Shutting down a team after your own team has scored is a big part of pitching; it's very demoralizing to the opposition. Orel started Parker off with a breaking ball for a strike. After that, he shook me off when I called for another breaking ball and insisted on throwing a sinking fastball in. I didn't agree, and he made a bad pitch that he was lucky to get away with. But at 2 and 2, after two foul balls and a ball inside, Orel made a classic pitch. He changed up on a sinker down and away; Parker lunged way up on his front foot and hit a two-hopper to Franklin Stubbs at first. Unfortunately, it took a bad hop for a single.
In the regular season, we know what adjustments the hitters are likely to make at the plate. With McGwire, we again wanted to go against the scouting report by pitching him down, because we wanted another double-play grounder. What we didn't know was whether McGwire would adjust, look for the low pitch and try to drive the ball down and away to rightfield. We started him with a sinking fastball at the kneecaps. I didn't see anything that appeared like an adjustment in his stance, so we went back to the sinker, thigh-high. McGwire hit a ground ball, double play.
For the last two innings, Orel had been changing speeds so well that a good off-speed hitter like Hassey had to be thinking about the curveball and the change-up. So we gave him five straight sinking fastballs. Orel ran the last one away and Hassey was late on it, lifting an easy fly to left.
No runs, one hit, no errors. Dodgers did not score. Score: 6-0.
Orel had gotten Hubbard with a ball inside the last time, but it had not been one of his better pitches. This time, too, he threw him a halfhearted sinking fastball up, but Hubbard tried to pull it. Routine ground ball to third.
In this at bat, Orel's sinking fastball started darting down better than it had all night. He threw two sinking fastballs in and a third away. Even though two of them just missed, the ball was moving so well that Weiss had to be defensive even at 2 and 1. So we went with a sinker, and Weiss was out just ahead of it and pulled it to Sax at second.
Polonia came up as a pinch hitter. The scouting report said that he hacks at almost every fastball and that he likes the ball away from him to drive to the opposite field. We knew it was his first at bat in the Series and that he would be anxious. We gave him a high sinking fastball so that he'd hack at it, but far enough out of the strike zone that he couldn't do anything with it. He popped up to left.