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The (Shreveport, La.) Times
Published: July 28, 1987

Dixon's speed kills Angels

Shreveport outfielder scores
winning run on Midland error

Captains storyBy DAVID LAWRENCE
Times Correspondent

Shreveport's Dee Dixon will take it any way he can.

Dixon helped himself to first and second base and let Midland catcher Doug Davis help him to third and home in the ninth inning, leading the Captains to a 1-3 Texas League baseball victory over the Midland Angels at Fair Grounds Field Monday night.

Shreveport, however, remains 1-1/2 games behind Jackson in the Texas League East. Jackson defeated San Antonio 7-3. Midland remains a ball game ahead of El Paso, which lost to Tulsa, 8-3, in the TL West.

With two outs in the ninth, Dixon eked out a base hit off Midland reliever Miguel Garcia, 8-5. Dixon barely beat Angel shortstop John Hotchkiss' throw to first.

"I'm working on a new thing," Dixon said of the hit. "I'm trying to smack it at the shortstop when he's playing real deep. Anything in the gap (between short and third base) is a base hit."

With Kirt Manwaring at bat, Dixon started on a steal of second, Davis came up without the ball, threw wild past third and Dixon never stopped.

"When I saw the ball get by the third baseman I wasn't going to stop," Dixon said. "I didn't even think of the left fielder being there, I just kept on running."

Jackson took a 3-0 lead in the first inning off Stan Holmes' three-run homer. Jim Thomas opened the inning with a single and was sacrificed to second by Bill Geivett. One out later Reggie Montgomery walked to put runners at first and second and Holmes slapped a 2-0 pitch off Shreveport starter John Burkett over the left field fence.

"That was just a bad pitch on my part," Burkett said, explaining that the pitch was a slider that hung. "If it would have been a good slider I think he (Montgomery) would have taken it."

Burkett settled down after the first inning, however, holding the Angels scoreless for 7-1/2 innings before Randy McCament, 4-2, came in to pitch the ninth. Burkett struck out 10 Midland batters, a career high.

"From the third inning on it was one of my best games this year," he said.

Shreveport got itself back in the game in the sixth. Paul Meyers singled up the middle. Two outs later Tony Perezchica singled to right field, advancing Meyers to third. While the fans chanted "Charlie, Charlie," Charlie Hayes drove a 1-2 pitch off Midland starter Barry Dacus into the right center alley for a double, driving in Meyers and Perezchica.

Pat Adams tied the game for Shreveport in the seventh with a leadoff home run over the right side of the Blue Monster in center field. It was the first time anyone has hit one over that portion of the fence, which is over 20 feet tall.

CAPTAINS' LOG -- Tonight's game against Midland will be taped for a national cable telecast on Sunday, August 2, by Tempo Television. The game will be part of a minor league double-header beginning at 5 p.m. This is the first time a Texas League game will be broadcast nationally. The game will represent the first minor league telecast that is entirely self-produced.