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THE NEWS JOURNAL C3 r THURSDAY, APRIL 28, 1994 WEDNESDAY'S HIGHLIGHT PITCHING NEXT Irln ITTCIIENGNFAT Giants' Bryan Hicker-son (1-0) vs. Phillies' Ben Rivera (1-1). TUE. WED. MS Juan Andujar's two RBIs help Kinston snap Blue Rocks' winning streak 3-2. SUN. MON. Kinston's Daron Kir-kreit (0-3) vs. Blue Rocks' Kris Ralston THU. FRI. SAT. SUN. MON. Til:, OFF AN FRAN. 735 p.m. PRISM UN FRAN. 7:06 P.M. PRISM SAN FRAN. 1:35 P.M. CHANNEL 17 SANDIEOO 7:35 P.M. PRISM SANDIEOO 7:35 P.M. CHANNEL 17 SANDIEOO 7:35 P.M. PRISM Shading Indicates home games Phillies' radio coverage on WDEL-1 1 SO and WGMP-1 21 a For tickets! (21 5) 463-1 OOO. It's been a cold April for Phillies By JENNIFER BRIGGS Staff reporter LOS ANGELES Tuesday night's game was one of the coldest late-April contests in recent memory around Chavez Ravine. It has become the chilliest of Aprils for the Phillies as well, from San Francisco to San Diego to Los Angeles. Tuesday night, the Phils wasted a solid outing by Tommy Greene, leading 2-0 into the sixth inning before losing 4-3. It was their fourth loss in a row. "Everything stinks right now," said catcher Darren Daulton. "Hitting, pitching defense, in every one of those capacities." They do not always all stink at the same time, however. Greene pitched five shutout innings in his first appearance after a stint on the disabled list with an inflamed shoulder. He gave up four Dodger hits. He walked four batters, but struck out three, including two significant Ks in the third inning on Mike Piazza and Kevin Gross, when the Dodgers made one of their best early attempts at scoring. Shawn Boskie, making his first appearance as a reliever, the reason he was brought to Philadelphia in the first place, did not fare as well and, hence, the loss. Giving up two game-tying runs and four hits to five batters and getting just one man out was not part of Boskie's special purpose in Philly. And don't forget the wild pitch, which put the Dodgers' eventual first run at third. Tim Wallach led off the sixth inning with a double, which perhaps could have been caught by left fielder Milt Thompson. Instead, it was a double. Boskie then threw a wild pitch, which allowed Wallach to go to third, and he scored on Eric Karros' single. Boskie gave up another single and the Dodgers tied the game 2-2 when Jeff Treadaway singled to short. The ball hit Kevin Stocker's glove and bounced high into the air. "That bad hop hurt us," said Phils Manager Jim Fregosi. "And we had chances in the bottom of the fifth and sixth to get some runs after an error and we didn't take advantage of them." Dave Hollins probably saved a run in the inning when he snagged Karros' hit in the dirt, just before it rocketed into the outfield. After Greene left and Boskie's forgetable performance in the sixth, David West got out of the inning on a double play. He was lifted for Heathcliff Slocumb in the seventh after walking first batter Brett Butler and giving up a single to Jose Offerman. Slocumb got Butler on a rundown trying to score, but loaded the bases and lost two runs on an RBI single and a fielder's choice which put the Dodgers ahead 4-2. Jim Eisenreich's RBI single scored Wes Chamberlain in the eighth, but the rally fell short at 4-3 as Lenny Dykstra grounded out with two men on. DESHIELDS STILL IN PAIN: Delino DeShields was not at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday and it won't be decided until today, at the earliest, when he will rejoin the Dodgers' lineup. The Seaford native is still experiencing headaches after a collision in the field with outfielder Raul Mondesi last Saturday. He spent that night in the hospital and was diagnosed with a concussion. DeShields spent Wednesday resting at his South Bay home. The Dodgers are scheduled to leave for a road swing after the game Wednesday, and with his headaches, it is doubtful De-Shields will be able to make the trip, the team said. DeShields will be examined again today and, depending upon the examination, may be put on the disabled list. BOWA HURTING: Third base coach Larry Bowa was out for the second consecutive day with an injured back. Tuesday's late game How the runs scored PhiHie Third: Stacker singled to center. Stacker stale second. Greene struck out. Dykstra walked. Morandlnl singled to left, Stacker scored, Dvkstra to second. Kruk singled to right, Dykstra to third, Morandlnl to second. Hollins grounded Into fielder's choice, second baseman Treadway to shortstop Offerman, Dykstra scored, Morandlnl to third, Kruk forced at second. Daulton grounded out to first baseman Karros. 2 runs, 3 hits, o errors, l left on. Phillies Dodgers 0. Dodgers Sixth: Boskie pitching. Wallach doubled to left center. Rodriguez struck out. On Boskie's wild pitch, Wallach to third. Karros singled to third, Wallach scored. Mondesi singled to center, Karros to second. Treadway singled to shortstop, Karros scored, Mondesi to third. Gwynn, Pinch hitting for Ke.Gross. West relieved Boskie. Webster, pinch hitting tor Gwynn, struck out, Treadway caught stealing, catcher Daulton to first baseman Kruk to second baseman Morandlnl. . I runs, 4 hits, 0 errors, 1 left on. Dodgers t Phillies 2. Dodgers Seventh: Butter walked. Offerman sin gled to right, Butler to third. Slocumb relieved West. Piazza grounded Into fielder's choice, pitcher Slocumb to catcher Daulton to third baseman Hollins, Butter out at home, Offerman to second. Wallach walked, Offerman to third, Piazza to second. Rodriguez singled to right, Offer-man scored, Piazza to third, Wallach to second. Karros grounded Into fielder's choice, pitcher Slocumb to catcher Daulton, Piazza forced at home, Wallach to third, Rodriguez to second. Mondesi singled to right, Wallach scored, Rodriguez to third, Karros to second, Rodriguez out advancing, right fielder Chamberlain to catcher Daulton to first baseman Kruk to third baseman Hollins to catcher Daulton. 2 runs, 1 hits, 0 errors, 2 Ml on. Dodgers 4, Phillies 2. PhiHies Eighth Daulton filed out to left fielder Rodriguez. Chamberlain doubled down the left field line. Incavlglla, pinch hitting for Thompson. Drelfort relieved Wayne, batting 5th. Snyder to left field, batting 9th. Incavlglla grounded out to shortstop Offerman. Stacker singled to left, Chamberlain to third. Elsenreich, pinch hitting for Slocumb, singled to center, Chamberlain scored, Stacker to second. Daal relieved Drelfort. Dvkstra grounded into fielder's choice, second baseman Treadway to shortstop Offerman, Elsenreich forced at second. 1 run, 3 hits, 0 errors, 2 left on. Dodgers 4, Phillies 3. Dodgers 4, Phillies 3 Phillies 002 000 010-3 9 0 L Angeles 000 002 20x-4 11 1 Philadelphia AB R H Bl BB SO Avg. Dykstra cf Morandlnl 2b f-Duncanph Kruk lb DHolllns 3b Daulton c Chamberlain rf WThompsonlf d-lncavlglia ph-H 1 Stacker ss TGreenep a-RJordan ph Boskie p Westp Slocumb p e-Elsenreich ph Andersen p Totals 0 .225 0 .25 1 .212 2 .341 1 .247 0 .323 0 .333 0 .325 0 .200 0 .279 1 .250 1 .229 0 .000 0 0 1.000 0 .286 0 Los Angeles AB R H Bl BB SO Avg. Butler cf Offerman ss Piazza c Wallach 3b HRodriguez If Drelfort p Daal p Tdwonrell p Karros lb Mondesi rf Treadway 2b KeGrossp b-Gwynnph c-Webster ph Wayne p Snyder If Totals 1 0 1 21 I .309 0 .174 1 .256 1 .300 1 J28 0 0 0 0 .284 0 .296 0 .273 1 .000 0 .250 1 .429 0 0 .296 6 a-struck out for Greene In the 6th. b-announced for Ke.Gross In the 6th. c-struck out for Gwynn in the 6th. d-grounded out for Thompson In the 8th. e-slngled (or Slocumb In the 8th. f-struck out for Morandlnl in the 9th. E-Treadwav ID. LOB-Philadelphla 10, Los Angeles 10. 2B-Chamberlaln 111, Wallach (5). RBIs-Mor-andinl (2), DHolllns (17), Elsenreich (8), HRodriguez (9), Karros (6), Mondesi (14), Treadway (3). SB-Stocker (2), Treadway (1). CS-Morandini (2), Treadway (1). S-Ofterman. GIDP-Treadway. Runners left In scoring position-Philadelphia 6 (Dykstra 5, Daulton); Los Angeles 6 (Offerman, Piazza, Wallach, HRodriguez 2, Treadway). Runners moved up-DHolllns, TGreene, Butler, Offerman, Piazza, Karros, Mondesi, Snyder. DP-Phlladelphla 2 (TGreene, Stacker and Kruk), (Daulton, Kruk and Morandini); Los Angeles 1 (Piazza and Offerman). Philadelphia IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA TGreene 5 3 0 0 4 3 78 4.50 Boskie 'A 4 2 2 0 1 16 5.52 WestL,0-3 V) 1 1 1 1 1 19 5.79 Slocumb 1 2 I 1 1 0 13 3.55 Andersen 1 1 0 0 0 1 17 3.86 Los Angeles IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA KeGross 6 6 2 2 3 4 108 4.10 Wayne W, 1-2 114 1 1 1 0 0 13 5.68 Dreifort Vi 2 0 0 0 0 13 0.71 Daal Vi 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.00 TdWorrell S, 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 9 2.00 West pitched to 2 baiters in the 7th. Inherited runners-scored-West 2-0, Slocumb 2-2, Drelfort 1-1, Daal 2-0. HBP-by KeGross (MThompson). WP-Boskie. Umpires-Home, Layne; First, Runge; Second, Vanover,' Third, Hallioa T-3:25. A-28,194. PITCHING NEXT Orioles' Sid Fernandez (0-0) vs. Angels' John Dopson (1-2) THU. FRI. SAT. SUN. MON. TUE. WED. MJJWNSl CALIFORNIA I I SEATTLE I I SEATTLE I I SEATTLE I I OFF I I OAKLAND I I OAKLAND l'IBSJII:t'!"j 10:05 P.M. 10:05 P.M. 10:05 P.M. 4:35 P.M. 10:05 P.M. 10:35 P.M. iHIJMM.'l CHANNEL 54 CHANNEL 54 CHANNEL 54 HTS CHANNEL 54 HTS Shading indicates home games Orioles' radio coverage on WBAL-1 090 and WNRK-1 280. For tickets: (410) 685-9800 Oquist must adjust for 'pen duty By DAVID CINSBURQ Associated Press BALTIMORE The newest Oriole, Mike Oquist, is getting reacquainted with the concept of watching a game from the bullpen. Oquist was recalled Monday from Triple-A Rochester as part of the move that sent Brad Pennington to the minors. Oquist pitched middle relief in a short stay with the Orioles last season, but was a starter at Rochester. "You've got to make a little bit of an adjustment, but it's not all that bad," he said. "I know how to prepare myself, but I probably have a few more things to learn. Hopefully that will come in time." INJURIES PILE UP: The little injuries keep piling up for the Orioles, who were without several starters in their 10-4 win over Oakland on Tuesday. Jeffrey Hammonds missed his first game of the season with a foot injury. He fouled a ball off his left foot in Monday's game and was replaced in the outfield by Mark McLemore. Mike Devereaux and Harold Baines missed the game with groin strains, and Chris Sabo took the day off to give his bad back a rest. "I don't have a whole lot of buttons to push," said manager Johnny Oates. "They all seem to have a short-circuit in them somewhere." The good news is that none of the injuries is serious. Oates said there is a good chance that Devereaux would be back for Wednesday's game against California. "Taking everything into consideration, it could be a whole lot worse," Oates said. ECKERSLEY'S THEORY: Oakland reliever Dennis Eckersley has a theory about the improved hitting in baseball this season, and it has nothing to do with lousy pitching. Eckersley says the hitters he's facing these days are a whole lot better than the ones he used to see. "Hitters have gotten smarter and smarter," he said. "They study pitching much, much more. Pitching hasn't really changed, but the hitting has." Eckersley has been in professional baseball since 1972, but he can't remember a year in which the hitter has so dominated the game. "I've never seen anything like it," he said. "Not just the home runs, but the batting averages. It's pretty glaring." DAY TRIPPERS: Judging by their success in nine day games this season, several Orioles would just as soon do their work under the sun on a regular basis. Rafael Palmeiro is batting .520 in day games, scoring eight runs and hitting four homers. Chris Sabo is batting 125 points higher in the day than at night. Mark McLemore is batting .303 in the day compared to .200 under the lights, and Cal Ripken has a .325 daytime average and a .310 mark at night. THU. FRI. SAT. SUN. MON. TUE. MJJ'l?H!il KINSTON " DURHAM DURHAM DURHAM KINSTON KINSTON fliT'lf 4 7:05P.M. 7:05P.M. 7:05P.M. 2:05P.M. 7:05 P.M. 7:05PM. EEESa M II I -''WED. KINSTON 7:05 P.M. Shading indicates horns games Blue Rocks radio coverage on WJBR-1 290. For tickets: 302-888-BLUE Martinez cat-quick at shortstop By JACK IRELAND Staff reporter WILMINGTON Around the press box at Frawley Stadium, they have nicknamed him Felix "The Cat" Martinez. Martinez is the flashy, 19-year-old Blue Rocks shortstop who has excited the fans during this seven-game homestand. Martinez, from Nagua in the Dominican Republic, missed the first five games of the year after coming down with the chicken pox during the final weekend of spring training in Baseball City, Fla. "When I first started playing again, I was not real strong," said Martinez, who is hitting .271 with eight RBIs and three stolen bases. "I did nothing at all for two weeks. I can play much better. There is still a lot of baseball to Play." Martinez made three major-league type plays in Tuesday's 5-2 win over Kinston. He went deep in the hole to take two hits away from Kinston hitters and raced behind second for another grounder to throw out Derek Hacopian at first. He also had an error on a routine grounder in the ninth that led to an unearned Indians run. "Felix is very aggressive and will go get the balls up the middle and in the hole," said Rocks Manager Mike Jirschele. "Once he gets a little better read on this infield he will be even better." Martinez admits he sometimes messes up the routine play. "It looked like an easy grounder," said Martinez. "That's not real good, but it's also part of the game." Martinez has been working with Rich Dauer, the Royals minor-league infield instructor during the current homestand. Dauer is a former second baseman with Baltimore and Cleveland. "I've worked my butt off fielding ground balls from Rich. Dauer," said Martinez. "Felix Fermin Seattle Mariners shortstop did teach me a lot of things when I was playing with him in the Dominican Republic." There's little doubt Martinez is one of the better young prospects in the Kansas City organization. Batting ninth in the order, Martinez showed his offensive skills in the eighth inning of Monday's 1-0 win by moving the winning run from second to third with a sacrifice bunt. On Tuesday he picked up a key RBI with a sacrifice fly to center. "We work every day in the batting cage on moving guys up and getting runs home from third," said Martinez. "I don't care where I hit in the order. I just like to play." BUNCH COMES BACK STRONG: Pitcher Melvin Bunch is a Texas bulldog. He will battle the hitters every step of the way once he steps on the mound. Bunch, from Texarkana, Tex., struggled in his first two starts after going 5-3 with a 2.33 ERA last year with the Rocks. Bunch was sharp in Tuesday's 5-2 win, striking out seven in five innings. "I felt like my velocity was back," said Bunch, who is 2-1 with a 4.19 ERA. "It's not back like it should be, but I'm getting there. Mentally, my confidence is a lot higher. After my first couple starts I did not know if the con fidence was there or not." Jirschele has noted that the organization wants Bunch to go with his good fastball more. Bunch understands but likes to mix his pitches up. 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