Orioles load up on lefties and it pays off vs. Hough

Orioles notes

April 25, 1991|By Jim Henneman | Jim Henneman,Evening Sun Staff

CHICAGO -- Frank Robinson trotted out a "new look" lineup in last night's 5-1 victory over the White Sox, starting all five of the lefthanded hitters he had available.

Glenn Davis was missing for the second straight night, but he managed to hit his fourth home run in his last eight games as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning.

In addition to regular designated hitter Sam Horn (who struck out all three times he batted), outfielders Brady Anderson and Joe Orsulak, catcher Ernie Whitt and second baseman Juan Bell swung from the left side against knuckleballer Charlie Hough (0-1).

The only person in the starting lineup besides Horn who didn't get a hit was shortstop Cal Ripken, who picked up his 15th RBI of the season by getting hit with a pitch with the bases loaded in the fourth inning.

Orsulak drove in the game's first two runs with a double that Cory Snyder failed to hold after a long run into the rightfield corner. Whitt had two hits and threw out a runner trying to steal. Anderson had a hit, a walk, a run scored and was hit by a pitch. Bell got his second major league hit and was the middle man on two inning-ending double plays started by Ripken.

When asked why Davis was out of the starting lineup for the second straight day, Robinson said: "Ditto." In other words, the same reasons he didn't play the night before -- because of a slightly strained hamstring muscle.

With today being an off-day, it was Robinson's intention for Davis to get three straight days of rest before returning to the lineup. He relented after Horn struck out against lefthander Wayne Edwards, who replaced Hough, and let Davis pinch-hit for the DH in the seventh.

Last night was the second start of the year for both Bell and Whitt. The first game Whitt started, he had to contend with Nolan Ryan's fastball and last night he got to swing at Hough's knuckleball. "That's a pretty good contrast," said the veteran catcher.

* THIS 'N THAT: Sam Horn has now struck out 19 times (three less than Detroit's Rob Deer) in 36 plate appearances. . . Last night's win was the first for the Orioles in five tries against the White Sox. . . Chicago's Frank Thomas went 7-for-10 with six RBIs in the three-game series and extended his hitting streak to six games. . . Carlton Fisk's career-high season opening 11-game hit streak was halted.

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