The offense hasn't been going good, but the Dodgers have seized upon just enough chances.
"We aren't scoring a lot of runs," said Hamilton, hitting .286 with four runs batted in in his last eight games. "We can't afford to blow opportunities we get. It would be nice to take the pressure off the (pitchers) and score a lot of runs. But as long as we keep winning, I guess it doesn't matter."
Dodger pitcher John Tudor, who has a contract stipulation stating he can demand a trade after the season if he desires, said after Sunday's victory that he most likely will choose to stay with the Dodgers next season, for the final year on his contract. "I think it's about 85% that I'll stay here," Tudor said. "But I don't know yet how I'm going to like Los Angeles, fighting all that traffic and the media attention, which I don't really like. But, more than likely, I'll stay. Who knows? Maybe they won't want me." . . . Red Manager Pete Rose on Tudor: "The fastest we clocked (his pitches) was 83 miles per hour. He doesn't get many guys out; they get themselves out. But he shouldn't change anything. He drives guys crazy. He probably leads the league in getting called names from the bench." . . . On Aug. 11, after the Reds beat the Dodgers at Riverfront Stadium, Rose predicted that the Dodgers would not win the NL West and also said that "I'm more worried about the other two teams in front of us (Houston and San Francisco)." After Sunday's loss, the Reds dropped a half-game behind both the Astros and Giants, prompting Dodger Manager Tom Lasorda to say: "Pete hit it right on the nose. His prediction was right to a T. They've got to be worried about the two teams in front of them."