Anderson hits top goal, scores 100th run of year He's 6th Oriole to reach mark

Orioles notes

October 04, 1992|By Peter Schmuck | Peter Schmuck,Staff Writer

CLEVELAND -- Outfielder Brady Anderson scored two run yesterday to become the sixth player in Orioles history to score 100 or more in a season.

Anderson scored from first base on a single and an error in the fifth inning of the Orioles' 7-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians and achieved the most important goal set for him by manager Johnny Oates at the start of the season.

The 100th run came courtesy of left fielder Thomas Howard, who let a base hit by Luis Mercedes go through his legs. Anderson had manufactured his 99th run in the third inning, when he walked and stole second base to set up an RBI single by Cal Ripken.

"We set a goal of 100 runs for him," Oates said. "We didn't care about anything else. We know if he scored 100 runs, he'd help this ballclub."

Of course, Anderson has done much more than that, becoming the first player in American League history to have at least 20 home runs, 50 stolen bases and 75 RBI in the same season. The 100 runs just adds to the equation.

Cal throws one away

Ripken committed a throwing error in the second inning to give the Orioles 90 errors for the season. Only four teams in major-league history have committed fewer than 90, including the 1987 Orioles. It was Ripken's 12th error of the season.

Baerga rolls on

Indians second baseman Carlos Baerga continues to move up the charts. Baerga had three hits on Friday night to reach and exceed 200 hits and assure himself of becoming the first second baseman in AL history to bat at least .300 with at least 200 hits, 20 home runs and 100 RBI. His two hits yesterday gave him 203 -- the most by an Indians hitter since Dale Mitchell had 203 to lead the league in 1949.

Looking back

Pitching coach Dick Bosman cannot help but look back fondly on what was a very successful season for the Orioles, but he does not look back with rose-colored glasses.

"There are a lot of areas where we could have done better," he said. "We had some real nice years out of some individuals and -- collectively -- I've been more than pleased with the improvement. But you can see areas where we could have done better.

"Obviously, I'm not happy with the stolen base situation. That's one area that definitely can be improved. And we walked too many guys. It wasn't glaring -- we were third in the league in fewest walks -- but I'm not going to be happy until we lead the league in that department."

End-of-the-year facts

* The Orioles will finish the season with their lowest team ERA since 1984 (3.71).

* The bullpen has thrown fewer innings than any other Orioles relief corps since 1984 (367 1/3 ).

* The club will finish the season having given up fewer unearned runs than any other major-league team.

* The Orioles' 16 shutouts are the most by a Baltimore staff since 1978.

The rundown on runs

Brady Anderson yesterday became the sixth Oriole to score 100 or more runs in a season:

Player ... ... ... ... ... Year(s) ... ... ... ... ... Runs

Cal Ripken ... ... ... ... 1983 ... .. ... ... ... ... 121

... ... ... .. ... ... ... 1984 ... .. ... ... ... ... 103

... ... ... .. ... ... ... 1985 ... .. ... ... ... ... 116

Eddie Murray .. .. ... ... 1980 ... .. ... ... ... ... 100

... ... ... ... .. ... ... 1983 ... .. ... ... ... ... 115

... ... ... ... .. ... ... 1985 ... .. ... ... ... ... 111

Frank Robinson ... ... ... 1966 ... .. ... ... ... ... 122

... ... ... ... .. ... ... 1969 ... .. ... ... ... ... 111

Paul Blair ... ... ... ... 1969 ... .. ... ... ... ... 102

Al Bumbry .. ... ... .. .. 1980 ... .. ... ... ... ... 118

Brady Anderson ... ... ... 1992 ... .. ... ... ... ... 100

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