New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 15, 1980, New Braunfels, Texas
Friday, Aug. 15, 1980
Houston edges Padres
By The Associated Press
So far, Nolan Ryan hasn’t been the “money” pitcher the Houston Astros expected.
But he looked like a million dollars Thursday.
The high-priced, but inconsistent, right-hander came through with one of his best efforts of the season, a three-hitter that led the Astros to a 2-1 victory over the San Diego Padres.
It couldn’t have come at a better time, either, for the Astros.
“We’ve got to turn this around quick or we’re not going to make it,” said Ryan, 7-8, whose Astros had lost six of seven games prior to the opener of a four-game series in San Diego.
The victory, incidentally, moved the Astros within a half-game of the front-running Cincinnati Reds in the National League West.
The three-team NL West race goes into higher gear tonight when the Reds start a weekend series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, tied with Houston for second place The Montreal Expos and Pittsburgh Pirates, tied for first in the East, also begin a vital weekend series w Uh each other.
In other action Thursday, the Philadelphia Phillies stopped the New York Mets 8-1; the San Francisco Giants defeated the Atlanta Braves 5-1 and the St. Louis Cardinals nipped the Chicago Cubs 10-9 in IO innings.
Cesar Cedeno set up the winning run for the Astros when he led off the ninth inning with a single off Padres starter John Curtis, 4-8, stole second, took third on a grounder and came home on Jeff Leonard’s sacrifice fly. Leonard also had an RBI single in the fourth.
Indians 7. Rangers 2
CLEVELAND - “Lenny Barker’s gone, and there’s nothing I can do about it,” said Texas Manager Pat Corrales, after Barker had beaten the Rangers for the fifth time since they traded him to Cleveland last year.
The 25-year-old righthander scattered IO hits in 8 1-3 innings of work, and the Indians supported him with 16 hits to win their fourth straight game, a 7-2 decision Thursday night.
The victory was Cleveland’s 17th in 22 outings.
“I’ve been pitching good
against these guys,” said Barker, at 13-8 the Indians’ winningest pitcher. “They’ve been getting a lot of hits off me, a lot of singles. But I’ve been getting them out when they’ve got people in scoring position.”
Barker stranded Texas runners in scoring position in four separate innings Thursday. The visitors scored a run in the fifth on singles by Pat Putnam and Jim Norris and a groundout by Mickey Rivers, then added another in the sixth on singles by Rusty Staub and Richie Zisk and a Putnam groundout.
“I used to get pumped up a lot for these guys,” said Barker of Texas, where he spent parts of three seasons. “It’s still a little incentive for me, since they gave up on me.”
Jorge Orta, returning to the Cleveland lineup after missing three games with an injury, led the attack with a double and two singles. He scored the Indians' first run in the third on a wild pitch by loser Ed Figueroa, 3-6.
“Figueroa had the ball up. He got roughed up,” said Corrales of the right-hander. who is 0-3 since coming to the Rangers from New York for
cash on July 28. Figueroa gave up four earned runs in four innings before giving way to Sparky Lyle in the fifth.
Corrales met briefly behind closed doors with his players immediately following the game, but he refused to disclose the nature of the meeting.
Elsewhere, the Baltimore Orioles edged the New YorkStandings
Yankees 6-1, the Boston Red Sox downed the Detroit Tiger] 3-1, the Milwaukee Brewer] defeated the Toronto Blud Jays 4-2, the Cleveland In] dians trimmed the Texas Rangers 7-2, the Oakland A’9 nipped the Minnesota Twins 2] I in ll innings and the California Angels edged the Seattle Mariners 2-1. Chicago and Kansas City were idle.
Houston 2, San Diego I
San Franc isco 5, Atlanta I Philadelphia 8. New York I St.Louis IO. Chicago 9, IO innings Only games scheduled
Oakland 2, Minnesota 1.11 innings Milwaukee 4, Toronto 2 Baltimore 6, New York I Cleveland 7, Texas 2 Boston 3. Detroit I California 2, Seattle I
Teaff worrying about opener
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Canyon Cougarette volleyball player Susan Tieken works on bumping the ball during a recent workout. The Cougarettes open play with a scrimmage next Tuesday at San Marcos.
WACO (AP) — The best way to get Baylor Coach Grant Teaff to miss a three-foot putt is to tell him he has an easy schedule.
It’s a trick members have been using all summer on the greens of Waco Ridgewood Country Club.
Baylor does have three non-conference teams, I .amar University, West Texas State and San Jose State, who are not to be confused with Alabama, Michigan and Ohio State, outfits the Bears have been playing recent outside the Southwest Conference.
And the Bears do get league toughies Houston. Southern Methodist, Arkansas and Texas at home.
However, ifs the season-opener Sept. 13 in Beaumont against rapidly-improving l.amar
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which has Teaff worried. Despite what everybody tells him he knows the game is no gimmie.
“All I know is that it’s the toughest opener I’ve had since I’ve been at Baylor from the psychological sense." said Teaff recently at his home. “It's not that Lamar is any stronger physically than we are. I think we can handle that.
“But they are going to be playing before 17,000 fans jammed into their stadium and I guess maybe we’ll have 2,000 pulling for us. Ifs a big,
big game for them and you just know they’ll be going all out.”
The Bears will be starting the season without sensational schoolboy phenom Alfred Anderson of Waco Richfield at quarterback.
Anderson cracked the wrist on his throwing arm in the Oil Bowl last week and won’t be able to take a snap for at least six weeks. Teaff will lineup Anderson at running back to backup the awesome Walter Abercrombie.
The quarterback spot was going to be a baltic anyway, a pleasant one for Teaff.
He must now choose between talented Mike Brannan, the hero of Baylor’s 24-18 Peach Bowl victory over Clemson, impressive redshirt David Mangrum, Neal Jeffrey’s brother, Jay, and freshman Allen Rice of Houston Klein.
Softball meeting set for Aug. 21
Anyone who wants to play on a fall softball league team should meet Aug. 21 at First Federal Savings and I ami ii at 7:30 p m There will bt* men’s, women's and coed teams in the league. For more information, call 629-2788
While First National bank won the end-of-season women's tournament, Armstrong Machine won the regular season title. Members of that team were Sally Silva, Mary Torres. Francis Matamoras Sylvia De I-a Cruz, Jaime Jimenez, Pat Aguirre, Jackie Baker, Evelyn Clack, Carol Rodriguez, April Ortiz. Hay Verheul and Amelia Ortiz.
Coaches were Joe Alvarado and Carlos IX* I-i Cruz.
Blanton wins Northcliffe tourney
Frances Blanton took the Northeliffe Country Club Didies Golf Association tournament Thursday.
The golfers played best par with half handicap, and through that system, Blanton had a 39 Isabel Fox hail a 39'* and Betty Jarred was third w ith 41.
Longhorn kickoff Sunday
The University of Texas Exes Association is sponsoring a football kickoff meeting with Coach Fred Akers and the longhorn football team Sunday from 6 p.m. to 8 p m at Memorial Staduun in Austin Admission coat is $4, and that includes beer, soft drinks and tamales Souvenirs and two sideline passes to the Texas-Utah State game will also be auctioned off
Stee/ers, Falcons battle tonight
ATLANTA (AP) Terry Bradshaw and four other starters missed Pittsburgh’s National Football league preseason opener a w eck ago, but Coach Chuck Null will have them iii the starting lineup Friday night w hen the defending Super Bow l champions meet the Atlanta Falcons in a nationally televised contest.
The Falcons, on the other hand. 14-10 losers to Seattle in its opener last week, will be without five injured veterans, including starting wide receivers Wallace Francis and Alfred Jenkins, and five other players are questionable for the 9 p.m. contest
Saturday night’s games are Denver at the New York Giants, Dallas at Ia>s Angeles, St. Duns at Tampa Bay, Baltimore vs. Green Bay at Milwaukee, Buffalo at Detroit, Chicago at Cincinnati. New England at Oakland and San Francisco at San Diego.
Mavericks sign Terrell
DALLAS i AP) The Dallas Mavericks announced Thursday they have signed free agent forward Ira Terrell, a former Southwest Conference star who has languished in relative obscurity for the past three seasons.
Maverick director of player personnel Dick Sund acknowledged that Terrell may bi* a “long shot,” but said the team “would not be inviting Terrell to camp if we didn’t feel he had a shot at making the club.”
Terrell was the SWC’s all-time leading rebounder, racking up 1,077 boards for Southern Methodist University between 1972-76. Drafted by Phoenix, he averaged 13.2 points and 7.9 rebounds in 1976, but was sidelined by a knee injury the next year, and w aived in 1978.
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