It has been that kind of season for the pitching staff of the Giants, who have already put eight pitchers on the disabled list. All told, Craig has used 45 players, including 23 pitchers, this season. Brantley, who is 4-3 with 17 saves, hurt his back playing shortstop in a simulated game two weeks ago and later suffered an inflamed right shoulder. Robinson began the season with yet another knee operation but recovered quickly enough to beat Cincinnati on 48 hours' rest on June 27. In that game he shut out the Reds for 7? innings before a man named O'Neill took him deep for three runs.
On Sunday, Reds first baseman Hal Morris homered off Garrelts in the third, and leftfielder Todd Benzinger tripled in the seventh and scored on a single by third baseman Chris Sabo. The Giants, however, had scored once in the second and twice in the third, and thus still had hope when Dibble relieved Reds starter Tom Browning in the seventh. That's when Dibble began looking to Craig like the spitting image of Norm Charlton, and the umpires started checking balls again.
Such beautiful ugliness, the kind required of a real rivalry, continued after the final out Sunday. As the aggressors, Cincinnati had finally played the Giants' game. "I wouldn't say we played like the Giants," said Davis, who was booed again as if he were the enemy. "They're 5� back."
And what was the difference between Garrelts in Candlestick, where the Reds haven't won in 11 games, and Garrelts in Riverfront? Schott apparently thought it was the presence of her St. Bernard, who rarely makes road trips. "Schottzie did it! Schottzie did it!" she shouted as she made her way through the stadium after the game.
Davis had a different theory. "Basically," he said, "there wasn't a 20-mile-an-hour wind today. It wasn't 55 degrees."
When this kind of talk escalates in September, when the teams meet four times—twice at each park—it might be worth remembering that it was the Giants who started the mind-jockeying on Friday. Then again, it might be worth forgetting, too.
"Psyche?" said Clark after Sunday's game. "My psyche's fine. Great. Because I'm out there havin' fun playin' ball." If he's having half as much fun playing as those watching him play are, there is no reason to doubt Clark. But, alas, in spite of Davis's demurral, the Reds have finally begun watching Clark, too. "Just go out and do the same thing," says Piniella. "And if we have to go out and fight 'em, we'll do that too."
Fight 'em? Of course, he adds, if "that's what it takes." As the crowd receded in the Reds' clubhouse on Sunday, one couldn't help but overhear Craig's name, and a certain illegal pitch, being mentioned in the same breath. The exchange was made at a pair of adjacent lockers.
Charlton, shaking his head in disgust: "He's got you throwin' one today."
Dibble, eyes twinkling: "I wish I had a spitball."