New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 14, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
Diaz' grand-slam heroics pushes Phils past Mets
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Pat Corrales figured a double would do. Bo Diaz's grand slam was even better.
With Philadelphia trailing the New York Mets 9-6 in the bottom of the ninth inning with the bases loaded and two outs Wednesday night, Corrales, the Phillies manager, sent speedy Bob Dernier to pinch-run at first base.
“Don’t try and hit it out of the ballpark,” Corrales told Diaz while the Mets were bringing in relief ace Neil Allen. “Dernier is on first and he can score on a double.”
“I nodded ‘OK,’” Diaz said.
Diaz ran the count to 2-1 before unloading a grand slam deep to left, capping a five-run rally and powering the Phillies to a dramatic 10-9 victory.
“Oh man, it was a good feeling,” Diaz beamed.
Allen, who lost Tuesday's night game to Philadelphia by giving up a lOth-inning run, sat in the New York dugout for IO minutes with his head in his hands after Diaz’s blast.
Meanwhile, Mets Manager George Bamberger fumed at the events leading to the game-winning blow, namely four walks in the ninth inning that fueled the rally.
“A few more like that and I’ll need another bypass before ifs over,” said Bamberger, who underwent heart surgery a few years ago. “If you don’t get the ball over the plate, you can’t pitch here and that's a fact. If they don't get it over, ITI find someone who can.”
Mets reliever Hick Ownbey took a 9-5 lead into the ninth but exited with two outs after loading the bases on three walks. Jesse Orosco was brought on and promptly walked pinch hitter Bill Robinson.
That set the stage for Allen, now 0-2, to face Diaz.
"He threw me a fastball inside for a ball," Diaz said. “Then he got a fastball inside for a strike. Now I get a curve for a ball.”
“I know he’s going to challenge me with a fastball. He doesn’t want to walk me. I figure the pitch will be right there. It was."
The blast also spoiled a four-hit night for New York’s Dave Kingman, who unloaded his first homer of the season. Danny Heep and Bob Bailor also homered for the Mets while Mike Schmidt cracked his second of the year for the Phillies.
Tigers I. Yankees 5
What’s sauce for the Goose is sauce for American league hitters.
Goose Gossage, whose appearance on the mound is usually enough to guarantee a New York Yankee victory, gave up the game-winning hit for the second straight time Wednesday night as the Detroit Tigers downed the Yankees 7-5.
Gossage, who surrendered an eighth inning three-run homer to Toronto’s Jesse Barfield in his last appearance, entered the game with one out in the seventh with the Yankees leading 4-3 and two men on.
He struck out Lou Whitaker, but Johnny Grubb ripped a double to left-center to put Detroit ahead to stay and Larry Herndon singled him home. Glenn Wilson homered off Gossage in the ninth.
“I feel great, I can’t feel any better,” Gossage said. "I got the ball maybe up a little bit more to Grubb than I wanted, about belt-high and over the plate...You’ve got to credit these guys a little bit, but I’m supposed to get them out.”
Red Sox 18, Royals 4
Glen Hoffman had five hits and Jim Rice had a homer and triple as the Red Sox pounded out 21 hits and took advantage of five Royal errors in a game played in Kansas City’s sub-freezing weather, with a wind-chill factor of IO degrees.
The start of the game was delayed 48 minutes by a cold rain and Hoffman said that late in the game the water looked like it was beginning to freeze on the infield.
Rookie Mike Brown got the win for Boston and Paul Splittorf, who was shelled for eight runs in 3 2-3 innings took the loss. Rice, Wade Boggs and Rick Miller each knocked in three runs.
Braves 6, Reds 1
Chris Chambliss homered twice to knock in three runs as Atlanta won its seventh straight game.
The Braves, who won a modern record 13 consecutive games to start last season, have not lost this year since dropping their opener to Cincinnati.
Chambliss drilled a two-run homer in the second inning and added solo blast, his third homer of the year, in the sixth.
Rick Camp, 1-0, gave up Cincinnati's run as he managed to scatter IO hits in 7 2-3 innings.
Cardinals 9, Pirates 1
George Hendrick went 5-for-5 and homered twice while Joaquin Andujar won his 12th consecutive game over two seasons.
Andujar, 2-0 this season, shackled
Pittsburgh on seven hits and retired 13 batters in a row during one stretch. He has now allowed just one earned run in 18 innings this season.
Hendrick highlighted a 16-hit attack with an RBI single during a five-run fifth inning, a solo homer in the seventh and a two-run blast in the ninth.
Padres 2, Giants 1
Terry Kennedy knocked in the go-ahead run to help San Diego snap its five-game losing streak.
San Diego’s Erie Show yielded a leadoff homer to light-hitting Johnnie LeMaster on the second pitch of the game and then settled down. Lucas got the final four outs for his first save.
San Diego scored twice on Sixto Lez-cano’s run-scoring double and Kennedy’s RBI single.
Angels 6, Mariners 1
Geoff Zahn tossed a four-hitter and Doug DeCinces hit a two-run homer as the Angels breezed to their Anaheim Stadium victory.
Zahn retired 15 in a row between the fourth and ninth innings. He had all the runs he needed by the second inning, when California took a 2-0 lead on a double by Fred Lynn, a single by DeCinces and errors by Mariner left fielder Steve Henderson and shortstop Todd Cruz.
Blue Jays 7, Brewers 2
Jesse Barfield slammed a two-run homer and Garth Iorg hit a two-run, bases-loaded double to power Toronto over Milwaukee.
After giving up a run on two hits in the first inning, Jim Clancy, 1-0, retired 14 consecutive batters before walking Robin Yount in the sixth. He gave up four hits, walked two and struck out four before being relieved by Joey McLaughlin to start the ninth.
A's 5, Twins 4
A bases-loaded, two-out double by Bob Kearney in the eighth inning drove home two runs to lift Oakland over Minnesota.
Kearney’s hit followed a lead-off single by Bill Almon and intentional walks to Wayne Gross and pinch-hitter Rickey Henderson.
Davey Lopes knotted the game at 3-3 with his first homer of the year, a two-run shot into the left field stands in the seventh inning.
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