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After 4 Rainouts, Dodgers Pour It On Giants in 10-3 Rout

April 24, 1988|SAM McMANIS | Times Staff Writer

The Giants didn't exactly knock around Hershiser for their only run against him. Kevin Mitchell led off the fourth inning with a single, then stole second as Will Clark struck out. Mitchell went to third on Hershiser's wild pitch and scored on Mike Aldrete's two-out single beyond the reach of Guerrero at third base.

"You can't feel like you're finely tuned after such a layoff," Hershiser said. "But it ends up like any other outing. You take the tools you have that day with you. That's a pretty tough (Giant) lineup to go through. Even if you're throwing well, you're always struggling."

Tim Belcher, not scheduled to start again until Thursday because of the rainouts, took over for Hershiser and struck out the side in the seventh. Belcher also struck out the side in the eighth, but sandwiched between the strikeouts was Clark's two-run home run that cut the lead to 5-3.

Jay Howell, who had made only two appearances all season, protected that 10-3 lead, retiring the side in the ninth.

After Howell struck out Robby Thompson to end the game, the Dodgers returned to the clubhouse and went through their postgame rituals. It was the first time in five days that they hadn't had their showers on the field.

Dodger Notes

More on the Dodger-Giant rivalry, pregame style: Immediately after Friday night's rainout, Giant management announced that the makeup game would be played Monday night--originally a day off for both teams. The Giants checked with the National League office and were given permission to reschedule without checking with the Dodgers. That move upset some of the Dodgers. The Giants apparently were not aware of a rule preventing a team from playing more than 20 consecutive days. The Dodgers voted Saturday morning for a compromise by playing a Monday afternoon game. "This is our ballpark," Giant Manager Roger Craig said. "We'll dictate when we want to play." Giant General Manager Al Rosen told Tom Lasorda, the Dodger manager, that his "inmates are running the asylum." The Giants finally decided to play a doubleheader July 26, nearing the end of a 15-day Dodger trip. "We had the option not to play," said Dave Anderson, Dodger player representative. "A lot of the guys didn't think it would be beneficial for us to play a night game (Monday), then fly home and start a series the next day. We would have liked to play Monday, but in the afternoon. A lot of our (reserves) voted to play Monday because they want to get in a game. I think the Giants should have looked at our schedule and figured out that they should have talked to us. But that 20-day rule was complicated by the fact we had rainouts. But the rainouts count as days worked." . . . Lasorda briefly became enraged when a Candlestick Park security guard would not let one of coach Manny Mota's sons into the clubhouse. Lasorda yelled at the guard until he finally relented. The Giants have a rule barring relatives from the home clubhouse, but there is no rule for the visitors.. . . . Fernando Valenzuela (1-2), the Dodgers' scheduled starter last Tuesday through Friday, is scheduled to pitch today against Mike LaCoss (1-1).

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