Take it from Robin Yount: If there is anything less pleasant than a dentist drilling, it is a kidney stone problem.
The Milwaukee Brewers' centerfielder spent three weeks on the disabled list with that ailment. Since returning a week ago, he has batted .471, which speaks volumes about the value of a midseason respite for a 35-year-old.
For the second time since returning from the disabled list, Yount went 3-for-4 last night in a 6-5 victory over the Orioles. He drove in the winning run with a ninth-inning double.
"His bat is quicker now than it was before," said Milwaukee coach Andy Etchebarren. "Three weeks off probably helped him strength-wise. But it wasn't something that was any fun to go through. He was in a lot of pain."
"He's hitting better than he was before," manager Tom Treblehorn said, noting that Yount's average has risen 11 points to .274 since his return.
Yount doesn't know what possessed him to swing at Orioles reliever Mark Williamson's delivery in the ninth inning. He saw the Brewer on first base, Darryl Hamilton, attempting to steal, but he swung anyway.
"Normally I'd take that pitch and let him try to steal," Yount said. "I can't tell you why I swung, except that it was a fastball right down the middle."
Because he was running, Hamilton was able to score on Yount's double in the right-centerfield gap.
"We wanted to go [steal] on him," Treblehorn said, referring to Williamson. "He's been timed in 1.4 to 1.45 [seconds] to the plate, and we thought we could take advantage."
The hit will go into Yount's memory bank, although it will never rank with his Memorial Stadium favorite. In 1982, in the final game of the 1982 regular season, he hit two home runs off Jim Palmer to propel the Brewers into the American League playoffs.
"That's by far the most memorable," Yount said. "It would be tough to top."
With his game-winning RBI, Yount redeemed himself for a mistake he believes he made earlier. He and leftfielder Greg Vaughn failed to communicate properly on Randy Milligan's towering fly in the fourth inning and the ball fell for a double. The Orioles went on to score three runs in the inning.
"It was a potential out that became a double," Treblehorn said. "Vaughnie didn't read that verbal cue real well."
Yount said, "I told him he was OK and Greg heard my voice and held up. I let him know a hair too late. Basically, it was a bad call on my part."
* NO CONSOLATION PRIZE: It was of small consolation, but the Orioles did rough up a Memorial Stadium nemesis during last night's 6-5 loss to the Brewers. Righthander Don August entered the game with a career 0.89 earned run average here.
The Orioles managed eight hits and four runs against August in 5 1/3 innings while rallying from a 5-0 deficit. A two-run double by Chris Hoiles and a triple by Juan Bell, both with two outs, drove in the first three runs in the fourth inning and Brady Anderson hit his second home run in the fifth.
Bell's sacrifice fly against Doug Henry (2-1) tied the score in the eighth.
* THIS 'N THAT: Hamilton extended his career high hitting streak to 10 games with a double and a single. He is 21-for-43 (.488) during the streak.
Milligan's error in the eighth inning was the first by the Orioles in six games.
Last night's was the second straight ninth-inning triumph for the Brewers, who scored twice in the last inning to beat Texas 3-2 Sunday.
The Orioles continue on a record attendance pace. Last night's crowd of 25,824 pushed the season total to 1,557,501, a club record for 48 home dates.
The Orioles' bullpen had a string of 12 straight scoreless innings before Franklin Stubbs homered off Stacy Jones in the third.