Your Ride Is Waiting. Reserve infielder Rafael Belliard of the Braves, who had one home run in 1,802 career at bats through Sunday (including none in his last 1,397), missed a homer by a few feet last Friday against the Expos. It was the second time this year that he just missed clearing the leftfield wall at Atlanta- Fulton County Stadium. "He's going to hit one out this year," says Brave third baseman Terry Pendleton. "When he does, I'm going to meet him at home plate and carry him off the field, just like in the Little League World Series."
Take a Mulligan. Phillie reliever Andy Carter made his major league debut on May 3 and was ejected from the game after hitting two of the three Padre batters he faced. Apparently home plate umpire Jim Quick wanted to make sure the rookie's wildness didn't lead to yet another bench-clearing brawl. Asked later how he had dreamed that his debut would go, Carter said, "Just getting everybody out.... Well, I got one out."
Parlez-Vous Anglais? Expo first baseman Randy Milligan says he loves living in Montreal even though he doesn't speak French. "I just look stupid, shrug my shoulders and laugh a lot," he says of encountering a Quebecois. "They figure it out; then they start speaking English."
Wild Things. Brewer shortstop Jose Valentin made three throwing errors in a game against the Twins on May 3, thereby joining Minnesota's Pat Meares (April 12) as the only shortstops to attain that dubious distinction this year. By comparison, Oriole shortstop Cal Ripken Jr. committed only three throwing errors in 356 games from Aug. 26, 1988, to Oct. 3, 1990.
Damage Report. During the Cubs' team-record 12-game home losing streak, which finally ended with a 5-2 win over the Reds on May 4, they were outscored 85-33, trailed for all but seven of 108 innings and during one stretch didn't have the lead for 61 straight innings.