O's fireworks too smoky for Indians 'pen Some relievers complain

Nagy glad for Game 2 shot

October 10, 1997|By Roch Kubatko | Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF

Some Cleveland relievers complained Wednesday about the smoke blowing into the bullpen from fireworks being set off in center field after the national anthem and the Orioles' two Game 1 home runs.

"It caused their breathing to be a little difficult," Indians manager Mike Hargrove said. "On a scale of 1 to 10, that's about a 1. Nobody died from it anyway."

As for any plans to retaliate at Jacobs Field, Hargrove said, "I hope we get to shoot a lot of fireworks at our place, too."

Aside from the fireworks, Indians pitchers had no complaints.

Charles Nagy said that he didn't mind starting last night rather than Game 1, an assignment that went to Chad Ogea.

He just wanted the opportunity to erase his failed assignment in Game 3 of the Division Series against New York, when he walked six in 3 2/3 innings in a 6-1 loss.

"That's fine," he said of waiting until last night to face the Orioles. "I get to pitch again. That's all I'm really excited about. Whether it was 1, 2, 3 or 4, I got that chance. I've just got to go out and make the most of it."

Nagy, who had a loss and a no-decision last postseason, allowed eight hits and four runs in 5 2/3 innings.

And Hargrove said left-hander Brian Anderson, added to the Indians' roster for the American League Championship Series, was available last night after throwing two shutout innings in Game 1.

"I was very happy with his performance," said Hargrove, who used six pitchers but not Anderson last night. "He hadn't pitched in quite a while."

Pub Date: 10/10/97

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