Padres Go 11 but Lose to Giants : Hawkins Is Just One Inning Short of His 12th Win
Just when it appeared that Andy Hawkins would somehow win his 12th straight game this season, the good fortune ran out on the Padre right-hander.
Hawkins, 11-0 entering the game, pitched eight innings plus in the Padres’ 5-4 loss in 11 innings Friday night at Candlestick Park. Hawkins allowed seven hits and four runs. He was relieved by Goose Goosage in the ninth after giving up a leadoff single to Bob Brenly.
Gossage got David Green to line to right, but he walked Chris Brown and pinch-hitter Scott Thompson, and then allowed the tying run to score on a fielders choice by Gary Rajsich. Gossage then struck out Dan Gladden to end the ninth.
Just one night after catcher Terry Kennedy said Gossage had thrown the hardest he had ever seen him throw, the Goose blew Hawkins’ lead.
It was a lead the Padres took on Graig Nettles’ one-out, ninth-inning homer to deep right field.
Two innings later, David Green gave the lead and the game to the Giants with a homerun off reliever Luis DeLeon.
In a game filled with excitement and second guessing, both managers made some interesting decisions in the final innings.
Trailing 3-2 in the top of the seventh, Padre Manager Dick Williams opted to let Hawkins hit with runners on first and second and one out.
After Dave LaPointe had retired 13 batters in a row, Martinez led off the seventh with a single up the middle. After Nettles flew to right, Garry Templeton singled to center.
Where was Kurt Bevacqua, who is 4 for 9 in pinch-hit appearances this season?
He remained on the bench.
Hawkins, hitting .133 entering the game, didn’t even hit. He sacrificed the runners up a base. Interesting decision.
The pressure was on Royster, who responded with an infield single up the middle to tie the game. With runners on first and third, Gwynn flew to center.
A few minutes later, it appeared the Giants would break the tie.
With one out in the eighth, Jose Uribe lined a triple to right-center. Giant Manager Jim Davenport opted to allow LaPoint to hit. LaPointe is a good hitting pitcher, but Davenport called for the suicide squeeze.
LaPoint missed a Hawkins pitch that was right over the plate. Uribe was caught in a rundown and finally tagged out by Nettles after being run back to third by Kennedy.
Hawkins’ good fortune prevailed once again.
For a while after the fourth inning, it appeared the streak might be over.
The Giants scored three runs in the fourth inning on three hits.
Manny Trillo led off with a walk, but Hawkins then retired Chili Davis on a fly to center and Jeff Leonard on a fly to right.
That’s when the fireworks began for a Giant team whose pitcher had the highest batting average of all the starters in Friday’s game. LaPoint was hitting .286.
Bob Brenly doubled down the third base line. Carmelo Martinez’s throw to the plate appeared to beat Trillo home, but Trillo slid in safely past a lunging Kennedy. Brenly went to third on the throw home.
David Green followed with a tapper toward short that Templeton was unable to get out of his glove. The infield single scored Brenly from third.
Chris Brown hit a 3-1 pitch in the gap in right-center field for a run-scoring double. Hawkins retired Uribe on grounder to second, but the damage had been done.
As has been their custom throughout the season, the Padres quickly gave Hawkins some runs to work with.
Royster, getting his first start in four games, singled to right to lead off the game. Gwynn lined a hit-and-run single to left, but Royster still had to hold at second.
Royster advanced to third on Steve Garvey’s fly to right and scored on a passed ball by Brenly.
San Diego made it 2-0 on Carmelo Martinez’s two-out, looping single to right.
An awful lot happened between that hit and the end of a crazy game.
Pitcher Greg Booker was sent to the Las Vegas Stars of the Pacific Coast League. Booker, the son-in-law of Jack McKeon, Padre general manager, was 0-1 with a 6.98 ERA in 14 outings. In his last appearance, Booker gave up five earned runs, four hits, walked two and threw three wild pitches in the eighth inning of the Padres’ 11-0 loss to the Astros Tuesday night. . . . The Padres had only 24 players available for Friday night’s game. Either today or tomorrow, the Padres will probably bring up a pitcher from the Stars or acquire one in a trade. Manager Dick Williams still has not announced who will pitch in the second game of Sunday’s doubleheader. . . . LaMarr Hoyt (7-4) is expected to face Jim Gott (3-3) in today’s game at 1:05 (KFMB-76). Jerry Coleman will be working with Brent Musburger on the CBS Radio Network game of the week today.
PADRES AT A GLANCE
Scorecard FIRST INNING Padres--Royster singled to right. Gwynn singled to left, moving Royster to second. Garvey flew to deep right, Royster tagging up and moving to third. Passed ball by Brenly, allowing Royster to score and sending Gwynn to second. McReynolds bounced to third, with Gwynn advancing to third after third baseman Chris Brown released the ball to first. Kennedy walked. Martinez singled to right, scoring Gwynn and moving Kennedy to third. Nettles bounced to the pitcher. Two runs, three hits, two left on.
FOURTH INNING Giants--Trillo walked. Davis flied to center and Leonard flied to right. Brenly it a ground ball double down the third-base line, scoring Trillo. Brenly went to third on the throw home. Green hit a tapper toward shortstop that Templeton could not get out of his glove. Brenly scored. Brown doubled to right-center, scoring Green. Uribe bounced to second. Three runs, three hits, one left.
SEVENTH INNING Padres--Martinez led off with a single up the middle. Nettles flied to right. Templeton singled to center, moving Martinez to second. Hawkins’ sacrifice bunt advanced Martinez to third and Templeton to second. Royster’s infield single up the middle drove in Martinez from third, and moved Templeton to third. Gwynn flied to center. One run, three hits, two left.
EIGHTH INNING Padres--With one out, Graig Nettles homered to right, his seventh. Templeton popped to third and Hawkins bounced catcher to first. One run, one hit, none left.
Giants--Brenly singled center. Gossage replaced Hawkins. Green lined to right. Brown walked and pinch-hitter Scott Thompson walked. Rajsich hit into a fielder’s choice, scoring Brenly and moving Brown to third and Thompson to second. Gladden struck out. One run, one hit, two left.