Hits and misses

August 09, 1996|By Buster Olney

On the field: The game was delayed for several minutes in the top of the sixth when a contact lens popped out of the eye of Brewers center fielder David Hulse. Milwaukee manager Phil Garner and right fielder Matt Mieske combed the grass while Hulse ran into the dugout to get another contact.

In the dugout: Rocky Coppinger hates to be relieved, and when Coppinger found out he was done for the day after completing the bottom of the fifth inning, he threw down his cap and his jacket in disgust. Johnson made the move because Coppinger already had thrown 97 pitches, 37 in the first inning, and he is expected to start against the Brewers again Monday on three days rest.

In the clubhouse: After the game, Brewers manager Phil Garner chastised his team in a meeting for about 10 minutes, for what he says is a series of mental mistakes, plays that show a lack of concentration. Shortstop Jose Valentin's failure to catch a throw and complete a double play in the fifth inning, Garner said, "was the straw that broke the camel's back." Milwaukee has dropped five games behind the Orioles in the wild-card race, and the Brewers are 3-6 since trading slugger Greg Vaughn to San Diego.

Pub Date: 8/09/96

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