Hits and misses

September 02, 1997|By Joe Strauss

On the field: Scott Erickson entered on a roll of eight starts of less than five runs, but quickly encountered trouble. He needed 37 pitches to get out of a first inning marred by a stiff cloudburst and a three-run homer by Cliff Floyd. The three-run shot was the second allowed by Erickson in as many starts. Erickson threw 83 pitches in the first three innings, his least-efficient outing since being battered for 11 earned runs in 4 1/3 innings in Detroit on July 6.

In the dugout: OK, we understand baseball is still a new toy in South Florida and that interleague play offers new challenges. But the lineup offered by Marlins public relations last night plumbed new depths. Listed as batting fifth for the Orioles was third baseman "Cal Ripkin Jr."

In the clubhouse: "I guess that means they'll be sitting down [outfielder Paul] O'Neill for the next week or so." -- Johnson responding to reports that New York Yankees manager Joe Torre had "conceded" the AL East race to the Orioles.

Pub Date: 9/02/97

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