Hits and misses

April 19, 1996|By Buster Olney

On the field: Orioles hitters compiled some major numbers, even in defeat. They had 17 hits, a season high. Brady Anderson matched a career high with four hits, as did left fielder Mike Devereaux (who improved his average from .214 to .368). Roberto Alomar had two hits, Bobby Bonilla had a hit and an RBI, Chris Hoiles had two singles in five at-bats, his first two-hit game of the year. But the Orioles went 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position and left 13 runners on base.

In the dugout: Boston's Kevin Kennedy, trying to end a seven-game losing streak, managed as if it were the World Series. He used five relievers, switching pitchers when the Red Sox led by as many as five runs. Said Kennedy: "Psychologically, needed a win. We had to do everything to win that game."

In the clubhouse: Devereaux met with Johnson before the game to discuss his relative lack of playing time in the first two weeks. "I told Mike his role is going to expand, and he doesn't have to feel like he's auditioning every time he goes out there," Johnson said. Devereaux said: "I felt better after the meeting, because I wanted to get an understanding of what was going on. I didn't want to be putting pressure on myself when I went on the field."

Pub Date: 4/19/96

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