Hits and misses

August 25, 1996|By Buster Olney

On the field: Some hustle saved the Orioles a run in the second -- momentarily, anyway. J. T. Snow ripped a long double to left-center field, with the ball bouncing at the base of the wall and skipping back over the head of center fielder Brady Anderson. But left fielder Brent Bowers had scampered over to back up the play and made a strong throw home -- over the head of cutoff man Cal Ripken. More hustle: Roberto Alomar, who backed up Ripken, speared the throw. Both runners eventually would score.

In the dugout: Joe Maddon is filling in for interim Angels manager John McNamara, who replaced Marcel Lachemann after Lachemann resigned. McNamara is out with a blood clot and Maddon was ejected in the bottom of the second inning for arguing a checked swing, leaving . . . somebody in charge. The best guess of the officials in the press box was Angels pitching coach Joe Coleman.

In the clubhouse: Cal Ripken turned 36 yesterday. "Good," said Orioles manager Davey Johnson. "Maybe he'll hit two or three out to celebrate." Ripken played in his 2,282nd consecutive game.

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