Hits and misses

June 08, 1996|By Jason LaCanfora

On the field: The Orioles seemed on the verge of getting to White Sox starter Alex Fernandez in the sixth inning, after collecting two hits off him in the fifth. Rafael Palmeiro hit what looked like a one-out double off the right-field wall, but he slowed down approaching second, failed to slide and was tagged out. Bobby Bonilla singled, but Cal Ripken struck out to end the inning.

In the dugout: Manager Davey Johnson stuck with starter Scott Erickson through a tough fourth inning, three runs on four hits and a walk, perhaps in part to save his bullpen. Arthur Rhodes, who pitched two innings on Wednesday, began warming up with two outs in the fourth inning, but was not used until the ninth.

In the clubhouse: Johnson joked before the game about giving the ailing Billy Ripken his first day off since May 18, with B. J. Surhoff returning to third base last night. Ripken has been playing with a sore back. "Billy can stand to take a rest," Johnson said. "He's probably dying right about now."

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