Tackett, not Anderson, ran team out of inning

Orioles notebook

June 17, 1993|By Peter Schmuck | Peter Schmuck,Staff Writer

MILWAUKEE -- It may have looked like Brady Anderson made a base-running mistake in the fifth inning of yesterday's 7-2 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers, but appearances can be deceiving.

Anderson remained at second base on the play in which Jeff Tackett was thrown out at the plate dur- Orioles notebook

ing the Orioles' two-run rally. Anderson represented the tying run and would have been at third base with one out if he had run on the play, but he wasn't supposed to run in that situation.

Tackett wasn't supposed to either. He broke for the plate on a no-out bouncer to first base by Mark McLemore, drawing the throw home. Cal Ripken hit into a double play to end the threat.

"You only go if the ball is hit to shortstop or second," manager Johnny Oates said. "You don't go on the ball hit to the pitcher or first base because they are playing in and you've got a chance to get thrown out."

The Orioles appeared to be on the verge of overcoming an early three-run deficit after Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Jaime Navarro walked the first three batters in the fifth. Anderson followed with a two-run double, leaving the potential tying and go-ahead runs in scoring position with no one out.

Anderson continues to emerge from a lengthy batting slump. He had two doubles yesterday to raise his batting average to .230 and extend his hitting streak to nine games. The two RBI gave him 28 for the year, one off the club lead.

Sutcliffe on simulated game

Right-hander Rick Sutcliffe was not happy to be watching the game in street clothes, but he is looking forward to his simulated game on Friday. He claims that coaches Greg Biagini and Jerry Narron will be among the hitters he faces.

"I played against Jerry and Greg in Double-A and Triple-A, and I keep reminding them that's one of the reasons I got to the major leagues so fast," Sutcliffe said. "I think they want another shot at me.

"I think it's a good idea. I've had some trouble pitching inside lately, and I want to work on that without hurting anybody we might need."

Vaughn on a roll

The Brewers may be struggling, but outfielder Greg Vaughn is on a serious roll. His three-hit performance yesterday extended his hitting streak to six games, and he has had two hits or more in each of those games. He also has driven in 12 runs over that period to raise his RBI total to 53 -- fourth in the American League.

McDonald still looking

Right-hander Ben McDonald will be looking for his first victory since April 30 when he opens the three-game series against the Indians tomorrow night at Cleveland Stadium.

McDonald has nothing to show for his last eight starts, but he has pitched very well in the seven since he gave up six runs over four innings against the Minnesota Twins on May 5. Since then, he has not given up more than three runs in any game and has a 2.45 ERA in his past five starts.

In tomorrow night's game, he'll face former Orioles right-hander Jose Mesa, who has pitched well for the struggling Indians. Mesa is 5-4 with a 4.03 ERA for a team that is 13 games under

Ripken streak reaches 1,800

Ripken played in his 1,800th consecutive game yesterday -- 330 short of Lou Gehrig's all-time record -- but he didn't have a very good day. Besides hitting into the double play to end the rally in the fifth inning, he struck out with a runner at third and one out in the seventh.

Bell's bat ringing

Former Orioles shortstop Juan Bell made some noticeable mistakes during the series, but he continues to swing a hot bat for the Brewers.

He hit safely in each of the three games against his old team and has a career-long seven-game hitting streak.

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