Alvarez All Wet as Sox Fall to O's

By Gregor, Scot | Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), May 10, 1996 | Go to article overview
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Alvarez All Wet as Sox Fall to O's

Gregor, Scot, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)

Byline: Scot Gregor Daily Herald Sports Writer

Starting pitcher Wilson Alvarez got the hook early. And manager Terry Bevington got the hook late.

In between, Thursday night's game between the White Sox and Orioles had a little bit of everything.

Except rain, there was enough of that in the air to cause a delay that lasted 1 hour and 11 minutes. When play resumed, the Sox found themselves in a 5-0 hole. They managed to rally but came up short, losing 6-4 and snapping a seven-game home winning streak.

Alvarez (2-3) struggled from his first pitch and easily turned in one of the worst performances of his career. The left-hander, who made himself unavailable for postgame commentary, walked Jeffrey Hammonds to start the game and then went walk, single, walk, single, single, strikeout, sacrifice fly and single.

It took Alvarez 21 minutes to retire his first batter, and when he was pulled with two outs in the first, Alvarez's ERA stood at 4.57. He came in with a 3.63 ERA.

"Wilson had a little problem with his command," said White Sox manager Terry Bevington. "We spotted them too many runs."

Brian Keyser, who relieved Alvarez, gave up 1 run in the third inning before the Sox embarked on their comeback. Keyser turned in another solid effort out of the bullpen, allowing the 1 run on 3 hits over 4 1/3 innings.

"Wilson struggled and that made it tough," Keyser said. "I know what my role is and that's to go out there and try to keep the game close and give us a chance to win. We battled back but just came up a little short.

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