The Downside. What a year for streaks, most of them bad. The Brewers had a 14-game losing streak, which was finally broken last Friday when they beat the Mariners 5-2. The Padres lost 13 in a row earlier this year, and the A's 12 in a row. Before this season there had been only three losing streaks of 12 or more games since the beginning of the 1990s. Milwaukee ended its nosedive on the night that Robin Yount Weekend began at County Stadium. Yount, who retired after last season, talked to his former teammates before the game. An inspirational speech? "No," he said in typically understated fashion, "I just said hello."
Bombarded. On May 24 Mariner starter Greg Hibbard gave up 15 hits in his six-inning stint during a 10-1 loss to the A's. The last pitcher to allow more hits in a game than Hibbard did was the Astros' Bob Forsch (18 hits in seven innings) on Aug. 3, 1989.
Still a Swinger. With the Dodger bench depleted by injuries, rookie reliever Darren Dreifort was summoned from the bullpen to pinch-hit for pitcher Al Osuna in the 10th inning of a 5-5 game against the Pirates last Friday. Dreifort, who hit .327 with 22 homers last year as a pitcher-DH at Wichita State, made his first major league at bat a memorable one: He singled to drive in the winning run. At week's end Dreifort, who was L.A.'s first-round pick in the 1993 amateur draft and has never played in the minors, had six saves and a hit in the big leagues. "All I need is a win," he said.