OAKLAND, OCT. 18 -- The Cincinnati Reds' bullpen pitched 7 1/3 shutout innings in Game 2 Wednesday night and lowered its postseason ERA to 0.33. The most imposing force in that efficiency has been Rob Dibble, who has taken time between his Reds-bashing sessions to throw eight scoreless innings.
He was clocked as fast as 98 mph in Game 2, which he won with two innings of two-hit, two-strikeout work. He has reached as high as 99 mph during this postseason, leading A's slugger Jose Canseco to contend -- perhaps jokingly, perhaps not -- that he might have to choke up on his bat against Dibble.
And, in Canseco, Dibble has an adamant supporter that he's worth more than his current $200,000 salary. "Give him a couple million," Canseco said. "He shouldn't have to take a second job to support himself or anything." . . .
Early on Wednesday, Cincinnati's Game 3 starter, Tom Browning, explained his road effectiveness -- he was 7-1 away from Riverfront Stadium this season -- by saying: "I have two children at home. I get more sleep on the road."
Now he has three children. "So I guess everyone will expect me to be undefeated on the road next year," he said today before the Reds worked out at Oakland Coliseum.
The tale of Tucker Thomas Browning's birth is captivating.
Debbie Browning was in the stands at Riverfront Stadium for Wednesday's Game 2 when she went into labor. She had a stadium attendant excavate her car from the parking lot and she made her way to a hospital.
When Tom Browning got word of it (from a note passed to him in the dugout), he left immediately and -- with his uniform on -- was on hand for the delivery of his 6-pound, 10-ounce son.
Browning forgot to tell Manager Lou Piniella or any coaches of his departure. And with the Reds going through their bullpen, Piniella had begun to think he might need Browning.
In the fifth inning, Piniella told pitching coach Stan Williams to make certain that Browning didn't leave. "In the eighth inning," Piniella said today, "I told Stan to make doubly sure that he didn't leave."
But soon thereafter, Williams and Piniella discovered that Browning, indeed, had departed.
Browning never heard Piniella's pleas (through a note passed to Reds radio announcer Marty Brennaman) to return to the ballpark in case the Reds ran out of pitchers.Awaiting Jose
Several hundred news people waited almost an hour for Canseco to emerge from his meeting with A's Manager Tony La Russa tonight. Some of the day's best one-liners were produced by the curious scene of the reporters lined the runway leading from the Oakland clubhouse to the field.
From Rickey Henderson: "What is this, a cafeteria line or something?"
From Dave Henderson: "Are they giving away Rolexes?"
And Reggie Jackson, not surprisingly, used the occasion to hold a mini-news conference, fielding questions about how it feels to be a beleaguered star. "Of course, I was never a pain in the butt at this time of the year," he said. "I did it earlier in the season."Some Story
Ronald Blum, an Associated Press writer arrested Wednesday night while covering the World Series, pleaded not guilty today to charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. A Nov. 9 trial is scheduled.
Blum was arrested in a dispute with police at Riverfront Stadium just after the game. He was released on his own recognizance.
Police said Blum, 29, of New York, became disorderly and cursed when a stadium security woman tried to keep him from crowding into an elevator. He maintains he merely was trying to file a story.