Hits and misses

THE BALTIMORE SUN

On the field: Nerio Rodriguez gained a win, but a save would have been more appropriate. With starter Rick Krivda unable to convert a 9-0 lead into his fifth win, Rodriguez held the game together for 3 1/3 innings and was rewarded with his first major-league win. Rodriguez became the 14th Oriole pitcher to gain a win this season. It was only the bullpen's second win in the last 23 games.

In the dugout: Davey Johnson gave a sneak preview of his playoff roster against right-handed pitching. Eric Davis played right field, Brady Anderson center and Chris Hoiles went behind the plate. Except for Harold Baines serving as designated hitter, the lineup was what Johnson envisioned six months ago as his Opening Day card.

In the clubhouse: "I think it's pretty pathetic when you're given a 9-0 lead and can't stick around for five innings. I didn't do the job today. I wasn't sharp when I needed to be." -- Krivda on failing to last the minimum five innings for the decision.

Pub Date: 9/21/97

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