No runs, no hits, no errors, none left. Dodgers did not score in the bottom half of the inning. The score after one: 0-0.
Parker is a dead lowball hitter. But with him leading off, we were willing to stick with sinking fastballs and figure that he wouldn't get anything more than a ground-ball single. The scouting report said he's a first-pitch hitter. Orel was simply trying to get the first pitch over with something on it. It was a good sinking fastball, but it ran over the middle of the plate and Parker jumped on it and lined a single to center.
The report said that McGwire likes the ball down and out over the plate so that he can extend his arms. Orel started him with a fastball low, but way out of the strike zone. In this situation what we really needed was a double-play ground ball, and Orel's best pitch here is his sinker. We had pounded McGwire inside in Game 1, and I think he was still looking inside. Orel threw him a sinker away. For him, it was a mediocre sinker—down and out over the plate, right where McGwire likes it—but McGwire hit a ground ball for a 6-4-3 double play. So much for the book.
On the first pitch, Orel threw a sinking fastball away, and Hassey hit it to Steve Sax for the third out. It wasn't a good sinker, but Hershiser has such great stuff that even his bad sinkers break late. And most of the Oakland hitters weren't used to how sharply his pitches break. There isn't another pitcher like Hershiser, who has both the 90-mph, darting, running sinker and the super overhand curveball to complement it. Great stuff is a great equalizer for mediocre location and a dumb catcher.
No runs, one hit, no errors. Dodgers did not score. Score: 0-0.
The first pitch was a sinking fastball that sailed up; Orel lost the release point. But two of his next three were called strikes. Then, at 2 and 2, Orel threw his first curveball of the game—and it sailed toward Hubbard's face. At that point I figured Hubbard was looking for the sinking fastball away, so we went inside. It was a poor pitch—too far out over the plate—but Hubbard got fooled just enough and looped an easy pop-up to Orel. With Hubbard guessing because of the way we'd worked him, Orel's margin of error was big enough to get an easy out with a mediocre pitch.
With one out and the pitcher on deck, we went right after Weiss with a fastball up and in, and it was fouled off. Then a change down and in. Then a sinking fastball that got up and away. At 2 and 1, Orel threw a good sinking fastball away. Ground ball back to Orel.