Hits and misses

August 10, 1996|By Buster Olney

On the field: With Brady Anderson's pair and Chris Hoiles' smash last night, the Orioles have hit two or more homers in seven straight games. The club record is nine straight, set by the Orioles May 8-16 1987. The Orioles began last night's game with 177 homers, putting them on a pace to hit 254. The single-season Baltimore record is 214, set in 1985.

the dugout: The Orioles aren't any different from any other team in the AL: They don't want to give Frank Thomas anything to hit. In his first at-bat last night, with a runner on third and nobody out, David Wells fell behind three balls and no strikes before ending all pretense; catcher Chris Hoiles stood and reached out with his right hand, calling for Wells to walk Thomas intentionally -- in the first inning. Over the course of the night, the Orioles walked him four times -- three intentionally.

In the clubhouse: Wells threw only 93 pitches in seven innings and felt he could have continued to pitch. However, Orioles manager Davey Johnson, wanting to protect his pitchers in the four-man rotation, pulled him after seven innings. Wells wanted to stay in. "But you can't fight City Hall," he said, smiling.

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