Davis leaves Milwaukee with bruised back, bruising day in...

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April 19, 1991|By Peter Schmuck | Peter Schmuck,Sun Staff Correspondent

MILWAUKEE — Davis leaves Milwaukee with bruised back, bruising day in 0) field

MILWAUKEE -- First baseman Glenn Davis didn't care much for his first trip to Wisconsin, which left a large bruise on his back and another one on his ego.

He went from quieting the large crowd at Milwaukee County Stadium with a home run in the Brewers' home opener on Monday to eliciting a Bronx cheer from yesterday's crowd for a three-error performance that was even worse than it looked in the box score.

He went from providing target practice for frustrated pitcher Chris Bosio in the series opener to being the target of tremendous self-criticism after a defensive performance he said was the worst of his major-league career.

Davis misplayed three ground balls, missed a tag on a rundown play and came close to tying an American League record for most errors by a first baseman in a game. The derisive ovation came after he fielded a ball cleanly in the 10th inning and almost fell down on the way to the bag.

He responded by doffing his cap and waving it to the fans behind the Orioles dugout as he jogged off the field, which left room to wonder if it was a expression of folly or frustration.

"They were on me pretty heavy," Davis said. "In a way, it was my way of letting them know that I'm not quitting. I'm not going to let it get to me. They were on me all through the game, but I had to expect that under the circumstances."

Davis made no excuses. He even conceded that a fourth error -- charged to Bill Ripken on the continuation of his third misplay -- could have been charged to him.

Ripken scrambled to get the ball after it caromed off Davis in the ninth inning, but his throw sailed past first base, allowing a runner to advance.

"The ball was reachable," Davis said. "I could have caught it, but it glanced off the end of my glove. Everything just happened so fast."

The Orioles could not complain about Davis' performance at the plate during the series. He went hitless in four at-bats yesterday, but had three hits, two walks and the hit by pitch in the first two games.

Gomez gets rare start at third

Rookie Leo Gomez was in the starting lineup at third base for the first time this season, and he made a game-saving play to get Davis and Ripken off the hook in the ninth.

He is not known for his defensive acumen, but he made a diving play to rob Dante Bichette of a hit and keep the game alive.

Flanagan remains untouched

Left-hander Mike Flanagan made his fifth straight appearance without allowing a run yesterday, working three hitless innings of relief after he replaced Mark Williamson in the eighth inning.

Flanagan has faced 32 batters this season and retired 26 of them. He has given up just two hits in 9 1/3 innings, striking out six, walking two and hitting a batter.

Brady's buntmania

Center fielder Brady Anderson is on a crusade to establish himself as an effective bunter, and he has had a lot of success.

He bunted for a hit to lead off the game and has two bunt hits and a sacrifice in five attempts this year. He also has been aggressive on the bases, stealing successfully in two of three attempts.

Evans continues to contribute

It might have seemed unlikely a few months ago, but Dwight Evans has started in right field in six of the Orioles' first eight games.

He was limited by injury to designated-hitter duty last year and was not expected to play more than 50 to 60 games in the outfield this year, but he seems determined to be an everyday right fielder.

He also seems determined to contribute at the plate, where he has five RBI in six games. He drove in the first run of the game yesterday with a single and has either driven in a run or scored a run in each of his past four starts.

Holmes a hit for Brewers

Rookie relief pitcher Darren Holmes came on to pitch with two on and one out in the sixth inning and didn't allow a runner for 4 2/3 innings.

In two appearances this year, he has pitched 7 2/3 innings, struck out nine and allowed just one infield hit and one walk.

Holmes was replaced by Edwin Nunez in the 11th inning.


Robin Yount hit his 500th career double in the fifth inning, tying him for 28th on the all-time list. . . . Evans' next double will tie him with Zack Wheat for 42nd place on the all-time list (476). . . . Randy Milligan got the day off after starting the first 7 games in left field. . . . Catcher Bob Melvin returned to the lineup after a bout with the flu and delivered his first hit of the season in the sixth inning. Up to that point, however, he had struck out 5 straight times.

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