That might have been a harbinger of worse times for Horton. On Horton's next pitch, Santiago belted the grand slam over the 370-foot sign in left field for a 9-0 Padre lead.
Because strong Dodger starting pitching had rendered the bullpen unneeded in recent starts, Horton and other relievers might have been stale. That's a theory Horton dismissed.
"The fact we've been getting complete-game shutouts is fantastic," Horton said. "But a bullpen pitcher's responsibility is to be ready."
After Horton's departure, a semblance of order among Dodger pitchers was restored when relievers Brian Holton, Tim Crews and Ken Howell combined to pitch 7 scoreless innings.
Meanwhile, though, Rasmussen easily dismissed Dodger hitters until the late innings. Coming off a 6-3 loss to the Atlanta Braves in his last start, Rasmussen (15-9) handled Dodgers much easier than the last-place Braves.
He was nursing a shutout until the eighth inning, when Anderson's single drove in Tracy Woodson. Then, in the ninth, a tiring Rasmussen allowed a 2-run home run to Hamilton, his sixth. But Rasmussen endured to record his fifth complete game with the 8-hitter.
Coincidentally or not, the Padres jumped on the Dodgers in the first game shortly after Manager Jack McKeon held only his second team meeting since taking over the club May 28. This one was in response to the Padres slump--7 losses in the last 8 games--and McKeon reportedly made some harsh evaluations.
"He told the guys that, in 12 days, you can do your own thing," Flannery said. "But right now . . . you're getting paid for 162."
The Dodgers, barring a monumental collapse in the final two weeks, figure to be paid for more than 162 games. The only question is when they will make their post-season appearance official.
Jeff Hamilton arrived at Dodger Stadium Wednesday with a stiff neck, apparently the result of sleeping in an awkward position. Hamilton received treatment and was in the first-game lineup. . . . Kirk Gibson was not in the first-game lineup, but assistant trainer Charlie Strasser said his absence was not caused by an injury and Gibson started in the second game.
Dodger players will meet before tonight's game to vote on dividing playoff shares. Twenty-one players, plus Manager Tom Lasorda are assured of full shares. Players will vote to determine how great a share players such as Pedro Guerrero, injured then traded; Fernando Valenzuela, injured for almost half the season, and recently acquired John Tudor and released Don Sutton will be given.
Alcohol was banned from the Dodger clubhouse earlier this season, but Dave Anderson, the Dodgers' player representative, said that club officials have agreed to allow champagne and other alcoholic beverages in the clubhouse for special celebrations, such as the night the Dodgers clinch the National League West title. "It was no big deal," Anderson said. "We hope we get to do it three times."
Most Dodger players reacted with shock to the news that New York Mets left-hander Bob Ojeda had severely cut his left index finger while trimming shrubbery at his home.
Mostly, players were surprised that Ojeda would be doing potentially hazardous yard work during the season. "My wife won't even let me unscrew the lids of cans during the season, because I might slice my finger," Dodger reliever Brian Holton said. Added Dodger first baseman Franklin Stubbs: "I won't even clean my house during the season. There's too much money at stake. I mean, can't he hire somebody to do that?" . . . The Dodgers have yet to schedule another date for Valenzuela to test his left shoulder against live hitting in batting practice.