Davis' HR sets ballpark mark Tiger's 452-foot shot is longest at Yards

Orioles notebook

September 27, 1993|By Peter Schmuck | Peter Schmuck,Staff Writer

Detroit Tigers outfielder Eric Davis set a Camden Yards record when he drove an Arthur Rhodes fastball off the ivy-covered wall behind center field in the first game of yesterday's doubleheader.

The ball traveled 452 feet, according to the IBM Tale of the Tape, making it the longest home run hit in a game at Oriole Park. Texas Rangers outfielder Juan Gonzalez held the previous record at 450 feet.

"I've hit some tape-measure home runs before, and this ranks right up there with them," Davis said between games of the doubleheader. "I knew it was a home run, but I didn't know it would hit the back wall."

It was the first ball hit off the wall in center field in game action. There were several balls hit to the outer limits of the ballpark during the home-run hitting contest on the All-Star workout day.

Rhodes gave up three home runs during his 2 2/3 innings, including back-to-back shots to Davis and Alan Trammell. It was the fifth time Orioles pitchers have given up consecutive home runs and the third time against the Tigers.

Running on empty

Orioles coach Mike Ferraro took some abuse from the crowd when he held runners at third base two different times in the fifth inning.

Ferraro, who has been criticized on occasion for being too aggressive, turned conservative with the Orioles down by a big margin. He held Jack Voigt at third on a double by Harold Reynolds, then held Reynolds at third on a single by Brady Anderson. In both cases, the throw from right field went to second base.

Anderson was so sure that Reynolds would be scoring that he tried to stretch it to a double and was thrown out easily at second base. He got up, looked over toward third base, and dropped his head when he saw that Reynolds was still there.

Williamson hobbled

Reliever Mark Williamson suffered an apparent leg injury trying to field a roller by Tony Phillips in the eighth inning. He limped off the field and was replaced by right-hander Alan Mills.

If the injury is severe enough to sideline him for the final week of the season, he will be the fifth member of the Opening Day pitching staff to miss significant time because of injury.

Home and Rhodes

Rhodes is finding out that home is where the heartbreak is. He gave up just three hits yesterday, but each was a home run. If that isn't bad enough, the past five hits he has given up at Camden Yards are homers.

McLemore's lucky 13th

Right fielder Mark McLemore threw out Davis at the plate in the top of the seventh inning to register his 13th outfield assist of the season.

McLemore, who had not played in the outfield until he was moved there this season, ranks third in the league in outfield assists, behind Cleveland's Wayne Kirby (18) and Albert Belle (14).

Anderson threw out Cecil Fielder at the plate from center field in the second game for his seventh assist. Strangely enough, both throws robbed Tigers rookie Danny Bautista of what would have been his first major-league RBI.

Ripken's career high

When Tigers left-hander Tom Bolton walked Cal Ripken intentionally to load the bases in the seventh inning, it was a career-high 19th intentional pass of the year for the Orioles shortstop.

It worked. Harold Baines followed with a sharply hit double-play ball to end the inning.

Hispanic night

Tomorrow night, the Orioles pay tribute to Maryland's Hispanic community with Hispanic Heritage Night. The Governor's Commission on Hispanic Affairs and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Maryland will join the club in honoring the Hispanic players on the Orioles' roster.

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