Hits and misses

August 08, 1996|By Buster Olney

On the field: Jeffrey Hammonds and Roberto Alomar hit back-to-back homers in the second inning, the 10th time this year the Orioles have hit back-to-back homers. With his ninth homer of the year and his third since being recalled from Triple-A Rochester a week ago, Hammonds surpassed his career high of eight homers.

In the dugout: Center fielder Brady Anderson was given the night off against left-hander Scott Karl. Orioles manager Davey Johnson said Anderson has been bothered a little by quadriceps and hamstring strains, and he wanted to rest Anderson against left-hander. He should be back in the lineup today.

In the clubhouse: Scott Erickson, last night's winning pitcher, said he's seen the Orioles go through mini-streaks like this before, only to slump. "Let's hope [this is a streak]," he said. "We just need to take this one day at a time, worry about one game at a time."

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