Hits and misses

July 02, 1996|By Buster Olney

Hits and misses On the field: Third baseman B. J. Surhoff curtailed a Toronto rally in the seventh inning. The Blue Jays had one run in and a runner at second in the seventh when Charlie O'Brien ripped a hard smash down the third base line. Surhoff moved toward the line and backhanded the shot, going to his knees before rising and throwing out O'Brien at first.

In the dugout: Jesse Orosco would've preferred to stay in and finish the eighth, after striking out two consecutive hitters, including Carlos Delgado to open the inning. However, manager Davey Johnson called on Roger McDowell, because there were right-handed hitters due up and because McDowell hadn't pitched in four games.

In the clubhouse: "I was like, 'I'm OK, let me stay in.' But he made the right decision. This way, he can use me for the next couple of days." -- Orosco

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