Hobson doesn't make it out of first inning Red Sox manager gets early ejection


BOSTON -- Before there was an out registered in yesterday's game, Butch Hobson was history. The Boston manager was ejected by plate umpire Larry Young after only three pitches had been thrown.

The second pitch was called a ball by Young, causing FranViola to vent his displeasure at the umpire after Brady Anderson singled to left field on the next pitch. Young went toward the mound for a brief chat, which bought Hobson from the dugout.

"I asked him [Young] what was going on," said Hobson. "Hyelled at me and I told him, 'You don't have to talk like that, I'm not questioning a pitch, I want to know why you went after my pitcher.'

"He told me to 'Get the blank out of here,' and I told him I didn'understand the tone of his voice. He didn't have to talk to me like that."

One word led to several more and Young gave Hobson aultra-early dismissal.

"The second pitch of the game, I thought was low," said Young"After the next pitch, Frank yelled something at me and I went out and asked him what he said."

What Viola said was: "It's easy to hit when it's 2-and-0."

"I told him I thought the pitch was low, and we got it straighteneout in a gentlemanly fashion," said Young. "There was no profanity on either side, his or mine."

But the discussion with Hobson soon became heated. "Threason I ran him [threw him out] was because I gave him a chance to leave and he didn't," said Young.

It was the second ejection of the year for Hobson, who is in hifirst year as manager of the Red Sox.

The Orioles promoted Jack Voigt from Rochester to replace Richie Lewis on the roster. An outfielder by trade, Voigt has also been used at third base.

The fourth new player to join the club in the last week (followinTommy Shields, Lewis and catcher Mark Parent), Voigt was hitting .292 with 14 home runs at Rochester. He was informed of his promotion after going 0-for-7 in the Red Wings' 13-inning, 9-8 win at Richmond on Friday night.

Voigt joined the Orioles before yesterday's game.

Lewis' one-night stand

Lewis, whose second tour with the Orioles this year was strictly a one-night stand to start the second game of Friday's doubleheader, was credited with his first major-league win even though he lasted only 4 1/3 innings in the 4-3 win. It is not the shortest outing by a winning starter in Orioles history.

In 1987, Mike Griffin went four innings and Doug Corbett one in a 4-1 win over the White Sox that was called after five innings because of rain. A starter must pitch at least five innings to claim a victory, unless the game is called before six innings are completed.

Under those circumstances, a starter is required to go only four innings. Lewis was charged with three runs while giving up five hits and walking six before being replaced by Storm Davis, who picked up his third save of the year.

Lewis became the fourth Orioles pitcher in the last 10 years tget a win in his major-league debut. Bob Milacki and Gregg Olson did it in 1988, Anthony Telford in 1990.

End-of-month report

July was good for some Orioles, not so good for others. Glenn Davis hit safely in the last 15 games and had a .380 average for the month, second highest in the league (behind Seattle's Edgar Martinez).

Joe Orsulak, the league's top hitter for most of the monthfinished at .370. Leo Gomez led the Orioles in July with five home runs and 18 RBI.

On the flip side, Rick Sutcliffe was 0-5, the most losses he haever suffered in one month. Cal Ripken went the entire month without a home run, the first time that's happened since his first two months in the big leagues, August and September 1981. In addition the bullpen blew five leads in the seventh inning or later and all were transformed into losses. As a team, the Orioles were 13-14, their only losing month of the year.

Power behind the plate

Orioles catchers have 20 home runs for the year. Although he's been on the disabled list for six weeks with a broken wrist, Chris Hoiles is third on the team with 14. Jeff Tackett has hit five and Parent homered on his second at-bat with the Orioles on Friday night.

The last time Orioles catchers had as many home runs in season was 1987, when Terry Kennedy (18), Dave Van Gorder and John Stefero (one each) combined to hit 20. Floyd Rayford also caught for the Orioles that year, but neither of his two home runs came while playing the position.


Glenn Davis' 15-game hit streak, a career high, ended yesterday, when he went 0-for-3 plus a walk. . . . Randy Milligan had an unusual day, walking four straight times and scoring two runs.

No-solo Leo

Orioles third baseman Leo Gomez has been making his home runs count. Six of his past eight homers have come with men on base:

Date .. .. .. .. ..Opp... .. .. .. .. ..Homer

8/1.. .. .. .. .. Boston.. .. .. .. .. .3-run

7/31.. .. .. .. ..Boston.. .. .. .bases empty

7/30.. .. .. .. .New York.. .. .. bases empty

7/21.. .. .. .. ..Chicago.. .. .. .. ...3-run

37/18.. .. .. .. .Texas.. .. .. ... .. .3-run

7/12.. .. .. .. .Minnesota.. .. .. .. ..3-run

6/12.. .. .. .. ..Detroit.. .. .. .grand slam

5/17.. .. .. .. ..Chicago.. .. .. .. ...2-run

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