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OREL AND DON
1) As you stated in your story (Plenty of Nothing, Oct. 10), Hershiser's streak came close to ending against the San Francisco Giants. So did Drysdale's.
2) Both of these incidents involving the Giants hinged on a controversial umpiring decision. An interference call against San Francisco's Brett Butler kept Hershiser's streak alive. In Drysdale's case, he hit the Giants' Dick Dietz with a pitch with the bases loaded, but umpire Harry Wendelstedt ruled that Dietz had not made an attempt to get out of the way of the pitch, so Dietz wasn't awarded first base.
4) Both games were played on a Friday night.
5) The Dodgers won both games 3-0.
6) The shutouts were the fifth in each pitcher's streak.