An August Occasion
When the Brewers played the White Sox on May 1, Milwaukee's Don August was supposed to be the "extra, extra emergency backup pitcher," as he put it, because he had a tired arm from his previous outing four days earlier. But when the game went into the 15th inning with the score tied 6-6, August got the call. The fourth batter he faced, Ozzie Guillen, sent August sprawling with a line drive off the right side of his head. "I had to get up," said August, "we didn't have anyone else left to pitch." He allowed three runs in the 15th, but the Brewers came back with three in their half of the inning. Milwaukee finally won 10-9 in the 19th inning, and August got the victory. "I went from a goat—and almost a dead goat—to a hero," he said.
Crimes and Misdemeanors
Last Friday, Giants centerfielder Willie McGee's three gloves were stolen from the visitors' clubhouse at Shea Stadium, so against the Mets the next day he used New York centerfielder Vince Coleman's. The two players, who were teammates in St. Louis for six seasons, simply left the glove in center at the end of each half inning, Little League-style. "They were fined by their respective kangaroo courts," said San Francisco catcher Terry Kennedy. "We fined Willie $2 an inning. The Mets fined Coleman $5 for each catch Willie made."
There's Nothing Like the First Time
Rangers bullpen coach Orlando Gomez, 44, labored in baseball's bush leagues for 27 years as a player, scout, manager and coach before attending his first major league game, on Opening Day this spring. "I didn't even come close to getting to a big league game," said Gomez. "When my name was announced, it was as if I wasn't standing on the ground. I choked up. I had tears in my eyes. I realized a dream come true."
A Game to Remember-Almost
Chris James of the Indians drove in nine runs in a 20-6 victory over the A's last Saturday. He's the 22nd player in history to drive in nine or more in a game and the first player with nine ribbies since Eddie Murray knocked in nine for the Orioles in 1985. "I hit a three-run homer in the first, a three-run homer in the second, and after that, I can't even remember what happened," said James, who singled in a run in the fourth and hit a two-run single in the eighth but still fell short of the major league record for most RBIs in a game (12), set by "Sunny" Jim Bottomley of the Cardinals in 1924.
Just to Show You It Can Be Done
Last Friday, the same night that the Tigers and Rangers took over two hours to play the first four innings of their game—which went 11 innings and lasted 4:16—the Pirates beat the Astros 1-0 in 1:45. That's the shortest nine-inning game in the National League since 1984. "If we hadn't had the three minutes between innings, I could have been home to see the last episode of Dallas," said Pittsburgh bullpen coach Rich Donnelly.
By the Numbers
?Last Friday the Dodgers snapped a five-game winning streak by the Phillies. Before that victory string, Philadelphia had gone 548 games—since August 1987—without winning five games in a row.
?The A's have beaten the Yankees 16 straight times. The major league record for consecutive victories by one team over another is held by the Orioles, who won 23 games in a row from the Royals in 1969 and '70.