National League pitchers, be warned. Jack Clark is starting to f
MONTREAL (AP) _ National League pitchers, be warned. Jack Clark is starting to feel good about his swing.
Clark hit a two-run homer and an RBI single Tuesday night, leading the San Diego Padres past the Montreal Expos 5-2.
″One of the problems I’ve been having is that I haven’t been able to take a good batting practice into games,″ said Clark, who began the day with a .184 average. ″It’s a big bonus when you can feel better about the way you’re swinging - it at least makes you feel equal to the pitcher.″
Clark was more than a match for Expos starter Brian Holman. Clark hit Holman’s 3-0 pitch for his fourth homer of the season and a 4-1 lead in the fifth inning.
″I knew he had the green light at 3-0. I should have thrown one in the dirt. Instead, I threw him a fastball high and away, and he went out and got it,″ Holman said.
Eric Show, 5-4, ended his three-game losing streak. He gave up seven hits in 7 2-3 innings and Greg Harris finished with hitless relief for his first save.
″I’m glad to be able to turn things around,″ Show said. ″I don’t think I’ve pitched the way I’m capable of pitching, but I look at tonight as a positive note.″
Clark homered after Holman, 1-1, hit Tony Gwynn with a pitch.
Roberto Alomar opened the Padres’ third with a double and took third on Gwynn’s infield single. Clark singled home Alomar and another run later scored on third baseman Tim Wallach’s error.
Tim Raines led off the Montreal first with a triple and scored on Tom Foley’s single. The Expos made it 4-2 in the sixth on a sacrifice fly by Wallach.
Alomar reached second on reliever Andy McGaffigan’s two-base throwing error in the ninth, stole third and scored on Gwynn’s single.