Pittsburgh Penguin star Mario Lemieux threw out the first ball at Three Rivers Stadium on Aug. 3, so, naturally, a hockey game broke out. When Pirate starter John Smiley hit Montreal's Hubie Brooks in the back, both dugouts emptied and a brawl ensued.
"What do you expect when a hockey player throws out the first pitch?" said Pirate pitcher Bob Walk. Someone asked Walk, who wasn't in the game, why he jumped on the pile of bodies near the pitcher's mound. "I was kind of practicing for winning the World Series," he said.
GIVE HIM A BREAK
Seattle lefty Steve Trout allowed seven hits and six earned runs in 2? innings on Aug. 2, bringing his ERA to 8.12 and the opponents' batting average against him to .365. "I'm throwing the ball good but not getting any breaks," said Trout. "I have a great future here."
SEASON OF THE WITCH
The San Francisco Giants already had four starting pitchers disabled when Kelly Downs missed a start with a sore shoulder and Rick Reuschel strained a hamstring muscle. The Giants were going to call up lefthander Dennis Cook from Phoenix. But when Cook was warming up during his last start there, he cracked a rib.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the three worst-hitting pitchers of all time (with at least 100 at bats) are Ron Herbel, Giants 1963-71, 6 for 206 (.029); Andy McGaffigan, Expos 1981-88, 5 for 124 (.040); and Ed Klepfer, Yankees, White Sox, Indians 1911-1919, 6 for 125 (.048).
Montreal's Pascual Perez is 28 for 268 lifetime (.104), including 0 for 34 (.000) this season. He is just 36 hitless at bats from the single-season record of 70 straight, set by hurler Bob Buhl with the Braves and Cubs in 1962.
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
? Manager Whitey Herzog on his St. Louis Cardinals: "We're like a soccer team. When we're two runs down, it's over."