Hits and misses

June 09, 1996|By Jason LaCanfora

On the field: The Orioles won an argument in the eighth inning, but to no avail. B. J. Surhoff appeared to ground out to first base with a runner on first and one out. But on appeal third base umpire Dave Phillips called the play dead, saying Surhoff fouled the ball off his foot. Given a second chance, Surhoff flew out to left field.

In the dugout: Manager Davey Johnson yanked Orioles starter Kent Mercker after six innings, a move that paid off when Alan Mills and Randy Myers threw three scoreless innings behind him, combining for five strikeouts.

In the clubhouse: Johnson commented on the current mental state of the Orioles' starters, alluding to mind games pitchers experience when they get hit hard by the opposition. "All of our starters are psychologically damaged, from [Mike] Mussina on down," Johnson said. "[Scott] Erickson looked like he had brain damage between starts."

Pub Date: 6/09/96

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