Hits and misses

June 05, 1996|By Buster Olney

On the field: The Tigers are generating incredible statistics in their incredibly awful statistics. For example: Before Sunday's doubleheader against Chicago, the Tigers' hitters had gone 30 straight games without having more walks than strikeouts. Through the first three innings last night, the Tigers had four strikeouts and one walk against Mike Mussina. They finished with five walks and eight strikeouts.

In the dugout: Attempting to minimize the damage in the first inning, Tigers manager Buddy Bell ordered an intentional walk to B. J. Surhoff with Bobby Bonilla on third and two outs. But Chris Hoiles spoiled the strategy by crushing a three-run homer.

In the clubhouse: Detroit's Bell said the late comeback was "a positive step. . . . I thought we showed a lot of character. We had a chance in the end. Randy Myers made a [heck] of a pitch in the end. It didn't look like a guy striking out. It was the pitcher striking the hitter out."

Pub Date: 6/05/96

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