Streak ends, as Anderson finally is kept off base
The game wasn't so much on the line, but Brady Anderson's streak was. It was the eighth inning yesterday, the Orioles were down 5-2 and Anderson had not been on base through his first three at-bats against Chicago White Sox starter Jack McDowell.
"I was hoping I would have kept it going," Anderson said of his on-base streak, which had reached 28 games, and of the Orioles' two-run rally. "It's nice to have some sort of streak."
Anderson's on-base streak -- the longest by an Oriole since Cal Ripken reached in 28 straight games four years ago -- ended with a slicing line drive that Tim Raines ran down in left field. It marked the first time Anderson didn't get on since the second game of the season.
"I hit three balls good," Anderson said of his two deep drives that were chased down by center fielder Lance Johnson, who made eight putouts yesterday, and the one to Raines. "The wind sort of knocked the first two down. The wind knocked down the third one down, and it also brought it back."
Bill Ripken OK
Orioles second baseman Bill Ripken seemed to be feeling no serious aftereffects from Saturday night's beaning by White Sox right-hander Alex Fernandez.
Ripken, who sustained a bruise on his left temple, showed his typical dark sense of humor yesterday. Asked how he felt, Ripken said, "I haven't fallen over yet."
Before taking Fernandez's fastball off the front of his batting helmet in the second inning, Ripken had four hits in his past 13 at-bats. He took batting practice yesterday, but otherwise had
the day off.
White Sox manager Gene Lamont missed yesterday's game after returning home to Kirkland, Ill. because of the death of his mother. Bench coach Joe Nossek managed Chicago. . . . It was the Orioles' fourth straight game without a home run after getting at least one in the previous 11. When starter Jose Mesa lasted 4 1/3 innings, it marked only the eighth time in 31 games that a Baltimore starter didn't reach at least the sixth inning . . . .
Cal Ripken has one hit in his past 18 at-bats.
Lamont misses game
White Sox manager Gene Lamont missed yesterday's game after returning home to Kirkland, Ill. because of the death of his mother. Bench coach Joe Nossek managed Chicago.