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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

Leary got out of the second inning without out difficulty. But he first ran into trouble in the third. Hubbard led off with a single to left that would have been a home run had it carried a few feet higher. The ball hit the fence only a few feet from the top, and bounced so quickly to Hatcher in left that he fielded it and held Hubbard to a single.

Hubbard made it around the bases quickly enough after that, though. Hubbard easily stole second after Scioscia pumped once before throwing. He probably would have been better off not throwing at all. The ball skipped past Griffin and Sax and into center field, Hubbard taking third. Hassey worked Leary to a full count before knocking a high fastball into left field for a single and a 1-0 A's lead.

The Dodgers tied it, 1-1, in the fifth with an unlikely rally. Hamilton led off with a single to center and went to second on Griffin's sacrifice bunt. After Sax grounded out, Franklin Stubbs launched Welch's first pitch to the right-center gap to score Hamilton. Stubbs, who lost his starting spot in the playoffs because of lack of productivity, had a run-scoring single in Game 2 and produced again Tuesday.

Only after Stubbs knocked in Hamilton did La Russa approach plate umpire Bruce Froemming and argue that Griffin had run out of the baseline on his sacrifice bunt. Had Griffin been called for interference, Hamilton would have been called back to first base and, conceivably, would have been retired on Sax's potential double-play grounder.

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