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THE WORLD SERIES : OAKLAND ATHLETICS vs. LOS ANGELES DODGERS : It's an A's Smash, the Monster Bash : McGwire Pins Game 3 Loss on Dodgers

October 19, 1988|SAM McMANIS | Times Staff Writer

"I'm not going to say anything about what we were trying to do with McGwire," Scioscia said. "That situation might come up again."

The Dodgers certainly hope not. Or, they would prefer a different result.

But the way the A's were talking, the Series has shifted.

Between Canseco's grand slam off Tim Belcher--tonight's Dodger starter in Game 4--and McGwire's home run Tuesday night, the A's had scored just 1 run off Dodger pitching in 25 innings.

After Tudor's untimely departure, the A's scored a run in the third against Tim Leary but then failed to mount a threat against Alejandro Pena, who gave up 1 hit in 3 innings.

A's Manager Tony La Russa had told his players not to concern themselves with the long ball, to try to manufacture runs the way the Dodgers routinely do it.

But the A's, apparently, have to do things their way.

"I felt kind of ridiculous (watching the home run)," La Russa said, "because I had just yelled that we had put the ball in the air enough. I just wanted a couple of line drives, back to back. The next thing I know . . . It's was a line drive--a high line drive."

Instead of focusing on the obvious--McGwire's game-winning home run--Dodger players and Manager Tom Lasorda talked instead about that foiled sixth-inning rally, about the possible effect of Marshall's injury on an offense already hurting and about the importance of bouncing back tonight in Game 4.

The biggest Dodger mistake, before Howell's entrance, was stranding 3 baserunners in the sixth.

Danny Heep, Marshall's replacement as cleanup hitter, opened the inning with a double to left-center. He went to third on John Shelby's single, Shelby taking second when Luis Polonia made the mistake of throwing to home plate instead of second. Then, Mike Davis walked.

That set up a major pratfall by the Dodger offense, as the A's bullpen bailed out starter Bob Welch.

Left-hander Greg Cadaret was summoned to face the left-handed hitting Scioscia, who usually does not hit against left-handers. But Lasorda chose to stay with Scioscia, who meekly popped to third.

"It was either Scioscia against the left-hander or (Rick) Dempsey against the rightie," Lasorda said. "With no outs, I was hoping (Scioscia) could get a run in."

Cadaret's work done, La Russa then brought in Gene Nelson to face Jeff Hamilton. That move worked, too. Hamilton grounded to third, and a charging Carney Lansford forced Heep at the plate. Alfredo Griffin then ended the threat by grounding the first pitch to McGwire at first. Gibson went to Lasorda during the rally and offered his services. And, when asked if he thought about pinch-hitting Gibson for Hamilton, Lasorda said he did not.

"We had a lot of opportunities to win, and we didn't execute," Scioscia said. "We definitely should have scored at least 1 run in that inning."

Added Mickey Hatcher, who doubled in the seventh but also was stranded: "We had our chances; that's what is so frustrating. All it would take would be 1 run to win."

Or, at least, tie.

"I don't blame Jay Howell," Hatcher said. "We should have given him more runs to work with."

Given their depleted offense, the Dodgers seemed fortunate even to threaten Tuesday night. Gibson's absence obviously has hurt the Dodgers, and the uncertainty surrounding Marshall's status has the Dodgers looking at a lineup featuring Hatcher as the third hitter and Heep or Davis hitting cleanup.

Marshall, whose back injury recurred when he was sliding into third base Sunday night in Game 2, said he tried to adjust Tuesday night.

"I tried to change the way I played and do the best I could," Marshall said. "It comes to a point where you are no good to the club. I couldn't run (well) or bend over even, and I couldn't continue.

"Dr. Jobe gave me an injection. I really didn't want to have one, because I don't know how (the back) will react (today). I want to play, but I don't know."

A long night for the Dodgers began with Tudor's battle with pain in his left elbowin the first inning.

He apparently felt the first twinges on his second pitch to Canseco in the first inning. At 3-and-1 on Canseco, the pain became obvious enough that trainer Bill Buhler and pitching coach Ron Perranoski made a trip to the mound.

It was decided Tudor would remain, even though he was noticeably hurting.

He got through the inning as Leary was rushed to the bullpen to warm up.

And Tudor tried it again in the second, using 4 pitches to strike out McGwire, the first batter of the inning. But on that fourth pitch, Tudor hung his arm and headed off the mound. He stopped just before reaching the first-base line, turned as if contemplating returning to the mound. But he was then escorted to the dugout by Buhler.

"John Tudor was in intense pain," Scioscia said. "I could see that. Everyone could see that."

The elbow injury is nothing new to Tudor. He said he has pitched through what he termed twinges of pain throughout the season.

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