A Comedy of Errors
The Dodgers beat the Reds 4-3 last Thursday despite making six errors. Since 1984 L.A. has had two other six-error games, and it won both of those too. L.A. reliever Roger McDowell was asked if he had ever played for a team that made six errors in a game and won. "Seventh grade," he said. "We beat Gilkey Electric 24-16. If I'm not mistaken, we had eight errors in that game."
Where Have You Gone, Ron Hunt?
Oriole catcher Jeff Tackett was hit in the right shoulder when he got his signals crossed with teammate Ben McDonald. "I thought about charging the mound," said Tackett.
Now, That's Discouraging
In the Braves' 15-0 win over the Pirates last Friday, Atlanta's Otis Nixon and Lonnie Smith each had three hits before Pittsburgh's number-7 hitter, Don Slaught, came to bat for the first time.
Met rookie lefthander Eric Hillman is 6'10", the same height as Seattle's Randy Johnson, who previously held the distinction of being the tallest player in history. Last week, in his first big league start, Hillman pitched eight shutout innings in a 2-0 win over Pittsburgh. Says Pirate coach Rich Donnelly, "He's so tall, he doesn't have a pickoff move to second; he just reaches out and tags the runner."
It's a Dirty Business
Blue Jay/ESPN broadcaster Tommy Hutton has no sympathy for the Astros and their 28-day road trip. Hutton says broadcasting duties kept him on the road for 47 straight days, from June 15 to Aug. 1. His travels included 17 airplane flights and covered 19,800 miles. "And I didn't get $150 in laundry money like the Astros," says Hutton.
By the Numbers
•Last Thursday, A's first baseman Mark McGwire hit two homers in a game for the fifth time this year, which gave him 23 multihomer games for his career. The major league record for multihomer games in a career belongs to Babe Ruth with 72. The single-season mark was set by Hank Greenberg, who had 11 in 1938. McGwire has had at least two homers in a game once every 38.8 outings. Ruth did it once every 34.8, Willie Mays once every 47.5 and Henry Aaron once every 53.2.
•On Sunday the Cardinals set a major league record with their 16th straight errorless game. Over that same span of games the Dodgers committed 25 errors.
•Until last week Met outfielder Vince Coleman had six intentional walks in 990 major league games—and only one since 1988. He was then walked intentionally three times in one game against the Pirates.
•Montreal pitcher Mark Gardner tied a major league record by hitting three St. Louis batters in one inning. The last National League pitcher to plunk three batters in a single inning was Dock Ellis in 1974. Incidentally, in 1966, when Sandy Koufax went 27-9 with a 1.73 ERA in 323 innings, he didn't hit one.