Hits and misses

August 24, 1996|By Buster Olney

On the field: The Angels' Rex Hudler was on third base with two outs in the second inning when J. T. Snow barely fouled a low pitch into the dirt. The ball skittered past Orioles catcher Chris Hoiles, and plate umpire Mike Reilly made a slight signal with his hands -- but not enough for Hudler, who started running home, asking for Reilly to indicate whether the ball was in play or not. Reilly waved his arms more demonstratively for time, and Hudler went back to third.

In the dugout: With Bobby Bonilla on second base and nobody out in the fourth inning, Cal Ripken squared to bunt. He fouled off one attempt, before swinging away. Eventually, he beat out an infield single.

In the clubhouse: "Chris Hoiles is doing most of the catching. [Cesar] Devarez has come up and is playing well. We're more concerned about late-inning relief. Right now, we want to give ourselves a chance to win this year." -- Orioles manager Davey Johnson, on the organization's catching depth after Gregg Zaun was traded to Florida for Terry Mathews.

Pub Date: 8/24/96

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