For Astros, 22 & 13 = 10 in a row
On and on it went, two baseball managers in a chess match, running out of pawns.
By the time the Astros' Rafael Ramirez delivered his fifth extra-inning game-winning hit of the season - off a pitcher who had started the game at third base and off the glove of a pitcher who was playing first base - not more than 5,000 of the paying crowd of 34,425 were still at the Astrodome.
[...] as Bill Doran crossed the plate with the first run in 16 innings, the bleary-eyed spectators stood and cheered wildly for a team that had stretched its winning streak to nine games with this stretched-out victory.
Howe used seven pitchers Saturday, not counting Jim Deshaies, his No. 2 starter who pinch hit (striking out) for Dave Smith in the 17th inning.
The only eligible Dodger whom Lasorda did not call on was Tim Belcher, the starting pitcher in Sunday's series finale.
Hershiser, the Cy Young Award winner last season as the league's best pitcher, struck out eight in seven scoreless innings and retired the last 13 batters he faced.
[...] Howe was happy to see Hershiser gone.
[...] he was radar-clocked at as fast as 92 mph.
In the 22nd inning, Hamilton gave up a single to Doran but got cleanup hitter Davis on a grounder and struck out Ken Caminiti swinging.
Doran, who had reached second on Davis' grounder, had a big jump and arrived at home plate a step ahead of the throw from right fielder Mike Davis.
In the sixth inning, the Astros had tied 4-4, rallying from a three-run deficit left by starting pitcher Bob Knepper.
The Dodgers threatened in the eighth, with runners on first and third and one out, but the Astros' Davis dived toward the bag to spear a liner by Scioscia and turn an unassisted double play. Read more..
Houston Astros Los Angeles Dodgers Baseball National League San Francisco Giants Orel Hershiser Cy Young Award 1988 World Series