Will Clark, the promising rookie of the San Francisco Giants, took his own rooting section to Houston for his major league debut, and he has entertained his fans royally.
Clark, in his first at-bat Tuesday night at the Astrodome, hit a home run to help the Giants win. He came right back Wednesday night in his second game to hit a run-scoring double in the third inning and send the Giants on their way to a 4-1 victory over Houston. Scott Garrelts, a relief pitcher last season, held the Astros to six hits in 7 innings to gain the victory as a starter. Greg Minton finished to get the save.
Clark, a native of Mississippi who played on the U.S. Olympic baseball team, brought along his parents and more than 30 other relatives and friends.
“I could hear them in the stands when I hit that home run off Nolan Ryan,” the happy youngster said. “And I heard them again when I got the double tonight. It is all very exciting.”
The Astros, just as they have in recent seasons, are off to another slow start.
Philadelphia 5, Cincinnati 3--John Russell capped a four-run 11th inning with a two-run home run at Cincinnati to give the Phillies their first victory.
Tom Browning gave up only one hit in eight innings, but it was a single by former Cincinnati outfielder Gary Redus that drove in the first Phillie run in the third. Eric Davis, who hit a three-run home run in the opener Monday, hit a solo homer in the first inning for the Reds’ only run until the bottom of the 11th.