Hits and misses

June 22, 1996|By Peter Schmuck

On the field: Rookie right-hander Rocky Coppinger was hit above the right ankle by a sharp come-backer off the bat of Jose Offerman in the fourth inning. Coppinger tried to remain in the game, but manager Davey Johnson played it safe by removing him after he fell behind the next batter 3-0.

In the dugout: Johnson batted slumping catcher Chris Hoiles in the ninth spot, and Hoiles responded like a cleanup hitter. He homered in his first at-bat and singled his next time up after managing just three hits in his previous 25 at-bats.

In the clubhouse: Mike Devereaux entered the game with just three extra-base hits since May 9, but hitting coach Rick Down said he isn't concerned. "He'll be all right," Down said. "It's nothing unusual. He just needs to play and get his comfort level up." Devereaux looked very comfortable in his first at-bat last night, going the other way with a long double off the right-field scoreboard.

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