Hits and misses

September 24, 1995|By Buster Olney

On the field: Jeff Huson's homer in the fourth inning, which immediately followed a home run by Chris Hoiles, was his first major-league homer in more than three years -- his last was July 23, 1992, for the Rangers at Oriole Park.

In the dugout: Brewers manager Phil Garner apparently expected a low-scoring game with Jimmy Haynes pitching against Milwaukee's Ricky Bones. Trailing 1-0 with one out and Cal Ripken at third base in the second inning, Garner ordered his infield in, and Chris Hoiles slapped a ground single through the middle. Ripken scored, and two innings later the Orioles' offense pounded Bones, powering three homers.

In the clubhouse: Jeffrey Hammonds, who doubled Friday in his first plate appearance in more than two months, said that going into 1996, he won't make the mistake of putting pressure on himself -- as he did going into 1995. "I'm not thinking about [1996] yet," he said. "I really created a lot of unnecessary expections for myself."

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