"My vote's for Orel right now," said Scioscia, hardly an unbiased observer. "He's been very consistent. That's not a slight against Jackson. But I've seen Orel, and he deserves it. Look at the way he pitched tonight. Look at how he (handled) Dale Murphy. You might go another decade before we see that again."
Manager Tom Lasorda, too, was suitably impressed by Hershiser's four strikeouts of Murphy. He also cast his vote for Hershiser. "You may not see that again in our lifetime," Lasorda said of Murphy's four strikeouts.
Actually, Murphy has struck out four times in a game six times, including June 2 of this season against Montreal. Even told of those facts, Lasorda's astonishment of Monday night's feat did not dim.
"Orel's had a hell of a year; you saw that tonight," Lasorda said. "If I had a vote, I'd vote for the Bulldog (Hershiser) right now."
Selected sportswriters, not players and managers, have the votes for the Cy Young Award, however. Perhaps aware of that fact, Hershiser and running mate Dave Anderson made a campaign stop in the press box an hour after Monday night's game.
"You guys need any more quotes?" Hershiser asked.
There was no response. His performance on the field was stumping enough for one night.
Monday night's victory was Orel Hershiser's fourth straight complete game. He is 3-1 with a 1.00 earned-run average. In his eight previous starts before this streak, Hershiser was 3-4 with a 4.76 ERA. Just as he refused to say he was in a slump, Hershiser now says "I'm not on a streak. I'm just pitching well." . . . Add Hershiser: After striking out Dale Murphy for the third time Monday night, Hershiser looked to the Dodger dugout and smiled. Asked about it afterward, Hershiser said he was smiling at pitching Coach Ron Perranoski, who apparently was not smiling. Hershiser said he struck out Murphy with a side-armed curveball, a pitch Perranoski does not want Hershiser to throw for fear that he might hurt his arm. "He doesn't want me to end my career on one pitch," Hershiser said. "I only throw it against the great hitters when I really need an out." Said Perranoski: "I cringe every time he does that. I don't think it's healthy for him, number one. And two, it can (mess up) the mechanics on his other pitches. But he still does it. Even once is too much." . . . Steve Sax doubled and later scored the Dodgers' third run in the third inning Monday night. Sax, who went 1-for-3 against Rick Mahler, had only 4 hits in his previous 35 at bats on this trip. . . . Mike Marshall took batting and fielding practice Monday but apparently told assistant trainer Charlie Strasser his right leg did not healenough to return.