Angels bruise O's again, 8-3 Haynes takes a turn as big-inning victim

June 02, 1996|By Buster Olney | Buster Olney,SUN STAFF

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Baseball has its own Big Bang theory: Avoid the Big Bang, the big innings, and your chances of evolving into a serious contender increase dramatically.

But if you're forever getting hammered for runs three or more at a time, the carnage takes its toll, as the Orioles can attest. California scored eight runs in the third inning last night on its way to an 8-3 victory over the Orioles, who have lost three consecutive games.

Rookie Jimmy Haynes was responsible for all eight runs -- the 12th time in their last 12 games the Orioles have allowed three or more runs in an inning.

On the positive side, Roberto Alomar doubled in the fifth inning, extending his hitting streak to 16 games and Bill Ripken had three doubles, becoming the first Ripken to do so in a major-league game; it was his first three-hit game since June 1994.

Before the game, pitching coach Pat Dobson explained how the big innings were a serious concern. There have been so many times, Dobson said, "when we're like one out from getting out of an inning. Then things started happening and we can't get out of it, and next thing you know, we've given up four or five runs."

Dobson went on to list a couple of examples of what he was talking about, and could've mentioned a few others. On May 22, California scored four runs with two outs and two on and no runs in. Last Tuesday, Scott Erickson had two outs, nobody on, no runs in and two strikes on Darren Bragg, and Seattle went on to score eight runs.

On May 29, Mike Mussina allowed three runs after there were two outs and nobody on base. David Wells surrendered five runs in the second inning of Friday night's loss to the Angels.

But the mother of all big innings, this side of the 16-run inning in Texas April 19, occurred in the third last night, right after the Orioles blew a great scoring opportunity. They had men on first and third with one out, but Alomar struck out and, after Rafael Palmeiro walked, Bobby Bonilla hit a weak dribbler in front of home plate and was thrown out by Angels pitcher Shawn Boskie.

Shortstop Gary DiSarcina, in the throes of a season-long slump that beat down his batting average to .207, with no homers, led off the Angels' half of the third. Actually, DiSarcina hadn't a home run since last July 16, when he hit one off a Detroit lefty by the name of David Wells.

DiSarcina singled to center. Rex Hudler, who is making the Orioles pay for an ancient oversight -- he had only one at-bat in 16 games for the Orioles in 1986, before being dumped -- singled sharply through the middle. Garret Anderson fouled off a cluster of two-strike pitches before walking and loading the bases.

By then, it was apparent that the California hitters were exploiting Haynes' standing as, basically, a two-pitch pitcher. Haynes throws fastballs and curveballs almost exclusively, very rarely mixing in a changeup.

The Angels were laying back, sitting on his curveball and driving his fastball up the middle or to right.

Hitting with the bases loaded, Tim Salmon reached and slammed a fastball just inside the first base bag, down into the right field corner. DiSarcina scored, Hudler behind him, and when Jeffrey Hammonds' relay bounced past Alomar and Palmeiro, Anderson scored and Salmon went to third.

Bill Ripken fielded Chili Davis' grounder and threw quickly home to get Salmon at the plate, Gregg Zaun applying the tag, but Haynes pitched himself right back into trouble, walking Jack Howell.

J.T. Snow flied out, the second out of the inning, and if the Orioles had escaped the inning down 3-0, they still would have had a chance.

But Don Slaught singled to center, driving home the fourth run, and Randy Velarde singled, a shot up the middle that forced Haynes to dance out of the path of the ball. California 5, Orioles 0, and the Big Bang was getting bigger.

DiSarcina came up again, the 10th hitter of the inning, and he finished what he started. Waiting on a hanging curve, DiSarcina swung and lifted a high drive to left.

Luis Polonia, moving like a waterbug, skittered back to the warning track, to the wall, before stopping at the fence in front of the California dugout. He was out of room, DiSarcina had hit his first homer of the year, and Haynes was out of time.

Haynes was relieved by left-hander Rick Krivda, having allowed eight hits, three walks and eight runs in 2 2/3 innings, five of the runs coming with two outs.

Boskie (7-1) momentarily lost command in the fifth inning when the Orioles pieced together three hits and a groundout for three runs. But the Angels right-hander, who beat the Orioles on May 21, settled down and nearly pitched his first complete game of the year; Mike James relieved him at the start of the ninth.

Krivda pitched 5 1/3 innings of shutout relief for the Orioles.

With the loss, the Orioles are 28-23 -- two games behind the New York Yankees in the AL East.

Pub Date: 6/02/96

Orioles today

Opponent: California Angels

Site: Anaheim Stadium

Time: 4: 05 p.m.

TV/Radio: Ch. 54/WBAL (1090 AM)

Starters: Orioles' Scott Erickson (2-4, 5.20) vs. Angels' Jim Abbott (1-8, 6.82)

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