Although the San Diego Padres are trying hard not to let their insufferable starting pitching get them down, their frustrations are starting to show through.
After today's 4-2 loss to the Detroit Tigers put them in a 3-1 hole in the World Series, these were some of the postgame comments:
Steve Garvey: "It's tough to believe this is happening. It seems like every time we go out there, we're down. That takes things away from you offensively -- the running game, the bunt. Also, with a pitcher like (Jack) Morris, you aren't going to see many fast balls when he's ahead."
Rich Gossage: "How many times can you fall that far behind and survive it? It would be nice to get the jump in one game . . ."
Manager Dick Williams: "Well, we're getting better. Wednesday, we got two-thirds of an inning out of the starter, Friday we got 1 2/3, today we got 2 2/3. (Mark) Thurmond's five innings in the opener are beginning to look like a complete game."
There are a lot of hitters having problems in this World Series. Bobby Brown is zero for 14 and Padres teammate Carmelo Martinez is one for 14, an infield single. On the Tigers, Barbaro Garbey is zero for 11, Darrell Evans one for 11 . . .
Chicago White Sox designated hitter Greg Luzinski, who had problems all year with a drop from 32 home runs in 1983 to 13 this season, can still do it against batting-practice type pitching. Luzinski won the $50,000 first prize in a season-long home run hitting contest by hitting four over the Tiger Stadium fence to three for the San Francisco Giants' Jeff Leonard. They were the final matchup from an original field of 16 power hitters each from the American and National leagues.
"This competition has been great for baseball," said Luzinski.
The 1985 baseball season will open and close one week later than usual. Under the tentative schedule, if there is a seventh game of the World Series it will be played at night on Oct. 23. It could be very cold in Toronto -- or almost anyplace -- that late in the year . . . San Diego catcher Terry Kennedy has driven in three runs in the World Series. That makes Kennedy and his father, Bob Kennedy, the only father-son combination to bat in runs in the Series. Bob Kennedy drove in a run for the Cleveland Indians in Game 2 of 1948 . . .
Commissioner Peter Ueberroth, who headed the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee, has turned first ball ceremonies into a sort of Olympic torch relay. At Game 2 in San Diego, Ueberroth had former president Gerald R. Ford hand the ball to former umpire Ed Runge, who threw out the ceremonial pitch. Today, Ueberroth had NAACP Chairman Benjamin Hooks hand the ball to Hall of Famer Al Kaline for the old Tiger to toss . . . Sparky Anderson on why he likes to meet with players one on one rather than calling team meetings: "If you talk to them alone, they don't find out how dumb you are. If it's just you and one guy and you say something stupid, you just deny it."