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After a Great Finish, Dodgers Have Slow Start in 15-4 Defeat

August 15, 1988|SAM McMANIS | Times Staff Writer

Then there were the strange circumstances surrounding the ejections of Pedro Guerrero and Lasorda. Guerrero, on first base after a single in the 11th, apparently argued that Price had balked. On that disputed pitch, Guerrero made it to second base anyway on a passed ball. At that point, Guerrero had to be restrained from attacking Joe West, the second base umpire. Lasorda then ran onto the field and alternatively argued with West and restrained Guerrero with forearm jabs. Said West: "(Guerrero) argued a couple innings earlier. He said, 'The guy balked.' I just said that he didn't. Guerrero then called me a big-headed . . . I won't take that from anybody." About Lasorda's ejection, West said: "I think he just wanted to go with (Guerrero)." Said Lasorda on the first two ejections: "Guerrero told me he had been kidding back and forth with West all game. Pete said he jokingly told West that Price had balked. I don't know what Joe thought. I didn't get thrown out for profanity. I just stayed out there too long, I guess." . . . Meanwhile, Leary knew he would be used as a pinch-hitter when Davis was ejected. Leary, hitting .320, said he looks forward to hitting. "I think the DH in the other league is a waste," Leary said. "Right now, there aren't a lot of good hitting pitchers because they don't practice. There used to be a lot of guys (pitchers) who could hit." . . . Sign above Leary's locker Sunday morning: "The Babe." . . . Kirk Gibson was given Sunday off. In the first two games of the Giant series, Gibson went 0 for 8. He had a run-scoring grounder as a pinch-hitter Sunday. . . . Reliever Tim Crews was pulled from Sunday's game in the seventh inning because of an injury. But Crews said he doesn't know what the injury is. "Perry (pitching coach Ron Perranoski) ran out and asked me if I'm OK," Crews said. "I told him I was get a little tired. It was so slight. That's why he took me out. It's crazy. It's kind of frustrating. But I'll be availble to pitch (tonight)."

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