New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 17, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
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Wednesday, July 17, 1991
Unlikely Pirate hero drops Astros
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Sure, Jim Ley land was the 1990 National League manager of the year. Sure, Leyland’s considered one of baseball’s best strategists. Sure, his team has the best record in the majors.
But not even Ley land has ever tried to win a game — especially an important pennant-race game in July — with a No. 3 hitter batting .030.
He did Tuesday night, and not only did the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Houston Astros 6-4, but that not-very-offensive No. 3 hitter, Jose Gonzalez, contributed a two-run homer.
And Gary Varsho, who had never homered in the majors until earlier this month, hit a tie-breaking pinch-hit homer in the sixth inning.
Talk about making all the right moves.
If Leyland was looking for a way to relieve the stress and tension that resulted in a scary attack of chest pains on Sunday night, this surely has to be it. Push some buttons and win a game.
You might call it microwave managing.
“I’m no miracle worker,” Leyland said. “But I’ve always believed you’ve got to play everybody on your bench, that you’ve got to play all 25 guys. It takes the whole team to win.”
The Pirates have done nothing but win lately, responding to the second-place New York Mets’ 10-game winning streak with a seven-game streak of their own. They’re 6-0 since the All-Star break and have increased their lead in the NL East back to 414 games
One reason is the flexibility and versatility Leyland demands from his players. Rather than reworking his entire batting order from top to bottom when he gave Andy Van Slyke a night off, he simply inserted Gonzalez as No. 3.
This didn’t appear to be a genius move. Gonzalez had just one hit in 30 at-bats — he went 0-for-28 before getting a hit July 7 — and his average was the lowest in the majors for a pos-luon player.
So all Gonzalez did was hit a two-run homer in the third off reliever Jim Clancy, two innings after Gary Red us line-drive single forced Astros starter Jim Deshaies out of the game with a bruised left forearm.
Gonzalez, who hadn’t homered since last Aug. 25, was once considered one of Los Angeles’ best prospects. but his performance never equaled his potential.
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Toronto 53 36 .596 —
Detroit 45 42 .517 7 •
Boston 44 42 .512 TA
New York 41 43 .466 9'A
Milwaukee 39 47 .453 1214
Baltimore 36 50 .419 15%
Cleveland 27 58 .316 24
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Oakland 46 40 .545 2'A
Texas 45 38 .542 3
Chicago 46 40 535 3'A
California 46 41 529 4
Seattle 45 43 .511 5%
Kansas City 39 47 453 1014
Tuesday's Games Seattle 5, New York 0 Detroit 6, Texas 5 Boston 2, Chicago 0 Milwaukee 4, Minnesota 3 Kansas City 2. Toronto 1,10 innings Oakland 7, Cleveland 6.13 innings California 2. Baltimore 1 Today's Games Texas (Guzman 4-4) at Detroit (Tanana 6-6), 12:35p.m.
Cleveland (Nichols 0-8) at Oakland (Welch 8-5), 2:15 p.m.
Boston (Clemens 11-6) at Chicago (Hto-bard 6-8), 7:05 p.m.
Seattle (Johnson 7-6) at Milwaukee (Weg-man 5-3), 705 p.m.
Baltimore (McDonald 4-3) at Kansas City
(Gubizca 4-5), 7:35 pm.
East Division Pittsburgh New York St. Louis Chicago Montreal Philadelphia West Division Los Angeles Atlanta Cincinnati San Diego San Francisco Houston Tuesday's Games St. Louis 8, Cincinnati 7 San Diego 4, Montreal 3 Philadelphia 3, Los Angeles 1 Pittsburgh 6, Houston 4 Atlanta 8, Chicago 5 New York 6, San Francisco 4 Today’s Games Los Angeles (Morgan 9-5) at Philadelphia (Greene 6-3), 11:35 am.
San Francisco (Black 6-8) at New York (Viola 11-5), 12:40p.m.
St. Louis (B.Smith 7-6) at Cincinnati (Armstrong 6-8), 6:35 p.m.
San Diego (Peterson 3-2) at Montreal (De.Martinez 10-5), 6:35 p.m.
Houston (Portugal 8-5) at Pittsburgh (Drabek9-8), 6:35 p.m.
Chicago (Lancaster 5-3) at Atlanta (Smoltz 3-11), 6:40 p.m.
The Dodgers finally gave up on him and traded him to Pittsburgh on July 3 for outfielder Mitch Webster.
‘Tm not saying we don’t know anything the Dodgers don’t ... but sometimes just a change of scenery can help a player,” Leyland said.
“I’ve really been able to relax over here,” Gonzalez said. “They’ve got Bonds and Bonilla, but I looked at the lineup card and I’m hitting third. They’ve really got a lot of confidence in me. I haven’t seen that in awhile.”
The Astros, losers of five straight, bounced back for a 3-3 tie on Mark Davidson’s solo homer and run-scoring double off Zane Smith (10-6). Varsho broke the lie with the first pinch-hit homer of his career, a two-run shot in the sixth off Darryl Rile (3-4).
Much like Gonzalez in Los Angeles. Varsho wasn’t sure of his future in Chicago earlier this year. Until the Cubs traded him to Pittsburgh just before the season started, he was afraid he wouldn’t make their opening-day rosier.
“I was scrambling to stay out of triple-A,” he said. “When I got here. I figured I’d play a little, maybe enough to get IOO at-bats. Sometimes I have to ask myself if this is really
happening to me.”
Varsho is hitting .291 and has proved to be a valuable role player, especially with third baseman Jeff King sidelined with an aching back. The injury forced right fielder Bobby Bonilla to shift to third, but it also has allowed Varsho to start frequently in right field.
“I’ve been playing a lot and that made it easier tonight, because I’ve been in the lineup and I wasn’t coming in cold,” he said.
Kile’s ejection for hitting Redus in the back with a pitch immediately after Varsho’s homer left Astros manager Art Howe cold.
Crew chief Erie Gregg said Kite intentionally threw at Redus, but an agitated Howe said, “I questioned their ability to read minds.”
Tigers 6, Rangers 5
DETROIT (AP) — Forget the 115 home runs, the 607 strikeouts, the white-haired manager. A better symbol for the Detroit Tigers is Dave Bergman.
He’s 38 years old. He sits on the bench most of the time, waiting his turn. When he’s called, he’s ready.
Bergman, pinch-hitting with the bases loaded in the ninth inning, lofted a sacrifice fly to center field
Jackson works out at Comiskey
C HIC AGO (AP) — Six months after sustaining a hip injury some thought would sideline him forever. Bo Jackson held his first workout at Comiskey Park and could be about three weeks away from playing for the Chicago White Sox
On Tuesday, Jackson faced about 75 underhanded pitches from teammate Frank Thomas rn an indoor batling cage Jackson then went onto the field and threw for about IO minutes with pitcher Melido Perez.
‘ I was nervous as I went on the field to throw and when I entered the cage,'' Jackson said. “Everything went great I'm not sure where I want to be. but I will settle for where I’m alright now.”
The power-bluing outfielder declined to say more Tm not having any more press conferences until I start playing baseball again. I had my last press conference when I signed with the team,” Jackson said Jackson, also a running back for the Los Angeles Raid ers. has been sidelined with an injured left hip since the NFL playoffs. Because of the injury, the Kansas City Royals, his former baseball club, released him during spring
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He signed with the White Sox as a free agent April 3. "We had hoped when we signed him that he would get into the baseball side of things by the middle of August,” White Sox Manager Jeff Torborg said. “That’s what it looks it might be. maybe before that. ’*
Jackson will be examined Saturday by Dr. James Andrews, his personal doctor, and by Dr. James Boscar* dm. Chicago’s senior team physician.
“lf Bo continues to make progress, live baiting practice could be in the near future for him,” White Sox trainer Herm Schneider said Torborg said Jackson has the special qualities to bounce back from the injury.
“You have to understand he’s a good athlete. But he’s not just a good athlete, he's a special athlete. So. if anybody can come back he will,” the manager said Torborg said Jackson should be ready in three weeks. “lf his hip is healthy, then we don’t have a problem. It’s just getting his baseball skills down,” he said. “It only lakes TA weeks to get the baseball skills nailed down,
The College Republicans of the South Texas Area are proud to announce the College Republican South Texas Classic Golf Touma mem, which will take place August 4 m Linda Park
This golf classic will help benefit the area program schools, as well rn the group’s community service pro jacis for South Texas and New Braunfels The College Republicans are trying ui build large chapters in all South Texas colleges and universities as well as high schools.
The Classic will consist of a four-man scramble, with players picking their own teams The winning team will receive $650. the runner up $450, (he third-place learn $300 said the fourth-plate team $200
There will also be closest to the poi contests on all Far 3s. and a longest drive coneen bi additum, there will be a hole inone contest for $500 Door prizes will be given after the tournament at Bwry’s Under Pass Saloon
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that scored Skeeter Barnes with the winning run Tuesday night as the Tigers beat the Texas Rangers 6-5.
He has only 75 at-bats for the season. Life’s like that when you play the same position as Cecil Fielder.
“Bergy is something,” said Tony Phillips, who made a crucial play to cut down a Texas run in the top of the ninth. “He’s always ready. Our whole club is like that.
“That’s our edge, you know, because we don’t have a great team. But we’re always prepared to play, and we play hard $very day.”
It was another tough loss for the Rangers who now have dropped five of six games since the All-Star break to fall from first place. The Rangers have lost seven times on the road ir the bottom of the ninth or later this season.
“It means that we’re a good team,” Texas Manager Bobby Valentine said. “It takes every inning and all the breaks to beat us. I’m proud of the guys for coming back like they did.”
Detroit led 4-0 but Texas took the lead with a run in the sixth and four in the seventh.
“It was a major tribute to these guys the way they battled tonight,” Valentine said.
The teams were scheduled to conclude the three-game series at 1:35 p.m. this afternoon. Immediately after Tuesday’s game, the Tigers announced they had recalled lefthander Scott Aldrcd from their Toledo farm club. He was to replace Frank Tanana in the rotation against Texas right-hander Jose Guzman
Rob Deer tied the score 5-5 in the eighth with a two-out homer. It was the 18th homer for Deer, who had been in an 0-for-18 slump since the All-Star break.
Mickey Tettlcton singled off Kevin Brown (7-8) in the ninth and Barnes ran for him. Former Ranger Pete Inca-viglia followed with his first major league sacrifice.
“Hey, it’s the ninth inning and the game’s on the line,” Incaviglia said. “When he flashes me the sign, I want to play the game the way it’s supposed to be played. I was glad to get down a bunt that helped us win.”
After an intentional walk to Lloyd Moseby, Jeff Russell relieved and Travis Fryman loaded the bases when Gary Pettis misplayed his fly to center for an error.
“I made an emir. That’s all I can say,” said Penis, the former Tiger.
Guns and optics display boasts exotic equipment
High-grade guns and shooting optics from around the world will be on display at a special showing being held by Doc’s Guns August I from 5-7 p.m.
The sixth Fine Guns and Optics Show is being held at The Woodlands at Canyon Lake, free of charge to interested sportsmen of the area.
“This is an excellent opportunity for persons interested in high-grade shooting equipment to see what is available,” said Mike Cantu-Withoff, owner/operator of Doc’s Guns.
Factory representatives for the famous product lines on display will be on hand to show the guns and answer questions. The products are available through Doc’s Guns.
Firearms lines with displays will
include Browning, Weatherby, Sako, Tikka, Valmet, Parker Reproductions, Mauser, Bemar-delli, Parker-Hale, American Arms, Winchester, Ruger, Bend Ii,' > Dakota, and Beeman Air Guns.'
Optics on display include Zeiss, Swarovski, Steiner and Fentax.
The special showing is the sixth such event that has been organized and sponsored by Doc's Guns of New Braunfels in recent years. Its intent is to bring some of the more exotic offerings of gun and optic companies to the area for interested sportsmen to see.
“This is not a traditional gun show where you buy and trade," Cantu-Withoff said. "This is a viewing of high-grade equipment, intended to show options available on special orders through Doc's Guns.”
NBSA holds fundraiser
The New Braunfels Softball Association is holding a co-ed volleyball tournament, raffle and barbecued chicken dinner on July 27, with proceeds benefitting the NBSA.
The event takes place at the O.L.P.H church grounds and hall next to McKenna Hospital.
The volleyball tournament costs $40 per eight-player team, with signup at 7:30 a.m. The B and C division tournament is expected to last until 5
The dinner is $3.50 per plate, lasting from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.
The raffle is $1 per chance, and tickets can be purchased from any NBSA softball player.
For more information, call Dennis at 899-2980, Rey at 629-4475 or John at 629-4475 or go by Dan’s Antiques and Collectibles at the Weekend Rea Market. The official sponsor is Gary Smith of Landa Station.
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