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Phillips Incident, Fog Delay Make For a Weird Night in Milwaukee

May 16, 1996

At most games, a two-hour fog delay would be the weirdest event of the evening.

Not so, though, on Wednesday night in Milwaukee.

White Sox outfielder Tony Phillips, after changing out of his uniform and into street clothes, went into the stands to confront a heckling fan in the middle of Chicago’s 20-8 win over the Brewers.

The incident occurred in the left-field bleachers, said Sheriff’s Dept. Sgt. Mark Strachota. He said the 23-year-old fan and Phillips, who left the game in the sixth inning, were being questioned.

``There was a physical altercation, but I don’t know who was at fault,″ Strachota said.

There almost wasn’t a game at County Stadium. Umpire crew chief Jim Evans halted the game in the bottom of the first inning after White Sox right fielder Danny Tartabull lost Kevin Seitzer’s fly ball in the fog.

``Jimmy said he hadn’t seen anything like that in 25 years,″ Milwaukee manager Phil Garner said. ``So that called for something a little unusual.″

When the game resumed, Frank Thomas homered, doubled and drove in a career-high six runs for Chicago. Garner, meanwhile, was later ejected for arguing with first base umpire Dale Ford.

In other AL games, Boston beat California 17-6, Seattle stopped New York 10-5, Cleveland downed Detroit 5-2, Minnesota topped Toronto 2-1 and Kansas City defeated Texas 3-1. Baltimore’s game at Oakland was rained out, only the 16th rainout at the Coliseum since the Athletics moved west 28 years ago.

The White Sox became the fourth team to score at least 20 runs in a game this season _ joining Texas, Montreal and Minnesota _ and had 21 hits. Robin Ventura hit a two-run homer in the first inning, then Thomas hit a three-run double in the second and three-run homer in the third for an 11-0 lead.

``It’s a weird win, but I’ll take it. I needed it real bad,″ said Wilson Alvarez (3-3), who gave up five earned runs on six hits in five innings.

The game was held up for 1 hour, 50 minutes because of the fog. It resumed after Brewers outfielder Chuckie Carr and White Sox outfielder Dave Martinez handled several fungo fly balls without any problems.

Red Sox 17, Angels 6

Mo Vaughn and the rest of Boston’s hitters had a nice night at Fenway Park. Red Sox starter Tom Gordon, however, wasn’t so happy.

Vaughn homered twice and drove in four runs. Mike Stanley homered and drove in four runs, and Jose Canseco also homered. The Red Sox, who had played four straight extra-inning games, enjoyed their highest-scoring game since April 12, 1994.

Gordon was miffed that manager Kevin Kennedy removed him after four innings with Boston ahead 10-5. Gordon, needing one more inning to qualify for the win, allowed six hits and three walks.

Boston beat California for the ninth consecutive time.

Mariners 10, Yankees 5

Edgar Martinez and the Mariners had no trouble hitting at Yankee Stadium a day after getting no-hit by Dwight Gooden.

Seattle tied a season high with 19 hits. Martinez doubled twice and drove in four runs, Jay Buhner homered and Ken Griffey Jr. had an RBI double and a single.

Jimmy Key (1-5) struggled again for New York. He allowed six runs on nine hits and three walks in three-plus innings, leaving him with a 7.14 ERA.

Key, who missed most of last season because of a shoulder problem, made his shortest start since a tuneup outing before the 1992 playoffs.

Indians 5, Tigers 2

Dennis Martinez, one day after his 41st birthday, moved past Whitey Ford into a tie for 48th place on the career victory list with No. 237.

Martinez (6-2) matched Waite Hoyt and Clark Griffith on the win chart. Next up is Mordecai ``Three Finger″ Brown at 239, with Frank Tanana and Herb Pennock tied for 45th with 240 wins.

Cleveland won its 11th straight home game and sent Detroit to its 22nd loss in 26 games.

Albert Belle extended his hitting streak to a career-high 16 games with an RBI single. The Indians sold out their 66th straight game at Jacobs Field, breaking the AL record set by Baltimore in 1992-93.

Royals 3, Rangers 1

Chris Haney outpitched Roger Pavlik and Kansas City won at Texas. The Royals stopped a four-game skid and gave the Rangers their third loss in 12 games.

Haney (2-4) pitched 7 2-3 shutout innings, walking none, and improved to 4-0 lifetime against the Rangers. Pavlik (5-1) was trying to match Jeff Russell’s 6-0 mark in 1988 as the best start of a season by a Texas starting pitcher.

Twins 2, Blue Jays 1

Frank Rodriguez, traded to Minnesota last season in the deal that briefly sent Rick Aguilera to Boston, pitched the first complete game of his career.

Rodriguez (3-4) gave up six hits as Minnesota stopped a four-game losing streak. Toronto had won three in a row.

Marty Cordova drove in both runs for the host Twins. Paul Molitor had two hits for the Twins, and is 5-for-8 against his former team in the first two games of the series.

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