Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Jefferies Takes out His Anger on Dodgers

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Jefferies Takes out His Anger on Dodgers

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Gregg Jefferies wasn't the only one frustrated by the Cardinals' recent six-game slide that effectively ended any hopes of pennant contention. But Jefferies might have been madder than most, and he did something about it Friday night.

Not only did Jefferies make a potentially game-saving play at first base in the seventh inning, but he delivered the winning hit in the 10th inning, belting his 15th homer and lifting the Cardinals to a 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

"It looked like he was sick of the way we were playing," Cardinals manager Joe Torre said.

Jefferies said the Cardinals' slump "did make me sick. Even (Friday), there was some stuff that we can't do. It's frustrating, because we're such a good a team. It gets embarrassing. But I hope people in St. Louis aren't giving up on us."

Jefferies has turned out to be a better player than the Cardinals thought, according to Torre. "The defense and power have been a bonus," Torre said. "We just felt we were going to get a good hitter.

"Friday was the old Jefferies. He started swinging the bat. He was a little tentative with his bat because of his sore back."

Jefferies said any change in his game has come from playing first base for the first time. "I'm totally relaxed throughout the whole game instead of half the game," he said. "When I'm hitting, I've always been relaxed. But in the field, I was a nervous wreck at third."

Jefferies' defensive gem came when he dived to tag out Brett Butler, who was trying to beat out a tapper that would have given the Dodgers the lead.

"It was a fun play," Jefferies said. "We both got dirty."

Though he still doesn't have a win, lefthanded rookie Tom Urbani was impressive Friday in pitching six innings of two-hit ball. "He was sensational," pitching coach Joe Coleman said. "His stuff is much better than we thought it was - than we were led to believe. …

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