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Tudor Impresses All but Himself : New Dodger Throws 7 Shutout Innings to Defeat Phillies, 5-0

August 29, 1988|SAM McMANIS | Times Staff Writer

With Guerrero gone, Stubbs is the Dodgers' first baseman against right-handed pitchers. Against Kevin Gross Sunday, Stubbs gave the Dodgers a 3-0 lead in the first inning with a bases-loaded double to right field, Marshall pulling up lame on the play. It was the Dodgers' only hit of the inning. Steve Sax and Kirk Gibson walked and Marshall was hit by a pitch.

In the third inning, the Dodgers extended the lead to 4-0 with an unearned run. With two out, Gibson scored from second base when Phillie shortstop Steve Jeltz could not handle a liner hit by John Shelby.

Even though Tudor seemingly did not need any more runs, the Dodgers added a fifth one in the sixth inning when Sax's single off Gross scored Shelby from second. The single came just after Tudor failed to advance Shelby to third on a bunt attempt, Tudor flinging his bat into the dugout.

Even that brief fit of anger, Tudor said, contributed to what he perceived as a mediocre outing.

"I guess that didn't help my shoulder, either," Tudor said, laughing.

Dodger Notes

Specifically, Dodger pitcher John Tudor said that pitching on a flat mound such as the one at Veterans Stadium aggravates his shoulder condition because he must throw "standing straight." But Tudor, who had off-season shoulder surgery, said the pain is not serious. "I've lived with it for 10 years, so it's no big deal," he said. . . . Franklin Stubbs is 3 for 8 since changing his batting stance. Manager Tom Lasorda and hitting coach Ben Hines have instructed Stubbs to hold his bat horizontally instead of vertically. . . . Fernando Valenzuela, on the disabled list since July 31 with a left shoulder injury, will play catch for the third time today. Physical therapist Pat Screnar said Valenzuela will likely increase his velocity slightly and throw a longer distance.

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