Williamson, in right place at right time, gets win

Orioles notes

June 19, 1991|By Peter Schmuck and Kent Baker

Mark Williamson had not had a victory in nearly a year, so Monday night's derailment of the Minnesota Twins' 15-game winning streak was extra special to him.

"I didn't expect to win one like that," said Williamson. "I've bee going three or four innings in tie games, and we never seem to be able to score.

"But what was really good about it was we haven't played well at home [10-20]. I know we haven't won one like that here, their closer on the mound and we get a big hit with two out and two strikes on him. Great."

Williamson went 1 2/3 innings for the victory, his first since July 20 Not that he hasn't been pitching well.

Beginning May 27, he has an 0.40 ERA, has allowed 11 hits in 22 1/3 innings, struck out 18 and walked only six and collected two saves. The only run against him was Danny Tartabull's game-winning homer June 12.

This came after a stretch when he was hammered for 13 earne runs in seven games.

"I was pitching a little hurt which is no excuse," he said. "Once I got a couple parts of my body healed I was throwing fine.

"The groin wasn't bad enough that I couldn't pitch, but I let it affect my mechanics. The bottom line is you either get them out or you don't."

Monday night, he was "in the right place at the right time."

It was one of those games when everything seemed to going th Twins' way, then Randy Milligan struck with a two-run game winning double in the ninth.

"When he hit that ball, my only thought was that it was going t bounce over [the fence]," said Williamson, referring to a scenario which would have prevented Cal Ripken from scoring the game winner from first. "It only missed by a foot. When [Dan] Gladden didn't pick the ball up, I knew we had finally caught a break."

McDonald to Rochester

The site for Ben McDonald's start on rehabilitatioassignment will be Rochester.

McDonald will start for the Red Wings Friday night against th Pawtucket Red Sox and will be rationed to 60 to 70 pitches.

His schedule beforehand will be a five-minute stint in the Oriole bullpen today, then a flight to Rochester tomorrow.

Grich relives big game

Former Orioles second baseman Bobby Grich was a guest othe club last night, the 17th anniversary of the day he became the first Oriole to hit three home runs in a game at Memorial Stadium.

"That's a night I'll never forget," Grich said. "I hit the first two off Joe Decker, both of them on sliders. I was swinging the bat very well at the time and you know how they say that when you're

swinging well the ball looks as big as a beach ball?

"I remember the second home run as clearly as if it was right now. He threw me a high slider that didn't break. It was like it had a sign on it that said, 'Hit me.' "

Grich played for the Orioles from 1970-76 before becoming part of baseball's first mass movement of free agents. He signed with the California Angels and spent 10 seasons there before retiring after the 1986 season.

He lives in his hometown of Long Beach, Calif., and is pursuing a new athletic dream -- to play each of the 100 top golf courses.

Horn of plenty

Sam Horn returned to the clubhouse yesterday to find sicases of breakfast cereal piled in his locker.

The cereal apparently was left over from a promotional event, but it was left for Horn as a light-hearted testament to his large appetite. He took it good naturedly.

"The only thing that bothers me is that they didn't leave any milk," he said. "If there was some milk here, I could get down to business."

Orioles sign No. 2 pick

The Orioles announced that they have signed 17-year-olShawn Curran, their second pick in the 1991 free-agent draft. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound catcher batted .482 in his senior year at Corona High School in Southern California.

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