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Cey Homers as Cubs Beat Dodgers, 3-2

May 16, 1985|GORDON EDES | Times Staff Writer

Proving they don't always take their cue from Vin Scully, the Dodger Stadium crowd of 46,213 cheered when Ron Cey, the Dodger third baseman of the past, hit his first home run here since being traded Wednesday night.

And they booed when Pedro Guerrero, the Dodger third baseman and cleanup hitter of the present, tried to bunt his way on base leading off the seventh.

Cey's second-inning home run produced the Chicago Cubs' first run in their 3-2 win that completed their two-game sweep here.

Guerrero's bunt--while it may have made sense in the situation--was a futile gesture for the Dodgers, now a .500 team after being blanked for eight innings on three hits by Scott Sanderson.

After Al Oliver's pinch double, two Cub errors in the ninth--one by Cey, the other by his replacement, Chris Speier--spoiled Sanderson's shutout. But after yielding Greg Brock's RBI single, Lee Smith finished off the Dodgers, retiring Ken Landreaux and R.J. Reynolds.

There was a time when Guerrero would have sent a high fastball into the seats instead of trying to lay it down. But it is apparent that the only way the Dodgers are going to dent any fences here is if they recruit the Gatesmobile, the LAPD's mobile battering ram.

By the ninth, the crowd was taking its cue from Cubs broadcaster Harry Caray, chanting "Jo-dee, Jo-dee" for Cubs catcher Jody Davis. But by that time, the only people left in the park probably were Cub fans with an incurable cable TV habit.

The closest the Dodgers came to scoring was in the eighth, when R.J. Reynolds tripled with one out. But pinch-hitter Terry Whitfield flied to left and Steve Sax bounced to short.

Despite a yield of just three runs and seven hits in eight innings, Rick Honeycutt fell a game below .500 for the season (2-3) and 17 games below .500 for his career (70-87).

Sanderson (2-1) set the Dodgers down in order in five innings and struck out the heart of the order--Guerrero, Mike Marshall and Greg Brock--in the second.

The Cubs' pitchers lead the league in earned run average, complete games and fewest walks issued.

Dodger Notes

In their latest round of roster maneuvering, the Dodgers sent pitcher Bob Welch to Florida and shortstop Dave Anderson to Albuquerque, ostensibly for rehabilitative purposes. Welch, who was eligible to come off the 21-day disabled list, has pitched only five innings this season because of a sprained ligament in his right elbow and says he needs the work he'll get in Vero Beach, pitching for the Class A Dodgers. "Obviously, I'm not able to go out there and pitch," Welch said. "I haven't gone five innings in 2 1/2 months. I'm going to go down there and throw the baseball and that's about it. I'm very happy with the elbow. Hopefully, I'll pitch there Monday, four days later pitch again, and four days after that pitch again. If I throw the baseball great, boom, I'll be right back here."

Anderson's case is a little more curious. He says his back is fine, and so is the muscle he injured in his side while working out. "It was their (the Dodgers') idea," he said. "They didn't ask my opinion. As far as I'm concerned, I'm healthy. But the only way I can show the Dodgers is to go and play. This is the best I've felt in a long time; I'm eager to go and test it."

In the interim, of course, Mariano Duncan remains the No. 1 shortstop, but Anderson said he's not worried that his job will be gone when he returns. "To say I'm thinking whether I'll ever play shortstop for the Dodgers again, it's a long way from that," he said. "This is the team I want to play for. I hope Mariano does well, and hopefully I'll get a chance to do my thing." Anderson said he'll report to Albuquerque in time for the Dukes' game Friday. "The Hawaii Islanders, the first-place team," Anderson said with a wry smile. "Then Tacoma comes in for a big four-game series. Helmet night, I think. Should be a big crowd." . . . Both Anderson and Welch can be sent out for a maximum of 20 days, Anderson effective Friday, Welch on Monday, when he is scheduled to come off the DL . . .

Vice President Al Campanis met for nearly two hours with Phillies scout Hugh Alexander about a possible trade between the teams. Campanis covets Phillies outfielder Von Hayes, for whom Philadelphia once traded five players. But Alexander, as he did during spring training, told Campanis that Hayes is not available. The Phillies are interested in a reliever (Tom Niedenfuer) and a left-handed hitting first baseman (Greg Brock, Sid Bream, Franklin Stubbs), but without an outfielder to deal in return, a trade is unlikely. . . . Cubs Vice President Dallas Green also has some interest in a reliever, but again, the Cubs apparently have no outfielders they'd be willing to give up. The intraleague trading deadline is June 15 . . .

Manager Tom Lasorda rolled out a new No. 3 hitter, Mike Scioscia, and dropped .179-hitting Ken Landreaux to the No. 7 spot. Scioscia, who was batting .319 on April 28, has gone 7 for 41 (.171) since, and came into the game batting .250. . . . Ron Cey's home run in the second inning was the 282nd of his career, tying him with Ken Boyer for fifth on the all-time list for home runs by a third baseman. The leader is Eddie Matthews, with 482.

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