April 30, 2014 |
PHOENIX - Domonic Brown did not attempt to pull a J.P. Howell slider aimed for the outer part of the plate. He stayed back, lowered his black bat to meet the 79-m.p.h. pitch, and drove it to the opposite field. This was last Tuesday, when Brown smashed his most important hit of the Phillies' 10-game road trip, a go-ahead double in the 10th inning at Dodger Stadium. The ball landed in left field, emblematic of an April trend and the challenges Brown now combats. Through 25 games, Brown has a lower slugging percentage (.330)
April 16, 1997 |
The Atlanta Braves have finally adjusted the lighting in their new park, Turner Field. Players have complained about the glare in the outfield since the home opener April 4. The lights above the dugouts were angled away from the field to reduce the glare. The lights behind third base were aimed into left field, and the lights behind first base were aimed into right. They had been aimed straight into the opposite field. Toronto outfielders Joe Carter, Otis Nixon and Robert Perez wore their blue socks knee-high to honor Jackie Robinson, as did a number of other major leaguers, including Seattle's Ken Griffey Jr. Griffey also switched his usual number from 24 to 42 - Robinson's number - for a game against Cleveland.
September 16, 1997 |
Fred McGriff beats Rod Beck with a ninth-inning homer. So what else is new? McGriff hit a two-out, two-run homer off Beck to cap a four-run rally that gave the Atlanta Braves a dramatic 5-4 victory over the visiting San Francisco Giants last night. It was two years ago that McGriff did the same thing to San Francisco's top reliever, hitting a three-run homer in the final inning to give the Braves a 3-2 victory. "It's deja vu," Beck said. "McGriff did this to me in the ninth a couple of years ago. He hit the same pitch, a splitter, hit it to the opposite field with men on base.
July 29, 1998 |
Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa continued their assaults on Roger Maris's single-season home-run record, but neither did enough to help his team win. McGwire, the St. Louis Cardinals' slugging first baseman, hit his major league-leading 45th homer, a 408-foot, opposite-field shot in the eighth inning against Milwaukee last night. But the visiting Brewers won the wild game, 13-10. Sosa hit his second grand slam in as many nights and 41st homer of the season in the fifth inning of the visiting Chicago Cubs' 7-5 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks.
May 30, 1994 |
It's a good thing that Springfield's Jason Cooney has a little bit of bulk on his body. He needed it Saturday afternoon. After trailing thoughout much of their PIAA District 1 Class AA quarterfinal playoff game with No. 2-seed Bristol, the seventh-seeded Spartans caught up with the Warriors and were threatening in the bottom of the eighth inning. Cooney dropped a bunt toward Bristol pitcher Milton Padilla with two outs, and Jeff Binkowski raced for the plate. Warriors first baseman John Sozio couldn't hold onto Padilla's throw to first and Binkowski scored to give Springfield an exciting 7-6 victory at Council Rock.
June 24, 1997 |
When Albert Belle wins games, he almost always does it with his bat. Last night, he used his glove, too. Belle homered and robbed Chili Davis of a possible go-ahead, three-run homer in the ninth inning, leading the Chicago White Sox over the visiting Kansas City Royals, 7-6. "That catch was the game," said White Sox closer Roberto Hernandez, who held his breath as Davis's ball sailed toward leftfield. "I thought we were going to have to come back and hit in the next inning," Chicago shortstop Ozzie Guillen said.
October 27, 1995 |
Jim Thome promised after Wednesday night's loss that he was through chasing pitches. He would make Braves righthander Greg Maddux throw a strike. Then he grounded the ball back to Maddux in his first at-bat and popped to third in his second at-bat, beating himself on his head each time as he ran back to the dugout. Thome's next at-bat came with two men on in the sixth inning of a 2-2 tie. Once again he swung at the first pitch, and two of the first three. Once again he was anxious and in a hole.
August 20, 1991 |
Forty-five games to go, and the .500 mark remains a mirage in the middle distance. Forty-five games to go, and the questions still outnumber the answers. There once was a time, five long months ago, when the Phils were declaring that the age of experimentation was over, that this team was set to contend in the National League East. But here we are, in the depths of August, with the Phils and Pirates set to square off tonight at the Vet, and the experiments, the on-the-job training sessions, remain a major feature of daily life.
April 22, 1992 |
In the eighth inning, Mitch Williams took a header trying to field Shawon Dunston's bunt. The next inning, Williams gave up the tying run. In the 10th, Curt Schilling earned his first save of the year. But he also gave up a run. And later, while they insisted it was no reason for concern, both Williams and Schilling said they aren't 100 percent healthy. "For two weeks there's been something pinched in my right shoulder," Williams said. "I keep thinking it will loosen up, but it hasn't.