Baseball: Red faces for the Indians
Known for his commentary on international relations and US politics, Rupert Cornwell also contributes obituaries and occasionally even a column for the sports pages. With The Independent since its launch in 1986, he was the paper's first Moscow correspondent - covering the collapse of the Soviet Union – during which time he won two British Press Awards. Previously a foreign correspondent for the Financial Times and Reuters, he has also been a diplomatic correspondent, leader writer and columnist, and has served as Washington bureau editor. In 1983 he published God's Banker, about Roberto Calvi, the Italian banker found hanging from Blackfriars Bridge.
Friday 10 October 1997
Scott Erickson led the way for the Orioles by pitching a four-hitter on Wednesday night for the first shut-out of the 1997 post-season. Brady Anderson chipped in with his speciality, a lead-off homer off Chad Ogea, and Roberto Alomar followed up with a two-run shot in the third innings that effectively ended the contest.
After a wobbly end to the the regular season, Baltimore are once again firing on all cylinders. In the best-of-five divisional series, the AL East champions brushed aside the Seattle Mariners 3-1, handing two rare defeats to Randy Johnson, normally baseball's most overpowering pitcher.
In the National League, where Atlanta are chasing their fifth pennant in seven years, the Braves atoned for a sloppy opener by thrashing the Florida Marlins 7-1 to square the best-of-seven series at 1-1.
On Tuesday, three simple fielding errors handed the Marlins five unearned runs and a 5-3 win. A day later, however, normal service resumed as the redoutable Braves pitching - this time it was John Smoltz's - gave up just three hits.
NATIONAL LEAGUE Play-offs: Atlanta Braves 7 Florida Marlins 1 (seven- match series level 1-1).
AMERICAN LEAGUE Play-offs: Baltimore Orioles 3 Cleveland Indians 0 (Baltimore lead seven game series 1-0).
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