Ripkens turn rare feat afield: an error each in same...

Orioles notes

May 06, 1991|By Peter Schmuck | Peter Schmuck,Sun Staff Correspondent

ANAHEIM, CALIF. — Ripkens turn rare feat afield: an error each in same game

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Even Cal Ripken could not escape from the Baltimore Orioles' 6-4 loss to the California Angels yesterday unsullied by the team-wide slump.

Ripken made a throwing error in the seventh inning, pulling first baseman Randy Milligan off the bag on a routine play to end a string of 51 errorless games.

He has committed five errors in his past 235 games, a span that includes the string of 95 errorless games last season that set a major-league record for shortstops. Ripken has had four errorless streaks of 40 games or more during his major-league career.

Cal wasn't the only Ripken to misplay a ground ball yesterday. His brother Bill also committed an error and sprained the ring finger on his throwing hand in the process.

The ball hit him on the end of the finger, jamming the top knuckle and forcing him out of the game. He was examined by an Angels physician and will be evaluated on a day-to-day basis.

It was the fourth time that the Ripken brothers have each committed an error in the same game.

Saturday night in review

Right-hander Jeff Robinson gave up five runs and failed to get out of the first inning Saturday night, as the Orioles ended a two-game winning streak with a 6-3 loss to the Angels.

Angels left-hander Mark Langston struggled in the early innings, giving up a pair of runs on the second on a run-scoring double by TC Bill Ripken and a sacrifice fly by Mike Devereaux, but he settled down to give up five hits over seven innings for his second victory in three decisions.

Bob Milacki took over for Robinson in the first inning and turned in another solid performance in middle relief, pitching five innings and giving up a run on four hits. Erstwhile starter Dave Johnson also appeared in relief, pitching a perfect eighth inning.

The whole game came down to the first inning, when the Angels sent 11 men to the plate. Robinson faced seven batters and allowed six of them to reach base. Dave Winfield delivered the biggest hit of the inning, driving in two runs with a bases-load double.

Angels catcher Lance Parrish knocked Robinson out of the game with a run-scoring hit and also hit a bases-empty home run later in the game.

It was the first time the Angels had knocked out a starting pitcher in the first inning since Sept. 16, 1988, when they did it to then-Texas Rangers starter Paul Kilgus. Kilgus, now with the Orioles, came on to pitch in relief Saturday night.

A duel for 17 pitches

Catcher Chris Hoiles hooked up in a lengthy duel with Angels starter Jim Abbott in the fourth inning. The at-bat lasted 17 pitches, with Hoiles fouling off 12 balls before finally drawing a base on balls.

Abbott answers critics

Abbott entered the game with an 0-4 record and a 6.00 ERA, but he dismissed suggestions that he might be better off in the minor leagues.

"I feel I'm quite capable of getting people out in this league," he said. "I'm not as bad as my statistics show. I think I can help this team. Going to the minor leagues won't help me."

What will help him is a little more offensive support of the kind he got yesterday.

"If we had scored six runs my first four times out, I'd have a better record," Abbott said. "This game doesn't change anything. I guess I didn't think I was that bad before this game."

Davis to undergo exam

First baseman Glenn Davis will visit Dr. Robert Watkins at the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic in Inglewood, Calif., today for what could be the final evaluation of his unusual neck injury.

Davis appears confident that he will be able to avoid surgery to correct damage to the spinal accessory nerve that has weakened his right shoulder. He has been taking ground balls at first base during pregame workouts and claims that there has been significant improvement in his shoulder strength.

Miscellaneous

Catcher Bob Melvin has the game-winning RBI in each of the last 4 games in which he has driven in a run, dating back to Sept. 23, 1990. . . . The Orioles came into the game with 3 victories in their previous 6 games, even though Baltimore starters have averaged little more than 4 innings in those games. . . . Brady Anderson has 2 hits in his past 6 games, but he has 4 walks, 4 sacrifice bunts, a sacrifice fly and a hit-by-pitch. . . . Gary Gaetti's 3-run homer in the fourth inning was the first 3-run shot by a member of the Angels this season.

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