New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 1, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
Hefak3 Ziltung New Braunfels, Texas
Wednesday, May 1, 1991
Sierra drives in 5 as Texas knocks Jays out of 1st
ARLINGTON (AP) — This time last year, the Texas Rangers completed a hopeful 11-9 April that was about to turn into a dreadful 8-19 May that would knock them out of the American League West race.
The Rangers finished the month at 8-8 Tuesday night after their 8-5 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.
Rangers Manager Bobby Valentine secs hopeful signs, like Ruben Sierra belting two homers, including a three-run seventh-inning shot to break a 4-4 tie.
"I was hoping it would be a little better,” Valentine said. “But we seem to be coming together as a nice little team. I mean the game of baseball, not just tonight’s game.”
Sierra took another step Tuesday night toward atoning for a sub-par 1990 season.
Sierra had 16 homers and 96 RBI last season, well off his 1989 totals of 29 homers and 119 RBI which placed him second in the American League MVP voting behind Milwaukee’s Robin Yount.
‘‘Ruben’s a nice subject tonight,” Valentine said. “I liked him up there in that situation. I’d say he had a pretty good night.”
Sierra, who had a two-run homer in the first, drove in five runs to tie a career high and pace Texas’ 12-hit attack. Brian Downing was the only Rangers starter without a hit.
With two out in the seventh, Sierra ripped a 2-1 pitch off Blue Jays’ reliever Jim Acker, 0-1, into the right field stands to give Texas a 7-4 lead.
Sierra's fourth homer of the season drove in Jeff Huson, who singled, and Rafael Palmeiro, who walked, and made a winner of reliever Rich Gos-sage, 2-0. Sierra hit two homers in a
game for the seven time in his career.
Sierra was hitless in IO previous at-bats before his first-inning homer staked the Rangers to a 2-0 lead. Gos-sage worked out of a bascs-loadcd jam in the seventh to preserve a 4-4 tie, getting John Olerud to ground out to second to end the threat. Rangers second baseman Julio Franco made a diving stop, scrambled to his feet and threw out Olerud.
‘‘A lot of big things happened tonight,” Valentine said. ‘‘But Gos-sage coming in and getting out of the seventh was one of the biggest.”
Jeff Russell pitched two innings of one-hit relief to notch his fifth consecutive save in as many appearances.
‘‘I think we have one of the strongest bullpens in baseball right now,” Russell said. “I like the way the bullpen is shaping up.”
The Blue Jays, who started the day with a half-game lead over Boston in the American League East, fell out of first place Tuesday night when the
Red Sox downed the Minnesota Twins, 7-5. The Blue Jays, who opened a six-game road trip Tuesday, had held the division’s top spot since April 24.
‘‘It’s kind of early to worry about that (first place),” Gaston said. ‘‘We’d like to hang on to it but we’ll try and get back into it tomorrow.’'
Texas had dropped six of its first eight home games prior to Tuesday.
Cubs 10, Astros 3
CHICAGO (AP) — Mike Bielecki isn’t doing too bad for a guy who had been told that he was heading to the bullpen once the Chicago Cubs broke spring camp.
Bielecki raised his record to 4-1 in Chicago’s victory over Houston.
That almost accounts for half of the Cubs’ IO victories this season and is exactly half of Bielecki’s victories in an 8-11 season last year after he had gone 18-7 in 1989.
Given plenty of support by batteryman Hector Villanueva, who had three hits including a three-run homer and drove in a career-high four runs, Bielecki allowed six hits and three runs in the six innings he worked on a night when a 22-mph wind was blowing out.
‘‘I went in not wanting to walk anyone,” said Bielecki, who walked one. ‘‘On a night like this, walks get you in trouble. I kept us in there long enough for us to score some runs. I didn’t have my best stuff, but I got out of jams. Last year I’d get into a jam and it would snowball.”
It was Bielecki’s third victory in his third start. His other two decisions came in relief, a role he was relegated to after his first start because of the return of Rick Sutcliffe.
All Timee COT AMERICAN LEAGUE East Division W L Pct. GB
Boston 11 7 .611 —
Toronto 12 9 .571 'A
Detroit 10 9 .526 VA
Milwaukee 10 9 .526 VA
Cleveland 7 10 .412 3'A
New York 6 11 .353 41A
Baltimore 6 12 .333 5
West Division W L Pct. OB
Oakland 13 7 650 —
Chicago 11 6 647 A
California 10 10 500 3
Texas 8 8 500 3
Seama 10 11 .476 3'A
Minnesota 9 11 ASO 4
Kansas City 8 11 421 4'A
Tuesday's Games Seattle 6, Baltimore 3 Milwaukee 8. Chicago 2 Boston 7, Minnesota 5 Texas 8, Toronto 5 Detroit 13. Kansas City 7 Oakland 7, New York 3 California 6. Cleveland 5,11 innings Today's Qamoi Chicago (Hfcbard 2-0) at Milwaukee (Knudson 1-1), 1 35p.m.
New York (Leary 2-0) at Oakland (Moore 3-0), 2:15p.m.
Seattle (R.Johnson 2-2) at Baltimore (Mesa 1-3), 8:35 p.m.
Detroit (GuMckson 2-0) at Kansas City (Boddicker2-2) 7:35 p m Boston (G.Harris 1-2) at Minnesota (Erickson 2-2), 7:35 pm.
Toronto (Key 4-0) at Texas (Ryan 2-2),
Cleveland (Candiotti 2-1) at California (Finley 4-0), 9 35 pm
East Division Pittsburgh St. Louis New York Chicago Philadelphia Montreal West Division Cincinnati San Diego Loa Angeles Atlanta Houston San Frands co Tuesday's Games
Cincinnati 4, Pittsburgh 3 Montreal 1, Los Angeles 0 Philadelphia 11, San Francisco 9 Chicago 10. Houston 3 St. Louis 5, Atlanta 3
New York 6. San Diego 3.6 A innings, tog Today's Games Atlanta (Avery 2-1) at St. Louis (B Smith 3-0), 12 35 p m Houston (Oeahaies 0-2) at Chicago (G.Mahout 2-1), 120p rn Pittsburgh (Patecros 1-0) at Cincinnati (Rijo I-<). 835pm Los Argalas (Belcher 3-1) at Montreal (NabhoU 0-3), 8:35 pm.
San Francisco (LaCoas 1-1) at Philadelphia (DeJeeus 0-1), 6 35 p m
San Diego (Hurst 2-0) at New York (Viola 3-0), 6:40 p.m.
But with Danny Jackson and Mike Harkey going on the disabled list, Bielecki is back in the starting rotation and he might just stay there.
Rookie Gary Scott hit his first major league home run and George Bell had two hits and drove in two runs with a double and a sacrifice fly.
Chicago Manager Don Zimmer said “I hope so” when asked if the
Cubs, who had 12 hits, might have broken their hitting slump.
Villanueva was making his third start since coming off the disabled list and his average had dipped to . 111.
Villanueva got all of his 240 pounds behind his threc-run homer in the third inning off loser Mark Portugal (2-1).
Sand volleyball league
The New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department is offering a summer co-rec sand volleyball league. The fee is $85 per team.
The league will be limited to eight teams and the registration ends on May 2. All games will be played on Monday evenings beginning on May 6.
For more information or to register, call the Landa Recreation Center at 620-PLAY.
NBALL Fun Day Saturday
The New Braunfels American Litde League Fun Day will take pace on Saturday from 9 a .rn. until 3 p.m. a the league's fields.
The event is free to the public and will include food and games. Team pictures will be taken and at 2 p.m. there will be a slow-pitch softball game between the T-ball managers and the baseball managers.
SVHS banquet on Monday
The Smithson Valley High School All Sports banquet will be held Monday at 6:30 pjn. in the high school
commons. All athletes will be honored and athletic awards and scholarships will be presented.
Tickets for the banquet cost $5 for adults and $2.50 for children ages 11 and younger. Tickets arc on sale at the high school office, from booster members, and will be sold at the door. The public is invited to attend.
For more information contact Athletic Director Joe Matulich at 885-7273
NBHS Banquet on May 9
The New Braunfels High School All Sports Booster Club will sponsor its annual spring banquet on May 9 beginning al 6 p.m. at the Civic Center. Ticket prices are $5 per person and the dress is casual.
Tickets are available at the Unicom Food Mart on Loop 337, or can be obtained by calling Lew Simmonds at 625-6271. Jan Wingate at 629-0212 or Linda Schwab at 625-8177.
Water Works offered
Water Works exercise classes are scheduled at the Landa Park Olympic Pool from 7-8 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays and from 9-10 a.m. on
The class, offered through the Parks and Recreation Department, is led by Candace Wells, who is in her eighth year as instructor. Call 625-4416 for more information.
Summer Slam Camp In June
The fourth annual Summer Slam Basketball Camp, co-sponsored by Comal ISD Community Education, will take place June 3-6 at Canyon High School.
The camp, formerly known as the River City Basketball Camp, will be for boys and girls currendy in grades 2-8. The camp will run from 8 a .rn. until 3 p.m. each day and will be led by Canyon Coach David Manley and New Braunfels Coach Cliff Wilkins.
Registration forms are available at each individual campus. For more information, contact Manley or Wilkins at either school.
CHS offers tennis program
Canyon High School will sponsor a “Go For The Gold” Junior Development Tennis Program this summer for five different levels of players.
There will be three sessions to chose from in the month of June. Each session will last one week. You may sign up for one or all three sessions. The dates are June 10-14, June 17-21 and June 24-28.
Programs will be offered for beginners (White), Intermediates (Blue), advanced-intermediaies (Bronze), advanced (Silver) and tournament/ high school level (Gold).
The cost is $25 for the White and Blue sessions and $60 for the Bronze and Silver. The entry deadline is May 30. The times for each session will be 9-10 a.m. for White level, 10-11 ajn. for Blue, 14 p.m. for Bronze, Silver and Gold.
For more information contact program director Ed Strieker at 625-6251 or 625-2801.
NB Triathlon on June 9
Central Texas Triathletcs are invited to join others from across Texas and the nation on June 9 for the third annual New Braunfels Triathlon.
The event, which benefits the New Braunfels Children’s Museum, will include a 1,000-me ter swim, followed by a 20-mile bike ride and a five-mile run.
The early entry fee of $35 for individuals and $75 for a relay learn is due by May 31. The late entry fees are $45 and $85.
Packet pickup will be June 8 from IO a.m. until 7 p.m. at the Wasserfest celebration in Landa Park. The race site is 1.2 miles down Schumann’s Beach Road off FM 725.
For more information on the race or to obtain an entry form, call the Children’s Museum at 620-0939.
Menders still one theft shy of record
OAKLAND, Calif. (AF) Rickey Henderson built Ids on speed, but it’s been slow in his final run toward _
Lou Brock’s all-time base stealing record.
Pan of the problem it knows what he’s after.
“He's really at a disadvantage You know he wants to ran,” Dm Mattingly said Tuesday night his New York Yankees Henderson’s milestone while mg for the 15th straight tame ie She Hair Iud Athletics, 7*3.
Henderson gets toother today to set the recon!
Yankees, the only ocher has played for (hiring his K career. And he admits he’s a tittle anxious.
He entered the : thefts shy of passing Brock. had one steal on opening missed 14 games when he WMK the disabled list with a strained Ii calf muscle and got his second a1 Sunday against the Angels to tie Brock’s mark.
bi between his first and second; steals, Henderson was caught stealing three times and picked Oconee. X
”1 got one, then two, and ft, seems like they’re the toughest bases I've ever stolen,” Henderson said.
Against the Yankees on Tueo-day, Henderson went l-for4 with a single before Willie Wilson replaced him in the eighth inning.
After his sixth-inning singfe Henderson waited through five pitches, a pitchouts four over to first and Dave Eiland ping off the rubber twice trying for the record-breaker.
But just when he made haft break. Jose Canseco made his swing, singling up the mkkfta, sending Henderson to third.
Canseco stole second ob Eiland’s first pitch to the next hitter, Harold Baines, but Hondmoft stayed put.
Henderson wound up scoring Oakland’s first nm when grounded nut
Bob Welch (3-1) got the Eiland (1-1) gave up four rate Md five hits in 5 2-3 innings.
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