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May 13, 1984 - Image 11

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Jackson's blast ends
Tiger streak, 4-2

Special to the Daily
DETROIT - On a bright sunny day at Tiger
Stadium, highlighted by a wild tantrum by Detroit
manager Sparky Anderson, the Tigers had their
seven-game winning streak snapped as the California
Angels triumphed, 4-2.
The big blow of the game for the Angels came in the
fifth inning. After a leadoff walk to Juan Beniquez,
Reggie Jackson launched a two-run shot over the
right field roof to knot the score at 2-2.
THE TIGERS picked up their runs early. With one
out in the second inning, Chet Lemon reached base on
an infield single and Darrell Evans walked to put
runners on first and second. With the double steal on,
Angels' catcher Boone threw wildly to second base.
The ball bounded into center field, allowing Lemon to
Detroit's other run came in the fourth when Bar-
baro Garbey led off with an infield single. He moved
to second on a Larry Herndon ground out and then
scored after Lemon lined a solid base hit to left off of
California starter Tommy John.

The Angels' game-winning run came on a two-out
single in the seventh inning by Fred Lynn. California
added an insurance run in the eighth on a solo homer
by Rob Wilfong.
THE REAL action started, though, in the bottom of
the ninth when Herndon drew a leadoff walk and
Lemon followed with a double play ball to second
base. Herndon was called out at second, but he also
interfered with Dick Schofield's relay to first base.
When Lemon was called outbecause of the inter-
ference, Anderson charged onto the diamond and was
immediately thrown out of the game after flinging his
cap into the air in disbelief. A wild wrestling match
consequently ensued between Anderson and the en-
tire umpiring staff resulting in wild cheers of
"Sparky, Sparky!" from the riled up crowd of 38,516.
John went the distance for the Angels and im-
proved his record to 3-3. Juan Berenguer saw his
record drop to 2-2 after giving up three runs in 6% in-
nings. Aurelio Lopez went the final 21/ innings for the
Detroit is now 26-5 and still owns the best record in
major league history at this point in the season.

lie Michigan Daily --Sunday, May 13, 1984 -Page 11
True 0Iue
By Douglas BLevy
Forget the Olympics
... celebrate Detroit
NOW THAT the Soviet withdrawal has turned
the apolitical Olympic Games into yet another
political quagmire, a question arises for anyone
within a 200-mile radius of Tiger Stadium, should
anyone care?
Hopefully the answer is a resounding NO!
Let's establish something right off the bat, if the
miracle workers in Los Angeles fail in their efforts
to cajole the Soviets into participating, the 1984
summer games wil be completely, utterly and fan-
tastically ruined.
Enter the 1984 Detroit Tigers, the best thing to
hit Motown since the '68 edition. Despite yester-
day's 4-2 loss to the California Angels in front of a
wild 38,516 fans, all indications are pointing in one
direction. This summer is going to be truly special
for Detroit, it's going to be one huge party. So get
ready to enjoy it.
One thing for sure, Tiger Stadium is the place to
be and not the Los Angeles Colisseum.
Let's take last Friday night for example and
remember it is only mid-May. Before the game, as
the traffic started to get typically heavy around
the Stadium, the scalpers were experiencing a
field day. The illegal entrepeneurs ended up well
in the black as 44,187 human beings assumed their
seats in anticipation of another Tiger killing.
The place is rocking
The masses were not let down as the home team
did everything right. But in what was your basic 8-
2 rout, fan behavior was, shall we say, unusually
boisterous. And in a world where 'boisterous' can
have both pleasant and unpleasant connotations,
the enthusiasm expressed by Tiger fans was
almost uplifting, differing from the thug-like at-
mosphere in Yankee Stadium.
Tiger- fans are fully cognizant of the drama un-
folding in their midst. When all-World second
sacker Lou Whitaker steps to the plate, it is not
just a smattering of "Lou's" that reverberates
through the ballpark. The fans go nuts,
"Louuuuing" for minutes on end.
Even controversial Kirk Gibson is enjoying this
Tiger glory as a chorus of "Gibby's" accompany
his every move.
But get this, the all encompassing, inter-
nationally reknowned "wave" has permeated the
inner sanctum of traditional Tiger Stadium. Last
Friday night a couple of zealots cranked it up out
in the bleacher seats and by the third inning it was
wave mania. Upper and lower decks were
revolving in unison as every fan arose during one
wave or another.
Coasting to the crown
While the Tiger Stadium rendition doesn't com-
pare to the bedlam in Michigan Stadium, the ef-
fect is similar. It is a legitimate spectacle to wit-
ness a major league ballpark, flip out while
cheering for the home team.
The point is, the Tigers are for real. Sparky An-
derson isn't lying when he says his club is stronger
up the middle than anyone else. Detroit's stars
have matured and are nearing their primes.
Finally there is team depth that any other general
manager must be envious of. Detroit's arrival
spells trouble for the aging Baltimore Oriole's, the
Yankees and the still improving Blue Jays. The
Tiger's are in the process of coasting to an A.L.
East title.
Yes, 1984 is the year to celebrate Detroit. This
year's Tiger team may be symbolic of Detroit's
powerful future, while rocking, traditional Tiger
Stadium is emblematic of Detroit's proud past.
Forget this summer's Olympics, a dying media
hype featuring superpower politics which are as
boring and archaic as ever. Detroit is alive. Tiger
fever ..... catch it.!

California's Doug DeCinces slides past Detroit catcher Manny Castillo with the go-ahead run in the
seventh inning of yesterday's game at Tiger Stadium. The Angels snapped the Tigers' seven game
winning streak with a 4-2 victory.
Soto loses no-hitter in ninth

CINCINNATI (AP) - Fireballing Mario Soto came
within one pitch of a no-hitter yesterday against St.
Louis before George Hendrick drilled a 2-2 pitch for a
home run with two outs in the ninth inning, but Brad
Gulden's run-scoring single in the bottom of the ninth
lifted the Cincinnati Reds over the Cardinals 2-1.
Soto struck out 12 batters with a blazing fastball,
and Cincinnati had made two spectacular fielding
plays in the late innings to preserve the righthander's
no-hit bid through 8 2-3 innings.
Twins 4 Brewers 2
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Tim Teufel went 4-for-4 to
key Minnesota's 14-hit attack as the Twins downed
the Milwaukee Brewers 4-2 yesterday.
Minnesota took a 2-0 lead in the first inning after
Teufel singled and Dave Engle doubled down the left-
field line off Mike Caldwell, 4-3.
Teufel scored on Gary Gaetti's sacrifice fly to
right-center field and Mickey Hatcher drove in Engle
with a single to center.
The Twins added another run in the second when
Kirby Puckett led off with a double to the left-field

corner and Teufel followed with a single to left.
Cubs 5 Astros 4
HOUSTON (AP ) - Pinch hitter Jody Davis
slammed a three-run homer with two outs in the top
of the ninth inning off reliever Frank DiPino to earna
comeback 5-4 victory for the Chicago Cubs over the
Houston Astros yesterday.
Davis' homer barely cleared the orange line
signifying a homer in left field. It drove in pinch
hitter Bill Buckner and Henry Cotto, running for Ron
Cey, who had walked.
Indians 8 Blue Jaws 4
CLEVELAND (AP) - Brett Butler singled home
Otis Nixon with the tie-breaking run in the seventh
inning, sparking a three-run rally as the Cleveland
Indians defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 8-4 yesterday.
Jerry Willard drew a leadoff walk off Jim Acker, 0-
2, in the seventh inning. Nixon ran for Willard and
Jim Key came on in relief. Nixon went to second on
Mike Fischlin's sacrifice bunt, and on the second
pitch to Butler, Key pulled his left hamstring.

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