At first glance, it’s a fairly routine 7-5 win for the A’s over the Orioles. Ron Hassey contributes a two-run homer as hitters three through eight account for all the A’s offense: two homers, three doubles, seven singles, and three walks. Gallego and McGwire turn a double play in the first. Gallego and McGwire turn a double play in the second. Hubbard, Gallego, and McGwire turn a double play in the fourth. Hubbard, Gallego, and McGwire turn a double play in the sixth. Hubbard, Gallego, and McGwire turn a double play in the seventh. The game ends with Honeycutt getting the Orioles in order.
The Orioles had gone down in order in the third, and in the fifth their one runner came on a two-out triple. If you want to belittle the infield, you can point out that in the eighth, with Cal Ripken on first and no one out, there was no double play. But Honeycutt balked Ripken to second, so the ensuing grounder to third by Mickey Tettleton meant there was no chance for a double play. It’s the first game of a doubleheader: the A’s lose the second game 5-1 to start a 4-game losing streak, their longest of the year.
Hassey had a rare bunt single in the fourth: he explained: “Mack had just hit a home run so they were playing back. I looked at the third baseman (Craig Worthington) and saw he was playing back and off the line. So I thought I’d give it a try.”
La Russa said: “You are never going to have a doubleheader that’s fun. It is one of those things you have to do in the big leagues. As banged up as we are we were able to get through it without losing anybody.”