Leary said he thought he struck out Davis on a 1-and-2 pitch on the inside corner. But home plate umpire Dana DeMuth called it a ball, and Davis knocked Leary's next pitch into right field for a single. That brought up Milner, who jumped on a high fastball.
"It's just frustrating when you throw well and get the loss," Leary said. "It shows you how this game is sometimes."
If Mariano Duncan's knee injury is serious, the Dodgers will be in serious trouble at shortstop. Craig Shipley is the only other current Dodger who can play shortstop. The only shortstop with their triple-A club in Albuquerque is journeyman Shanie Dugas. Julio Cruz is playing second base in Albuquerque, but has never been a shortstop. Another option would be the activation of Dodger Coach Bill Russell, who hasn't taken many ground balls or batting practice in recent weeks. "I don't know what we are going to do yet," Manager Tom Lasorda said. . . . Alejandro Pena comes off the disabled list today, and vice president Fred Claire announced that Ken Howell will be sent to Albuquerque to work on becoming a starting pitcher. The Dodgers, apparently, have given up on Howell as a reliever. Said Howell after receiving the news: "I'm not disappointed. I'm going to go down there and learn how to be a starter again. Maybe I can come back and help them in September." . . . Add injuries: Pedro Guerrero is day-to-day with his sore right thumb. Lasorda said that the lingering injury, which Guerrero first hurt during the All-Star game, has significantly affected Guerrero's hitting. "He just can't swing the bat, can't get it around," Lasorda said.