On June 7 Phillie leftfielder John Kruk caught a fly ball for the second out of the inning, but he thought it was the third. And as he put his head down and started running in, Pittsburgh's Bobby Bonilla tagged up and scored all the way from second. "From now on, we're going to give Kruk three sticks of bubble gum," says Phillie coach Larry Bowa. "After each out, he's going to put one in his mouth, and when he's out of gum, he'll know it's time to come in."
A STUDENT-ATHLETE'S DREAM
If everything goes right for Steve Bast, a lefthander for the Triple A Pawtucket Red Sox, he could pull off an interesting double: playing major league baseball while pursuing a career in medicine. Bast, who is currently one of Boston's top pitching prospects, was a premed honor student at USC and is in the process of applying to Harvard Medical School, which is within walking distance of Fenway Park, and several other institutions. No matter where he goes to school, Bast will bring a lot of firsthand experience to his medical studies. While in college, he worked as an exercise physiologist at the National Athletic Health Institute in Culver City, Calif., and in 1987 he had his arm reconstructed a la Tommy John by famed surgeon Dr. Frank Jobe.
During a June 6 game in Toronto, Brewers manager Tom Trebelhorn moved righthanded reliever Chuck Crim to first base, and in order to force switch-hitting Nelson Liriano to bat righthanded, brought in lefty Tony Fossas. After Liriano singled, Trebelhorn moved Crim back to the mound to get the final two outs and save the 6-4 win. Said Brewers starter Chris Bosio, "Crim relieved himself on the mound in front of 40,000 people in the SkyDome."
UNDER THE LIMIT
The A's radar gun clocked Cleveland righthander Tom Candiotti's curveball at 58 mph on June 3. "It's tough to hit a guy who throws that slowly," said Oakland hitting coach Merv Rettenmund. "We throw harder than that in batting practice." The remark didn't bother Candiotti, a knuckle-bailer who was 7-3 at week's end. "My slow curve operates below the hitting speed limit," he says with a shrug.
?When Phillie second baseman Steve Jeltz and Ranger outfielder Ruben Sierra each homered from both sides of the plate on June 8, it was the first time that two players had accomplished that feat on the same day.
?The Orioles picked up 12 unearned runs in their 16-3 defeat of the Yankees on June 5. Before that game, Baltimore's defense had allowed only six unearned runs for the whole season.
?Shortstop Kurt Stillwell, who was hitting .278 through Sunday, has gone 21 for 50 (.420) in domes since he started playing for the Royals in '88. That's not surprising. In his last season with the Reds—1987—he had more hits (13) in the Astrodome than any visiting player.
?At week's end Dodger righthander Mike Morgan was leading the National League with a 1.47 ERA, but his record was only 4-4 because L.A. hasn't scored more than three runs in any of his 10 starts.
?Weather warning: Through Sunday the Orioles led the majors in rainouts, with seven. That means they will have to play 40 games in 39 days from July 31 to Sept. 7.