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Dodgers Win, but Martinez Is Still Looking for His First

August 19, 1988|SAM McMANIS | Times Staff Writer

Confidence is one thing Martinez does not seem to lack. As Valenzuela did at his best, Martinez pitches better when he is in a jam.

"I think to myself, when a guy's on second and third, I have to concentrate and strike the guy out. And I get him. I have to concentrate more, because there might be a speedy runner on first."

The Dodgers didn't have many baserunners against Gross, who retired 12 straight batters between the fourth and seventh innings. If Martinez thought he was a hard-luck pitcher Thursday, Gross had an even better case. He pitched eight innings, giving up five hits and two runs, walking none and striking out five.

"Gross always pitches that way against us," Anderson said. "We've always had problems with him. We were fortunate to win. I think the same thing with Ramon. He pitched good enough to win. The guy's done everything we've asked him to."

Now that he's done it all, maybe Martinez finally will win a game.

Dodger Notes

John Tudor, a winner in his Dodger debut Wednesday night, had X-rays of his left elbow taken before Thursday's game. Tudor said he had felt a twinge of pain in the elbow, which had happened several times this season when pitching for the St. Louis Cardinals. Both Tudor and Charlie Strasser, the Dodgers' assistant trainer, said it is not a serious condition and that Tudor is expected to make his next start Monday against New York. "I haven't talked to Dr. (Frank) Jobe, but we don't anticipate anything showing up on the X-rays," Strasser said. "(Jobe) would have contacted us if there had been anything." . . . The reason the Dodgers stayed with left-hander Jesse Orosco in the ninth inning, even though the Phillies kept sending up right-handed pinch-hitters, was that Alejandro Pena said he felt "tightness" in his right shoulder and needed a day off. "No pain at all, just a little tight," Pena said. "I threw a couple times in the bullpen (Wednesday night) and I felt it today." Pena said he should be available for tonight's game. . . . Catcher Mike Scioscia and home plate umpire Tom Hallion exchanged angry words in the fourth inning. Scioscia explained: "Hallion thought Ramon (Martinez) was staring him down (after a ball call). We weren't showing anyone up. I think Tom misread what Ramon did."

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