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Peter Gammons
June 27, 1988
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June 27, 1988

Between The Lines

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The retractable roof at Olympic Stadium in Montreal got stuck on June 9, so the Expos ended up playing three games against the New York Mets in the open air—all of which they won. Some Montreal fans suggested that the Expos leave the roof open to keep the winning streak going, but stadium officials closed the roof June 12 to prepare the stadium for a performance of Aida later that week. "I don't know what was so special about Aida," said Expos public relations man Richard Griffin. "We had Carman the next night." As in, pitcher Don Carman of the Philadelphia Phillies, who started against Montreal in the second game of a doubleheader June 14.


In a game at Wrigley Field on June 15, the Pittsburgh Pirates' Barry Bonds hit a long fly ball beyond the reach of Chicago Cubs centerfielder Dave Martinez, and the ball got lost in the ivy covering the wall—or at least that was what appeared to have happened. Second base umpire Bob Engel called the hit a ground rule double, but when he and Martinez searched for the ball in the thick vines, they couldn't locate it. That prompted Pittsburgh manager Jim Leyland to storm out to second base to protest the call, arguing that the ball might have gone over the wall and into the empty bleachers. After an animated conversation, Engel and Leyland marched out to center and, with the aid of Martinez, finally found the ball in the ivy.


?Through Sunday, the New York Mets' Dwight Gooden had more RBIs (8) than the combined pitching staffs of six other National League teams, and the Mets pitchers had as many RBIs (15) as the Orioles second basemen (15).

? Oakland's Dennis Eckersley, who got his 20th save June 10, is the fifth pitcher in history to have had both a 20-win season and a 20-save season. The others are Johnny Sain, Ellis Kinder, Mudcat Grant and Wilbur Wood.

? Dennis Rasmussen, now with the San Diego Padres, has been traded five times for players who among them have 401 homers and 472 pitching victories.

?Through Sunday, the Boston Red Sox had outscored their opponents 141-91 in the first three innings, but had been outscored 194-156 from the fourth inning on.