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Leary Delivers Winning Hit in 11th Inning : His Two-Out Single Lifts Dodgers Over Giants, 2-1

August 14, 1988|SAM McMANIS | Times Staff Writer

It was then that Krukow, perhaps tired because of lack of work, finally wilted and the Dodgers finally broke the scoreless tie. The Dodger rally began with two outs. Pedro Guerrero, emerging from a hitting slump, slammed a double down the left-field line. Then, on Krukow's next pitch, Mike Marshall singled to center to score Guerrero and get his team-leading 68th run batted in.

The Dodgers tried to pad the 1-0 lead in that inning, eventually chasing Krukow after he walked John Shelby and pinch-hitter Danny Heep to load the bases. But reliever Scott Garrelts got Alfredo Griffin to ground out to second base.

Martinez's day at the ballpark began at 4 p.m., when he arrived in the Dodger clubhouse and met with Scioscia to go over the signs in Spanish. Scioscia, who says he knows just enough Spanish to get by, said Martinez was a quick study.

"I know a little more Spanish now than when Fernando first came up," Scioscia said. "He picked up on what we were trying to do right away. Baseball's language is universal, anyway." Martinez didn't have many problems with the Giants in the early innings, either.

Most notable among the early highlights was the manner in which Martinez expertly pitched out of a jam in the fourth inning and the unexpected defensive help he received in a fifth-inning predicament.

In the fifth, Martinez faced runners on second and third with one out after Brenly walked, Jose Uribe singled to right and Krukow moved over the runners with a ground-out on a fake bunt.

Butler then lined Martinez's first pitch into shallow left field. Gibson caught the ball moving in, but because of Gibson's weak throwing arm, Brenly was sent home from third.

It turns out that Gibson's arm wasn't so weak on this particular throw. He made an excellent one-hop throw to Scioscia, blocking the plate with his usual expertise for a rally-killing double play.

Dodger Notes

Dodger reliever Jesse Orosco struck out the only batter, Will Clark, he faced in the ninth inning of Friday night's win over the Giants. But Orosco was so upset that he wasn't allowed to try for a save Friday night that he said he would be better off playing for another team. Saturday, Orosco apparently had calmed. "I know it now," Orosco said of his role. "I just have to get a guy out. It doesn't matter. I want to win the pennant. I said what I had to say (Friday night)." But Alan Meersand, Orosco's agent, said that Orosco is unhappy as a "middle reliever" and wants to return to his role as a late-inning reliever, which he says is what the Dodgers acquired him for.

Giant Manager Roger Craig on Dodger pitcher Tim Leary, who beat the Giants Friday night for his 12th win: "Leary is the key to that staff. He's as good a pitcher as Hershiser. Nobody thought Leary could pitch like this. I knew what (Kirk) Gibson could do to help them, but this guy has been a surprise."

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