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Hershiser breaks Drysdale's scoreless inning streak
By Larry Schwartz
Special to

Sept. 28, 1988

What could be more appropriate than the first letter in Orel Hershiser's first name? For the Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander has been racking up nothing but 0s for almost a month.

Since allowing the Montreal Expos two runs in the fifth inning on August 30, Hershiser takes a streak of 49 consecutive scoreless innings into tonight's game. The record is 58 innings by Don Drysdale, though the former Dodger actually went 58-2/3. (Major League Baseball officials threw out the fraction.)

In his final start of the season, Hershiser blanks the Padres for nine innings, tying Drysdale's mark. But because the Dodgers can't score either, the game goes into extra innings. When Hershiser pitches a scoreless 10th, the record is his at 59.

One of the people who embraces Hershiser when he returns to the dugout is Drysdale, now a Dodgers broadcaster. "It couldn't happen to a better kid," he tells Hershiser.

Hershiser is removed after the inning. "I never thought I would break the record," he says after the Padres' 2-1 victory in 16 innings. "I thought nobody would break this record. But now, I think somebody can break it from me, because I'm nobody special."

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