Gossage and Padres Stop Dodgers, 5-4
Tom Lasorda bent over in disgust Friday night after center fielder Ken Landreaux didn’t do a deep-knee bend to field Carmelo Martinez’s eighth-inning single.
Martinez’s ball rolled under Landreaux’ glove, and Kevin McReynolds came all the way from first to score an unearned go-ahead run. Garry Templeton’s subsequent RBI single to center added a critical insurance run, and the San Diego Padres held off the Dodgers, 5-4, in front of 46,288 at Dodger Stadium.
Padre reliever Goose Gossage bent but didn’t break in the bottom of the ninth. With one out, the Dodgers cut a two-run lead to one and then loaded the bases when Gossage hit a batter and walked another. But Dave Anderson grounded to shortstop Templeton, who began a game-ending double play.
There were so many Dodger tragedies and travesties.
They left nine man on base.
And shortstop Mariano Duncan left the game on Lasorda’s shoulders.
In the Dodger seventh with the score tied, 2-2, Duncan singled and stole second. Relief pitcher Lance McCullers turned to fake a pick-off throw, and Duncan turned awkwardly on his left ankle. He fell in pain.
It was diagnosed as a sprain, but X-rays are forthcoming. Bill Russell pinch-ran and scored on Enos Cabell’s single to center.
The Dodgers had a 3-2 lead, but in the Padre eighth with Ken Howell working in relief of Rick Honeycutt, Tony Gwynn collected his third hit of the night, a single, and then stole second. McReynolds walked. Steve Garvey, who had two RBIs on the night, struck out.
Martinez then ripped one to left, and Landreaux didn’t get down to it.
Honeycutt’s scoreless streak may have come to an end, but so did his hitless streak. He began this season 0 for 16 at the plate, but as soon as the Padres walked Reggie Williams intentionally with two men on in the second inning, he singled to give the Dodgers a 2-0 lead. Bill Madlock homered to left field for the Dodgers’ first run.
Madlock, who had missed two games with a groin injury, came back Friday with a bang.
He led off the second inning with the home run, a rocket to left off San Diego starter Dave Dravecky, and he played some defense, too. Later, just after Garvey had tied the game with a double, the Dodgers walked Martinez intentionally to load the bases for Templeton.
There was one out.
Templeton hit a line drive down to third, and Madlock got down on his knees and caught it. He then stepped on third (McReynolds had come streaking home) to complete an inning-ending double play.
Madlock then led off the sixth inning with a single, starting another Dodger rally. But another rally failed. Anderson pinch-ran for Madlock and took third on Mike Marshall’s single to right. Then, Franklin Stubbs popped up to Garvey.
After McCullers relieved Dravecky, Alex Trevino popped to shallow left. Anderson didn’t even think about tagging up from third.
Then, pinch-hitter Landreaux grounded to first, a high chopper for Garvey, but a medium-high chopper for taller first basemen. Garvey leaped and reached and snagged it, stepping on first to end a rally.
He was mobbed in his dugout.
Honeycutt’s scoreless streak ended at 25 innings.
How did the streak end? Gwynn, whose proud father sat in the dugout before the game, singled in the fourth inning and went to second when McReynolds beat out a grounder to third base.
Garvey then singled, a grounder that found its way between Madlock and shorstop Duncan.
In the sixth, Gwynn started the next Padre rally, too, blooping one to left-center and beating Stubbs’ throw from left field. McReynolds beat out another grounder--this one a slow roller to second--and Garvey followed with a ball that sailed over Stubbs’ head in left.
And the Padres came close again in the seventh. With one out, catcher Terry Kennedy slammed one safely to right, the ball rolling to the corner. Marshall kicked it, bobbled it. Kennedy had no clue, though, and slowed down around second. Suddenly, third-base coach Jack Krol was telling him to keep coming. He ran, but Steve Sax’s relay got him.
According to third-base umpire Fred Brocklander, that is. Kennedy, Krol and Manager Steve Boros argued, but they lost.
Dodger Notes As he waited for the doctor to show up, first baseman Greg Brock moaned and said: “My knee? It’s sore.” And swollen. Finally Dr. Ralph Gambardella did examine him, and the only conclusion he reached was that, yes, Brock’s left knee was sore. Dr. Frank Jobe--who was unavailable Friday--will examine Brock again Monday, at which time it will finally be decided whether or not he needs arthroscopic surgery. If so, Gambardella said Brock would be out about three weeks. . . . Bullpen coach Mark Cresse, who has cartilage trouble in his left knee, is tentatively scheduled for surgery Tuesday. . . . Manager Tom Lasorda, who was throwing batting practice Friday, told Reggie Williams to watch out for his curveball and then promptly broke Williams’ bat with a pitch that dropped a couple of feet. “Son, put that bat on my desk!” Lasorda said to Williams. “That’s the 2,500th bat I’ve broken! I’ll put it on my mantelpiece. That’s No. 2,500.” Lasorda then celebrated by running windsprints in the outfield. Then, he said: “I only wish I could look how I feel. If I looked how I feel, I’d look like Robert Wagner!” . . . More Lasorda: Doug Cress of the Pasadena Star-News asked Tom Paciorek of the Texas Rangers the difference between Lasorda and Ranger Manager Bobby Valentine. “After a game, Valentine might eat,” Paciorek said. “Lasorda will eat. That’s the only difference.” . . . The Padres placed utility infielder Randy Ready on the 15-day disabled list Friday. Ready’s wife, Dorene, suffered an apparent heart attack last weekend and has been in a coma since. Jack McKeon, the Padre general manager, convinced the National League office that Ready should be allowed to go on the disabled list, and the league agreed. Ready has three children under three years old. To replace Ready, the Padres recalled outfielder John Kruk, who had been sent down a week ago when the Padres acquired Ready from Milwaukee. Kruk, told he’d be coming back to the big leagues before his Thursday minor league game, went out and had a single, a double, a triple and said: “Gotta go”. . . . McKeon signed a three-year contract extension Friday. His contract now runs through the 1989 season. . . . Padre third baseman Graig Nettles is 12-for-his-last 24 with three home runs. Suddenly, he is no longer being platooned. Padre Manager Steve Boros said: “I’ll run him out there until he stops hitting or dies--whichever happens first.” Nettles injured his left shoulder Thursday sliding into home plate and had trouble lifting it over his head Friday. As a result, he did not start Friday’s game. . . . Padre president Ballard Smith held a closed door meeting with his players last Tuesday, and though nobody was very specific, it was basically to give the players a chance to share their feelings on everything--including the recent beer ban in the Padre clubhouse. At one point, Smith was telling the players he couldn’t understand why they didn’t just drink Coke after games. Team player rep Tim Flannery said: “I can’t drink Coke after a game. The caffiene keeps me up and gives me zits.”