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Calling A Game
Mike Scioscia
April 05, 1989
On the evening of Oct. 16, 1988, in Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Orel Hershiser pitched a three-hit shutout in Game 2 of the World Series. The Dodgers beat the Oakland A's 6-0 and went on to become the unlikely world champions. Hershiser spun a 106-pitch masterpiece that night, but he would be the first to say that he didn't do it alone; his partner was Dodger catcher Mike Scioscia, who flashed the signals for every pitch. Scioscia recently met with SI's Peter Gammons and reviewed that game, batter by batter. Here's his analysis.
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April 05, 1989

Calling A Game

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No runs, no hits, no errors. Dodgers did not score. Score: 6-0.

Inning 7

In Lansford's first at bat, Orel had gotten him out with an inside pitch; in his second at bat, we'd set him up inside, gotten him on a pitch outside and shown him a good range of speeds. Orel didn't need to get tricky now, but he did shake me off twice before the first pitch. The second shake-off was a fake, just to get Lansford thinking. Orel does those things. Now he had Lansford thinking, so we could keep it simple. Sinking fastball away, ground ball to third. The ball took a weird hop under Jeff Hamilton's glove for an error. Nothing you can do about a bad hop.

With Lansford on first, it was important to get Henderson out so there wouldn't be two men on when the linebackers came up. Orel got him into an 0-and-2 hole with a curve high and away and a fastball away, which were both fouled off—and Henderson hadn't even seen the sinker away. When Orel finally threw it, it was perfectly placed on the outside corner; Henderson hit a ground ball to Sax, but not hard enough for a double play. One out, man on first.

Talk about getting away with a mistake: Orel threw a ball over the middle of the plate, down in Canseco's power zone. Maybe Canseco was overanxious, maybe Orel was just lucky, but Canseco hit a fly ball to John Shelby in center. That ball should have been in the blue seats. Orel had burned so much energy in the early innings that he was beginning to get tired. If it hadn't been 6-0, we would've had our bullpen up.

All we wanted at this point were outs; we weren't concerned about the shutout. So Tracy Woodson, who'd replaced Stubbs at first base, didn't even hold Henderson on. By playing the defense soft, we had the option of throwing an off-speed pitch to Parker and trying to get him to pull another ground ball to first. So Orel threw a sinker in, but Parker let it go for a ball. This was a case when we decided to go with Orel's strength against Parker's strength; Parker went right after the first low sinking fastball he saw and lined it into center for a single. First and second, two out.


We'd gotten him out twice on pitches where we weren't supposed to pitch him: low. So we went back again with a sinking fastball, low and outside, and then another sinking fastball away, which he lofted to right for the third out. If that pitch had been any more toward the middle of the plate or just a little bit higher, he might have hit a three-run homer. We had pounded outside too many times to get away with a mistake, and we came within a hair of making one.

No runs, one hit, one error. Dodgers

Inning 8

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