San Diego (3-4) also had a record-setting week. Gene Richards established team marks in stolen bases (58) and hits (188), and Ozzie Smith broke the 56-year-old major league record for assists by a shortstop with his 602nd. Hoping to improve the team's won-lost record, Jack McKeon switched jobs, from assistant to general manager to director of baseball operations, and acknowledged that henceforth the Padres would build more from their farm system.
The only records Los Angeles (3-4) set were for futility. After 10 straight wins over the Giants (3-4), Burt Hooton lost to them, 3-2. Manager Tom Lasorda lost his composure and may have cost the Dodgers a game. With runners on first and second, one out and L.A. leading San Diego 2-1 in the seventh, Padre Manager Jerry Coleman brought in lefthanded Bob Shirley to face lefty batter Rudy Law. Lasorda's countermove was obvious: insert righthanded Pedro Guerrero. But when he saw that Guerrero didn't have his batting shoes on, Lasorda let Law hit. He grounded into a fielder's choice. In the ninth Lasorda had lefthanded Rick Monday pinch-hit for switch hitter Derrel Thomas against righthanded Rollie Fingers. Neither Thomas nor Monday liked the idea. Thomas was batting .298 against righthanders, and Monday said later that he'd rather hit with men on base. Monday flied out and the Dodgers lost 3-2 to fall two games back of the Astros (5-2) (page 24).
Giant Manager Dave Bristol was hoping Lasorda would fall on his face. "Good luck, John," he told the Reds' (4-3) John McNamara, "I hope you win it." Bristol paused and then added, "I told Bill Virdon [of the Astros] the same thing."
"You going to tell Lasorda the same thing?" McNamara wanted to know.
"Never in my bleeping life," said Bristol.
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