Ashby already had a cut fastball, a curve-ball and a change, so Stewart helped him add a forkball. "Something to give him a pitch with movement, because previously Andy just threw everything hard, hard, hard," Stewart says. "Before he just looked nice out there. Now he's busting guys inside, moving the ball outside and back in. That forkball's becoming an out pitch."
For seven-plus innings on Sunday, the Giants couldn't do much with any of Ashby's pitches. When the game was over, the Padres and the Giants agreed that even if it was only June, the three games had had all the electricity of a pennant-deciding series. The total attendance of 155,330 was a San Diego record for a three-game set. The Padres' sweep was accomplished despite Gwynn's making only one plate appearance—he was bothered by a strained left calf—and ace Kevin Brown's not getting a chance to pitch.
Gwynn was so anxious to beat San Francisco that he persuaded manager Bruce Bochy to let him pinch-hit in last Friday's opener, even though he wasn't supposed to appear in a game until early this week. Gwynn gave the crowd a thrill by launching an RBI sacrifice fly that just missed being a grand slam. Brown, who was 6-3 at week's end and owned a 5-0 career mark against the Giants, against whom he threw a no-hitter last year, should get his turn this weekend when the two teams hook up again for four games in San Francisco.
As good as Brown is, Ashby is having the better year. It may get even better, as Bochy hinted on Sunday when he said, "Andy actually said he didn't even have his best stuff today." Maybe Greg Maddux's fifth Cy Young Award is no sure thing after all.