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Valenzuela Is Baffled by Worst Performance; Dodgers Survive, 6-4

June 26, 1988|SAM McMANIS | Times Staff Writer

Crews then pitched his four scoreless innings but had nothing to show for it. He struck out three and allowed two hits and didn't seem at all upset that he lost out on a win.

"The role I'm in is to keep us in the game," Crews said. "I'm not one to get a lot of wins and losses."

Pena, however, was extremely upset about being replaced one out away from getting what probably would have been his sixth save. He had pitched 3 scoreless innings before walking McClendon. With left-handed hitting Jeff Treadway due up, Lasorda chose to go with the left-handed Orosco, who needed one pitch to force Treadway to ground out.

Pena walked slowly off the field after the pitching change was made, then grabbed his jacket in the dugout and stormed off. He declined to be interviewed afterward.

"It was an outstanding job from our bullpen," Lasorda said. "But I don't blame (Pena) for being mad. I never wanted to be taken out of a game, either."

Valenzuela, too, did not enjoy the shortest start of his career.

"What I can do is next time just try to pitch better," he said.

Dodger Notes

Steve Sax injured his left ankle when a foul ball ricocheted off it in the fourth inning. A Dodger spokesman said Sax had no swelling and was not using crutches. He will be evaluated again today . . . Mike Davis, who has been hinting about making a trade request for the last two weeks, said he may be ready to talk to Dodger management soon. "I'm not going to be sitting on the bench here too much longer," said Davis, who makes $987,500 and is hitting .202. . . . Tim Leary (6-5) will pitch against the Reds' Tom Browning (6-3) today at 11:15 a.m., PDT.

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