Hits and misses

September 13, 1996|By Buster Olney

On the field: Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken played in his 2,300nd consecutive game last night, or, in other words, more games than played by all major-league teams this year before yesterday (2,038). Ripken's batting slump continued, however: He struck out twice and has 10 hits in his last 54 at-bats (.185) with one RBI.

In the dugout: Orioles manager Davey Johnson hadn't used his bullpen much, as his starters gave him six straight quality starts. But he used four relievers on Wednesday night, and last night, after Mike Mussina was pounded, Johnson called on Archie Corbin in the top of the fourth. Corbin hadn't pitched since Sept. 3, but he fared well, allowing one run over 3 1/3 innings.

In the clubhouse: "We're playing with more enthusiasm than we did two months ago. We've been winning some emotional games. Sometimes that takes you on a roller-coaster ride. . . . We're more emotional. We've got more excitement." -- Mussina, on the general evolution of the Orioles this season, last night's game the exception.

Pub Date: 9/13/96

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