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There Is No Beating Behind Bush; Dodgers Lose to Montreal, 6-5

May 18, 1988|SAM McMANIS | Times Staff Writer

That gave the Dodgers a 4-3 lead, but Paredes and Santovenia and more walks were yet to strike Valenzuela, who vowed a return to form as soon as he can figure out what is wrong.

"All the time, I feel like I have good stuff, but that's nothing," Valenzuela said. "I want to feel bad and win the game. Next game, I will win."

Gibson could take little solace in his home run, triple and noteworthy assist.

"We lost," he snapped. "I'd rather take an 0 for 5 with 4 strikeouts and 2 errors and win. Maybe that'll happen tomorrow."

Asked about the Dodgers' problems hitting Heaton, the sixth left-handed starter to beat the Dodgers this season, Gibson said: "He got us out when he needed to. Give him credit. We may not want to, but we have to."

Dodger Notes

Dodger Manager Tom Lasorda gave Vice President George Bush an autographed bat, two Dodger warm-up jackets and a T-shirt. "You'll have a lot of people waving to you if you wear that shirt out jogging," Lasorda said. "You haven't changed," Bush said, laughing. Lasorda took Bush and his horde of secret service agents on a tour of the clubhouse and reminisced about Bush's college baseball career at Yale. Bush watched the game from owner Peter O'Malley's box.

Steve Sax, on the similarly dressed Secret Service agents surrounding the Dodger clubhouse awaiting Bush's arrival: "That Secret Service doesn't look so secret. They look obvious to me." . . . Hitting coach Manny Mota said he has been working mentally more than physically with struggling shortstop Alfredo Griffin, hitting just .162 going into Tuesday's game. "He plays every day, so I don't like to do too much extra work with him," Mota said. "We do more work mentally. I tell him not to let anything bother him and also, anytime you go up to the plate, think that you have the bases loaded." Fourteen of Griffin's 19 RBIs have come in bases-loaded situations.

Catcher Mike Scioscia still is battling a chest cold, but he was in the lineup Tuesday. . . . Ben Hines, who shares duties as hitting coach with Mota, missed Tuesday night's game to attend the funeral of his sister, Lona Ramey. He will return for Friday night's game against the New York Mets.

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