Everyone knows that Orel Herschiser holds the major league record for consecutive socreless innings pitched with 59. But, who snapped the Cy Young Award winner's string on Wednesday Night
At least that's who the Dodger ace thought was responsible for the first inning RBI single that saw his record come to an end.
Cincinnati's Todd "not Tom" Benzinger cracked a first inning RBI single in the Reds' 4-3 win over Los Angeles.
Benzinger was acquired by Cincinnati in an offseason trade with the Boston Red Sox.
Following the game, Hershiser kept talking about "Tom Benzinger" before reporters told him that it was Todd, not Tom.
"See," Hershiser said with a laugh, "I know him well."
Hershiser, who in his last regular season 1988 appearance broke Don Drysdale's record for consecutive scoreless innings, got into trouble quickly but nearly pitched out of it.
In the first, Barry Larkin led off by bouncing a single up the middle and went to second on Hershiser's wild pickoff throw. Hershiser struck out Chris Sabo and Eric Davis, then walked Kal Daniels before Benzinger lined a clean single to right to score Larkin.
"My first thought was, `We're losing 1-0,"' said Hershiser. "Benzinger hit a low pitch. If he had taken it, it would have been a ball. So he must be a pretty good low ball hitter. He got the hit because he's a good hitter."
Benzinger did not seem upset that Hershiser did not know his first name.
"Johnny Bench calls me Tom, too," shrugged Benzinger. "I like to hit low pitches. I've hit home runs before on pitches lower than that. If there can be such a thing