forsch or Nolan Ryan for
Houston.

Stickers fall victim
to foes, weather
By MARTHA CRALL
The Michigan field hockey team suffered two disappointing overtime
losses yesterday in inclement weather at Ferry Field in the Michigan In
vitational.
The Wolverines' first loss came at the hands of Kent State, 3-2 in double
overtime. Rival Michigan State then nipped Michigan 2-1 in a flick-off after
the two teams had played to a 1-1 double-overtime deadlock.
The stickers started play at 9 a.m. in the.cold, wind and rain. After
trailing Kent State-2-0 at halftime and through part of the second half, the of- ;
fense got going. Co-captain Alexandra Callam scored the first goal, and a
few minutes later Sara Forrestel followed with a goal of her own, to tie the
score 2-2, and send the game into overtime.
Neither team scored during the first seven-and-a-half minute overtime
period and sent the game, into a second extra stanza. Kent junior forward
Tracy Tooke tallied her second goal of the game a few minutes later, giving
the Lady Flashes a 3-2 win. Winger Valerine Urba collected their other point.
After a four-hour break, the Wolverines returned to play MSU, a con-
sistently tough opponent. The two teams battled to a 1-1 standoff during
regulation play, as Michigan's Kathy McCarthy and the Spartans' Terena
Smith mustered the only goals through two halves of play.
When neither-team could end the contest in two overtimes, the flick-off,
which is rarely needed to break ties, was instituted. Each team lined up five
shooters and, one-by-one, instituted. Each team selected five players to take
a single one-on-one shot at the opponents' goaltender. MSU players Barb
Shannon and Marie Herman converted on their solo opportunities, but none
of the five Wolverines could slap their shots into the net, and the Spartans
were awarded a 2-1 victory.
For Michigan coach Candy Zientek, the loss capped a day of near-misses
for her squad.
"I don't know what to.say," sighed Zientek after the Michigan State con
test. "We played well. We just didn't get the goals."
MSU coach Nancy Reed admitted that her team's first-game loss to Nor-
thern Michigan gave her team an added incentive coming into the matchup
with the host team. "We were really fired up for Michigan," she said. "I
think we played an excellent game, and it's too bad it had to go down to a
flick-off."
As for the playing conditions, Reed said, "For the first game it was
reallyslick. It was slippery the second game, but not quite as bad. I think {
.. that hurt us. Our people weren't ready for cold weather, either,"
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