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Depleted Dodgers Defeated Again : Hershiser's Performance Wasted as Pirates Gain a 3-2 Win

July 22, 1988|SAM McMANIS | Times Staff Writer

The Dodgers, who stranded four runners in scoring position, got a run-scoring single from Kirk Gibson in the fourth inning and Mike Marshall's home run to lead off the ninth.

The Dodgers received a scare when Marshall was hit on the tip of the left thumb by Drabek, who consistently was pitching Marshall inside.

Marshall grabbed his left hand and ran to the dugout, where the hand was examined by trainers. He remained in the game and later homered off Drabek.

"I thought I broke it at first," Marshall said. "But it was just a funny-bone type effect. It hurt for a while."

So, with Marshall's thumb merely sore, with Hatcher returning tonight and with Shelby due back in a few days, the Dodgers do not seemed concerned about the losing streak.

They have not lost more than three straight at any point this season.

"That means we'll win tomorrow (tonight), then," Gibson cracked.

Dodger Notes

In a trade announced after the game, the Pirates, who have been seeking a power-hitting outfielder, sent infielder-outfielder Darnell Coles, 26, to the Seattle Mariners for former All-Star outfielder Glenn Wilson, 29. . . . Fred Claire, the Dodgers' executive vice president, said Jose Gonzalez reacted well to the news of his aborted activation. Gonzalez was demoted to Albuquerque Tuesday when pitcher William Brennan was activated. He spent one day with Albuquerque in Calgary before flying to Pittsburgh on Thursday. "That was tough," Claire said. "I apologized to Jose. He took it well. The traveling was rugged." . . . Mike Marshall, pitched inside by Doug Drabek all game, said he is used to such practices. Marshall was hit by a pitch on the left thumb in the sixth inning. "They can keep on pitching me inside," he said. "It won't intimidate me." . . . Dodger trainers said that relief pitcher Brian Holton was given an anti-inflammatory injection to ease the discomfort of a cyst in a muscle of his back. Trainers said it is a chronic condition and will be able to pitch with it . . . Reliever Jay Howell, who had soreness in his right shoulder earlier in the week, said the shoulder felt fine after pitching an inning on Thursday in St. Louis. "I expected it, after being out for so long," said Howell, who came off a stint on the disabled list about two weeks ago. "I don't anticipate any more problems. It was rustiness."

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