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Guerrero's Single Is Enough to Beat Braves

April 08, 1988|SAM McMANIS | Times Staff Writer

After striking out Dion James on a slider for the final out, Orosco punctuated his effort with a raised fist. Afterward, Orosco admitted to being nervous.

"Since Dec. 16, when they made the trade, I've been wondering what the first outcome would be," Orosco said. "I told myself when the trade happened, I hope I do something right away. This is a good chance now to establish myself again."

Orosco and other Dodger pitchers are giving the established hitters the benefit of the doubt, saying that the long-awaited offensive windfall will come.

"We're going to score some runs--that's a given," Sutton said. "If we, as starting pitchers, don't beat ourselves, we're going to win."

Dodger Notes

After three games, some less than awe-inspiring facts about Manager Tom Lasorda's self-proclaimed "Awesome Fivesome:" John Shelby is 0 for 9, Mike Davis 1 for 9 after an infield single Thursday, Kirk Gibson 1 for 9 after a double Thursday, Pedro Guerrero 2 for 10 after a two-run single Thursday and Mike Marshall 3 for 11, getting all 3 hits Thursday. Said Marshall: "I think everybody might have been pressing a little in Los Angeles (in the first series). Everybody wants to help the ballclub. We'll start to relax. But our goal is to win, and we've won two out of three." . . . Don Sutton's evaluation of his first Dodger start: "I didn't cause us to lose, and I gave us a chance to win. I think I made good pitches with men on base, but I had too many men on base." . . . Sutton's four strikeouts Thursday tie him for fourth place with Gaylord Perry on the all-time major league strikeout list with 3,534 . . . Atlanta starter Pete Smith, who was 3 months old when Sutton made his initial Dodger debut in 1966, gave up only 2 runs and 5 hits in 7 innings but got a no-decision. Paul Assenmacher, who loaded the bases in the ninth inning before Jim Acker was summoned, was the loser . . . Orel Hershiser, who pitched a three-hit shutout Tuesday night, awoke Wednesday with a sty in the inner part of his right eye. The condition worsened Thursday morning, and the sty was removed in the afternoon. Hershiser still is expected to start Sunday against the Braves. He will not be allowed to wear contact lenses until Sunday. . . . Ken Howell, on the disabled list during rehabilitation from off-season shoulder surgery, did not pitch a simulated game Thursday, as scheduled. The Dodgers said Howell's shoulder has not regressed and that he probably will throw today. . . . Bart Giamatti, president of the National League, was in attendance at the game. He met with reporters and talked about the emphasis on the balk rule, among other subjects. Giamatti stressed that the rule has simply been clarified, not changed, so that umpires in both leagues make sure pitchers come to a discernible stop with their hands before beginning the delivery. "There were different interpretations in each league, and we wanted a uniform interpretation," Giamatti said. After two balks were called on Giant pitchers Tuesday night against the Dodgers, Giant Manager Roger Craig sarcastically said that he would tell his pitchers to stay in a set position for 30 seconds, "so that the game lasts four hours." Giamatti's response to Craig's threat: "With a man as well-versed and intelligent as Roger Craig, I can't imagine he would do anything like that." Giamatti also said that he will not accept any allegedly corked bats or scuffed balls from teams. "Only umpires will be allowed to request us to check a bat or ball," Giamatti said. "We've sent a bulletin out on that. I'm tired of receiving a bouquet of bats from front-office personnel."

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