The box score below is an accurate record of events for the baseball contest played on September 28, 1988 at Jack Murphy Stadium. The San Diego Padres defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers and the box score is "ready to surrender its truth to the knowing eye."
"It wasn't the World Series. It wasn't the playoffs. It wasn't even an important game. But Orel Hershiser felt the world on his shoulders. 'I had so much pressure on me out there. That's probably the most nervous I've ever been in my career,' the Los Angeles Dodgers' right-hander said Wednesday night after shutting out the San Diego Padres for 10 innings and setting the major-league record for the longest scoreless string with 59 innings." - Associated Press Writer Hillel Italie in The Roseville Press-Tribune (09/29/1988, Hershiser sets pitching record , Page B-2)
Los Angeles Dodgers 1, San Diego Padres 2
|Los Angeles Dodgers||ab||r||h||rbi|
|San Diego Padres||ab||r||h||rbi|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||IP||H||R||ER||BB||SO|
|Horton L (1-1)||0.0||1||1||1||0||0|
|San Diego Padres||IP||H||R||ER||BB||SO|
|Leiper W (3-0)||1.0||1||1||0||0||0|
E –Stubbs (13), Roberts (1), Templeton (16). DP –Los Angeles 1. PB –Santiago (9). 2B –Los Angeles Griffin (8,off Hawkins). 3B –Los Angeles Woodson (1,off McCullers). HR –San Diego Parent (6,16th inning off Horton 1 on, 2 out). SH –Hershiser (19,off Hawkins); Santiago (5,off Hershiser). HBP –Griffin (2,by Hawkins). Team LOB –11. IBB –Templeton (10,by Hershiser); Martinez (3,by Orosco). Team –10. SB –Gonzalez (3,2nd base off Leiper/Santiago); Gwynn (25,2nd base off Orosco/Dempsey); Thon (18,2nd base off K. Howell/Dempsey). CS –Roberts 2 (2,2nd base by Orosco/Dempsey,2nd base by K. Howell/Dempsey). WP –Hershiser (6). HBP –Hawkins (6,Griffin). IBB –Hershiser (10,Templeton); Orosco (3,Martinez). U-HP –Charlie Williams, 1B –Joe West, 2B –Paul Runge, 3B –Bob Engel. T –4:24. A –22,596.
The Major League Baseball record for most consecutive scoreless innings pitched was broken by Orel Hershiser during this historic game. Don Drysdale , who held the record before the game, was actually sitting in the dugout next to The Bulldog , and convinced him to "go for it."
Orel Hershiser | El Paso Times | September 29, 1988 | Page 1-C
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