Show, who was yanked after 2? innings, has made more than his share of mistakes in the postseason, giving up seven homers in eight innings over three games. There was some talk of making him the permanent pitcher in the Gatorade Super Slam home-run hitting contest, the finals of which were played before the start of the game, the White Sox' Greg Luzinski beating the Giants' Jeff Leonard 4-3.
By now, the ineffectiveness of the Padre starters had become ludicrous. In nine postseason games they'd pitched 31? innings, allowing 43 hits, 29 earned runs (for an 8.33 ERA) and 20 walks. But again, the relievers came through, with Dave Dravecky, Lefferts and Gossage shutting down the Tigers.
On the other side, Morris was masterful, allowing only a solo homer by Kennedy in the second and a giveaway run in the ninth. He's the only starter Anderson, the original Captain Hook, has ever allowed to finish any of the 28 Series games he has managed. Morris didn't throw the ball as hard as he did in Game 1, but he had better command of his pitches, especially the split-fingered fastball. The Padres didn't know what to make of him. Said Gwynn, "I hate to see the split-finger. I saw it better here than in San Diego, but it didn't help me. I hit it better when I couldn't see it."
Said Morris, "Deep down I wonder if Babe Ruth could have hit the split-finger. I've seen Ty Cobb swing on film, and I know he couldn't hit a forkball. But great athletes make adjustments...." Hey, if Ruth and Cobb couldn't have hit the split-finger, what chance did Martinez and Brown have?
"He's a great, great pitcher," said Tiger coach Roger Craig, who then compared him to Bob Gibson, Don Newcombe, Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale.
This is the same pitcher whose petulance prompted Parrish to tell him once this season, "Nobody likes to play behind you when you act this way." Like the Tigers, Morris got off to a brilliant start, going 10-1, with a no-hitter. But then his temperament and a stiff shoulder slowed him to 3-6 for two months, and he fell a victory short of winning 20 games.
At the end of August, Anderson called Morris in for a heart-to-heart. "Jack," said Sparky, "you're an ass at times. But that's O.K. I'm an ass at times. One thing you have going for you is that you're a nice person. I know that. How many people buy their parents a house and their sister a car? You're a good person, but even good people can be asses at times." Anderson told Morris to just go out and have fun, and the pitcher responded with three excellent games at the end of the regular season.
After Game 4, Williams was asked if he was going to sleep on some lineup changes. "First, I'll drink on it," he said. "Then I'll sleep on it."
Said Darrell Evans, "I have a feeling we're going to bust out tomorrow."
Evans was right. But in the beginning the fifth game had the familiar feel of the first four. Another Padre starter, Thurmond, got the hook in the first after giving up three runs on Whitaker's single, Trammell's fielder's choice, Gibson's upper-deck shot to right center and singles by Parrish, Herndon and Lemon.